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When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt, Book 1) Paperback – September 19, 2006
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Barbara Cameron launches The Coming Home Series with Return to Paradise. David leaves his Amish community to escape an overly stern, abusive father, also leaving behind his fiance', Lavina. Forgiveness is the lesson for everyone when David's father is diagnosed with cancer. Will David return and make peace with his father and the woman he abandoned? Learn more | See author page
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Cindy Woodsmall's writing is filled with life-like characters and real emotions, focused on discovering and enriching faith. Visit Amazon's Cindy Woodsmall Page.
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She's won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer's Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings' Best Books of the Year. She's been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.
Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity. Though she didn't realize it at the time, seeds were sown years ago that began preparing Cindy to write these books. At the age of ten, while living in the dairy country of Maryland, she became best friends with Luann, a Plain Mennonite girl. Luann, like all the females in her family, wore the prayer Kapp and cape dresses. Her parents didn't allow television or radios, and many other modern conveniences were frowned upon. During the numerous times Luann came to Cindy's house to spend the night, her rules came with her and the two were careful to obey them--afraid that if they didn't, the adults would end their friendship. Although the rules were much easier to keep when they spent the night at Luann's because her family didn't own any of the forbidden items, both sets of parents were uncomfortable with the relationship and a small infraction of any kind would have been enough reason for the parents to end the relationship. While navigating around the adults' disapproval and the obstacles in each other's lifestyle, the two girls bonded in true friendship that lasted into their teen years, until Cindy's family moved to another region of the US.
As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children. Over the years Cindy has continued to make wonderful friendships with those inside the Amish and Mennonite communities--from the most conservative ones to the most liberal.
Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.
If you'd like more information or to contact her, you can go to her website: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authorcindywoodsmall
Top Customer Reviews
Hannah's youthful exuberance, impulsiveness and rebellion against the rather stifling lifestyle lead to a few innocent indiscretions. These cause further problems later, when "the unthinkable" happens, an event hardly mentionable for those that follow the Old Ways. Her parents love and support her, but they are too loyal to the traditions of men, to the letter of their law without the spirit.
They allow their daughter, a victim, to be villified.
With excellent prose and occasional Pennsylvania Dutch terms for flavor, Cindy Woodsmall has given us a charming and powerful coming-of-age novel filled with humor and pathos. After watching the heroine's loves and losses, we are left not with a happy, contrived ending, but a realistic one of hope for the future for the courageous young woman--and for an excellent sequel to this sterling debut novel.
Hannah Lapp is the 17-year-old daughter of an Old Order Amish family who is in love with the older and more worldly Paul Waddell. She lives on a farm in Owl's Perch in Perry County, Pennsylvania, where life is lived in old-fashioned ways. Paul is Mennonite and, even worse, a college student, which is anathema to Hannah's strict Amish parents. Loving and enjoying time with Paul has shown Hannah the welcome conveniences of electricity and cars, as well as the value of an education (many Amish girls' educations end at eighth grade). Hannah longs for modern accouterments like personal computers and the Internet. Despite her parents' misgivings and the upheaval in her life that loving Paul will bring about, Hannah accepts Paul's marriage proposal.
Then, tragedy strikes when Hannah's stroll along a deserted road leads to a disastrous assault. Her family and Amish community --- rather than consoling and helping her as a victim --- casts her in the role of a promiscuous sinner. They demand she repent of her wrongdoing. Hannah's younger, envious and troubled sister Sarah adds fuel to the fire by misrepresenting Hannah's activities. Worse yet for Hannah, her fiancé is slow to understand the truth, and only a few friends stand by her. Heartbroken and disillusioned, Hannah flees the community to find a long-lost relative, leaving plenty of loose ends dangling to be picked up in the sequel, WHEN THE MORNING COMES.
Some nice subplots abound, leaving room for fleshing them out in future installments in the series.Read more ›
This is a wonderful new author who definitely will be added to my list of "must read" authors. Her story is easy to read, keeps you interested throughout the entire book and makes you want more----all great elements in a good book. She's a contender-----and will be enjoyed in the future, I am sure.
I hope she write the sequel soon----------I'm ready to read it.
Call me a sap, but I typically prefer Amish novels to be a tiny bit lighter, and have a happier ending than this one. I was actually a bit depressed reading this book. I have read other Amish books that deal with heavy, serious topics, but still have a peaceful feeling to them. I found no peace at all within this book.
From a character and plot standpoint, the book is solid and leaves me no room to criticize. The characters are very well developed, particularly Hannah, and the scenes are written quite well. Hannah's pain is palpable throughout the progression of the story. And I like that the story touches on the differences between the Amish and Mennonite communities. So, from a writing standpoint the book is excellent. I personally just did not care for the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Couldn't put this book down! The awakening of love, the horrors of life and the softness and love of friends permiate this book!
On to book 2.
I cried reading this book. That has not happened in a long time. I am not a religious person but for some reason reading about the Amish and their beliefs doesn't bother me. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is the second so time I have read this book..,I shed as many tears as I did the first time. Hannah's plight and how rumors can destroy is true in everyday living. Read morePublished 7 months ago by granny73
It's been a while since reading it but enjoyed it and the others in the series.Published 8 months ago by L. Owens