When the Soul Mends, Sisters of the Quilt Series #3 Large Print
I would recommend this book
When reading this book, I can't hardly put it down.
November 22, 2013
It was a good clean story
I was a bit disappointed as I thought Paul had rejected her and the other fellow was kind and very good to her. She should have stayed with him.
November 12, 2013
When the Soul Mends
The Old Order Amish community of Pennsylvania is where Hannah Lapp grew up, unfortunately it is now the source of many hard feelings due to no fault of her own.
This book was about a tale of being ostracized by your family and faith. I was quite disturbed at the nonchalant way that the author addressed the situation of a teenage rape. On numerous occasions it was portrayed like Hannah Lapp had a secret and she was disgraced by this secret. The secret? She was raped, why the author made this sound like it was a character flaw is beyond me.
The other disturbing thing for me was the fact that in the authors eyes this event in her life had very little effect on her relationships. She didn't see to have any ill effects from the situation other than her family disowning her. This was a very serious topic and I think that Cindy Woodsmall downplayed the lifelong effects. That being said:
When the Soul Mends, by Cindy Woodsmall is the third book in the Sisters of the Quilt series. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, they were very likable and interesting. I also enjoyed learning about the differences between Amish denominations. Old Order Amish and Mennonites are very similar to outsiders, yet very different to the Amish communities.
I have ready many books by Cindy Woodsmall and usually enjoy her books immensely, I cannot say that I found this book enjoyable. I found myself annoyed with the tone and believability of the story. I will continue to read books my this author, as a matter of fact I will be reviewing another in a few days.
April 16, 2012
Dramatic conclusion to Sisters of the Quilt Series
When Hannah Lapp left OwlÃ¢ÂÂs Perch, she made a new life for herself in Ohio. Between dating the wealthy Martin Palmer, caring for his niece and nephew, taking nursing classes, and working at a midwifery clinic, Hannah is finally at peace with her Englischer life; at least, she is until her Amish sister calls, insisting that she return home. After being reunited with family and friends, circumstances prevent another clean break Ã¢ÂÂ and this time Hannah must work with her former fiancÃÂ© to find help for her sister. As Hannah begins to find closure for the heartbreaking events that led to her leaving, she must make a choice: will she find the peace that she craves in Ohio with Martin, or in Pennsylvania with Paul?
I loved this book. In fact, I loved the whole series. I read the first book, When the Heart Cries, some time ago, and I immediately tracked down the second two to read. Another reading of this one confirmed my initial impression Ã¢ÂÂ it is just as riveting, just as dramatic, just as real as it was the first time through.
Some of the Amish fiction stories that IÃ¢ÂÂve read make everything in the Amish world appear peaceful and serene, as if the biggest problem an Amish person ever faces is which field to plow and whether to marry English or Amish; but youÃ¢ÂÂll never get that false impression from one of WoodsmallÃ¢ÂÂs books. Woodsmall applies real life, contemporary issues to Amish characters and then digs deep to see how they might find resolution. Each detail, each nuance, each character is intertwined, and the depth of the relationship and the soul-searching that must be done before these major decisions are made is well explored.
These dramatic problems create charasmatic, real characters who appear to be people you might just meet walking down the street. In fact, having grown up in the region of this bookÃ¢ÂÂs setting, I was tempted to get out a map to ascertain exactly which towns were real, because who wouldnÃ¢ÂÂt want to visit City Island in Harrisburg and run into Hannah?
If you like Amish fiction, hurry to your nearest retailer and read When the Soul Mends. If youÃ¢ÂÂve tried Amish fiction before and werenÃ¢ÂÂt impressed, give it another shot Ã¢ÂÂ Woodsmall is sure to change your mind.
I received a free copy of When the Soul Mends from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.
March 29, 2012