When the Soul Mends, Sisters of the Quilt Series #3   -     By: Cindy Woodsmall
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When the Soul Mends, Sisters of the Quilt Series #3

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With her heart now in the hands of a new love as well as the two children left in their care, Hannah Lapp finds her Englischer life more than she'd ever hoped for and is actively pursuing a future with Martin and in medicine. When she receives a call from her sister Sarah, desperate for help, Hannah reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community that ostracized her. Once home, she must face her disapproving father and her former fiance, Paul Waddell, and it seems only Paul holds the key to her sister's mental health. When Hannah dares to speak her mind to him, she realizes that a lie separated them--one Paul knows nothing about.

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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1400072948
ISBN-13: 9781400072941
Availability: In Stock
Series: Sisters of the Quilt

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Publisher's Description

Returning to the home she fled in disgrace, will Hannah find healing for the wounds of the past?

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 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?

When the Soul Mends is the third and final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series.

Author Bio

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes, the first two novels in the best-selling Sisters of the Quilt series. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

Discussion Questions

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 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?

Editorial Reviews

"A skillfully written story of forgiveness and redemption. Woodsmall’s authentic characters illustrate beautifully how wounded souls can indeed be mended."
–Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy

"A heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness,  Cindy Woodsmall’s 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 Y’Barbo, author of Beloved Castaway


Praise for the Sisters of the Quilt Series

"Woodsmall’s fantastic second book in the Sisters of the Quilt series continues the story of Hannah Lapp. Keep the tissues nearby — Hannah’s tale will tug hard at the heartstrings. Readers will find themselves cheering Hannah on through her ordeals and hating to put the book down."
–Romatic Times

"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 Summer’s 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 Allah’s Fire and the Seaside Seasons series

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  1. goldie
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I would recommend this book
    November 22, 2013
    goldie
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When reading this book, I can't hardly put it down.
  2. oncebittentwiceshy
    Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    It was a good clean story
    November 12, 2013
    oncebittentwiceshy
    Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  3. Lukie
    Milford, NH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    When the Soul Mends
    April 16, 2012
    Lukie
    Milford, NH
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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.
  4. Lehrerin
    Roxboro, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Dramatic conclusion to Sisters of the Quilt Series
    March 29, 2012
    Lehrerin
    Roxboro, NC
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When 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 fiancé 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.
  5. Shoopette
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "When the Soul Mends" Review
    February 3, 2012
    Shoopette
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    After reading When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes, the first two books in this series, I was looking forward to a satisfactory conclusion in this final book.

    I was not disappointed.

    Even though Hannah started to really get on my nerves in this book (mostly at the beginning - she got really self-absorbed), I thought her ability to eventually listen to what others were saying and forgive them was encouraging. Paul's ablility to be compassionate and available in the midst of everything happening was nothing short of amazing.

    Although I got slightly annoyed with all of the subplots in the second book, I really enjoyed the one involving Sarah in this book. It was fascinating to witness what was happening with her and how those caring for her helped her to come back to herself. I did think, though, that her story just kind of fell off close to the end, but we did need to take care of the main characters at that point in the story.

    Again, I was irritated with the character of Martin in this novel. I thought he was a bad example of an Englischer, and I just could not understand what Hannah saw in him. Especially since all they seemed to do was fight.

    I appreciate epilogues in books like this, in order to wrap up all of the stories, and this book had a good one.

    When the Soul Mends is a novel with good reminders of what love and forgiveness should look like and what is really important in life. It also made me remember that it's okay for different people to live in different ways, as long as they follow the Lord.
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