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When the Soul Mends: A Novel

2 Ratings: 2.5
a book by Cindy Woodsmall

When Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community that she grew up in in order to help her sister, she is torn between her new life and love in the outside world and life in the community with her first love.

Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Date Published: September 16, 2008
1 review about When the Soul Mends: A Novel

Last book in Sisters of the Quilt trilogy ends it just right

  • Apr 22, 2009
When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall is the third and final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series, but no worries, you don't need to have read the first two books to jump into this compelling novel. Hannah Lapp Lawson left the Amish faith two years ago when her community shunned her after a tragedy. She lost everything: her family, her fiance Paul, and her plans for the future, and had to rebuild a life for herself in Ohio. She's just a few months away from her nursing degree and she's almost engaged to a terrific Englischer, Martin, when she receives a confused phone call from her sister Sarah insisting that she return home. Hannah goes home to find that Sarah is falling apart mentally and to help her, she needs to face all of the ghosts from her past, and that may jeopardize her future with Martin. Woodsmall packs an amazing amount of drama into this book dealing with Hannah, her brother, and her best friend. There are a lot of Christian fiction books praising the Amish lifestyle, Woodsmall bravely addresses the insularity and troubles that may face those in that faith. Hannah has to face the disapproval of her father, along with being shunned by much of her community, and the reader can't help but applaud her courage and ability to stand up for herself. I loved every twist and turn of this book, and I appreciated the way Woodsmall refused to make anyone a caricature. Even the antagonists' motives were understandable and she didn't take the easy way out by making anyone truly irredeemable. I just couldn't put this book down!<br/>

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August 07, 2010
I've traveled to Pennsylvania a few years back and met some Amish people. I enjoyed shopping in their store the most! They had all kinds of homemade goodies. Perhaps you'd be interested in @starmoth's review of Amish Life, a non-fiction pamphlet about the Amish. :)
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