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

Kelly Hager

Hannah is part of an Old Order Amish family. Still, she's in love with Paul, who's a Mennonite. When he asks her to marry him, she happily accepts, even though there's a very good chance that it means she'll lose her family. This would be enough for a novel, I'm sure, but what the book is REALLY about is what happens after she gets engaged. On her way home, she is raped. Her family knows, but no one else in the community does. Slowly, rumors begin to spread about what's going on with Hannah, and it affects her relationships with her family, friends and, eventually, with Paul. This is a very entertaining book (the first in a trilogy) and it's very interesting to see how things are dealt with in the Amish community. I like to think---I hope---that we're a little more sensitive here, but that may not be true.This is very different from most of the Amish books I've read, in that the heroine does a lot of soul searching and spends a decent amount of time angry---at herself, at her family and even at God. It's a welcome change. I look forward to reading the other two books in the series. I like Hannah a great deal, and am excited to know what happens to her. (This could be read as a standalone book, although the book is open-ended.)

Brenda

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.

Crystal

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 ..

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!"

Margaret

** 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.

Louise

Story 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.My Review:Hannah Lapp is 17-years-old and she yearns to be “as modern as personal computers and the internet”. Freedom beckoned to her, but so did her relatives.Hannah is Amish and is in love with Paul Waddell who is a Mennonite. Today is his last day at his Grandmother’s farm as he’s returning for his fourth year at college. All Hannah would have of Paul during the fall, winter and spring would be his letters which he mails via his Grandmother’s house. Hannah’s father would end their friendship immediately if he ever found out about it as the Amish and Mennonites don’t mix. Paul was getting a degree in social work.Paul asks Hannah to marry him and she accepts. They both know Hannah marrying Paul will affect her relationship with her family for the rest of her life. Since she had not been baptized into the Amish faith, she wouldn’t be “shunned” if she chose to marry a Mennonite. But her father would not allow an outsider’s influence to enter his home any more than he would electricity.After Paul has left for college, Hannah is walking home when a horribly traumatic event happens which changes her life. Her family hides the event and almost treats Hannah as though she is a leper. I felt so terribly bad for Hannah, my heart was aching for her and I wanted to wrap my arms around her and help her. I was stunned that her family would treat her this way. Soon rumors about various things began circulating around the community about Hannah and she was frowned upon by more and more people when what she really needed was love and support. The emotional upheaval Hannah went through was heart wrenching. I was so drawn into this story and can`t wait to read Book 2 and Book 3 to complete the trilogy.

Aleta

A difficult, rambling read with more pain than joy.

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.

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"

Courtney

I don't know where to begin about how I felt about this story. This is the first Amish story I have ever read and so I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was blown away! This is about a young Amish girl named Hannah who was in love with a Mennonite named Paul for three years. He was in college but came every summer to the community in which Hannah lived to help his grandmother and Hannah worked for his grandmother and that is how they became friends. He proposed to Hannah before he left for college his senior year. Hannah said yes knowing that this relationship could change everything for her, she was going outside tradition and the affect could be damaging. The day Paul left, Hannah was struck by a huge tragedy that changed her life forever. This story was so deeply moving that I could not put it down even when I wanted to. It made me cry in so many ways and then also rejoice with things that happened. Hannah was such an amazing character that you instantly loved her and everything about her. Cindy Woodsmall did an amazing job connecting you with the characters. It has rarely happened to me that I went to bed still thinking of the story and woke up to pick it right back up. I couldn't get enough of the heartache, the rejoicing, and the struggles of this amazing woman.I requested a review copy of the third book of the series, Sister of the Quilt, so I felt like I had to read the first two books in the series first. It's a good thing I did it that way because there is no way I could have waited for a long time to read the final book in this series. When the Heart Cries made my heart cry and made me just want to reach out and help this family and situation. It really was an amazing book. I recommend anyone who enjoys Amish stories to pick this one up, and if you just like Christian romance, with a side of tragedy then you will like this one also! Great read!

Sarah

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.

Sally Walker

This book was excellent! I thought it was well written and very well told! I have to say though that this book made me Extremely Angry!! Made me Weep like a baby as well! I have to say that I am very blessed to have the family I have and that I am grateful that I am NOT Amish!! I will definitely read this book again and I hope there is another one in this series to come!

Susan

This was a very different Amish story for me because everything is not all calm, loving and happy. It delves in some very hard topics that are not handled well. I had a hard time reading about a rape that was hidden from everyone and not acknowledged. The victim was never able to work through it and was shunned for it. Your heart goes out to her and I wanted to reach inside the book and knock some sense into some of the characters.The ending was not a warm fuzzy either. It really leaves with nothing resolved. I have to read the next one though because I have to know what happens!Obviously well written to draw me in so entirely.

Stephy

I really enjoyed this book...Except the ending was a disappointment. But as it is part of a series I'm hoping to read more of the series to make the end of this book make more sense.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.

Heatherhh

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.

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