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Monday, May 18, 2009

When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall

When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Random House, Waterbrook Multnomah
Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary
Length: Full Length
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: Best Book
Review by Gloxinia

Returning to the home she fled in disgrace, will Hannah find healing for the wounds of the past?

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 fled in disgrace more than two years earlier, she finally has settled into a satisfying role in the Englischer world. She also has found love and a new family with the wealthy Martin Palmer and the children she is helping him raise. But almost immediately after her arrival in Owl’s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her, including her headstrong father, reopens old wounds.

As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancĂ© Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarah’s mental health, hidden truths surface about events during Hannah’s absence, and she faces an agonizing decision. Will she choose the Englischer world and the man who restored her hope, or will she heed the call to return to the Plain Life–and perhaps to her first love?

Just a note - before reading this book be sure to read When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes to get a richer feel of the complete story.

This was a book I had to read to find out if Hannah was going to marry the Englishman or the Amish man she had pledged her love to years before.

This book is full of situations that cause people to deal with hardship in their lives and later on seek forgiveness from those who were injured. Even though I am not Amish, it was such a rich story to learn how the events in Hannah's life could have ruined her, but instead made her life even better. Hannah runs away from the Amish community and meets Martin who is such a help to her. She also gets to know an aunt she never knew existed until she accidently found a letter to her Dad.

What impressed me about Cindy's writing here was how she took you through life events as if you were living them. Everyone could relate to hardship and events they wish had not happen.

It was amazing to see how Hannah found forgiveness and was able to offer forgiveness to others. I won't tell you whether she marries the Englishman or the man she met while in the Amish community. I will tell you this much - you must read and find out. The journey is so very worth it.