Ooo, I can’t tell you all how excited I am to have Cindy Woodsmall on the blog this week! Cindy is a well-known author of Amish novels and has a new release, Gathering the Threads. Here’s a little bit about the book.
After months away in the Englisch world, Ariana Brenneman is overjoyed to be in the Old Order Amish home where she was raised. Yet her excitement is mixed with an unexpected apprehension as she reconciles all she’s learned from her biological parents with the uncompromising teachings of her Plain community. Although her childhood friend, ex-Amish Quill Schlabach, hopes to help her navigate her new role amongst her people, Ariana’s Daed doesn’t understand why his sweet daughter is suddenly questioning his authority. What will happen if she sows seeds of unrest and rebellion in the entire family?
Meanwhile, Skylar Nash has finally found her place among the large Brenneman family, but Ariana’s arrival threatens to unravel Skylar’s new identity—and her sobriety. Both Ariana and Skylar must discover the true cords that bind a family and community together and grasp tight the One who holds their authentic identities close to His heart.
Learn more and purchase a copy: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/242926/gathering-the-threads-by-cindy-woodsmall/
Cindy, could you share with us about the real-life people who inspired the book?
My latest release, Gathering the Threads, is the third and final book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. It centers around two young women—one Amish and one Englisch—who were switched at birth. After finding out that life-altering news, they both have to go live with their birth parents for a time.
I molded Ariana after a young Amish woman I met and have heard stories about for years, so it was fairly easy to get inside her head. She is both optimistic and vulnerable. Ariana is a go-getter despite being raised in poverty. She knows how to have almost nothing and turn that into something that will put food on the table. But she’s convinced that each aspect of life and the faith that she’s been taught in her sheltered Amish community is completely right. And she has the willpower to honor her Amish parents through obedience . . . until her intellectual atheist “Englisch” dad confuses her on all fronts.
Skylar, who was raised by modern American parents, was a harder character to work with. She’s both spoiled and wounded by her childhood. In order to do her justice, I needed to find and work closely with a real person about her age who had experience with drugs in a similar manner to Skylar. Researching this character caused me to dig deep into illegal prescription drug use among young people. I also had long, intense conversations with an intellectual atheist in order to create Nicholas, Ariana’s biological dad and the man who helped raise Skylar.
I hope that both of these girls feel very real for readers, because I believe I understand people from those walks of life much more now than I did before I wrote the series.
Wow, those must have been some interesting conversations you had with people to build those characters. Thanks for joining us! Continue to scroll down for your chance to win a copy of the book.
Cindy Woodsmall is an award-winning New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written 20 works of fiction, including her most recent series, Amish of Summer Grove. Her connection with the Amish community has been widely featured in national media outlets, including ABC’s Nightline. The Wall Street Journal listed Woodsmall as one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.
RT Book Reviews recently presented her with a Career Achievement Award and gave her latest release, Gathering the Threads, a Top Pick review.
Woodsmall and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.
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