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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

When the Heart Cries

by Cindy Woodsmall

Book One, Sisters of the Quilt

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 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 choice 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.

Pammer here: Wow! This book is awesome. Cindy does a wonderful job. Her sweet and gentle heart show in her writing. You couldn't help root for Hannah and Paul in all that happened. Some of the people you just want to shake. Your emotions are grabbed as soon as you begin the story. Cindy has a way with words and you find yourself "with" these real characters in their setting, feeling with them. I learned interesting facts about the Amish and Mennonites too, which I find fascinating.
My words simply can't do justice to this book. It goes on sale in September. Get it.


At 10:38 AM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Heather Diane Tipton said...

ooooh sounds good!

At 4:24 PM, July 20, 2006, Blogger Camy Tang said...

Thanks for the review, Pammer!

At 9:51 PM, July 21, 2006, Blogger Jennifer Y. said...

Sounds like a good book!

At 8:10 AM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Wonderful review and yay! Cindy. I saw the big poster of When The Heart Cries at ICRS and was very happy for you!!

Hugs, Rachel

At 3:49 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Camy Tang said...

I agree! It's so neat to see a friend's debut novel come out!

At 4:55 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Cindy Woodsmall said...

Hey, Guys! Thank you! Fab Four is Fab-u-lous! I'm really thrilled Pammer reviewed my first book.

Rachel, when Kim Sawyer sent me a .jpg of the poster for the book's cover from ICRS, it was a good thing I was sitting down. LOL

Cyber hugs until September!


At 6:48 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Belinda P. said...

Awesome, Cindy. I can't wait to read the book!

At 7:37 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Amy Wallace said...


WOW!!! What an amazing cover and story synopsis. I am so looking forward to reading When the Heart Cries!

Love and lots of clapping,

At 8:37 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Missy T said...

Wow! What a beautiful cover! And thanks for the great review/summary. I'm dying to read it!

Can't wait to get my copy! Cindy, do you think we'll be able to get a copy at our Sept. WORD meeting?


At 8:39 PM, July 22, 2006, Blogger Marci J. Burke said...

I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall and I highly recommend this book. The characters are captivating and the Amish setting is wonderfully and accurately drawn.

Hannah Lapp, a young Amish girl, will capture your heart from page one. Her story portrays the compassion Christ has for each of us, showing that even while we walk through adversity, Jesus is always there.

I can't wait to read more from this compelling new author. Book two can't come out soon enough!
~Marci Burke

At 4:15 AM, July 23, 2006, Blogger Meg said...

It sounds good. I'm looking forward to reading it. A lovely cover, too!


At 7:03 AM, July 26, 2006, Blogger Julie Garmon said...

Hey Cindy,
Loved your teaching last night. Holding the cover of your book was an honor--as a writer I know the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that goes into birthing a new baby. Looking forward to reading it.

Much love,
Julie Garmon


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