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Multnomah Books / 2006 / Paperback

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Raised in an Old Order Amish family, 17-year-old Hannah Lapp wants nothing more than to break with custom and experience the outside world---so when her longtime Mennonite boyfriend proposes, she joyfully accepts! But will her choice damage her family forever? And when tragedy jeopardizes her upcoming marriage, can she cope without her community? 323 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 323
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1400072921
ISBN-13: 9781400072927
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Publisher's Description

When Hannah dares to love across the boundaries of tradition, will she lose everything?

Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom, forgo baptism into the faith, and marry outside the cloistered community. She’s been in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell for three years, and before returning to college for his senior year, Paul asks Hannah to be his wife. Hannah accepts, aware that her marriage will change her relationship with her family forever.

On the evening of their engagement, tragedy strikes and in one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed. As she finds herself entangled in questions that the Old Ways of her people cannot answer, Hannah faces the possibility of losing her place in her family, in her community– and in the heart of the man she loves.

When the Heart Cries is book one in the Sisters of the Quilt series.

Author Bio

Cindy Woodsmall and her husband of twenty-eight years have three sons, whom Cindy homeschooled for a number of years. During that time, she was an active member of Gwinnett Christian Home Educators and enjoyed working, laughing, and growing older with women of true character. After attending public high school, her two oldest sons are now in college and her youngest entered public school a few years ago. With two children grown and the youngest settled in a good routine, Cindy began pursuing her desire to write. The first chapter of When the Heart Cries won second place in the Noble Theme Contest–a contest for unpublished authors sponsored by the American Christian Fiction Writers. Cindy and her family live in Georgia.


When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall is an excellent book about facing unexpected challenges and dealing with what life brings, no matter how unfair it may seem. Hannah Lapp has grown up living in an Old Order Amish community, but the rules don’t always match up with what Hannah feels in her heart is right. Should she obey the bishop and other leaders of the community and follow their rules, or should she follow her heart?
Seventeen-year-old Hannah is secretly in love with her neighbor’s grandson, Mennonite Paul Waddell. Before returning to college for his final year, he asks Hannah to marry him. She accepts, even though doing so goes against the beliefs of her family and community. If anyone finds out about her relationship with Paul, Hannah’s fellowship with her friends and family will be ruined, and her life will never be the same. The very night Paul proposes, an unimaginable tragedy happens to Hannah, and her life begins a downward spiral as she endures even more horrifying trials. A resentful older brother, a jealous younger sister, and a community blinded by its own rules only make matters worse as Hannah’s heart begins to shatter. Will she be able to stand up for herself and convince others of the truth, or will misunderstandings and rumors forever separate her from the community, her family, and the man she loves?
The story is very well written, and the fact that it is Woodsmall’s first novel is surprising and difficult to believe. The interaction between the characters is captivating and realistic. The pain and heartache that Hannah suffers is felt by the reader as well, so much so that there are times it is a struggle not to cry. Most of the book takes place through the perspective of Hannah Lapp, but the reader also gets to see the story unfold through the eyes of Hannah’s older brother, Luke, her fiancé, Paul, and her younger sister, Sarah. This structure allows the reader to know and understand the thoughts and emotions of Hannah, as well as other significant characters. When the Heart Cries is the first book of the Sisters of the Quilt series. Although it ends well, some questions are left unanswered. It may be better to wait to read the novel until the next book in the series is for sale. Nevertheless, I highly recommend reading.
When the Heart Cries sooner or later. Christian women, especially those who have endured or experienced unfair and unexpected tragedies, will love this novel. – Andrea Burns, Christian Book Previews.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for When the Heart Cries

"As a native of Lancaster County, born and raised among Amish and Mennonite neighbors, I began reading When the Heart Cries with some trepidation. My concerns were quickly put aside: Cindy Woodsmall’s research is thorough, and Hannah Lapp’s Amish voice rings true. Her story is both touching and tragic, yet hope shines through every page-turning chapter. A moving and meaningful first novel."
–Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Grace in Thine Eyes

"Reaching deep into the heart of the reader, Cindy Woodsmall pens a beautifully lyrical story in her debut novel When the Heart Cries. She paints a vivid backdrop of Amish and Mennonite cultures with fascinating detail and memorable clarity. Fans of this genre will be thrilled to discover this new author, and I look forward to the next book in the Sisters of the Quilt series."
–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

"When the Heart Cries is a story of tragedy and strength when an Amish girl’s life is struck with the horror of reality. A powerful first novel."
–DiAnn Mills, author of Leather and Lace and When the Lion Roars

"When the Heart Cries is a compelling and moving beginning to what promises to be a great new series. Cindy Woodsmall’s characters wrapped themselves around my heart and wouldn’t let go."
–Deborah Raney, author of A Vow to Cherish and Remember to Forget

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. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Amish Reading
    July 13, 2016
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Entertaining and enjoyable read. Doesn't flow extremely well and a little unclear in spots but overall pretty good.
  2. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Book, but.....
    December 20, 2015
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    When the heart cries is the first book in the sisters of the quilt series.

    Amish Hannah Lapp is in love, too bad it has to be with a Mennonite follower Paul Wadell. She knows her parents will never approve the match, but Hannah and Paul believe that love can conquer all. One afternoon after Hannah and Paul meet secretly, Hannah is brutally attacked and raped. Unable to make sense and unable to talk to Paul about what has happened, Hannah begins to withdraw from her family and friends, falling into a severe depression. Only when her brother Luke and his fianc Mary are involved in an accident is Hannah force to reconnect with people.

    So many things about this book, where to start? Ok Hannah, not only has been viciously attacked, after the accident her brother Luke begins to blame her for the accident. Then her other sister Sarah begins to act in a very strange way. For me there were just too many tragedies for one person to bare in the space of a few weeks.

    The next problem I had the callousness of Hannahs family. Her parents know what has happened to her, yet there is no compassion from them, especially her father. There is no forgiveness or acknowledgement especially none of the events were Hannahs fault.

    The upside is that this book is exceptionally well written. The author does very well in weaving a story around such sensitive subject material. The writing really was what made me want to get to the end of the book.
  3. South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Depressing, but well-written
    September 29, 2015
    South Australia
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    What happened to Hannah Lapp on her walk home was terrible. What her family and community did to her in the days and months to follow was inconceivably horrible. How can a family do that to a daughter, a sister? Her friends Mary and Matthew are her only source of comfort. I felt like cheering every time Matthew came on the scene. He showed true unconditional love that Hannah should have been able to rely on from her family and the church elders, rather than the judgement and rejection she received. It was hard to read, but enough high points and heroes to keep me reading, and leave me looking forward to the rest to the story in the next book in the series.
  4. Texas
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    When The Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall
    January 8, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    "When the Heart Cries" Review
    January 3, 2012
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    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 "Sister of the Quilt" 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 didn't 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 Hannah's 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 wasn't even Hannah's 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.

    It's hard for me to say for sure whether I liked this book or not. Is it fair for me to say that I didn't like a book because I disliked some of the characters? To me, that is the sign of a well-written book - 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 Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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