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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,177 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cindy Woodsmall Narrator: Jill Shellabarger Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sisters of the Quilt Series Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781608144617
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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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A moving and meaningful first novel.”

    Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine is the Night

  • “Reaching deep into the heart of the reader, Cindy Woodsmall pens a beautifully lyrical story in her debut novel When the Heart Cries. She paints a vivid backdrop of Amish and Mennonite cultures with fascinating detail and memorable clarity. Fans of this genre will be thrilled to discover this new author, and I look forward to the next book in the Sisters of the Quilt series.”

    Tamera Alexander, author of Rekindled

  • When the Heart Cries is a story of tragedy and strength when an Amish girl’s life is struck with the horror of reality. A powerful first novel.”

    DiAnn Mills, author of Leather and Lace

  • “What a vibrant, strong, emotional story! When the Heart Cries will grip you and not let go, I promise. Highly recommended!”

    Gayle Roper, author of Allah’s Fire

  • A 2007 Christian Book Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiley | 2/16/2014

    " Amazing book,I had doubts when I started reading, however the authors writing, us clear, concise and keeps you wanting more. Defiately recommend!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/9/2014

    " This book really captured my attention. It's been a long time since I read a book within a week "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 2/5/2014

    " This series is SO great. Easy to read! I just happened to grab it because I liked the way the book looked and felt. Was glad to read it! Thoroughly enjoyed them all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Deppe | 2/3/2014

    " This was my first introdution to books on the Amish lifestyle. I truly loved this book and her struggle to survive. Even though her parents made her an outcast, she really never gave up. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 1/31/2014

    " The best book I ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 1/13/2014

    " I have never read a series of books from one author one right after another. I just keep wanting the next book of this author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faye | 1/11/2014

    " An emotional, heart-rending read. I found my self reading well into the the night ot find out what would happen next. This book is truly one of Ms. Woodsmall's best. Now I'm off to finish up the rest of the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Pinson | 1/10/2014

    " By far my favorite Amish trilogy. I have read tons of them and love them all, but this trilogy added more complex deeper problems that I feel more people of today experience. It had twists and turns. I found myself loving and even disliking some characters unlike other Amish books. It was a GREAT read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janelle | 1/5/2014

    " Liked it so much that I've put a hold on the next book in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 12/19/2013

    " It certainly leaves you hanging. I'll have to read the next book in the series! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin Gezzi | 12/17/2013

    " Cindy Woodsmall will definitely be added to my list of favorite authors. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know her characters. Hannah, you were by far my favorite Amish girl yet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Wedemeyer | 10/5/2013

    " Loved it, I read it in 1 night and could hardly wait for the rest of the series to come in at my library! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janie R. | 8/4/2013

    " This book was awesome, couldn't wait to see what happened next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 5/10/2013

    " This book showed how strong a faith can be when faced with so many hardships. I really enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marty | 12/31/2012

    " Very nice storie and am lookingforward to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/27/2012

    " I like books like this Amish and problems they have but they all seem to run together and get really similar. I will probably find the rest of this series someday to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bette | 10/8/2012

    " Powerful story. The characters hold fast to you and you just can't put the book down. Heart wrenching story. Can't wait for more of the author's books to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwhitworth | 7/30/2012

    " Had to read the whole series! Hannah is shunned and has to leave her family. Will she ever put her life back together again? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alycia | 6/27/2012

    " interesting insights into the Amish life style. I am going to read the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bub | 2/12/2012

    " Couldn't put it down. This book made my heart ache. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Gardner | 1/20/2012

    " Really enjoyed it. Great story that kept my interest and didnt want to put it down. Going to library tomorrow to get the next one in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Camilla | 8/26/2011

    " I actually couldn't put this book down. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen to Hannah. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Athena | 7/29/2011

    " This book was great! Who knew the Amish were so Lifetime Movie worthy? I thought it was cute & quirky- all that Amish stuff- but also had a modern reader feel to it. I want to finish this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angi | 7/3/2011

    " This was a very well written book. You will find yourself gasping at one point. I am reading the second one now.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/30/2011

    " Great series! Books 2 and 3 were even better! Couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/7/2011

    " Loved this book. I was so impressed with Hannah and her strength. It was also an interesting look into the "Plain" life. I would highly recommend this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 5/12/2011

    " Woodsmall is an amazing writer and kept me hooked from the first page. I loved the glimpse into the Amish life (and feel no small connection to them), and I look forward to the second installment. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cheri | 4/13/2011

    " Hannah Lapp finds herself falling in love with Paul Waddell who is a Mennonite. Because Hannah is Amish, she realizes that a relationship with Paul is probably impossible. When Hannah's life is brutally interrupted she doesn't know where to turn to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 4/5/2011

    " Loved it...Read it in 2 days! Couldn't wait to get to the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 3/29/2011

    " A little frustrating because of the stubbornness of some characters but a very good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/23/2011

    " Super fun read. Amish soap opera, warning....this trilogy is hard to put down!Reading these books consumed a week of my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meg | 3/2/2011

    " this series of books is a must read.. excellent right up there with beverly lewis and debbie macomber "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/9/2011

    " I loved all the background you get in this book about an Old Order Amish girl who is raped and pregnant. You just get so caught up in all the injustice done to her. "

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About the Author
Author Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Quilt series including the books When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. Her ability to authentically capture the heart of her characters comes from her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families. A mother of three sons and one daughter-in-law, Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.

About the Narrator

Jill Shellabarger’s thirty year career in Chicago has spanned stage, film, television, and commercial and educational voice-over. A frequent Oasis Audio narrator, she also plays Mary Morrison in the radio series Down Gilead Lane. She and her husband live in Evanston, Illinois.