Book Review: Ties that Bind

From the Book Description

“This contemporary Amish romance from a best-selling author explores identity and family in Amish community. Twenty-year-old twin Ariana loves everything about her Old Order Amish family and community. But she is no stranger to loss. years ago, several Old Order families left in the middle of the night, including Quill, the man she dreamed of building a future with. When he suddenly returns, she’s determined to protect herself from loss and heartbreak.”

Ties that Bind by Cindy Woodsmall

My Comments

I read a couple of Cindy Woodsmall’s books and so I was delighted when I was contacted by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group and offered a free galley copy of Ties That Bind. And having now read the book, I can say that Woodsmall is quickly becoming my new favorite Amish author.

She does an expert job weaving in several mini-plots into one larger, connecting plot. With most books that I read that try to do this, it is unsuccessful. They are usually confusing, unnecessary, or fall short. Not so with Ties That Bind. There is a smooth, easy flow to the book, every shift makes sense, and adds to the storyline. In addition, there are so many twists and turns in the story that holds the reader’s attention throughout. I could hardly put the book down!

As for the characters, it is hard not to fall in love with them. Even the characters that make “bad” choices have appealing qualities that makes the reader resonate with them on certain levels. The main protagonist, Ariana, is strong and yet vulnerable. I felt for Quill and respected some of the decisions he made but I wanted to smack him at the same time. 🙂 Truly, all the characters are relatable, human, and engaging.

The only thing I didn’t like was the ending. I didn’t see it as having any real resolution. It also left me hanging and I wanted more. I think it is partly intentional because Ties That Bind is the first book of a series and in that way it worked. I can’t wait to read book two! But on the other hand, it felt unfinished.

Still, having said that, I enjoyed the book so much and I think you would, too. I give Ties That Bind four (4) stars.


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher, WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”