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

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

by Cindy Woodsmall
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When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 130 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Mary_Beth More than 1 year ago
When the Heart Cries literally takes you on a journey of the heart. You will become entranced with Hannah, feeling her love and her pain throughout the book. Through no fault of her own, her family pushes her aside and you will want to pull her back in, but that is not how it works in the Plain life. Once a decision is made, there is no turning back. You wil be touched by Matthew, who constantly sticks his neck out for his friend, Hannah, regardless of what the Bishop has to say. He will become a loving brother to you and you will want only the best for him. Although Mary Yoder is in love with Luke, Hannah's brother, her loyalty is to her best friend. She puts her relationship with Luke on the line to protect her friend and to show Luke his way of thinking is too narrow. She forces him to open his eyes to the truth about his sister, even though it goes against what his parents believe to be true. Sarah is Hannah's younger sister. Forever in emotional turmoil, this girl turns on her sister and causes an uproar in the Amish community that can't be extinguished. She is quite proud of her accomplishments and truly believes Hannah deserves the pain that has been put on her. Then there is Paul, the love of Hannah's life. A good, loyal man with strong values, but a soft heart which allows him to see both the beauty in the Plain and the value of some Englischer ways. His love for Hannah is shaken when he finds out the secret she has been keeping. The need to find out where Hannah's journey in life is taking her is captivating. You will not be able stop reading and when this book is complete, you'll want more. I was not able to stop until I had read all 3 books in the series. Fantastic reading! It takes you away from the problems plaguing the world today and makes the simpler life much more appealing than our materialistic world will have you believe.
khager23 More than 1 year ago
Hannah is part of an Old Order Amish family. Still, she's in love with Paul, who's a Mennonite. When he asks her to marry him, she happily accepts, even though there's a very good chance that it means she'll lose her family. This would be enough for a novel, I'm sure, but what the book is REALLY about is what happens after she gets engaged. On her way home, she is raped. Her family knows, but no one else in the community does. Slowly, rumors begin to spread about what's going on with Hannah, and it affects her relationships with her family, friends and, eventually, with Paul. This is a very entertaining book (the first in a trilogy) and it's very interesting to see how things are dealt with in the Amish community. I like to think---I hope---that we're a little more sensitive here, but that may not be true. This is very different from most of the Amish books I've read, in that the heroine does a lot of soul searching and spends a decent amount of time angry---at herself, at her family and even at God. It's a welcome change. I look forward to reading the other two books in the series. I like Hannah a great deal, and am excited to know what happens to her. (This could be read as a standalone book, although the book is open-ended.)
aimeemoore1981 More than 1 year ago
This book is rivoting. It tells what can destroy a family when an Amish goes outside of her family and marries outside her community. The author has the ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters because she has had real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. This book was heartfelt and had me wanting more.
Laineee More than 1 year ago
Such a heart warming book. I have been to Lancaster Amish country, they are amazing people. I haven't cried so hard with a book in a long time. I hope there will be a sequel.
_paige_ More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was a great read and began a fabulous trilogy of Hannah's life. It was a great insight into the Amish and Mennonite lives of the characters. Some of the characters struggled staying loyal to their upbringing while others knew they would never sway. I enjoyed this book very much and read straight thru the other two books. I hope you enjoy them too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very moving characters. Couldn't put the book down. Would love to read more.
carolina_girl_7169 More than 1 year ago
this book is a good book when reading I just couldnt put it down now Im done with it and Im passing the book on
CarLur More than 1 year ago
I just finished When the Heart Cries and must say, "This is an awesome book and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read." I started the book last night about 5 p.m. and finished it this afternoon about 3 p.m. It is so good to read Christian books instead of a lot of smut, cursing, and violent stories. Keep up the awesome work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hannah was raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family. She was only 17-years-old when she fell in love with Paul, an educated Mennonite. They knew their different backgrounds would lead to problems. However, the romance of Paul and Hannah acts as only the scenery behind this story. Through no fault of her own, tragedy struck Hannah. Not only does her family turn against her, so does Paul. Only her faith can carry her through the following events. Hannah finds herself questioning the Old Ways of her people. This is a moving story of Hannah, her faith, and beliefs. Things are not always the way some people see them. You have to believe in yourself even when it seems that no one else does. God is always there for you. Cindy Woodsmall calls on her background in this story. When The Heart Cries is a sad story. This book needs a bit of editing. Woodsmall already has plans to follow up with a sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cindy Woodsmall provides interesting insight into the lives of the Old Order Amish. The character of Hannah Lapp is intelligent, strong, and compassionate. Hannah, undergoing heart wrenching circumstances, perseveres despite many obstacles. The reader will be completely wrapped up in the story from beginning to end. The ending will then prompt the reader to begin the sequel, When Morning Comes, immediately!
Anonymous 5 months ago
i always love her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There is already a darkclan which is currently being reformed for like the third or fourth time. I polietly ask you to change the name of your clan. <p>Sincerly, <br> Dovespots and Dawnsly of Darkclan <p> Shadowflame Btw can i join?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can I be Med-Cat? My Bio is on Res 2. ~Eaglestar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know about gatherings. We aren't that active. I will change the name to nightclan
nancjean More than 1 year ago
After reading When The Heart Cries, I immediately bought the other two books in the series and I'm currently reading #3. This is a very good series, the characters are introduced well and the story line moves along at just the right pace. Would highly recommend this series for a good read. Wish it would continue with more books!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
This was a very different Amish story for me because everything is not all calm, loving and happy. It delves in some very hard topics that are not handled well. I had a hard time reading about a rape that was hidden from everyone and not acknowledged. The victim was never able to work through it and was shunned for it. Your heart goes out to her and I wanted to reach inside the book and knock some sense into some of the characters. The ending was not a warm fuzzy either. It really leaves with nothing resolved. I have to read the next one though because I have to know what happens! Obviously well written to draw me in so entirely.
DawnMHamsher More than 1 year ago
Good conflict and serious life issues, written in a believable way. It wasn't mushy. It had the feel of real Amish culture and real people. I like all the characters, but my favorites were the MC, Hannah Lapp and her friends, Mary and Matthew. The love and support the three gave each other through terrible trials is encouraging to everyone who reads it. It makes me want to be like them. What I didn't like: a couple of situations were too obvious -- placed there by the author to build wrong impression (girl falls into boy and is seen by boy's girlfriend who imagines the worst - that kind of stuff), but it wasn't enough to take away from the book. Overall, I REALLY, REALLY like it! Okay, I'm off to buy the next book in this series, &quot;When the Morning Comes&quot;. I gotta find out what happens to Hannah Lapp!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done it is so nice when youccan really visualize your suroundings and charecters
Cookie75 More than 1 year ago
This book was a great summer read. So good that I also read #2 and #3. They all were excellent and captivating.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is heartbreaking and a wonderful read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hate to read I picked this book up I could not put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a story that you are pulled into. My heart was breaking for Hannah. I read the last few chapters alone so that noone would see me sobbing.