Hannah Lapp has given up on ever restoring her relationship with her family and her fiance Paul Waddell. She has fled her secluded Old Order Amish community and hopes to find a new home with the aunt she never knew about. Aunt Zabeth was shunned many years ago and now lives in Ohio. It is encouraging to see so many caring people willing to help Hannah make a new start in life whilst struggling to navigate the confusing world of the Englischers and managing despite her limited education. It is nice to also keep up with those she has left behind, like best friend Mary, brother Luke, dear Matthew, and troubled sister Sarah. They all have plenty of strife of their own to deal with and the story is a complex, but well written one that I would recommend reading after 'When the Heart Cries.'
I originally purchased the book, When the Morning Comes, never realizing that it was part of a series. So by the time I jumped into the story, it was already into the second setting. However, despite that, I was still able to follow along and understand what was needed to continue in this second story.
The book, When the Morning Comes, jumps in where Hannah has left her Amish order to escape from bad memories, which includes the birth of child from rape. She goes to live with her aunt, who was shunned many years ago. Here, she develops a new personna, one outside the Amish lifestyle. Her aunt welcomes her with welcome arms, introducing her to the family who has cared for her over the years. Over time, she falls in love with the son of the family that her aunt used to care for. Meanwhile, back home, her sister is doing some bizarre things and her former love is determined to find her.
When the Morning Comes book was so well written that I could not wait to locate the third book in the series.
What I liked most about this book is that you were able to pick up in the second book and be able to step into the character's life. Needless to say, I'm still going to have to go to the first book to read it.
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 Hannah's 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 couldn't 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 Owl's 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 - Sarah, Matthew, Elle, Luke, Mary - so much so that I think it takes away from the main story a little.
I enjoyed venturing out into the â€˜real world' with Hannah during When the Morning Comes, and I look forward to the conclusion in When the Soul Mends.
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.
Hannah's 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 isn't entirely about Hannah's experiences among the Englisch, though. author Cindy Woodsmall keeps readers up-to-date about developments in Hannah's home community: what's happening with her sister, her brother and sister-in-law, her ex-fiance', 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.