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Editorial Reviews


“A skillfully written story of forgiveness and redemption. Woodsmall’s authentic characters illustrate beautifully how wounded souls can indeed be mended.”
–Susan Meissner, author of The Shape of Mercy

“A heartwarming tale of love and forgiveness,  Cindy Woodsmall’s novel, When the Soul Mends, offers believable characters and a page-turning plot in an Amish setting so real I could almost smell fresh-baked cinnamon rolls and hear the clip-clop of horses’ hooves. For a book that pulls you in from start to finish, this is a must read!”
–Diann Hunt, author of For Better or For Worse

“Like the stitches on a well-loved quilt, love and faith hold together Cindy Woodsmall's When the Soul Mends, the brilliantly written third story in the Sisters of the Quilt series. With deft plotting and characters that seem to jump off the page, this novel offers the timeless truth that forgiveness is the balm which heals all wounds and a blanket for the soul.”
–Kathleen Y’Barbo, author of Beloved Castaway

Praise for the Sisters of the Quilt Series

“Woodsmall’s fantastic second book in the Sisters of the Quilt series continues the story of Hannah Lapp. Keep the tissues nearby — Hannah’s tale will tug hard at the heartstrings. Readers will find themselves cheering Hannah on through her ordeals and hating to put the book down.”
–Romatic Times

“Cindy Woodsmall writes real--real people, real conflicts, real emotions. When you open her book, you enter her world and live the story with the characters.”
–Kim Vogel Sawyer, author of Where Willows Grow and Waiting for Summer’s Return

When Morning Comes is a fine rendering of struggle and joy that resonates long after the last words are read.” 
–Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of the Change and Cherish Series, including A Tendering in the Storm

“Reaching deep into the heart of the reader, Cindy Woodsmall pens a beautifully lyrical story in her debut novel When the Heart Cries.”
–Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Rekindled

“What a vibrant, strong, emotional story! When the Heart Cries will grip you and not let go, I promise. Highly recommended!”
–Gayle Roper, author of Allah’s Fire and the Seaside Seasons series

About the Author

Cindy Woodsmall is the author of When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes, the first two novels in the best-selling Sisters of the Quilt series. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 354 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781400072941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400072941
  • ASIN: 1400072948
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times, CBA, ECPA, and USA Today best-selling author who has written seventeen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal,and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as the one of the top three most popular authors of Amish fiction.

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

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Two and half years ago, then seventeen year old Hannah Lapp left in disgrace the Old Order Amish community and her family home in Owl's Perch, Pennsylvania. Her equally shunned Aunt Zabeth Bender took her teenage niece into her home in Winding Creek, Ohio. Hannah vowed never to return although she misses her family, even though her father who's shunning of her means to him she is dead. Hannah has found contentment with her beloved Martin Palmer and the children they raise.

However, when her troubled sister Sarah frantically calls her, Hannah, in spite of her sibling spreading the rumors that led to her exile, rushes home to help her. She quickly realizes the community loathes her for her choices; her father demands she leave. With the help of her former fiancé Paul Waddell, Hannah tries to help Sarah with mental health issues while she also wonders if she made a mistake when she left her home.

The third Sisters of the Quilt tale (see WHEN THE HEART CRIES and WHEN THE HEART CRIES) is a terrific ending to the Hannah Lapp saga as readers obtain a deep understanding of the faith Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. However what makes the story line engaging and inspiring is Sarah, a unique person in terms of the Amish or for that matter inspirational fiction in general as she suffers with mental issues. Readers will appreciate this excellent entry in the Lapp saga as Hannah returns home to help her sister while her parents and siblings struggle with shunning and welcoming.

Harriet Klausner
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I read the first two books by Cindy Woodsmall in this series and highly recommend that before reading this book. I waited and waited until I could afford this book and glad I finally got it.
I like the way the book deals with family, relationships and how circumstances can change what we expected out of life.
Hannah never would have gone off into the Englisher Community had it not been for circumstances beyond her own control. Family sometimes does not understand but all those things worked to make her a stronger person.
Yet when her sister makes a frantic call to her needing help, she listens and responds. That plea brings about another change that Hannah is not expecting. She comes back to the Amish Community where she has experienced so much hurt and little by little God moves in and begins to bring healing.
If Hannah had not gone out to the Englisher Community and learned a trade, she could not have helped her friend, her sister, or the guy she onced love and pledged to marry.
Amish or Englisher you can find healing and learn forgiveness toward others. You can see how God moves sometimes in what we would term hard circumstances to bring about something good.
Does she marry the Englisher or the Amish guy she once pledged to marry? I would not give that away as you need to read the book.
I liked how Cindy wove instances all through the book that worked hard feelings, forgiveness, overcoming problems, and moving forward. One never knew what to expect. Another great read. I have not read any of Cindy's books that have not been a blessing to me.
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After more than two years away from her Amish community, 20-year-old Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to face her family and estranged fiancé in WHEN THE SOUL MENDS, Cindy Woodsmall's intriguing third installment of love and forgiveness in the Sisters of the Quilt series.

Woodsmall includes an updated cast of characters that will help readers pick up the loose ends of the story left dangling in book two, WHEN THE MORNING COMES. These are not stand-alone novels, so you'll want to read the series in order. The series storyline is full of romance, tragedies and misunderstandings. In book one, WHEN THE HEART CRIES, we meet 17-year-old Hannah Lapp, an Old Order Amish girl engaged to Paul Waddell, a college student and Mennonite. A chain of tragedies causes Hannah to flee her family's farm in Pennsylvania, looking for a new start and a home with her estranged aunt in Ohio. WHEN THE MORNING COMES follows Hannah as she makes her way to Alliance, Ohio, and creates a new life for herself. She completes her education and finds her identity in the medical field. As she blossoms, following her dreams Hannah also discovers she can love again.

WHEN THE SOUL MENDS opens as Hannah heads for Owl's Perch and her friends and family in the Amish community after being called home when a friend is seriously injured. To her surprise, "life seemed to have changed for everyone else as much as it had for her." She's determined to be independent and unhurt by anything her family and friends might say or do: "They'd trampled her spirit once. She'd not give them another chance."

Woodsmall follows Hannah as she navigates the touchy relational territory between herself, her family and her Amish community.
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Hannah, an old order Amish young woman, has left her home in disgrace after her fiance, Paul, has refused to hear her side of an unexpected pregnancy. After giving birth and being kicked out of her father's home, she left and looked up an Aunt who had also been banned from their Amish family. Hannah moved in with her aunt, learned to love her immediately, and through her, met Martin, an Englisher with plenty of money and the responsibility of raising his sister's two children. Hannah nursed her aunt through illness and death. Hannah and Martin fell in love, and an older Doctor in the town befriended her, nursed her back to health after her high risk pregnancy, gave her a job and a will to live and follow her dream of becoming a nurse.

An unexpected emergency back home called Hannah back. She was hesitant, but still loving her family and home, she drove the four hours to be with her sister, Sarah, who had become a total mental case and whose father refused any outside intervention. Hannah was basically shunned and ignored by the townspeople because of the way she had left, the Bishop's verdict and the fact she was now living as English. Hannah was determined to get Sarah some modern mental health help and her life becomes entangled with her old fiance Paul, who is now a mental health counselor and the one assigned to oversee the care of Sarah. Hannah feels she really does not fit in anyplace anymore, but is anxious to get back to Martin, the love of her life. Paul has a new girlfriend who figures hugely in the outcome of this love mystery.

Eventually lives collide, old hurts return, new ideas seem wrong, and her best friend Mary has kept her doctor's report a secret since her accident, and defied his counsel by becoming pregnant.
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