After having read book 3 (When the Soul Mends) in the Sisters of the Quilt Series (Cindy Woodsmall), I did not have it in mind to read the first part of this story, book 1; When the Heart Cries. Slim pickin’s on the selection list left me with this book. I have read one other book by this author, in the Ada’s House series.
Book 1 in this series introduces us to Hannah Lapp, and Old Order Amish young lady not quite 18 years old. Not having been baptized into the faith yet, Hannah is still in her rumschpringe, which allows her a little more freedom. On the evening of her secret engagement to a young Mennonite man, tragedy finds Hannah and changes her life forever.
I have no doubt that the response to the tragedy is likely authentic Amish. If it’s not, it’s not doing the faith any favors. I find the general subject in this particular book to be off-putting. It doesn’t endear the Amish people to me, to say the least. I wish the author had chosen a different theme for this story. I think there are any number of other events that could have led the main character down the same path.
The one thing this book did do for me was make me want to re-read book 3. I hope that I’ll be able to look at the characters differently than I did the first time around, and that may make the overall story more palatable.
Despite the main story line, the book was well written and the characters well-developed. I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
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