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

Rhonda

** 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.

Amber

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.

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.

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!"

Judy

Hannah is a seventeen year old, raised in an Old Order Amish family and falling in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell. As she dares to cross the boundaries of tradition, she accepts Paul marriage proposal. Then in an instant, the "unmentionable" occurs and her life changes forever. She is strong, she is invincible, she is lion-hearted. Her community is confused by her actions and they react in the way they are taught and expected. How much can Hannah endure? What will she decide to do? This book touches on emotions and problems that happen to many young women. The feelings and actions are confined to Amish young people and families. There is a familiar chord of misunderstands, jumping to conclusions, words and feelings unspoken that all families experience. I enjoyed the story very much and will continue to read the next books in the Sisters of the Quilt series.

Jill

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!

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.

Catherine

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.

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.

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 ..

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!

Cathy

Don't read this book unless you plan on reading all three. It reminded me of Les Miserables in that things went bad for everyone and the hits just kept coming. I really wanted to know if/how everything was going to work out in the end so I read most of the second book too which was better but still mostly depressing. I finally decided that no happy ending was going to make up for all this misery and I read books to be entertained not depressed. It wouldn't be so bad if each book could stand alone like most trilogies but this was like one huge book with only minor resolutions until the end (I assume since I didn't make it that far).The writing was good, the characters well developed and yet I won't read any more of the author's books.

Sherri

I originally purchased the book, When the Morning Comes from Books-a-Million, never realizing that it was part of a series. So by the time I jumped into the story, it was already into the second setting. However, despite that, I was still able to follow along and understand what was needed to continue in this second story.The book, When the Morning Comes, jumps in where Hannah has left her Amish order to escape from bad memories, which includes the birth of child from rape. She goes to live with her aunt, who was shunned many years ago. Here, she develops a new personna, one outside the Amish lifestyle. Her aunt welcomes her with welcome arms, introducing her to the family who has cared for her over the years. Over time, she falls in love with the son of the family that her aunt used to care for. Meanwhile, back home, her sister is doing some bizarre things and her former love is determined to find her.When the Morning Comes book was so well written that I could not wait to locate the third book in the series. Visiting the local library, I found the food and finished it within a day or two.The third and final book in this particular series, When the Soul Mends, ties up the loose ends from the previous stories. Having fallen in love with Martin, the son of the family that her aunt cared for, she discovers that her former love had been seeking her.All in all, this particular series by Cindy Woodsmall is what I would consider quite good. The details were rich, and I found myself transported to a different place in time, stepping between Amish land and the English land.

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!

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