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Hannah, Das Amischmädchen Bd. 1 (Sisters of the Quilt #1)

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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 col
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Published by Francke (first published January 1st 2006)
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Courtney
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 ...more
Beth Wood
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 p
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Christina
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 writt
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Julie
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
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Becky
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 da
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Sarah
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 r ...more
Tina Peterson
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
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Margaret
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Faith
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
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Sherri
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
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Sally Walker
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!
Dichotomy Girl
So, after my issue with Waiting for Summer's Return (Ollenberger, #1), and having enjoyed Christmas in Apple Ridge: Three-in-One Collection: The Sound of Sleigh Bells, The Christmas Singing, NEW! The Dawn of Christmas, I thought I would be safe if I stuck to this author. Sigh.... In actuality, it seems I am never safe, though Novella's have been kind to me. (And in the future, RUN! from trilogies!)

This was not the simple amish romance I was looking for, it was barely a few chapters in before the
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'becca
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.
Cathy
Don't read this book unless you plan on reading all three. It reminded me of Les Miserables in that things went bad for everyone and the hits just kept coming. I really wanted to know if/how everything was going to work out in the end so I read most of the second book too which was better but still mostly depressing. I finally decided that no happy ending was going to make up for all this misery and I read books to be entertained not depressed. It wouldn't be so bad if each book could stand alon ...more
Debbie
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.:)
Linda
Less idyllic than Beverly Lewis' books on the Amish, this story took me by surprise. After the first few chapters, it seemed this book would end with a nice, neat predictable ending, but it didn't. I appreciate Woodsmall's candid portray of what is often idealized. The Amish like any other subculture has their own distinct problems. Aside from this, When the Heart Cries is a good, interesting read. I also appreciated the spiritual awakening of some of characters, as they struggle with life's dif ...more
Aleta
A difficult, rambling read with more pain than joy.
Joyce
Library copy. My first read of this author. The first page did not impress me, and (no spoilers) it started with a bang, before letting the reader get to know the characters. Just my first impressions. I'm still reading :-)

This is a really hard one to review. I have read a couple of Amish fiction books, but this one seemed quite dark to me. Now I've put off writing the review for awhile, hoping that it would seem lighter to me. I do realize it is the first of a series, so hopefully things turn a
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Kelly Hager
Hannah is part of an Old Order Amish family. Still, she's in love with Paul, who's a Mennonite. When he asks her to marry him, she happily accepts, even though there's a very good chance that it means she'll lose her family. This would be enough for a novel, I'm sure, but what the book is REALLY about is what happens after she gets engaged. On her way home, she is raped. Her family knows, but no one else in the community does. Slowly, rumors begin to spread about what's going on with Hannah, and ...more
Malia
I suppose I was duped into this book by the word "quilt" in the trilogy. Or maybe it was recomended by the quilters group on GR. Anyway, there is very little about quilting in this book.

I loved this book- I hated this book... I hated that I loved it. It is so well written and takes on such a different look at the Amish life. Lately I've been reading a lot of Wanda Bruntstetter and this Amish tale portrayed the people in a much more negative light than any of the Bruntstetter novels I've read. It
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Loraine Alcorn
I was able to read this awesome book through blogging for books and Im so glad I did. I really loved this book its got a lot of tragedy in it though and is a bit different than other Amish/Fiction books I have read before. Its very uplifting and you really get to feel for Hannah as she struggles to find Peace, while facing her tragedy and all the repercussions from it.

The story starts With a young Amish girl named Hannah. Hannah is in love with a boy who is not from her Amish community but from
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Sandy
Hannah Lapp was so in love with Paul Waddell. The problem was that she had been brought up in an Old Order Amish family and Paul was brought up in a Mennonite home. Hannah's family would never approve of their hidden engagement. As the two make plans that will gain Paul's approval of Hannah's father, tragedy strikes. Hannah is attacked and raped by a stranger.

Hannah's world is completely turned upside down. Her parents fear the judgments of the community and the bishop so they decide to keep th
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Sally
"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 th
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Robin
This was a wonderful tale of Hannah an Amish girl who suffers a truely awful experience. Have your tissues ready. Parts of this book are just heartbreaking. You learn so much about Amish traditions and the old way of doing things. You see how her family and community react to her assault and how they view her. Instead of helping her through this, they literally turn thier back on her and consider her (my words) "dirty". You really feel for this poor girl. You just want to scoop her up and cuddle ...more
Rhonda
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Erin
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Eileen Souza
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 towa
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Louise
Story Description:

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 college for his senior year, Paul asks Hannah to be his wife. Hannah accepts, aware that her marriage will cha
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Heatherhh
I liked this book a lot in the beginning. As it progressed, it began to be too melodramatic. Too many malicious enemies, misunderstandings, people conveniently arriving at just the right moment to come to the wrong conclusions many, many, many times, tragic situation at just the right moment. And then I found at the end that it wasn't resolved, and I needed to buy another book to move past the cliffhanger. The characterization and dialogue were good, and that's the only reason I was able to cont ...more
Crystal
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 become
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author who has written six novels, three novellas, and Plain Wisdom, a work of nonfiction coauthored with her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. She’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life.

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Other Books in the Series

Sisters of the Quilt (3 books)
  • When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt, #2)
  • When the Soul Mends
When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt, #2) When the Soul Mends The Hope of Refuge The Bridge of Peace (Ada's House, #2) The Harvest of Grace (Ada's House, #3)

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