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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 colWhen 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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When the Heart Cries Reviews

  • Courtney
    2019-06-13 06:54

    I don't know where to begin about how I felt about this story. This is the first Amish story I have ever read and so I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was blown away! This is about a young Amish girl named Hannah who was in love with a Mennonite named Paul for three years. He was in college but came every summer to the community in which Hannah lived to help his grandmother and Hannah worked for his grandmother and that is how they became friends. He proposed to Hannah before he left for college his senior year. Hannah said yes knowing that this relationship could change everything for her, she was going outside tradition and the affect could be damaging. The day Paul left, Hannah was struck by a huge tragedy that changed her life forever. This story was so deeply moving that I could not put it down even when I wanted to. It made me cry in so many ways and then also rejoice with things that happened. Hannah was such an amazing character that you instantly loved her and everything about her. Cindy Woodsmall did an amazing job connecting you with the characters. It has rarely happened to me that I went to bed still thinking of the story and woke up to pick it right back up. I couldn't get enough of the heartache, the rejoicing, and the struggles of this amazing woman.I requested a review copy of the third book of the series, Sister of the Quilt, so I felt like I had to read the first two books in the series first. It's a good thing I did it that way because there is no way I could have waited for a long time to read the final book in this series. When the Heart Cries made my heart cry and made me just want to reach out and help this family and situation. It really was an amazing book. I recommend anyone who enjoys Amish stories to pick this one up, and if you just like Christian romance, with a side of tragedy then you will like this one also! Great read!

  • Beth Wood
    2019-05-27 05:05

    This is a TERRIBLE BOOK! I wanted to read a book in the subgenre of Amish Romance, which I thought would be a sweet and gentle love story.*spoiler alert*Now, I must admit first that I did not read the entire book. I read the first chapter and the last, and I was completely outraged. I then scanned through the rest of the book.The gist of this book is, Hannah loves a boy who is a Mennonite. She is going to break with her family and church and marry him. In the meantime, she is raped and becomes pregnant. WHAT? WHAT KIND OF CRAP IS THIS? This isn't romance, it's a Law and Order SVU episode. End of the book, she loses the baby and embarks on a life on her own outside the community and family who shunned her. But she trusts God that everything will turn out okay, and she and Paul will someday be reunited. REALLY? This is why it's fiction. In real life, she would develop a drinking problem and have to go to therapy for years.

  • Christina
    2019-05-25 03:48

    After I read one bad Beverly Lewis book after another, I promptly shelved any plans to read Cindy Woodsmall’s popular Amish series, Sisters of the Quilt. Then this morning as I was running around my room attempting to find a book to read during these last few days of senior year, I grabbed the first one my hand landed on and was apprehensive as I opened the book up during first period. I shouldn’t have been, and I shouldn’t have avoided When the Heart Cries for so long.It’s a good, solidly written book that left me frantically turning the pages with tears in my eyes. When the Heart Cries is a compelling story that breaks your heart while at the same time filling you with hope for Hannah and her struggle against the world around her. I loved Hannah, truly cared for her, and felt for her as a person, but I also understood the point of view of her fiancé, Mennonite Paul, and sympathized with him — a task that’s difficult for any writer to master.The book isn’t without its flaws, though, as it is slightly predictable in the beginning — girl is raped and becomes pregnant — but I think the Amish setting really places a spin on the story. There are more restrictions up Hannah and her child that typically would not be found in our society, disbelief about her being raped from the bishop all the way down to her father. Woodsmall shows the love and support of the close-knit Amish community, while at the same time demonstrating that the Amish lifestyle is not the idyllic lifestyle as it is often portrayed to be. Judgment exist in all religious circles, not only among the Amish, and rumors can take a vicious hold on a sister, a brother, a friend, a fiancé, a father, and a community.

  • Julie
    2019-06-04 01:14

    This is a strange book. I will not rate it because part of me wants to give it 1 star and part wants to rate it 4. Parts of the story was completely ridiculous and unbelievable and yet it was a page turner. I neglected life by reading it. I did not agree with the author that this family would turn on each other like this especially in the Ammish religion. I don't have a perfect family but I cannot think of anything they could do that would make me react the way this family did. The other reason I do not agree with this family's vengence is because of when in real life the man shot and killed those ammish children in the ammish school a few years back, the ammish forgave immediately. I just can't believe they would only treat outsiders this way and not their own flesh and blood. There were other discrepencies in the book but this was the one I just could not swallow.It is the first book of three. As soon as I finished this book I went immediately to library to get the other three. However the library was closed for the day, ugh. I did like how clean and spirtual it is. I liked learning more of the Ammish life.

  • Becky
    2019-06-11 06:15

    I am ambivalent about this book, but I'm completely hooked and have to know how the series ends. It would probably save time if I just picked up the third book and read the last four chapters :)This is an "Amish" story, but I have a hard time believing their faith and culture were accurately portrayed. The gossip, back-biting, shunning and other unkind and ungodly behaviors bothered me. The "Old Order Amish" are extremely conservative, but I'm disheartened to think any family would shut-out a daughter who has been through such trauma. I found certain character behaviors just ignorant and reactive. I did get frustrated with the book's pacing in places.HOWEVER, I will probably read the other two books just to find out what happens, and because I'm curious to see if Woodsmall can develop as a writer. The book was well-written enough to hold my interest even through the tedious "religious" parts.It's really a 2.5 star.

  • Jerry
    2019-05-25 05:17

    The Good: A sweeping story that is both touching and heartbreaking; great writing; a likable heroine; plenty of Amish charm...what's not to like?The Bad: Nothing, really; I just save the highest possible rating for absolutely outstanding works.Conclusion: Amish fiction has sold like hotcakes in recent years; several Christian authors have written multiple novels about the Pennsylvania Dutch and their quaint way of life. Fans of such stories know what to expect from a book like this, and that's what they'll get.

  • Sarah Price
    2019-06-06 04:09

    Loved this first book in the trilogy.

  • Tina Peterson
    2019-05-28 08:05

    I had a very hard time reading this book. The Amish books I've read, and there haven't been many, always show a loving supportive family who have a strong faith and a bond that seems to be tight. This book, When the Heart Cries, isn't like that. You have an abusive father who controls his family through fear. A wife afraid of her husband and children (even the older ones) afraid of their father.Hannah Lapp has a desire to escape the Amish community she was raised in and promises to marry a young Mennonite man before he heads off to finish his last year of college. The day he leaves Hannah walks home after telling him goodbye and ends up being viciously raped. Even with that I thought the book would only get better but when she arrives home, in shock, torn and shaking - her mother collapses, her father swears her to silence - so he can decide if he is going to tell the Bishop and tells her it is not their way to seek revenge by contacting the police. Not even to save another girl from going through what Hannah went through.To top it off, Hannah now feels that Paul isn't going to want her if he finds out what happened to her. She withdraws to the bedroom and the top floor of the house and it isn't until her brother gets into a car-buggy accident and she and her mother go to the hospital to help him that she finds out that she has rights as a woman. Her family turns against her and Hannah is in a tailspin....I think it's obvious I didn't care for this book. I found it really hard to read - the father more than any other character in the book bothered me and I would of liked to see him taken down a peg or two. Personally I don't think I would put this book out around your kids - unless it's a book that you and your daughters are reading together - but please don't read this until your girls are at least 16 years old. It is definitely not for younger teens - but for older kids it would be a good opportunity to discuss women's rights, safety and what to do in a bad situation.

  • Joleen
    2019-05-21 05:17

    Well, I really messed this series up. Apparently I read #2 and #3 in 2008, and just now finished #1, having no recollection of the other two. The reason I even know this is because this story ended with no ending...just the main character leaving, with her future unknown. So I wanted to see if I had the next books in my cloud storage. That's when I found I not only had them, but had read them. Ugh. I guess I'll have to read them "again" to see what happened to her...again. Lol.This story haunted me. I had a hard time putting it down because I kept hoping for some sort of happy outcome after this poor Amish girl named Hannah was a victim in an unfortunate incident. (view spoiler)[Hannah had a forbidden relationship with a Mennonite young man, Paul, who was only there for summers. Oh, it was all very innocent. They never even kissed. Over the years they both grew to love each other. He had just asked her to marry him and asked Hannah to wait for him a few months for her eighteenth birthday, so they could marry without her parents permission. But two tragic events happened within a couple weeks of each other which changed Hannah's life. This was the beginning of the haunting for me. Reactions from her parents were shocking by our standards, and were hurtful. One incident had to be covered up, while the other incident brought assistance from the whole community. Hannah was not allowed letters or any communication with Paul so her life was hard. Eventually she did see him a few times, their love rekindled, and plans for marriage proceeded, but toward the end things changed again drastically. Argh! (hide spoiler)]It's a good book. I used to read Amish books a lot, but for the most part quit until just recently. So many of them sounded alike. This was a bit different, so, although hard at times, it was still good. I'm expecting better things, clarifications, answered prayers and relationships to be reconciled in the following books I'm rereading...since, typical for me, I don't remember them at all.

  • Margaret Chind
    2019-05-30 07:15

    My heart complete breaks and repairs through this book. This story is told giving perspective into many of the characters lives and it makes you look back on your own with perspective. ***SPOILER ALERT***Imagine leading a plain, normal strict life, yet having a desire for a man you know will not receive approval in the eyes of your family your people and struggling to find a way. Then as everything looks like it will work out just find, you're raped by a stranger and nobody believes you. Then when you finally accept the reality of a pregnancy, you lose that too. Only through the grace of God can life be repaired. Usually I despise books that leave things wanting, but this book was perfect. It ended at just the right time and I look forward to reading a sequel When The Morning Comes.

  • Faith
    2019-05-31 07:17

    There was nothing especially exciting or clever about the writing style of this author, but the story line kept me hooked the whole time. Every time I tried to put it down, there would be a new twist and I'd have to read just a little more. This is a series, so the ending was inconclusive, which was a little frustrating--I guess I'll just have to read the next one!Added Note: Though the story was captivating, I just kept on thinking while reading it that the descriptions of how people acted and reacted probably weren't very accurate. The author is not Amish, and no matter how much research you do, you just don't know a culture and people unless you're really a part of it. That kind of bothered me because the main character's family was not put in a very good light.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-06 04:50

    I really liked the idea of these books and the story was pretty good. I was interested in what happened, which kept me reading all three books. The problem I had with them was the poor writing. Some passages were almost laughable. I wish they had been written by a better author and then I think I would have loved them. The story is set in an Amish town with Amish characters and I found it very interesting to learn a little more of their culture, I would have liked to learn even more. I enjoyed the books as they went on and I think my favorite was the third book, When the Soul Mends, Because of all the different characters and cultures that were brought together.

  • Megan
    2019-06-15 04:04

    Wow! I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting! From the opening chapter I was hooked and I pretty much didn't put the book down until I finished it. Hannah had such terrible things happen to her, but at the same time had she been honest about them some of her trouble might have been avoided. I got so irritated at her parents, especially her Daed, but can't say why without spoilers. I'm hoping things will be resolved in the next book, but if not at least by the third and final one. If you enjoy Amish fiction you should definitely love this book, but if you usually don't I think you should give this one a try since it was different than most Amish fiction I've read.

  • Ruth
    2019-06-01 03:58

    I've said before that I think Cindy Woodsmall is one of the better authors out there writing Amish Fiction. When the Heart Cries is the first in a three book series about Hannah Lapp. Hannah has been raised in an Old Order Amish family, but as a teen fell in love with a neighbor, a Mennonite. On the way home, after agreeing to marry him, she is raped and almost run down by a car. Her parents don't call the police, but want her to tell the bishop what happened. She doesn't want to talk about it, and eventually finds out that the experience left her pregnant. What happens to her relationship to her family? Her church? Her fiancee? No spoilers here, but I enjoyed the story.

  • Susan
    2019-05-22 04:50

    This was a very different Amish story for me because everything is not all calm, loving and happy. It delves in some very hard topics that are not handled well. I had a hard time reading about a rape that was hidden from everyone and not acknowledged. The victim was never able to work through it and was shunned for it. Your heart goes out to her and I wanted to reach inside the book and knock some sense into some of the characters.The ending was not a warm fuzzy either. It really leaves with nothing resolved. I have to read the next one though because I have to know what happens!Obviously well written to draw me in so entirely.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-09 00:58

    I guess that my experience with the Amish people leads to wonder why this author choose to focus her novel on all of the possible negative stereotypes of this people. I'm sure that the Amish people have their own struggles, but I didn't see any of the wonderful parts of their lifestyle portrayed here at all. The female lead drove me crazy with her lack of judgment in several circumstances which lead to the community having a really poor opinion of her. An ounce of foresight would have made her realize the risks that she took involving several different males in her community.

  • Sally Walker
    2019-06-04 07:00

    This book was excellent! I thought it was well written and very well told! I have to say though that this book made me Extremely Angry!! Made me Weep like a baby as well! I have to say that I am very blessed to have the family I have and that I am grateful that I am NOT Amish!! I will definitely read this book again and I hope there is another one in this series to come!

  • 'becca
    2019-06-10 08:02

    Favorite line at the end: "She was beginning a journey between her and God. It had to be worth taking."Lots of trauma in the book in a very short time. Enjoyed learning more about the Amish culture.

  • Aleta
    2019-06-20 06:09

    A difficult, rambling read with more pain than joy.

  • Beth
    2019-06-16 07:10

    Seriously.....? I think I'm officially a fan of Amish fiction.

  • Debbie
    2019-05-28 05:55

    excellent read! I am so glad I read Cindy's books. Great series. I am waiting for the 3rd one to this series. It was hard to put down.:)

  • Martha
    2019-06-11 05:09

    This book is very emotional. I could tell sweet, caring Hannah was digging herself into trouble. There are some Godly lessons shared. This story keeps you tuned in hoping things work out for Hannah. They don't work out as planned in book one, so on to book two. (I'll post a fuller review soon.) Rating 4.5 for good writing, well developed characters and engaging plot.

  • Joellen Silvas
    2019-06-15 02:50

    This book pulls the strings on every emotion I have. I laughed, cried, and got mad. I could not put it down until the very last page.

  • Eileen Souza
    2019-06-03 06:04

    The copy that I have of this book is of the complete trilogy, which struck me when I was at the book store recently. I've been wanting to read a similar book "I am Hutterite" but haven't seen it at the bookstore, and haven't done a special order lately, so when I saw this, I thought it looked intriguing and might tie me over while I wait for some (hopefully great) books to be released in May.The story is of an Amish district in Pennsylvania, from the perspective of a young lady as she moves towards her adulthood within the community. Interestingly, the Pennsylvania dutch (Amish, and Mennonite) have a term for this -rumschpringe - running around - that basically allows adolescents to experience a little more leniency, and are able to "sow their wild oats" without getting into trouble. It is also the period where the adolescents decide whether or not to become members of their church -so they are temporarily outside of church control. Of course, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt, since the local Bishops tend to bring concerns to the parents of the child, and the children don't want to get their parents in trouble. Still, I think it's an interesting concept, and an intriguing subject to write about.Hannah, the main character, has many questions, and few answers, but as an attractive, successful member of the community, she becomes the target of exaggerated rumors by jealous members of her community - including her own sister. I don't want to give away the details, but I would say that the snarl she finds herself in seems like it can and probably does happen in isolated communities. I hate her father. He's a spineless jelly-fish. It was an absolute page turner, and an enjoyable story.I would have given this book four stars, but although I have the rest of the books handy, objectively, the first book ends in a cliff hanger, and I hate cliff hangers. They immediately lose a star, so for consistency I dropped this down to three. Looking forward to getting to the next book!

  • Sally
    2019-06-01 06:12

    "When Hannah dares to love across the boundaries of tradition, will she lose everything?"Seventeen year old Amish Hannah Lapp has been seeing twenty one year old Mennonite Paul Waddell behind her parents' backs. On the eve of his return to college for his senior year, Paul asks Hannah to marry him and she agrees. Unfortunately, it all goes downhill from there.When the Heart Cries is not a happy, breezy Amish novel. I've read a LOT of fiction about the Amish and this is definitely different to the majority of them. If you're looking for a positive Amish read, this isn't it. I actually found it difficult to read at times. Why? First up, Hannah's family is extremely strict. The 'running around' time is considered a time for an Amish son or daughter to find their spouse, not for experiencing Englisch ways. Secondly, after Hannah experiences a severe trauma, her father demands that she look after her mother who is shocked at what's happened. To our culture, he comes across as very unfeeling. Thirdly, while the Amish actively practice forgiveness, no one in Hannah's community is willing to forgive her for events that unfold after her ordeal. In fact, very few people actually believe her story. Even Paul has doubts that are serious enough to upset their relationship.Does that mean this is a bad book? Not at all. In fact, it's well written for a first published novel. I've also read other books by Woodsmall and enjoyed them. But it does portray a different kind of Amish to the hard-working, peaceful loving Amish we are used to reading about. If Amish novels have made you think you wouldn't mind being Amish, I can guarantee this will make you think differently! I also have to say that this is the first of the Sisters of the Quilt series, and I've not read the other two books that come after this. For all I know, things could change completely by book three!I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

  • Crystal
    2019-05-23 08:03

    i feel in love with this book.. Hannah was so amazing. young but so strong, through her trails. i found myself wiping tears through the first 10 chapters, but couldn't seem to put the book down.. would recommend this to anyone.. cindy woodsmall has done a wonderful job, bringing her characters to life.Ms. Woodsmall's When The Heart Cries was a pleasant surprise; usually I'm not a big fan of Amish fiction because the stories tend to follow a similar pattern so when reading more than one it becomes harder to distinguish one story from another. But here I was pretty well hooked from page one. Hannah Lopp is such a sweet and innocent girl, that she is a heroine easy to like. She is in love with a Mennonite neighbor, Paul. She needs to decide if she wants to marry him and leave her faith, her family and community. After seeing how her family and her community treat her, I think by the end of the book that decision would be easier to make. Hannah is so happy in love, she is taken unawares and the unthinkable happens. From here on, she is shaken to the core. She begins to withdraw and hide away. Her family is not much help in the matter. They are not supportive or very understanding. Maybe that is just the Amish way but it's feels very wrong for parents to not act more caring and compassionate towards a hurting child. In this sense, the story becomes riveting- it's like a bad accident that even though what's happening is horrible and almost inhumane compared to commonly acceptable human behavior you can't help but read on. I am not that familiar with the Amish so I don't know how realistic this portrayal is but it makes for a very interesting read.Wonderful novel with great characters ..

  • Sherri
    2019-05-27 01:51

    I originally purchased the book, When the Morning Comes from Books-a-Million, never realizing that it was part of a series. So by the time I jumped into the story, it was already into the second setting. However, despite that, I was still able to follow along and understand what was needed to continue in this second story.The book, When the Morning Comes, jumps in where Hannah has left her Amish order to escape from bad memories, which includes the birth of child from rape. She goes to live with her aunt, who was shunned many years ago. Here, she develops a new personna, one outside the Amish lifestyle. Her aunt welcomes her with welcome arms, introducing her to the family who has cared for her over the years. Over time, she falls in love with the son of the family that her aunt used to care for. Meanwhile, back home, her sister is doing some bizarre things and her former love is determined to find her.When the Morning Comes book was so well written that I could not wait to locate the third book in the series. Visiting the local library, I found the food and finished it within a day or two.The third and final book in this particular series, When the Soul Mends, ties up the loose ends from the previous stories. Having fallen in love with Martin, the son of the family that her aunt cared for, she discovers that her former love had been seeking her.All in all, this particular series by Cindy Woodsmall is what I would consider quite good. The details were rich, and I found myself transported to a different place in time, stepping between Amish land and the English land.

  • Erin
    2019-06-07 05:57

    Rating: 4 Stars True to its title, this book will bring tears to the heart. Hannah is from an Old Order Amish family and has fallen in love with Paul, a conservative Mennonite. When Paul proposes, she accepts even though she might lose her family and community. With future plans all set, she is as happy as would be expected. That same night, as she is walking home, she is raped by a stranger. Through out the book, Hannah’s small world slowly unravels as she is forced to keep her tragedy a secret. This tale is heart retching. As Hannah starts to overcome one tragedy, another one follows, followed by another. However, Hannah is not overly victimized or hateful. She tries her hardest to keep moving forward and endure, even when things are completely grim. As a reader, I have to admire her strength and determination. She never became resentful over her hardships and even learned to love life despite them. I have to admit that part of me wanted a fairy tale ending. I felt that if anybody deserved a fairy tale, it was Hannah. Although, I know that such an ending would be unrealistic. I also know I would not have liked an all rainbows and sunshines ending. Lucky for me, there’s a sequel, so maybe I’ll get my happy ending after all. Although sad, this book did keep my coming back. I would pick it up while waiting for pasta to boil for dinner or while waiting five minutes before heading out the door. Somewhere in the last 100 pages, I decided to finish it off in one night. During that time my eyes teared up and I was surrounded by soggy tissues and a small, comforting dog. Overall, I liked this book and am looking forward to the next two books.

  • Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
    2019-06-18 01:57

    The first in a trilogy, it's the story of a young Amish woman. Born into a strict Old Amish family, Hannah falls in love with a young Mennonite. Her family will not approve of Paul, but she becomes engaged anyway. When Hannah is assaulted by a stranger while on her way home one day, her life changes forever. Hers becomes a story of secrets and fear that once Paul learns what happened, he will no longer love her.I found myself very angry with Hannah's parents. When she comes home after her assault, she expects some care and concern. Her parents show minimal concern and her mother acts as if the attack happened to her, personally. Her father feels that a bath and time will help Hannah heal and is more concerned with whether he should tell their bishop what happened.Her sister is jealous of her and spreads some rumors about her that ultimately tear their family apart. While the Amish life fascinates me, I do not understand the strictness of their religious beliefs. While there is talk of God and how He never leaves you, there is never talk of Christ and forgiveness. It's all about the punishment and shunning of someone who has transgressed. While some of Hannah's friends and family show her love and support, others are severe in their judgments of her, even when their judgments are founded in untruth. I am anxious to read the rest of the series. I like Hannah and her strength even in times of fear and sorrow. For a debut novel, I thought this one was terrific.

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-21 08:59

    Hannah Lapp loves her neighbor Paul Waddell, but her father Zeb refuses to see any of his daughters married to an outsider. Paul returns Hannah's high regard, but knows that her father would never tolerate a Mennonite in his Amish family and so fears any efforts on his part would leave Hannah considered dead by her dad. Still before he leaves in his English car for his fourth year of college, he asks Hannah to marry him. That same day that she and Paul become engaged, Hannah heads home carrying a basket of blueberries, when a man driving a car stops, pulls her into his vehicle and rapes her. Already in shock that God allowed such a terrible thing to happen to her, Hannah turns introspective especially when she feels the Old Ways of her family and community have failed her, but still turns to prayer especially when she turns out to be pregnant. WHEN THE HEART CRIES is an interesting look at the differences and similarities between the Amish and the Mennonites. Hannah is a deep protagonist who finds no solace with the Old Ways, with her family, or with her beloved as she feels that everyone holds her culpable for the rape. The story line focuses on everyday Amish life mostly through her perspective as a pariah, but though insightful that can turn tedious to the reader. Still overall this is a fine entry, and I am glad that Cindy Woodsmall is going to provide further adventures of Hannah.