Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Review: When the Heart Cries

A friend loaned this book to me. I didn't receive it from a publisher for review. But I was so intrigued, I immediately purchased the second in the series, then waited in anticipation for the third to be released. This is what the publisher says about When the Heart Cries:
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 change her relationship with her family forever.

On the evening of their engagement, tragedy strikes and in one unwelcome encounter, all that Hannah has known and believed is destroyed. As she finds herself entangled in questions that the Old Ways of her people cannot answer, Hannah faces the possibility of losing her place in her family, in her community– and in the heart of the man she loves.
To complicate matters, a jealous sister spreads rumors about Hannah causing suspicion toward her within the community, her father is more concerned about the family's reputation than Hannah's plight, and a buggy accident which nearly kills her sister-in-law is blamed on Hannah, adding even more pain. As circumstances become ever more desperate, Hannah begins to run out of choices. Her hope of rescue comes from an unexpected place.

The story is intense and emotional, sometimes almost too much so. But readers will want to read straight through to the end. Thankfully for new readers, all three books are available now! It's a series I recommend.
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Reviews of the other books will follow soon.

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