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Sisters of the Quilt: The Complete Trilogy

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4.43  ·  Rating details ·  1,316 ratings  ·  147 reviews
Can Hannah find refuge, redemption, and a fresh beginning after her world is shattered?

When the Heart Cries
Her life among her Amish community brutally interrupted, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp faces questions neither family, nor fiance, nor even faith can easily answer. The first book in the Sisters of the Quilt series, When the Heart Cries will ignite a broader understa
Paperback, 1004 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Waterbrook Press (first published 2006)
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Sisters of the Quilt contains When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. When it is possible, I choose books that contain the complete story in one volume, because I get impatient waiting for the next book in the series to arrive.

What would you do if something out of your control happened, but no one believed you, not your family, not your friends, not your pastor? Hannah Lapp, a 17 year old Old Order Amish girl, was faced with this dilemma, and chose to leave every t
Margaret Chind
When the Heart Cries Read in November, 2007

** spoiler alert ** My heart complete breaks and repairs through this book. This story is told giving perspective into many of the characters lives and it makes you look back on your own with perspective.
Imagine leading a plain, normal strict life, yet having a desire for a man you know will not receive approval in the eyes of your family your people and struggling to find a way. Then as everything looks like it will work out just fin
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For the last three weeks I've been immersed in the world of Hannah Lapp, an Amish teenager whose story was conceived by Cindy Woodsmall and retold in her trilogy "Sisters of the Quilt."

Hannah's story was originally divided into three books: "When the Heart Cries," "When the Morning Comes," and "When the Soul Mends," but all have been included in the compilation "Sisters of the Quilt." I settled in to start reading the compilation, at first concerned about the 1000+ pages, but by the end of Book
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An incredibly emotional read, that had me glued to the page from page 1 to 1,000. (This is a 3-in-1 Omni-bus).

One of the happiest days of Hannah Lapp's life quickly takes a dark turn, when she is attacked by an Englisher, leaving Hannah shattered. In the Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy friendships are tested, jealousies are aroused, prejudices are formed, while lies run rampant, yet nevertheless hope remains.

Wow, this book, or rather trilogy, is probably going right to the top of my list of favori
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I began this trilogy with the intent to only read the first book, "When the Heart Cries." It was recommended by a friend but I wasn't really "feeling" it. I wanted to at least finish the first book as a valiant effort. However; even though each page was almost unbearably cheesy and predictable, I found myself unable to put it down. I just HAD to find out what was going to happen next. So, 900 pages later, I have finished all three stories. Everything played out ALMOST as I had anticipated, I lea ...more
Jamie’s Reading
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, christian
I loved this book! Author, Cindy Woodsmall, has a way of letting the reader see into the heart and soul of her characters. “Sisters of the Quilt” is a bind-up of: “When the Heart Cries”, “When the Morning Comes” and “When the Soul Mends”. The first book was heart wrenching and yes, it brought on tears. There is tough subject matter and gives a glimpse inside an Old Order Amish Family and their culture. Hannah the main character suffers terrible things. I found myself suffering along with her and ...more
Lisa Pickels
Dec 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful series! I highly recommend this book!
Oct 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Woodsmall, Cindy. Sisters of the Quilt.

When the Heart Cries is the first of the Sisters of the Quilt Trilogy. Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, seventeen-year-old Hannah Lapp desires to break with custom, forget baptism into the faith, and marry outside the 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 change h
Virginia Campbell
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"Sisters of the Quilt--The Complete Trilogy" by Cindy Woodsmall contains the books "When the Heart Cries", "When the Morning Comes", and "When the Soul Mends". Each book details a portion of the life story of Hannah Lapp, a young Amish woman whose life is forever altered by a brutal attack. In "When the Heart Cries", Hannah is only seventeen years old when she faces something no woman should have to face: sexual assault. With her world turned upside down and her faith in question, her pain is co ...more
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! I couldn't put this book down. Seriously read it in under 36 hours... I was not expecting such an intensity of modern day drama/trials entangled in an Amish setting. The authoress pulled me in instantly-- and had such a way of captivating the plot in 5 words or less. An extreme page turner! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series in one full swoop. (3/4 of the combined book moves along quite quickly, with the last 1/4 coming to a slower full circle ending. Characters, plot, & wri ...more
Sep 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This trilogy was more than I expected. It follows the life of Hannah, an Old Order Amish teenager, through a variety of life challenges. Hannah's inner strength, beliefs, and resiliency are illuminated throughout the book. As her story unfolds, so does detail about life in an Old Order Amish Community. For me, that was as captivating as the story itself since I love learning about other cultures. I highly recommend this trilogy to readers interested in personal journeys and those interested in o ...more
Jennifer Autry
Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading it, I really had a hard time with the rape that occured in it and the emotional outcomes that were involved. As I continued to read and especially the last book, I really enjoyed the faith involved in the story. That through faith and a knowledge of a loving Heavenly Father you have the strength to not just make it, but really overcome so much. There are mutiple stories that are woven throughout the story and all of them are show this theme. It's nice to read somethi ...more
Sep 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the best Amish series written.

I have to rate the entire series a five stars. It was well written, and each book had it's own theme, yet kept me wanting more, until the end.

And the end was not what one expected, until very close to the last couple chapters in the third book in the series.

This is a good read series. I recommend reading the series, together if possible.

One minute you can be crying, the next cheering the heroine on!

It was riveting, (I hope I spelled that right.)
It kept me eag
Sally Goodwin
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Cindy Woodsmall does it again. Loved this trilogy. Woke up in the middle of the night thinking about what was happening in the story. I couldn't go back to sleep until I got up and read for 3 more hours. Excellent insight into the frailties of the human spirit, and the strength that we all have to overcome the challenges that we all face. ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
I am not a huge fan of inspirational novels. THe first book in the series was a book club choice. After reading it, I was hooked and read the next two in about 5 days! A good story about the power of forgiveness and God's ability to redeem. ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book a lot! I was worried it was going to be a bit dry and slow but I couldn't put it down. The author does such a great job of loving the Amish way and disliking it at the same time. Amazing story and very well written! ...more
Laura Harris
Oct 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I just couldn't put this book down. I flew through 1,000 pages over about 4 days. I loved learning more about the Amish community, but it was really about so much more. I'm not sure what to say except that I loved, loved, loved it! ...more
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this on the Kindle

This is a series you have to read completely to know fully what happens while there is 3 books in the series if you read the 1st one then you are left not knowing what happens so it not stand alone books it a trilogy
Mary Anderson
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this trilogy. I couldn't put it down. It was suspenseful, authentic, and entertaining all at the same time. I highly recommend. ...more
Mar 27, 2022 rated it really liked it
I learned about the Old Order Amish and the Amish Mennonite in this book.
I love reading thick books which is the reason I purchased this book from a PTA Thrift store, and began reading it as I waited for a friend to shop.
Hannah is the main character from an Old Order Amish family and community.
Paul is her 'boyfriend' who is a member of the Amish Mennorite community.
Hannah's father is very strict in the faith, and he has trouble with Hannah.
Sarah is Hannah's sister who is deemed flighty.
Luke is H
Mar 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I bought this book in 2015 for my mom but she passed away before I could give it to her. For some reason she was drawn to the Amish stories.

This was an easy read - kind of an "Amish does Jane Austin" story...tragic events, two people who keep getting their wires crossed (some times it stretched plausibility), and a satisfying resolution.

The trilogy is a big book, not good for traveling with. Somehow I just could not imagine reading this on my Kindle - maybe the topic was a good Amis
Feb 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought the first book, When the Heart Cries, was a little slow to get started and the writing was just okay. The second book, When the Morning Comes, really drew me in. The storylines were more captivating and I started feeling the need to know what was going to happen. The last book, When the Soul Mends, seemed predictable but overall I enjoyed it. As a whole, the trilogy was pretty good and I would recommend it to others.
The Power of Forgiveness

The Power of this story is unbelievable, I started reading and hated putter it down! The series of books wonderfully outlined the harsh realities of real life and showed God at work through all the darkness as He brought it all into His light! The truth will stand when the world's on fire!
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: family
One of the few books I've read based on religion that was not either sanctimonious or preachy.

I totally enjoyed the trilogy. The characters were well drawn although at times a little too good to be true.
Marvellous! And I have to come back on what I wrote before about christian messages in this type of books. Sure they are there and I don't like them, but Woopdsmall made it acceptable for me, the more through her so much wanted ending! Ooh I enjoyed this~! ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

I couldn’t put the book down. Your detail into the life style was great. I’m looking forward to reading more. I’ve always been interested in Amish life. I find them hard working and gentle people. The produce and stuff they make to sell one has to cherish.
Apr 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books I have ever read. The story is captivating, and makes you feel like you are standing right beside the main character, going through all of it with her. Definetely my favorite thrilogy of all times. <3
Mary  O'Brien
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The book I am reading has all three books in one. I find it much easier to review the book after each individual book is complete. There are three books in this series, this is book 1.

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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
Jennifer Morris
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to all my friends - a total page turner !!
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I've read in the Amish genre. Loved it, and couldn't put it down! ...more
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CINDY WOODSMALL is an award-winning, New York Times, and CBA best-selling author of twenty-five works of fiction and one nonfiction book. Coverage of Cindy’s Amish connections and her novels has been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal. She lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains.

Other books in the series

Sisters of the Quilt (3 books)
  • When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt, #1)
  • When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt, #2)
  • When the Soul Mends (Sisters of the Quilt, #3)

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