I was a little disappointed with this book with some of the content being adult only (in my opinion). Though a captivating and great read I wouldn't want a daughter of mine to read this book until she was older or married (I only have a 17 mo boy right now...). It might just be because of my upbringing and the sheltering that I had when I was at home. Every family and parent has different ideas of what is age appropriate for their children and I'm sure that would play a big role on who/what ages could read and benefit from this book. For me, this was a neat adult book - really enjoyable!
It was a wonderful story though, heartache, healing and forgiveness were shared in a way that touches you. The story was very well thought out and researched, it doesn't seem much like a fiction book, with very real life happenings in it.
Through all the heartache and bitterness reaped on Hannah (main character) one of the best things I found about the book what her devotion to God. Though she left the Amish she didn't leave all faith. She still trusted in God and waited on Him to bring healing to herself, her family, and Amish community. She doesn't return to the Amish faith but she does forgive those who wrongly accused her. In the end she marries a Plain Mennonite man, the man that she's (secretly) loved since the beginning of the series. A huge thing that comes across in this series is the fact that forgiveness is everything - many wrong accusations and misunderstandings become nothing with true forgiveness.
** I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review all opinions are honestly my own.
Sisters of the Quilt contains When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. When it is possible, I choose books that contain the complete story in one volume, because I get impatient waiting for the next book in the series to arrive.
What would you do if something out of your control happened, but no one believed you, not your family, not your friends, not your pastor? Hannah Lapp, a 17 year old Old Order Amish girl, was faced with this dilemma, and chose to leave every thing she knows and loves to start a new life.
I loved watching Hannah as she grew in the gifts God had given her. I don't know if I could be as strong as she was, but her resolve to move on, and put the old behind her, helped her as she grew in her faith, and to forgive those who had hurt her. But more importantly to begin to build bridges between her past, present, and future.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, and would recommend it to those who like Amish fiction, as well as, to those who have never read it before.
**Sisters of the Quilt~The Complete Trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall was provided for me free by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
The Sister of the Quilt contains the trilogy series of Hannah Lapp. The first book, When the Heart Cries has Hannah at age 17 being cruelly treated by her family and the Amish community in which she grew up. Rumor containing true bits and pieces embellished by the exagerations of her sister and others who wanted to believe the stories and pass them on. Hannah and Paul had a love that they were sure could last a lifetime but when she is raped by an outsider her Father wants to keep it quiet so that the family is not shamed by the community. Hannah is not able get the help she needs for her physical injuries or the mental help that she needs to get past the emotional toll that this ordeal has taken on her. She cannot even share her story with anyone outside of her parents. The second book When the Morning Comes continues Hannah's life when the church and her family turn on her and she has to escape to her long lost aunt whom she discovers was shunned when she was younger. Hannah finds her inner strength and learns to live within the English world but yet maintain the Plain ways and values she holds most dear to her. She finds new love and becomes educated in the nursing field so that she can work among the Amish as well as the English. The in final segment When the Soul Mends Hannah's sister, Sarah, (the one who helped start the rumors) finds Hannah's phone number and calls Hannah to ask for help. Sarah has been struggling with the guilt as well as sinking into mental health problems. Hannah returns home for periodic visits to help her sister get help while reconnecting with her family and community.
I loved this book. Cindy Woodsmall writes in an interesting way in which everything does not turn out as we would want but rather as life happens. Cindy in her writing tells of normal Amish life without sugarcoating or making fun of their rituals and beliefs. When bad things happen in Ms. Woodsmall's books sometimes people die. Christians of all walks pray for their needs and sometimes they get them but sometimes God says no. Much like life really happens. I had a hard time with the rape but once I got past that the trilogy was a great read. I would advise reading it.
This book was provided to me for this review by WaterBrook Press.
The best part about reading Amish fiction is that you really come to love a series of characters, in this case the Lapp family from Owl's Perch. In this wonderful collection from Cindy Woodsmall, The Sisters of the Quilt is a complete novel containing three books in one and makes for a wonderful novel.
When the Heart Cries begins the story of the Lapp family with the oldest daughter Hannah spending much of her time working at an Mennonite farm just down the way from her farm. She has come to fall in love with Paul, the grandson of the women she is caring for. Yet she is caught between knowing what to do about it. Being only 17, she is in the middle of her rumspringa, and if she chooses to pursue the relationship with Paul, it might mean being shunned by her family or Paul having to lose his. When she decides to let God handle the details, she is forced into a car while walking home and is raped. This is considered an unmentionable by the Amish and one that may prove to be a shame to the community. Will Paul be able to handle the truth if Hannah can manage to tell him or will her family have Hannah sent away in shame?
When The Morning Comes deals with the Hannah Lapp being rejected not only by her entire family but even the man she loves turns his back on Hannah. She has no choice but to follow her heart and head to Ohio to find the aunt that was shunned many years ago by her father. Hannah will now learn to let her heart heal and learn how to put the pieces of her broken heart back together doing what she loves, learning about medicine and helping the Amish women out as a midwife. But has Hannah truly left her old past behind in Owl's Perch or will her past find a way to bring all the pain back to her new life?
When The Soul Mends is the final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series and now Hannah is on the brink of accepting her new life when a phone call late one night from her sister Sarah warrants an urgent return home. Seems like someone has been setting fires in Owls Perch and Sarah senses she is the one doing it. Now her best friend Matthew and his brother David have been injured in the fire and Hannah knows she has to be there for Matthew. Will that mean that the life she left behind in Ohio will be forgotten or will Hannah finally see that she can't outrun the mistakes from her past and finally reconcile with God?
I received Sisters of the Quilt series complements of WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers for my honest review and I have to say, I LOVED this idea. So many great Amish authors have such amazing series and to read them back to back really does create a seamless transitions between books. The strength of Hannah's character can teach us all that God will use any situation to bring about good in our life even though at the time, we may not be able to see it. Now you can see how Hannah's life is brought to a complete circle and see just how mighty God's healing hand can be. This one rates a 5 out of 5 stars and hope more Amish authors do the same with their series.
Amish Hannah Lapp was secretly engaged to Mennonite Paul Waddell. Hannah met him while she was working at his grandmother's house, cleaning for her. Hannah was attacked walking home one day and faced serious consequences. Her Amish community shunned her when they discovered what happened. Hannah decided to leave Owl's Perch, PA telling no one where she was going. Hannah ended up in Ohio. She started dressing like an Englisher. She got her drivers license and even went to nursing school. She worked at a birthing clinic while going to school. She also fell in love with Martin Palmer, and his niece and nephew that he was caring for. Hannah needed to go back to Owl's Perch to help care for her younger sister Sarah, who was having mental problems. Hannah and Paul worked together to help Sarah. She also had to confront her father about how he treated her before she left. After going to Owls Perch and returning to Ohio, Hannah realized where she truly belonged. Is it with Martin and the kids or is it back in her Amish community? Read this trilogy to find out what choice Hannah makes.
This series is about never giving up on your dreams. Hannah wanted to go to nursing school and she pursued that dream, even with all the obstacles that where in her way. This series is about finding hope when there seems to be none. With all that Hannah endured, she found hope to move on with her life. This series is about God healing hearts. God used Hannah to help heal Martin and his niece and nephews hearts. God healed Hannah from all the pain she experienced since the attack.
This is a terrific series of books. I really like that it is all in one book. Cindy Woodsmall's characters are real. When you read her stories, you get to know the characters. These three stories are about healing the hurt that is in one's heart caused by strangers, family, and even one's community. Hannah went from being brokenhearted in When The Heart Cries, to being able to see the light of day after the darkness of her attack in When The Morning Comes and finally finding healing in When The Soul Mends. Pick up this trilogy and join Hannah on her journey to healing.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.