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As they work together for Sarah's sake, her feelings for Paul become too strong to ignore and Hannah's faced with choosing between the two men she loves--one an Englischer and one a Plain man. Free to follow her heart's desire, Hannah must discover her true desires and choose between the two vastly different worlds.
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Sisters of the Quilt
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After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood.
Having fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. She also has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owls Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her, including her headstrong father, reopens old wounds.
As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancé Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarahs mental health, hidden truths surface about events during Hannahs absence, and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she heed the call to return to the Plain Lifeand perhaps to her first love?
When the Soul Mends is the third and final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series.
Having fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. She also has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owl’s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her, including her headstrong father, reopens old wounds.
As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancé Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarah’s mental health, hidden truths surface about events during Hannah’s absence, and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she heed the call to return to the Plain Life --- and perhaps to her first love?
Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy
"A heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness, Cindy Woodsmalls novel, When the Soul Mends, offers believable characters and a page-turning plot in an Amish setting so real I could almost smell fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and hear the clip-clop of horses hooves. For a book that pulls you in from start to finish, this is a must read!"
Diann Hunt, author of For Better or For Worse
"Like the stitches on a well-loved quilt, love and faith hold together Cindy Woodsmall's When the Soul Mends, the brilliantly written third story in the Sisters of the Quilt series. With deft plotting and characters that seem to jump off the page, this novel offers the timeless truth that forgiveness is the balm which heals all wounds and a blanket for the soul."
Kathleen YBarbo, author of Beloved Castaway
Praise for the Sisters of the Quilt Series
"Woodsmalls fantastic second book in the Sisters of the Quilt series continues the story of Hannah Lapp. Keep the tissues nearby Hannahs tale will tug hard at the heartstrings. Readers will find themselves cheering Hannah on through her ordeals and hating to put the book down."
"Cindy Woodsmall writes real--real people, real conflicts, real emotions. When you open her book, you enter her world and live the story with the characters."
Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Where Willows Grow and Waiting for Summers Return
"When Morning Comes is a fine rendering of struggle and joy that resonates long after the last words are read."
Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of the Change and Cherish Series, including A Tendering in the Storm
"Reaching deep into the heart of the reader, Cindy Woodsmall pens a beautifully lyrical story in her debut novel When the Heart Cries."
Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled
"What a vibrant, strong, emotional story! When the Heart Cries will grip you and not let go, I promise. Highly recommended!"
Gayle Roper, author of Allahs Fire and the Seaside Seasons series
Boise Goat Lady RobinsonBoise, IDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5God Leads HannahDecember 16, 2014Boise Goat Lady RobinsonBoise, IDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I didn't realize until I started reading this novel, that I read Book I and II several years go. As I remembered the characters I was so glad I was going to read the conclusion of the dilemma between Hannah and Sarah, sisters, Paul her closest friend, Luke her brother, and Daed who never acted as if he believed in her or that what she had told him about a delicate yet horrid happening was true. Hannah was a young girl, pure in heart, but soiled as a teen. Sadly, she is given very poor advice that leaves her scarred and scared and she leaves her hometown. She is convinced she will never be accepted and that her friend will never really trust her. Her sister, Sarah, becomes emotionally sick, but no one understands what is wrong with her and she doesn't get help before she hurts herself and others. This is a story that takes many twists and turns, but these are what teach each of them about the wrongs that take place over a few years. Hannah separates herself from her community and her church for a period of time, but a love for others will bring her back to face her ghosts. Even though she thinks she has already found a new live in another city, Hannah will truly find herself again and the door will open where she left it almost shut. Restoration is sweet and she helps others while she is being shown the most important needs of all. A great story and I enjoyed it very much.
This book was supplied by Bloggin' For Books/WaterBrook for review and the opinions are my own. Mary Ann Young Robinson, Boise, ID
goldieAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I would recommend this bookNovember 22, 2013goldieAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5When reading this book, I can't hardly put it down.
oncebittentwiceshyKamloops, British Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5It was a good clean storyNovember 12, 2013oncebittentwiceshyKamloops, British Columbia, CanadaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3I 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.
LukieMilford, NHAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5When the Soul MendsApril 16, 2012LukieMilford, NHAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 5Meets Expectations: 3The 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.
LehrerinRoxboro, NCAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Dramatic conclusion to Sisters of the Quilt SeriesMarch 29, 2012LehrerinRoxboro, NCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5When Hannah Lapp left Owl's 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 - and this time Hannah must work with her former fiancÃ© 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 - 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 I've 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 you'll never get that false impression from one of Woodsmall's 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 book's setting, I was tempted to get out a map to ascertain exactly which towns were real, because who wouldn't 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 you've tried Amish fiction before and weren't impressed, give it another shot - 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.