When the Morning Comes, Sisters of the Quilt #2 -Large Print edition
"When the Morning Comes" Review
The first book in this series, When the Heart Cries (you can read my review here), was pretty depressing, I thought. The worst thing for me was that HannahÃ¢ÂÂs father did not believe that she had been raped, which just broke my heart. After enduring all that happens in the first book, I really wanted to see Hannah catch a break in the second book.
And she does. A lot of them. I enjoyed seeing Hannah work hard to get where she wanted to go. However, all of the opportunities that Hannah received seemed a bit unbelievable for someone with only an 8th grade education and no knowledge of the modern world. I truly do believe that God can and does have a hand in these types of things in our lives, but everything falling perfectly into place was a little much. Hannah did try her best not to take handouts, though, which I appreciated.
I did enjoy the parts of the book with Zabeth and with Hannah adjusting to the modern world. Although she did seem to adjust rather quickly to some things, there were also things that she just couldnÃ¢ÂÂt get used to no matter what, which helped with the authenticity.
As for Paul, I felt so bad for him throughout the book. I liked that he was trying to get on with his life, but he still missed Hannah, and he regrets what he did to her. His treatment of the people in OwlÃ¢ÂÂs Perch (Sarah, Matthew, Luke) was so compassionate that he is by far my favorite character in the series. Martin, I think, leaves a lot to be desired.
There are several subplots in this book that are continued from the first one, but they seem to go into even more detail about these minor characters Ã¢ÂÂ Sarah, Matthew, Elle, Luke, Mary Ã¢ÂÂ so much so that I think it takes away from the main story a little.
I enjoyed venturing out into the Ã¢ÂÂreal worldÃ¢ÂÂ with Hannah during When the Morning Comes, and I look forward to the conclusion in When the Soul Mends.
February 1, 2012
Not Your Typical Amish Story
The second book of the "Sisters of the Quilt" series takes readers out of the Amish community. Hannah has fled and must learn how to live among the Englisch. Thankfully, she finds herself among people who care about her and want to help her succeed. They are patient, most of the time, and sympathetic to her unique needs.
HannahÃ¢ÂÂs situation gives readers an interesting perspective about the Amish. Away from her familiar community, Hannah must overcome challenges such as proving her identity, gaining an education, and learning to use technology.
The story isnÃ¢ÂÂt entirely about HannahÃ¢ÂÂs experiences among the Englisch, though. author Cindy Woodsmall keeps readers up-to-date about developments in HannahÃ¢ÂÂs home community: whatÃ¢ÂÂs happening with her sister, her brother and sister-in-law, her ex-fianceÃ¢ÂÂ, her best friend, and her parents. The story goes back and forth between two worlds. To learn if they are separated forever, readers must move on to the third book.
May 14, 2011
Hannah's time of healing
This review is from: When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt, Book 2) (Paperback) is the sequel to When the Heart Cries. When book one ended with poor forsaken Hannah, weak from delivering her stillborn baby girl, I rushed to the library to find the sequal. I had to know what would happen between her and her fiance Paul. My heart broke for the main character as she was wrongly accused and deserted by family and community. From an old letter found in her father's room, Hannah learned she of Aunt Zebeth, though the family never shared her existence. She sets out to find her long lost relative. Providence leads Hannah to her aunt and she starts to heal. Cindy Woodsmall's insight into the Amish communtiy comes from her close friend, Miriam Flaud, a woman immersed in the culture of Old Order Amish. However, it seemed Hannah was mighty quick to shift from her Amish ways to her new lifestyle. Cars and cellphone and a spunky attitude gave me pause. Thankfully the third book in the series set the world aright.
March 21, 2011
Cindy Woodsmall is back in full form grabbing my heart and squeezing the life out of it from the very first chapter! She didnt spare my nerves or emotions and I was close to basket-case status when I finally closed the book. When the Morning Comes spans two years of Hannahs life after she leaves her Old Order Amish community. We get to be by her side as she takes baby steps toward an uncertain future. Theres so much I loved about her journey and so much that Im still aching over. Im proud of Hannah for the strides she takes to overcome hurts from her past and to latch onto new dreams. I love that she keeps her plain heart doesnt let the Englischer world change the fundamental parts of her. She transforms into a confident, capable woman in this book but the story is also peppered with tales of family and friends from book one. You know a book is really good when you dream about it in restless fits all night long, and the characters predicament is your first conscious thought come morning. When the Morning Comes is just such a book.
August 4, 2010