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Topic: Having Trouble with Where the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall

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Subject: Having Trouble with Where the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall
Date Posted: 12/14/2008 9:31 AM ET
Member Since: 3/13/2007
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so i'm finally reading the book, and it's giving me a lot of trouble. i'm about halfway through but b/c i'm having problems with the story i flipped to the end

**Spoilers if you haven't read the book yet**

i'm deeply troubled by the fact that Hannah has been raped and no one is doing anything about it and worse she is blamed by her parents that it is her fault. and then she gets pregnant and that's her fault as well and grounds for banning. i know that with the other books, forgiveness, redemption and good things will come but it's just troubling me so much that the Amish will allow a girl to get raped, blame her, and then kick her out when she gets pregnant.

rape is something , that when i read in a book about how the girl becomes the one at fault, just totally disgusts me. it's one of the few subjects that i need to have everything go right. i'm all in favor of edgy stuff but i cannot fathom how this could be seen as her fault, even the very beginning of the book.  I know the Amish believe in non violence and living in peace and i understand you can forgive the rapist, but please do not blame the girl!!!!

it's taking me forever to finish this book because i'm hurting for Hannah and the "absurdity" of the blame falling to her. normally i'm done with book in 1-3 days but it's been almost a month with this one. i know everyone else loves this series so maybe i'm the weird one?

Date Posted: 12/15/2008 12:52 PM ET
Member Since: 5/23/2005
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Deborah, I had a hard time with it as well.  I still liked the book, but I didn't like most of the characters.  I wouldn't say I loved the series, though.

Date Posted: 12/17/2008 11:22 AM ET
Member Since: 9/14/2007
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it is hard to read. I ached with Hannah, but I read on hoping that she would find understanding somewhere...

Subject: haven't read the series
Date Posted: 12/27/2008 7:15 PM ET
Member Since: 9/14/2007
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I always appreciate your review of books. You let everyone else understand why you haven't liked parts of a book without making the entire thing sound horrible. I believe I would have an issue as well with a rape victim being blamed for any part of it, especially in todays world. I hope that you've been able to discuss this with the author to find out what her thinking was. I think it's so important for readers to give authors feedback! Thanks for your honest thoughts!

 

Mimi B

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 7:33 PM ET
Member Since: 8/26/2007
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My mother-in-law really liked this series, though I haven't read it yet 
I plan to...