Tuesday, April 5, 2011
When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall
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!