When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt, Bk 1)
When the Heart Cries - Sisters of the Quilt, Bk 1 Author:Cindy Woodsmall Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom 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 ... more »her choice 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.« less
WOW - hard to believe this is a debut novel. LOVED it. I wept with Hannah, I felt her denial, her fears, her loneliness. The plot for this story would have played out well in any setting but to have it set in a "plain" community makes it all the more heart wrenching.
I liked this book better than any of the Beverly Lewis or Wanda Brunstetter books that I have read. Can't wait to read the next 2 books in the series.
I loved the new air that was breathed into the Amish setting in this book. It is not your typical type of book about Amish life, love, and resolve. Instead this book goes into some of the other topics of life and answers some additional questions that many readers would have about Amish lifestyle. I think that this book is amazing! I cried, cheared and was blessed by the story in this amazing new book.
I can't wait for the next one in this series, "Sister's of the Quilt".