#1: When the Heart Cries, Sisters of the Quilt Series
When The Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall
All her life, she has leved teh sheltered life on the Amish. After tragedy strikes, Hannah sinks into an uncertainty and despair. How can she face life knowing what has happened. In the midst of her person struggle, her brother, Luke and her best friend Mary barely survive being hit by a car. Taking care of her friend gives her life a new purpose and direction, but will the secrets she has been keeping destroy her?
Only a few know the truth of her situation and so many rumors are spreading. Has Hannah turned her back on the Amish community or has the community turned its back on her.
This novel is a worthy read and will break your heart while reminding that God is always there especially when the heart is broken.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
January 8, 2012
"When the Heart Cries" Review
Seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp, raised in an Old Order Amish family, has done the unthinkable: she has fallen in love with a Mennonite. Paul Waddell is in love with her as well, and he has asked Hannah to marry him as soon as he finishes his final year in college.
But everything comes crashing down after a traumatic event, and all Hannah thought she knew is destroyed. This event leads to questions that the Old Order ways cannot answer, and Hannah risks losing her family and even her one true love.
This first book in the Ã¢ÂÂSister of the QuiltÃ¢ÂÂ series by Cindy Woodsmall was published several years ago, but it became available again for review at Blogging for Books from WaterBrook Press. Since I have read a couple of other books by this author, I thought I would see how I liked this Amish series.
I thought this book was written well because, even though I didnÃ¢ÂÂt exactly relate to the characters, I was still able to feel their emotions and their experiences. This can be seen as a positive (and I do think it is a positive thing to be able to feel what the characters feel), but this can also be a negative. Because this book deals with some difficult subjects, it was sometimes really hard to read. It was depressing at times, and I was extremely frustrated with the way this Amish community related to each other.
Even though I thought this book was written well, there was just an overall feel to the book that bothered me. The community and HannahÃ¢ÂÂs family were extremely harsh, and this decreased my enjoyment of the book. There was no spirit of forgiveness among this community, especially for something that wasnÃ¢ÂÂt even HannahÃ¢ÂÂs fault.
There were a few characters that I did enjoy. Paul, Mary, and Matthew seemed to be the only characters in the book that had any compassion at all. I was also interested in the story, even though the characters (especially Hannah's father) sometimes frustrated me to no end.
ItÃ¢ÂÂs hard for me to say for sure whether I liked this book or not. Is it fair for me to say that I didnÃ¢ÂÂt like a book because I disliked some of the characters? To me, that is the sign of a well-written book Ã¢ÂÂ the author has crafted a story that makes me empathize with the main character and feel her frustrations. But, at the same time, the book was sometimes difficult to read because of the harshness of the characters.
Although I had mixed feelings about this book, the story (even the parts that were harsh) is compelling, and I am interested to see where the next books in the series take us.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Press through their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade CommissionÃ¢ÂÂs 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
January 3, 2012
When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall
When Hannah Lapp is proposed to by the Mennonite Paul Wadell, she is elated. There is a problem with this incredibly in love couple, Hannah is Amish. Facing the possibility of being shunned, Hannah hopes that Paul can win over her family and community by working free on her familyÃ¢ÂÂs farm. Unfortunately, a tragedy strikes on the eve of their engagement, and Hannah is thrust into a world of doubt, despair, and depression. Will Hannah overcome the fears and memories that haunt her, or will she be swallowed by them?
I saw that this book was able to be requested, and I love Cindy WoodsmallÃ¢ÂÂs books, so I was excited at the opportunity to review one. I always enjoy Amish books because they are usually very pure. This one was not. There was an entire Ã¢ÂÂsceneÃ¢ÂÂ if you will, that I was entirely uncomfortable reading, and it leaked into the following chapters.
I believe this book could really minister to women who have been affected by a wrongdoing more evil than all the others, however, I was VERY uncomfortable reading this book, and I would only suggest reading it to either very mature adults or victims of rape. Sadly, I did not enjoy this book very much.
Waterbrook Publishing gave me the book in exchange for an honest review.
November 20, 2011
Most Suspenseful Amish Fiction!
Hannah Lapp loves Paul Waddell, but she's pretty sure her parents won't. As an Old Order Amish teen growing up in Owl Perch, Pennsylvania, Paul's Mennonite ways won't be acceptable to her father - and neither will their plans to marry. Everything changes, however, when Hannah is raped on her way home from a meeting with Paul as he returns to college. Can their relationship - and Hannah's good standing in her Amish community - survive the trauma?
Most books that I've read with Amish characters are simple. Simple plots, often about whether to join the Amish church or leave for the English world, or maybe about forbidden love, seem to make up the most of them. This tends to give those books a similarity that prevents them from jumping out and really grabbing the reader - but this isn't one of those books.
I've never read a book about an Amish community that so thoroughly portrays the difficulties of remaining separate but apart in a fallen world; that describes the pull of the Amish faith in such a realistic way.
Well-written, realistic, and suspenseful, this book will keep a reader on his toes and craving more. The first of three, I couldn't stop when this one ended - and finished the series in a matter of days. If you have any interest in Amish culture, this is definitely a must-read.
I received a free copy of this book from 'Blogging for Books' in exchange for an honest review.
June 30, 2011