Ties That Bind

A Novel
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
Series: Amish of Summer Grove, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
5 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family's ever-expanding brood and keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach. Five years ago Quill and her dear friend, Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.

Despite how things look, Quill's goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café - because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.

©2015 Cindy Woodsmall (P)2015 Recorded Books
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excellent! I can't wait for the next installment

If you could sum up Ties That Bind in three words, what would they be?

touching - thought provoking - complex

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ties That Bind?

The last scene with Arianna in the cafe and leaving with Nicholas and Brandi. She finds peace in seeing that she can be God's instrument of grace for them.

Which character – as performed by Stina Nielsen – was your favorite?

Stina did a wonderful job on all of the characters, but Arianna is my favorite. I will be looking for more books narrated by her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

well, i listen during my daily commute, so I was forced to stop, but I didn't want to!

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Must be a part 2 at some point???

Do you think Ties That Bind needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, it just ended. I was shocked to hear "the end" and disappointed to not have any resolution. Now it'll probably be a year at least for a second book, if there is one, to be on audio. Wish I hadn't spent my credit on a book that didn't really end.

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I loved this book!

Cindy Woodsmall just has a way of touching every human emotion with her books and Ties That Bind is no exception. I didn't want to stop listening! The few times I had to take a break, I was almost mad because I wanted to know what would happen next. The narrator does an excellent job capturing the heart of each character. You won't be disappointed!

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An engaging story...

I LOVED this book, and am looking forward to the next in the series. Thankfully, the series is complete and I can read them all. I will say, if I had read this when it was first released, I would be ANGRY to have the story “hanging” as it is...it’s a pet peeve of mine - books that are written to meld into the next, without a conclusion - but I won’t complain, since I can listen to them all now on Audible Escape!

Re the story itself, I find the birth dad’s threat to sue the midwife a rather weak storyline, but it was necessary to the overall plot. I guess I’m saying the plot line isn’t real believable, but the book was so good otherwise that I didn’t let it bother me too much. The story is what one could call “predictable,” but that doesn’t bother me, either. I’m definitely looking forward to the sequel(s). Hopefully they will continue to hold my interest, as this one did.

The narrator is EXCELLENT. She gets an A+!

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I couldnt stop reading once I got into the story.

loved it.cant wait to start the next one in the series. Keep up the good work.

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Great story all around 5 stars!!

This was such a great story! The narrator did such a great job telling it, as well!
The story is full of twists and turns and was off to a great start! After listening to the first portion, I wanted to continue listening and just couldn't put the story "down". I continued listening until I fell asleep! If I turned the story off before going to bed, I couldn't sleep because I was so curious as to what was going to happen next!
I'm going to look for the other books in this series!
5 star review on everything!!

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heart breaking love

Very sweet read and listen!!! I did not like that it ended and ended the way it did!!! Left you hanging!!!!

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you'll love it

great read, loved it and longed for more even until the end of the story

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Very good Amish Story

I enjoyed this book, it was slow to start and despite that I still enjoyed it. However towards the end of the book you’ll learn what Ariana is being asked to do— and I just don’t see how realistic it would be to force someone to do what she’s being asked to do at her age of 20 that’s the only thing that really didn’t make sense to me. I can’t say more without giving away the plot.

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Family's love

Good story of two women - one Amish and one English who gave birth on the same day amid chaos and confusion as a fire breaks out. Everyone. is safe.
The narrator had good inflection and nicely separated each character nicely.