Family, community, faith, and love.
These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?
The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can help steady Ariana’s tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?
At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.
New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.
- Interesting Story, Great Narrator
I haven't read an Amish fiction book in so long, and the description of Fraying At The Edge piqued my interest. The story is about two girls, one Amish and one secular, who were switched at birth. The mistake is discovered, lawsuits are threatened, and the girls are forced to go live with their biological families...and experience a whole new world that they know nothing about.
I really enjoyed this book, and thought the author did an excellent job with some of the internal struggles with the characters. Even the character that I didn't want to like, a drug addict with an attitude, I couldn't help but sympathize with. She made the characters really believable and at the same time likable.
I listened to the audio of this book, and I think they picked a great narrator. I thought she really brought out the characters emotions well. Often with women narrators I think it sounds creepy when they read the male characters' lines, but this narrator did an excellent job at reading male characters. She did a different voice for each character, but in such a natural way that it didn't feel ridiculous or weird at all.
I didn't realize this book was part of a trilogy until I got close to the end and couldn't figure out how the author was going to wrap everything up! Now I want to pick up the next book to see what happens! This was not your typical Amish fiction, because it brought in both worlds in such an interesting way, and I really enjoyed it!
Note: I received the audiobook for Fraying At The Edge for free from christianaudio in exchange for a review. This is my honest opinion.
- Thoroughly Enjoyable Audiobook
I really enjoyed this lovely audiobook by Cindy Woodsmall.
Even though it's part two of a trilogy there was enough back story to fill me in on the first book without getting confused or feeling like I'd missed out..
I loved getting acquainted with the situation that found both Arianna and Skylar living in completely different worlds since being switched at birth. I felt their emotions as they struggled to adjust to their new families and lifestyles and wondered how I would've coped in a similar situation. I was fascinated by the glimpses into the old order Amish community and enjoyed the comparisons with the modern English life. I particularly enjoyed conversations Arianna had with her English father about blindly accepting beliefs and authority.
The narration by Stina Nielsen was perfect as she brought all the characters, male and female, young and old to life. I really hope she narrates the next audiobook in the series as I definitely want to find out what happens to Arianna and Skylar.
I think all ages would enjoy this audiobook and I can imagine this series would be a great for groups to discuss the different themes throughout.
Thanks so much to christianaudio.com Reviewer’s Program for my free copy.
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