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When the Heart Cries: Book 1 in the Sisters of the Quilt Amish Series Paperback – Sep 19 2006

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (Sept. 19 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400072921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400072927
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
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In this debut inspirational novel, Woodsmall takes readers inside a contemporary Amish family where the eldest daughter, Hannah, has fallen in love with her neighbor Paul. The trouble is that he's a Mennonite, and if those two faiths look similar to outsiders, they don't to Hannah's father, who would never permit his daughter to marry outside the Amish community. Yes, this is a familiar setup, with shades of the movie Witness. But the star-crossed romance is only the backdrop to the central events of the novel: in the very first chapter, Hannah experiences a trauma, setting in motion a chain of events that sometimes seems incredible. Woodsmall's prose is undistinguished; she too often flatly describes emotions ("Disappointment and anger formed a knot in Luke's chest"), and the Pennsylvania Dutch sprinkled throughout the book can be distracting. Still, this novel shows potential. Most of the characters are likable, and Woodsmall depicts both the appeal and the potential myopia of secluded Amish life. An emotionally subtle subplot involving Hannah's younger sister's envy adds some depth. Better yet, the surprising conclusion sets Woodsmall up for a sequel—but she'll need some fine-tuning if she wants a truly lasting series. (Sept. 19)
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Woodsmall's Amish heroine is naive Hannah Lapp, who, as the novel begins, accepts the marriage proposal of her childhood friend, Paul Waddell. But Paul is a Mennonite--and, almost worse, a college man. He embraces such corrupt modernisms as gasoline engines and the Internet. To outsiders, the differences between Amish and Mennonites may seem subtle, but that's not the case for Hannah's Old Order father, and all hell breaks loose. Woodsmall's first novel, which will more than likely beget a series, seems a worthy successor--or companion--to Beverly Lewis' popular stories of the Pennsylvania Amish.

John Mort
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Hannah Lapp is the seventeen year old daughter of an Old Order Amish family. She lives with her family in a gray stone farm home in Owl's Perch in Perry County, Pennsylvania.

Paul Waddell is a twenty-one year old Mennonite man, a college student in his final year. He plans on becoming a social worker. He spends summers working on his grandmother's farm. Hannah, too, works on his grandmother's farm. It was there they met. After three years of dating and hiding it from Hannah's parents, Paul proposes marriage, since he will be returning to school and he won't be seeing her. Hannah accepts Paul's proposal knowing that her family will avoid her for the rest of her life. Hannah hopes that Paul can win her family over by working for free on her father's farm.

Hannah is rebelling against the stifling lifestyle of the Old Order Amish Tradition. She is tempted by the freedom of the Modern World, electricity, computers, the internet, cars and a higher education.

Hannah's father is very strict. She was born into an Amish family and it is God's will that she join the Amish faith. The Amish and the Mennonites are two different faiths and are forbidden to marry. The Old Order Amish forbids higher education, dresses in "plain clothes", forbids the use of electricity and rides in horse-drawn buggies.

The Mennonites are more tolerant of the outside world and technology. They accept higher education. However, they too believe in cape dresses and prayer "Kapps" (caps) for the women.

On the evening of the engagement, the unthinkable happens. Tragedy Strikes. Hannah faces losing everything. What happens next to Hannah, her family and her fiance Paul? Does her family disown her? Does her relationship last? Does her entire life change?
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When Hannah dares to love across the boundaries of tradition, will she lose everything?

Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom, forgo baptism into the faith, 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 her marriage 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.

When the Heart Cries is book one in the Sisters of the Quilt series.

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Hannah Lapp is 17-years-old and she yearns to be "as modern as personal computers and the internet". Freedom beckoned to her, but so did her relatives.

Hannah is Amish and is in love with Paul Waddell who is a Mennonite. Today is his last day at his Grandmother's farm as he's returning for his fourth year at college. All Hannah would have of Paul during the fall, winter and spring would be his letters which he mails via his Grandmother's house. Hannah's father would end their friendship immediately if he ever found out about it as the Amish and Mennonites don't mix. Paul was getting a degree in social work.

Paul asks Hannah to marry him and she accepts.
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What a great book! I don't want to give it away, but the last few chapters I sat and cried so hard I felt as though I was going through the heartbreak myself. She really made you feel as though you were right there feeling along with the characters. I almost forgot for a moment that these characters aren't real and I'm not really Amish. :) Great read! I've started the 2nd one already and can't wait to read more!
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I really enjoyed this book. This author writes in a way that is not as predictable as many other authors are which kept me reading to find out what happens. Well written and in such a way you feel you are right there in the setting. I felt many emotions throughout reading it,even tears. If you have an interest in the Amish community you will find this book compelling. I recommend it.
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