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Sisters of the Quilt #01: When the Heart Criesby 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.
"In this debut inspirational novel, Woodsmall takes readers inside a contemporary Amish family where the eldest daughter, Hannah, has fallen in love with her neighbor Paul. The trouble is that he's a Mennonite, and if those two faiths look similar to outsiders, they don't to Hannah's father, who would never permit his daughter to marry outside the Amish community. Yes, this is a familiar setup, with shades of the movie Witness. But the star-crossed romance is only the backdrop to the central events of the novel: in the very first chapter, Hannah experiences a trauma, setting in motion a chain of events that sometimes seems incredible. Woodsmall's prose is undistinguished; she too often flatly describes emotions ('Disappointment and anger formed a knot in Luke's chest'), and the Pennsylvania Dutch sprinkled throughout the book can be distracting. Still, this novel shows potential. Most of the characters are likable, and Woodsmall depicts both the appeal and the potential myopia of secluded Amish life. An emotionally subtle subplot involving Hannah's younger sister's envy adds some depth. Better yet, the surprising conclusion sets Woodsmall up for a sequel — but she'll need some fine-tuning if she wants a truly lasting series. (Sept. 19)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
The first book in the Sisters of the Quilt series finds 17-year-old Hanna Lapp faced with questions neither family, nor fianc, nor even faith can easily answer after life among her Amish community is brutally interrupted.
About the Author
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.
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