It's official...Cindy Woodsmall is hereby my new favorite Author. Once again she has captivated me with another Amish romance/fiction book. When the Heart Cries is the 1'st book of the Sister's of the Quilt series and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.
Hannah Lapp is a 17 year old spirited, slightly rebellious, naive Amish girl who has decided to follow her heart and not be baptised. She longs to be the wife of Mennonite Paul Wadell. Although her parents do not know of their relationship, she accepts Paul's marriage proposal. Hannah tends to act on impulse and creates situations for herself that although are innocent, do not look right to the religious elders and end up costing her dearly. Her younger sister Sarah is very jealous of Hannah and spreads terrible rumors about Hannah around their community. On top of that her brother Luke blames Hannah for the accident that injured him and his fiance. But all that pales in comparison to the real tragedy that strikes Hannah's life.
Walking home on a country road the day her and Paul became engaged she is assaulted by a man and the "unthinkable" happens. You'll read about her struggles to cope with what has happened to her, plus the reactions and condemnation brought on by her family, friends and community. One by one it seems like everyone in her life turn their backs on her, but God proves time and time again that He will not leave her and will carry her through.
I literally stayed up till 5:00 a.m. reading this book. I could not set it down. Cindy Woodsmall gets the point across in this book that things are not always as they appear and that we should not be quick to judge or spread gossip. Your sure to love it!!
**This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.