When The Heart Cries
Series: Sisters of the Quilt
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
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 communityand in the heart of the man she loves.
"Jill Shellabarger portrays naïve 17-year-old Hannah, who has been raised in an Old Order Amish family. Her depiction of Hannah's feelings of conflict when her secret Mennonite boyfriend, Paul, proposes is especially believable. Hannah feels both joy and anxiety because traditional Amish and Mennonites never mix, and Hannah fears her family's displeasure. Shellabarger's sympathetic portrayal of the ensuing tragedy that changes Hannah's life forever is captivating. She perfectly renders Hannah's questioning of the Old Amish ways, her father's love for her, and her place in the Amish community. But, most of all, she subtly depicts Hannah's doubts about her beloved Paul."
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
Publisher: Oasis Audio
Publication Date: 20081104
Subject: FIC042000-FICTION / Christian / General,FIC042040-FICTION / Christian / Romance
About The Author:
Cindy Woodsmall and her husband make their home in Georgia and have raised and home schooled three sons. Her husband became her staunchest supporter while she took writing courses, attended seminars, and strove to write a story from seeds sown years ago when her best friend was a Beachy Amish Mennonite girl. When the Heart Cries is Cindy's first novel.