Monday, August 1, 2016

Book Review: Fraying at the Edge

Publisher's Description

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.

Not realizing once again that this is in fact a second book in a series.  Sigh.  I wish it was more clear that this is a second book. With that being said, this book was pretty confusing.  It felt like I was jumping into the middle of a book.  Very confusing, not being connected to any of these characters and there being a lot of them since Ariana's Amish family has I believe nine children and several grandchildren. (her nieces' and nephews')

I thought the writing was well done, showing the conflict of a young Amish women who grew up believing that she was Amish to being thrown into the Englischer world.  I thought her conflict and how much she changes in that time in the Englischer world was well done and described good.

With Skylar I thought for being a drug addict and all her issues it came through her attitude very well.  The Brennemans' show her love and eventually get through to her crispy, cold heart.  Though it took some time.  She is not my personal favorite, but I thought she showed how someone can change with love. Sadly, she doesn't believe in God, yet.

I wasn't super connected to the characters, but enough to be curious about the first and third book.  With this being the second book and like I said, confusing.  It didn't answer some of my questions about the past, but I believe the first book would.

Overall: 2.5 out of 5

* I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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