Thursday, December 3, 2015

Ties That Bind – The Amish of Summer Grove – Book One by Cindy Woodsmall - 5 Stars

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Ties That Bind – The Amish of Summer Grove – Book One by Cindy Woodsmall - 5 Stars
This book moved quite a bit quicker than many of the Amish books I’ve read in the past.  I could give you a description of those in the book, but I have a breakdown of that below in more about the book.  The book starts out with a woman giving labor, actually there turns out to be another woman in the same facility, then there is a fire, they get the women out, then they get the babies out.  Everyone is safe, and all is well, or is it?  An unusual beginning for a book about the Amish.  Moving into the women who were born that day, or at least one, she is trying to buy a café and she also finds herself in love with a man whom she wishes to marry.  Then something comes up that throws every character in the book into worry.  I can’t say more without giving the result away.  The book sure ends in a way that I could not see coming at all.  This story isn’t slow paced.  It is well written with characters that are well developed.  I really enjoyed the book, and I was disappointed when it was over. I wanted to be able to immediately start Book 2.   A great place for a book to leave you, wanting more!  The description of the book is shown below.  I think I’ve said enough for anyone reading this to decide if they wish to read this book or not.  I would say, read the book!  "I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." 

About This Book:
Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach.

Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish. 
Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.     

Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

Author Bio

Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author of numerous works of fiction and one of nonfiction. Her connection with the Amish community has been featured widely in national media. She lives in the Foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her family.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Making Angel (Mariani Crime Family, #1) This one I do recommend!!

An author I read very often asked me to read a book written by someone else. I'm so glad I took her up on it otherwise, I would never have read this book. It's not my usual read at all.  I got started with this book and I couldn't put it down. I don't think I've read any book that involved a mafia family.  It was sizzling, full of romance and unexpected twists and turns. I would love to read any follow up book this author may write. Since she labeled the book Mariani Crime Family #1, I'm going to be watching out for book #2. It was a real pleasure to read this authors work, she isn't predictable and she writes characters that become very real to you as you read about them.  You end up caring about what happens to them.  I really do recommend this read if you are looking for something different, unpredictable.

Here is the description as found on Good Reads: “Wowza! Making Angel rocked my world. One of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I love the way Amanda can weave a captivating story while pulling me in with the emotion. I recommend her books to anyone!” - New York Times Bestselling Author, Tracey Jane Jackson

Heir to a powerful Las Vegas crime family, D’Angelo Mariani’s survival depends on his ability to prove his value to his father. Forced out of the technology lab and into the underworld, Angel is on the brink of pulling off the impossible when he runs into a captivating humanitarian who changes everything.

Markie Davis is all about compassion, service, and the ultimate adrenaline rush. After a year-long stint volunteering in an African orphanage, she’s in Vegas to check up on her wayward little sister. Markie never anticipated meeting someone like Angel.

Everyone knows Angel's family is dangerous, but the secrets Markie's been keeping might just be fatal… (