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The Resource When the heart cries : a novel, Cindy Woodsmall

When the heart cries : a novel, Cindy Woodsmall

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When the heart cries : a novel
Title
When the heart cries
Title remainder
a novel
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Cindy Woodsmall
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eng
Summary
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 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. When the Heart Cries is book one in the Sisters of the Quilt series
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  • Woodsmalls Amish heroine is naive Hannah Lapp, who, as the novel begins, accepts the marriage proposal of her childhood friend, Paul Waddell. But Paul is a Mennonite--and, almost worse, a college man. He embraces such corrupt modernisms as gasoline engines and the Internet. To outsiders, the differences between Amish and Mennonites may seem subtle, but thats not the case for Hannahs Old Order father, and all hell breaks loose. Woodsmalls first novel, which will more than likely beget a series, seems a worthy successor--or companion--to Beverly Lewis popular stories of the Pennsylvania Amish. -- John Mort (Reviewed 01-01-2007) (Booklist, vol 103, number 9, p58)
  • In this debut inspirational novel, Woodsmall takes readers inside a contemporary Amish family where the eldest daughter, Hannah, has fallen in love with her neighbor Paul. The trouble is that he's a Mennonite, and if those two faiths look similar to outsiders, they don't to Hannah's father, who would never permit his daughter to marry outside the Amish community. Yes, this is a familiar setup, with shades of the movie Witness . But the star-crossed romance is only the backdrop to the central events of the novel: in the very first chapter, Hannah experiences a trauma, setting in motion a chain of events that sometimes seems incredible. Woodsmall's prose is undistinguished; she too often flatly describes emotions ("Disappointment and anger formed a knot in Luke's chest"), and the Pennsylvania Dutch sprinkled throughout the book can be distracting. Still, this novel shows potential. Most of the characters are likable, and Woodsmall depicts both the appeal and the potential myopia of secluded Amish life. An emotionally subtle subplot involving Hannah's younger sister's envy adds some depth. Better yet, the surprising conclusion sets Woodsmall up for a sequel—but she'll need some fine-tuning if she wants a truly lasting series. (Sept. 19) --Staff (Reviewed July 31, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 30, p51)
  • Offering a peek into Amish life with clarity and a resounding ring of truth, this promising first novel tells the story of 17-year-old Hannah Lapp, who has been raised in an Old Order Amish family. Her heart, however, belongs to Mennonite Paul Waddell, who will be leaving for college soon. When he asks Hannah to marry him, she naïvely accepts, not fully understanding what this marriage will do to her place in her family. Hannah’s struggles and painful experiences as an outsider in her own home will touch the hearts of those familiar with Beverly Lewis’s Amish stories. Woodsmall’s style packs a powerful emotional punch. Recommended for all collections, particularly where Amish fiction is in demand. Woodsmall lives in Georgia. --Tamamra Butler (Reviewed September 1, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 14, p129)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
148498
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Woodsmall, Cindy
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.O678
LC item number
W47 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Sisters of the quilt series
Series volume
1
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Amish
Target audience
adult
Label
When the heart cries : a novel, Cindy Woodsmall
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
viii, 328 pages
Isbn
9781400072927
Lccn
2006011000
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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65644495
Label
When the heart cries : a novel, Cindy Woodsmall
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
viii, 328 pages
Isbn
9781400072927
Lccn
2006011000
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
65644495

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