Ariana Brenneman’s family and community mean everything to her. All she wants to do is live a faithful Amish life, open a cafe to help support her parents and nine siblings, and marry the man she’s coming to love. The first man she loved, however, betrayed her—running away from the community with her best friend. Now he’s back and threatening to complicate her simple world.
At the same time, one of her brothers has discovered a young woman in the Englisch world who could almost be an identical twin to one of Ariana’s sisters. He doesn't realize that the truth behind this discovery has the power to obliterate all of Ariana’s dreams. As she struggles to keep the man from her past from stealing what’s dear, upheaval is approaching from another source.
Ties That Bind wrestles with the concept of seeking truth whatever the cost versus keeping secrets to protect. Is it better to confront problems that cause pain, trusting God to lead you through, or is it sometimes necessary to work under the cover of darkness in order to protect the people you love? Are lies, even lies of omission, ever justified? Or will the truth always find its way out?
This is the first book in what promises to be a powerful series. Ariana is a strong female character, flawed by her ideals, yet pursuing good for all. Quill, her first love, is conflicted and confused, also pursuing what’s best for all. The supporting cast, each member with a personal story to resolve, is full of intriguing characters, too. I’m looking forward to learning what becomes of them all as the story progresses in the next book.
I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of Ties That Bind in exchange for this honest review.