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When the Soul Mends (Sisters of the Quilt #3)

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After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood. Having left Owl's Perch more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. Hannah has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she ...more
Published by Waterbrook Press (first published January 1st 2008)
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Tara Lynn
I could repeat for the umpteenth time how shocked I was to enjoy this series, let alone read through all of it in a matter of days. (Two of these books alone I got through in a sitting, I just couldn't stop reading.)

Hannah's story is simple, and inspirational without being preachy, the way books that have a religious or spritual theme often are. While I consider myself a very spiritual person, and certainly a religious one, books that have a religious theme often feel very much as though they're
Hannah Lapp thought she left the past behind her and intended to move on with her Englischer life. Then all things change when her sister Sarah calls her and begs her to come home again. Hannah can tell that Sarah is in desperate need of someone to talk to and she rushes home to deal with it. Hannah has to face her fears of seeing all the family and community that ridiculed her for so long and try to forgive the past and move forward. While she is there her soul does begin to mend and she finds ...more
Alex Short
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I normally don't like a continuous series like this but there is no way Woodsmall could have done Hannah's story justice in just one book. I think she did a marvelous job of dividingIher journey between the three books.

When the Soul Mends had me on tenterhooks. I knew how I wanted it to end but I wasn't sure that it was possible. In fact, Woodsmall convinced me that that my hopes would pretty much be dashed until nearly the end of the book. It was agonizing to read and my emotions just kept buil
Michelle Robinson
Ok, this is probably wrong but I hate Dorcas she is absolutely vile.

Having said that, this book is reasonably well written but again it is not a stand alone novel. Do not read it without having the rest of the the "books".

Also, if you have not had enough of the "big misunderstandings" that were so popular in eighties romances, you will be thrilled to see it here as a recurring theme in this novel and in book 2. I just wanted to scream at Paul and Hannah by the beginning of book three ONE REAL CO
I got this in Shipshe because I figured, when else would I get a chance to buy an Amish book? Damn it, I was up until 12:30 last night because I couldn't put it down. Now where am I going to buy more from this author? RAGPAGS, let's plan another trip to Shipshe!

I think that Martin's character suffered a bit to raise Paul up, but other than that, I adored the characters and truly rooted for all of them. Paul was a wonderful character and frankly, so was Martin. He wasn't what Hannah needed, but h
Barb Klein
“When the Soul Mends” by Cindy Woodsmall is Book Three in the Sisters of the Quilt series. I enjoyed reading this novel; however I would have read the other two books first had I known how difficult it would be to follow this one.

There were so many characters in the book that I had trouble following. The author had a list in the beginning of the book explaining who everyone was, but I got tired of turning back and forth. The story line was very good and the characters each had a pivotal part in
Public library copy. Anxious to see how this story ends. These three books are really one long story published in three volumes. I am particularly enjoying the interplay, if I may use that term loosely, between the Englischers, the Old Order Amish, and the Mennonite communities.

My hesitations over the first book are completely laid to rest by midway through the third book. The author has taken a powerful lot of characters and developed enough of them just enough to pack a powerful lot of growth
I didn't realize until I started reading this novel, that I read Book I and II several years go. As I remembered the characters I was so glad I was going to read the conclusion of the dilemma between Hannah and Sarah, sisters, Paul her closest friend, Luke her brother, and Daed who never acted as if he believed in her or that what she had told him about a delicate yet horrid happening was true. Hannah was a young girl, pure in heart, but soiled as a teen. Sadly, she is given very poor advice tha ...more
Elizabeth Dennison
When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall In the third book of the Sisters of the Quilt, Hannah Lapp returns to her childhood home after receiving a phone call from her sister. Her arrival back into the community is received with disapproval by many in the area. As her short visit to see a injured dear friend’s turns to dealing with her is younger sister’s struggle with mental issues. Hannah has to accept that she will be needing the assistance of her former fiancé, Paul Waddell to get her sister t ...more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as the earlier two in the series. The character development wasn't as good in this one. Hannah's behavior seemed a bit off-the-wall at points, and then all of a sudden at the end she's so reconciled and that character development wasn't supported, but just happens out of nowhere. The relationship issues between Hannah's ex-fiance and her current almost-fiance weren't well-handled either. Major changes appeared as broadsides out of nowhere, and I wasn't happy with ...more
I really liked this book! After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood. Having left Owl's Perch two years ago she finally has settled into a satisfying role of the Englischer world. Hannah has found love with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise;and her life-long dream of being part of the medical community is finally being realized. But almost immediately after her arr ...more
I liked this series, there was one thing that if the author tied up, I missed and that was who took the money. I have my suspicions it was Sarah ... This series made me really think -- I knew the Amish were very strict on a lot of things, but I didn't realize they were so adamantly against receiving medical care from those outside their community.
Elaine Dransfield
What a great ending to these stories. I have really loved them and highly recommend them. They talked about one of the greatest trials of life I believe...the ability to forgive. When you are been hurt so deeply, it is SO hard to forgive. Again, great series of books. Excellent writing by Cindy Woodsmall.
This final of the series (Sisters of the Quilt) give many turns in this young woman decision to make a decision or decisions that will allow her to heal from the disappointment of her family and the Amish group she had been part of for 17 years. The story points out the need for proper care for mental problems, how these persons were treated when medical care was needed but not allowed by the Bishop in charge. Into this comes this young girl who touches each of these issues and more in her attem ...more
Millie Conway
Loved this final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series

The author does a wonderful job of blending the Amish life with our modern culture. Her characters, their problem and conflicts are real and true to life. The plots moves along, catching me up in the story so that every free minute I had I was reading. In addition, the book carries the message of forgiveness and redemption and the dangers that result from holding on to resentment and hurt.
I read Woodsmall's Ada's House series several years
Tammy Drayton
All 3 Books in the Series was Very Good. Sad to had seen it end.

Suggested Age: 18+
Genre:Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction

This book is the beautiful conclusion to the heart-touching, Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy.

I wish that I could put into words how much this series means to me. I’m sitting here trying to type this review and my heart wants to pour out all the wisdom that I learned from Hannah and yet my mind can’t form a sentence that does it justice. This is one of the best Amish Fiction stories you will ever read. You will cry, you will laugh, then you w

I enjoyed this conclusion to the "Sisters of the Quilt" series. None of the three books moved as quickly as I normally enjoy, but I'm not sure if that is a negative or a positive. The series centers around Hannah Lapp. The day she was proposed to by the love of her life, Paul Waddell, she is attacked and raped by a stranger driving through the community. She ends up pregnant and ashamed and when her friends and family start to question and blame her, she escapes to try to find her shunned Aunt Z
When the Soul Mends, written by Cindy Woodsmall, is the third and final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series. It's a sort of crossroads story for the main character, Hannah, and while she is dealing with complex feelings while having returned to the Amish world, she must decide whether or not she will remain, or return to the Englischer world. For a bonus "issue", she must also decide whether or not to start something up again with her old Amish beau. While the potential love interest additio ...more
When the Soul Mends, the third and final book in Cindy Woodsmall’s Sisters of the Quilt series, picks up right at the end of When the Morning Comes with Hannah speeding off to Owl’s Perch, the Amish community she left two and a half years ago. {Has it really been that long?} Her relationship with her family, especially her father and sister, along with her feelings towards ex-fiance, Paul, are in tatters, but Hannah can’t ignore her sister’s desperate pleas for help.

I was afraid that When the So
When The Soul Mends
By Cindy Woodsmall
Published by WaterBrook Press

Book 3 in the Sisters Of The Quilt series, When The Soul Mends begins two years after Hannah Lapp left behind her Old Order Amish life in Owls’ Perch, to begin a new life as an Englischer. Two years of heartbreak, recovery, and eventual fulfillment as a nursing student, girlfriend, and caregiver to two precious children. Life for Hannah was finally growing happy again… and then the call.

An anguished plea from her distraught and c
A message from her sister, Sarah, draws Hannah Lapp back to the Amish community that she fled in disgrace three years ago. As she gets pulled into her sister's problems, secrets come to light and answers are given. Hannah also finds herself being pulled towards her first love again. She's got a comfortable life outside of the Plain community with a family that loves her. Will she choose to stay in the Amish world or leave it all behind to continue to live as an Englischer?

This the third and fina
Autumn Blues Reviews
A romantic tale of faith, belonging and the love that comes with healing.

Hannah Lapp has found a new life. One where she can now bury her past and leave her old life and all bad feelings behind. Or can she? If she would just marry Martin it would all work out. But does she really love Martin or has she just settled for him. As the first novel I have ever read from the author Cindy Woodsmall, "When the Soul Mends" is a keeper. I really feel in love with the character of Hannah and her sweet yet t
At the very young age of 17 Hannah Lapp finds herself in the midst of a terrifying and unfortunate incident.
Her entire community and even her loved ones choose to shun her without listening to her entire story. Hannah has no choice but to flee the Plain life and live among the Englischers. While there she finds a love that accepts her how she is and prompts her to heal. Just as she is becoming accustomed to an Englischer life she receives a letter from her sister begging her to return home.
Loraine Alcorn
I was able to read When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall, through blogging for books. This is the second novel in the set and its a really good book. I loved these 2 novels but this second one really has everything working out nicely. In the first novel their is a lot of tragedy and heartbreak. In When the Soul Mends, we get to see the characters grow up in both faith and love.
I just loved the whole story! I loved all the characters and the way that the story its self was extremely uplifting.

Jeannie Heffner
One of the best books I've read in quite some time.. on healing ones soul and discovering what God has planted down deep in your soul..learning to except yourself no matter what you've done in your past and what life is really about to you.Not what others think,Learning to depend on God, not just for happiness, but to help you live your life the way he wants you to..But we need to go to Him and ask Him and depend on Him and believe Him...Learn to let go and let God.And above all live our life th ...more
I anxiously awaited the third and final novel in Cindy's Woodsmall series Sisters of the Quilt. The first two were exceptionally written and provide a unique and insightful look into the life of an Old Order Amish community in modern day times. This final story was a complete disappointment. The character of Hannah in this storyline completely put me off. She was so different from the previous storylines that I find this transformation unbelievable. She's only been gone from her community for tw ...more
Hannah Lapp has moved on with her life. After leaving Owl's Perch, she moved in with her aunt, Zabeth, and began to heal. Hannah is almost finished with nursing school, is engaged, and is taking care of Martin's niece and nephew. Her life seems to be going along well until there is a fire in Owl's Perch. Returning to the Amish community is difficult for many reasons, but her sister's mental health deteriorates and she needs to find her professional help. While Hannah and Paul Waddell tried to st ...more
After receiving a desperate and confusing call from her sister, Hannah Lapp reluctantly returns to the Old Order Amish community of her Pennsylvania childhood.

Having left Owl's Perch more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englisher world. Hannah has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise; and her life-long dream of being part of the medical community is being realized. But almost immediately
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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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Sisters of the Quilt (3 books)
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  • When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt, #2)
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