When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt, #1)

ISBN: 1400072921
ISBN 13: 9781400072927
By: Cindy Woodsmall

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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.

Reader's Thoughts


A difficult, rambling read with more pain than joy.


Finally! A writer that understands the dynamic of making a reader environment. Through Cindy Woodsmall's book, I saw her landscape, felt the weather, heard sounds, and became part of her life. It rang true, as I grew up listening to Mennonite radio and living in the midwest. I put on the old cloak of memories revisited and felt entirely comfortable with what she wrote.Today's writing is all too full of "he said, she said--he did, she did" and it is refreshing to climb into a quality piece and grow with it, instead of simply hopping onto a moving plotline.The only reason I didn't rate this book as 5-star is my firm conviction that one whole book should equal one entire story. I felt a bit cheated by teases that push me toward another book to find resolution.In all, I would recommend the book, but only if the reader has the other two books on hand.

Tina Peterson

I had a very hard time reading this book. The Amish books I've read, and there haven't been many, always show a loving supportive family who have a strong faith and a bond that seems to be tight. This book, When the Heart Cries, isn't like that. You have an abusive father who controls his family through fear. A wife afraid of her husband and children (even the older ones) afraid of their father.Hannah Lapp has a desire to escape the Amish community she was raised in and promises to marry a young Mennonite man before he heads off to finish his last year of college. The day he leaves Hannah walks home after telling him goodbye and ends up being viciously raped. Even with that I thought the book would only get better but when she arrives home, in shock, torn and shaking - her mother collapses, her father swears her to silence - so he can decide if he is going to tell the Bishop and tells her it is not their way to seek revenge by contacting the police. Not even to save another girl from going through what Hannah went through.To top it off, Hannah now feels that Paul isn't going to want her if he finds out what happened to her. She withdraws to the bedroom and the top floor of the house and it isn't until her brother gets into a car-buggy accident and she and her mother go to the hospital to help him that she finds out that she has rights as a woman. Her family turns against her and Hannah is in a tailspin....I think it's obvious I didn't care for this book. I found it really hard to read - the father more than any other character in the book bothered me and I would of liked to see him taken down a peg or two. Personally I don't think I would put this book out around your kids - unless it's a book that you and your daughters are reading together - but please don't read this until your girls are at least 16 years old. It is definitely not for younger teens - but for older kids it would be a good opportunity to discuss women's rights, safety and what to do in a bad situation.

Jess Michaelangelo

Although this isn't something I'd normally read, I like to read outside of my comfort zone every so often, and I have to say that I enjoyed this book. It may not be Pulitzer Prize material, but I still thought it was well-written and Cindy Woodsmall can tell a solid story. I was surprised by the amount of depth to Hannah's story. I'll be honest, I was expecting just an average, run-of-the-mill "feel good" story, but there's a lot that goes on here. I ended up connecting to the characters more than I thought I would, and I definitely felt myself pulling for Hannah. Who can read this and not feel completely outraged at how she was treated? It is not the best book I've ever read, but I certainly enjoyed it, and I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it, which is always a good sign to me. The ending is a bit of a cliffhanger--not enough to make you feel like you've been gypped, but just enough to make you want to keep reading! I'll be picking up the next book, for sure.

Dichotomy Girl

So, after my issue with Waiting for Summer's Return (Ollenberger, #1), and having enjoyed Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas, I thought I would be safe if I stuck to this author. Sigh.... In actuality, it seems I am never safe, though Novella's have been kind to me. (And in the future, RUN! from trilogies!)This was not the simple amish romance I was looking for, it was barely a few chapters in before there was a violent rape, and a serious buggy accident. It was more "christiany" then the novellas, but not as bad as that other Author. All in all, my biggest frustration was ending the book and feeling like nothing was resolved, and quit honestly, I'm pissed because now I feel like I need to read the rest of the series against my will.Last night my husband saw this sitting on the table and asked "I thought you were done with your little Amish phase", and I answered "I thought I was, and I really wish I'd stuck with it!"


** spoiler alert ** My heart complete breaks and repairs through this book. This story is told giving perspective into many of the characters lives and it makes you look back on your own with perspective. ***SPOILER ALERT***Imagine leading a plain, normal strict life, yet having a desire for a man you know will not receive approval in the eyes of your family your people and struggling to find a way. Then as everything looks like it will work out just find, you're raped by a stranger and nobody believes you. Then when you finally accept the reality of a pregnancy, you lose that too. Only through the grace of God can life be repaired. Usually I despise books that leave things wanting, but this book was perfect. It ended at just the right time and I look forward to reading a sequel When The Morning Comes.


** spoiler alert ** Hannah Lapp loves her neighbor Paul Waddell, but her father Zeb refuses to see any of his daughters married to an outsider. Paul returns Hannah's high regard, but knows that her father would never tolerate a Mennonite in his Amish family and so fears any efforts on his part would leave Hannah considered dead by her dad. Still before he leaves in his English car for his fourth year of college, he asks Hannah to marry him. That same day that she and Paul become engaged, Hannah heads home carrying a basket of blueberries, when a man driving a car stops, pulls her into his vehicle and rapes her. Already in shock that God allowed such a terrible thing to happen to her, Hannah turns introspective especially when she feels the Old Ways of her family and community have failed her, but still turns to prayer especially when she turns out to be pregnant. WHEN THE HEART CRIES is an interesting look at the differences and similarities between the Amish and the Mennonites. Hannah is a deep protagonist who finds no solace with the Old Ways, with her family, or with her beloved as she feels that everyone holds her culpable for the rape. The story line focuses on everyday Amish life mostly through her perspective as a pariah, but though insightful that can turn tedious to the reader. Still overall this is a fine entry, and I am glad that Cindy Woodsmall is going to provide further adventures of Hannah.


I liked this book a lot in the beginning. As it progressed, it began to be too melodramatic. Too many malicious enemies, misunderstandings, people conveniently arriving at just the right moment to come to the wrong conclusions many, many, many times, tragic situation at just the right moment. And then I found at the end that it wasn't resolved, and I needed to buy another book to move past the cliffhanger. The characterization and dialogue were good, and that's the only reason I was able to continue on.I would not recommend this book to someone else, but I will in fact probably get the sequel because the author did create in me an interest in Hannah. But this book could have been much, much better if the author could have just resisted artificially ramping up the drama.


I guess that my experience with the Amish people leads to wonder why this author choose to focus her novel on all of the possible negative stereotypes of this people. I'm sure that the Amish people have their own struggles, but I didn't see any of the wonderful parts of their lifestyle portrayed here at all. The female lead drove me crazy with her lack of judgment in several circumstances which lead to the community having a really poor opinion of her. An ounce of foresight would have made her realize the risks that she took involving several different males in her community.


Ok writing a review with a spoiler of some kind is going to be hard in this case, but I am going to give it a good try. One the tragedy mention on the back of the book, not at all what you are expecting, you think tragedy, you think death, which I guess in way, something did die for Hannah. The tragedy happened within the first 15 or so pages and you will be filled with so much rage for Hannah, that it galvanize you to read the rest of the book.I have rest a lot of Amish fiction and this is the first time ever, that an author has taken issue with this subject matter and I applaud it. Not saying I ever want to see this subject in future Amish books, its somehow worse, when it happens to someone like Hannah.Continuing on in this series of course, but I know its going to be hard to read them and I have an idea I will never forget this series.


I feel like I hit the Jackpot when I won Cindy Woodsmall's Good Reads giveaway of the Christmas Singing. I liked that book and it got me interested in reading more by her. This is the first one I picked up after the Christmas Singing and I REALLY liked this one. I can't believe how fast it sucked me in. I sat down to read, thought I was a few pages in and looked down and was already on page 27. I couldn't stop reading it. I love her style in that she can draw you in to the story so quickly and it is so easy to read. I got lost in her world.A couple of negatives to the book, similar to what I have seen other people saw in their reviews: I think her portrayal of the Amish may have been a bit negative. I am hesitant to believe anyone's depiction of another person's religion, so I tried not to buy into it completely. Definitely made me want to find out more about them though. Second, the book sort of leaves you needing to pick up the second one in the series immediately and wouldn't you know, my library doesn't have it.


This was the first Cindy Woodsmall book I read. It is about an old order amish family named Hannah who decides to break custom and marry outside her community and falls in love with a mennonite named Paul. Paul askes Hannah to be his wife and she accepts and her choice will change her relationship with her family forever. On the evening of her engagement tragedy strikes and one unwelcomed encounter Hannah has known and believed is destroyed. It is a must read.


This is the First in The Sisters of the Quilt Series. I saw it at the store and decided I needed to try it. Hannah is Old Order Amish and is in love with Paul who is Mennonite. She needs to convince her family that Paul is the man she loves, everything goes wrong. Hannah has to deal with her own hurt without the understanding of her family, Paul, or even her best friend. The book doesn't really have a final ending..............I will have to get the next in the series!

Loraine Alcorn

I was able to read this awesome book through blogging for books and Im so glad I did. I really loved this book its got a lot of tragedy in it though and is a bit different than other Amish/Fiction books I have read before. Its very uplifting and you really get to feel for Hannah as she struggles to find Peace, while facing her tragedy and all the repercussions from it.The story starts With a young Amish girl named Hannah. Hannah is in love with a boy who is not from her Amish community but from a Mennonite family. This causes her some concerns and she wonders if she will ever be allowed to be with his. This problem is all she is concerned with but nothing compared to what happens as the story progresses. I do not want to give away the whole story but lets just say, its very sad at times and I did get a bit frustrated in the way her family choose to handle the really bad thing that happened to Hannah. Bottom Line is I thought this a great Christian fiction book that ended up showing that Faith and love can overcome anything that could possibly happen to us no matter how difficult and heartbreaking. I would recomend this book and any other book by Cindy Woodsmall,she is a fantastic writer and I look forward to all her books. "I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"


i feel in love with this book.. Hannah was so amazing. young but so strong, through her trails. i found myself wiping tears through the first 10 chapters, but couldn't seem to put the book down.. would recommend this to anyone.. cindy woodsmall has done a wonderful job, bringing her characters to life.Ms. Woodsmall's When The Heart Cries was a pleasant surprise; usually I'm not a big fan of Amish fiction because the stories tend to follow a similar pattern so when reading more than one it becomes harder to distinguish one story from another. But here I was pretty well hooked from page one. Hannah Lopp is such a sweet and innocent girl, that she is a heroine easy to like. She is in love with a Mennonite neighbor, Paul. She needs to decide if she wants to marry him and leave her faith, her family and community. After seeing how her family and her community treat her, I think by the end of the book that decision would be easier to make. Hannah is so happy in love, she is taken unawares and the unthinkable happens. From here on, she is shaken to the core. She begins to withdraw and hide away. Her family is not much help in the matter. They are not supportive or very understanding. Maybe that is just the Amish way but it's feels very wrong for parents to not act more caring and compassionate towards a hurting child. In this sense, the story becomes riveting- it's like a bad accident that even though what's happening is horrible and almost inhumane compared to commonly acceptable human behavior you can't help but read on. I am not that familiar with the Amish so I don't know how realistic this portrayal is but it makes for a very interesting read.Wonderful novel with great characters ..

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