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When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt Series #1)

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5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

interesting comparison between the Amish and the Mennonites

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...
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 her will want Cindy Woodsmall to provide the further adventures of Hannah. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Light reading but not much else

I wanted to like this book but from the beginning, the writing style was amateurish. I didn't hate it and read it to the end but the characters were never fully given life and the story line took such conventional turns that it never really engaged you. So many times ...
I wanted to like this book but from the beginning, the writing style was amateurish. I didn't hate it and read it to the end but the characters were never fully given life and the story line took such conventional turns that it never really engaged you. So many times when the story line should have been strong, the author briefly explains the situation, then quickly side steps giving it any validation or making you really care.

It's like picking up a bad romance novel; it's quick reading and you don't miss it when it's done.

posted by AverageReader on June 26, 2010

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

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    No resolution to plot lines

    I love to read Beverly Lewis and Wanda E Brunstetter books because they show the positive and negative sides of Amish life. They have book series, but the main plot is resolved in each book so that you don't feel left hanging.

    This book really disappointed me. The Amish community was portrayed in a one-dimensional, negative way. I had to search for postive indications of these people. There were several plot lines, but none were resolved by the end of the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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