Showing posts from June, 2017

Book Review: Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

When I was given the opportunity to be a part of the launch team for Cindy Woodsmall's newest book, Gathering the Threads, I jumped at the chance. My mom and I have both been waiting for this book which is the third in the Amish of Summer Grove trilogy. The first two books tell the story of Ariana, a young Amish woman who for twenty years was raised Amish, only to discover her biological parents were actually English instead of Amish. Book three picks up after Ariana has been out in the world for three months with her English family.

I read this book in three days. It was a great read. Very interesting and intricate as well as suspenseful at times. Nothing about the situation is easy. Ariana comes back from her time in the English world changed and the book deals with the aftermath of that. She and her family must adjust to a "new normal" as they navigate their places in each other's lives. Another factor in Ariana's life is her lifelong friend Quill, an Amish ma…

Book Review: Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette is the third book in the "Out from Egypt" series by the author. The novel is Biblical historical fiction and places the reader in the time of the Hebrews wandering through the desert, waiting to enter the promised land. Alanah is a Canaanite, a tribe battling with the Hebrews. When she's discovered on the battlefield almost dead by Tobiah, he realizes it's a woman, not a man that was fighting. Tobiah brings Alanah back to camp, and quickly realizes he has to extend her his protection in a most unexpected way.

I think my favorite part of Biblical historical fiction is the way the books bring the Bible to life by adding details that help the reader to feel like they understand the situation the Hebrews were facing at this point in their journey. While the book is the third in the series and includes some characters that were in previous books, it is not necessary to read the first two books to read and follow the storyline in this…