Monday, January 16, 2012

My Book Review of Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall

Sisters of the Quilt contains the complete trilogy of the Sisters of the Quilt series. The following book summaries are taken from the author, Cindy Woodsmall’s website

Hannah Lapp was born and raised in an Old Order Amish home, without electricity, a telephone, or the right to follow her heart. Without her parents’ knowledge, she’s been in love with Mennonite Paul Waddell for years. When he asks her to marry him, she accepts, even though to do so will cause her family to avoid her for the rest of her life.
Before Hannah and Paul reveal their relationship, tragedy strikes. In one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed and she faces losing everything: her family, her fiancé, and even her faith in God.

When the Morning Comes is the sequel and continuation of the best-selling novel When the Heart Cries. Her relationship with fiance Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her secluded Old Order Amish community in hopes of finding a new home in Ohio with her shunned aunt. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to navigate the confusing world of the Englischers.
Will the countless opportunities in her new life persuade Hannah that her place is amongst the Englischers or will she give in to her heart’s call to return home and face the past?

Rumors and lies left Hannah’s life in tatters; can the truth possibly stitch it back together?
Having fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, Hannah finally has found happiness in the Englischer world, as well as love with Martin Palmer, a man with whom she can safely entrust her heart. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owl’s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her reopens old wounds.
As Hannah encounters former fiancë Paul Waddell, truths unknown to her surface about the events during her absence and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she return to the Plain Life-and perhaps her first love?

I was delighted to be able to read these riveting books as a complete series all at once. I received Sisters of the Quilt on a Friday afternoon and finished reading the 1,000 page book the next Monday evening.
I was struck by how hurtful wrong assumptions can be. When adults assume children are too young to understand difficult concepts, children are left to fill in their own assumptions, usually inaccurate and often more hurtful than the truth. 

I especially related to Hannah and when I had finished reading, I felt like I was saying goodbye to a dear friend and wishing her well.

Although these books can be purchased separately, I recommend getting Sisters of the Quilt so you can read all three at once. 

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great series. Hugs from one children's writer to another. :O)