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Her relationship with fianc¨¦ Paul Waddell in tatters, Hannah Lapp has fled her secluded Old Order Amish community in hopes of finding a new home in Ohio with her shunned aunt. Hampered by limited education and hiding her true identity, Hannah struggles to navigate the confusing world of the Englischers.
Back in Owl’s Perch, Pennsylvania, Paul is wracked with regret over his treatment of Hannah. Fearing for her safety, he tries to convince Hannah’s remaining allies–brother Luke, best friend Mary, and loyal Matthew Esh–to help search for his love. Hannah’s father, however, remains steadfastly convinced of her sinful behavior. His blindness to his family’s pain extends to her sister, Sarah, who shows signs of increasing instability.
Convinced her former life is irreparably destroyed, Hannah finds purpose and solace in life with her aunt and in a growing friendship with Englischer Martin Palmer. Will the countless opportunities in her new life persuade Hannah that her place is amongst the Englischers — or will she give in to her heart’s call to return home and face her past?
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- Better than the first
This is the second book in the "Sisters of the Quilt" series, the first being When the Heart Cries (Sisters of the Quilt, Book 1) and the third being When the Soul Mends (Sisters of the Quilt, Book 3).
I was very disappointed after reading the first book in this series. I felt that what happened to Hannah was horrible and both the summary and the back of the book did not prepare the reader for the heartache that they would experience upon reading it. I spent most of the time reading it all teary-eyed, and found I could not recommend it as much as I wanted to.
That said, I very much enjoyed this second book. Hannah is now out on her own and thankfully links up with several people who can help her. She still deals with the trauma she went through, but is also healing and doing what she can to help others. This book also focuses on those that Hannah left behind- her sister Sarah, Matthew, Luke, Mary, Paul, among others. I was glad to see that Woodsmall continued to tell their story.
The book seems to end in sort of a cliffie, as Hannah may have to return to her past. I'll definitely be picking up the third in this series, which is something I wasn't sure I'd be doing after reading that awful first book. ...more info
I love this book and this new writer! I happened upon the first book by chance and couldn't wait to buy the 2nd one....now frustrated that I have to wait for the 3rd. Best new author I've read in a long time! ...more info
- A book that will tug at your heart and will not let go....
A riveting sequel to "When the Heart Cries". Hannah Lapp is determined to flee the Amish Community that has betrayed her and the man who had turned his back on her when he found out about the circumstances of her pregnancy. With the help of her few remaining allies, Hannah forges out on her own to find the aunt whom her father have never mentioned. Meanwhile, back in Owl's Perch, Paul is faced with the possibility of Hannah never returning to Owl's Perch. I don't want to give away too much of the plot but overall I would give this book a four and a half star rating because the ending is another cliff-hanger since we probably have to wait to another year to find out what happens next to Hannah, Paul, Sarah, Mary, Luke and Matthew. I will be looking for the third book in this awesome series!...more info
- Cell phones meet horse & buggy in this journey of faith
Book two in the Sisters of the Quilt series, When Morning Comes is the perfect sequel to When the Heart Cries. As Hannah comes of age in this journey of faith, she's exposed to a new world of opportunity. A world where many of her dreams can come true. Woodsmall is a gifted writer who once again turned off my inner editor, enabling me to suspend disbelief and experience Hannah's life-changing challenges.
Have you ever read a sequel to a book you loved, and the author took the story in a direction you didn't want it to go? I was surprised with the end of When Morning Comes, yet it had a certain rightness to it, a satisfying end. But it isn't the end. There's more to Hannah's story to come. I for one, can't wait to read it.
- When the Morning Comes
This is the second book is the Cindy Woodsmall series. The books have been very good so far. I usually do not read this genre, but have found this series very good.Barb Smith...more info
- When the Morning Comes
This is a very compelling novel regarding the values of the Amish faith and the struggle to survive in modern culture. Its storyline includes drama, humor, romance and suspense. It definitely makes you eager to read the sequel!...more info
MY SITER ELLEN TURNED ME ONTO THE AMISH BOOKS BY BEVERLY LEWIS, ONE DAY IN BORDERS DISAPOINTED THE NEW ONE WAS NOT IN STOCK I RAN ACROSS CINDY WOODSMALLS FIRST BOOK SO I DECIDED TO BUY IT. WHAT A GREAT FIND, LOVED BOTH BOOKS. I LIVE IN NJ AND I LOVE GOING TO LANCASTER AREA AND SOME PARTS OF NJ HAVE MANY VENDERS AT FLEA MARKET WHERE THE AMISH LIVE. IF YOU EVER CAN MAKE THE TRIPYOU WILL LOVE IT AND THE WARMTH OF THE PEOPLE ARE WONDERFUL SO READING THE BOOKS ARE A NICE WAY TO SORT OF TAKE ME THERE IN BETWEEN VISIT TO MY FRIEND OVER IN PA.
THE FIRST BOOK I COULD NOT PUT DOWN AND THIS ONE WAS EXCELLENT AS WELL. IT SHOWS ANOTHER SIDE OF THE AMISH MY HEART BROKE WHEN HER FAMILY DID NOT BELEIVE HER ABOUT THE RAPE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HER NEXT ONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW HER LIKE LEWIS. ENJOY!!!...more info
- Readers won't be able to resist.
WHEN THE MORNING COMES, book two in Cindy Woodsmall's Sisters of the Quilt series, picks up where WHEN THE HEART CRIES ended and offers the same intriguing blend of Amish-themed romance and misfortunes.
This is not a stand-alone novel, so you'll want to read the series in order. A cast of characters included is helpful in picking up the storyline. In WHEN THE HEART CRIES, we met Hannah Lapp, the 17-year-old daughter of an Old Order Amish family who was engaged to an older Mennonite college student, Paul Waddell. Although Hannah had grown up with a traditional Amish lifestyle on a farm in Owl's Perch in Perry County, Pennsylvania, she yearned for something more. When Hannah is brutally assaulted, setting off a string of tragedies, Hannah flees her community --- and her fianc¨¦ --- and strikes out on her own.
WHEN THE MORNING COMES opens with Hannah broken in body and spirit. She's made it to Alliance, Ohio, where she believes her father's estranged twin, Zabeth, might take her in. Unable to find her aunt, Hannah ends up hospitalized and under the care of Dr. Lehman. When she recovers, he takes her under his tutelage and hires her to work with Amish women. He also encourages her to complete her education.
Meanwhile, Paul, Hannah's fianc¨¦, is riddled with regrets about how he handled the news of Hannah's assault. "Now he had to find Hannah. He'd messed up by not being there for her, but from this point on, he would be --- if he could find her... He prayed that the Lord would soften her heart toward him and that she'd trust him enough to give him another chance."
Woodsmall includes some nice sub-themes here, picking up the loose ends from book one. Hannah's troubled 15-year-old sister Sarah discovers the full extent of the damage she did to Hannah, and this knowledge sends her over the edge of reason into mental illness. Soon, barns burn down under mysterious circumstances and Sarah roams the Amish community, looking for Hannah and a baby. But Sarah's stubborn father refuses to believe Sarah needs more help than God and the community can offer, and soon Sarah's mother, already bitter about his treatment of Hannah, turns against him. Will she lose both her daughters?
Hannah's brother Luke is ready to tie the knot with Mary Yoder, one of Hannah's best friends, but the buggy accident in book one has left Mary in precarious health. When Mary lies to Luke about her healing and they marry, disaster seems right around the corner. Readers will feel the tension build as Mary becomes pregnant --- and doesn't tell Luke what her eventual pregnancy may cost them.
One of the most likable characters in WHEN THE HEART CRIES is Matthew Esh, a good friend of Hannnah's who stuck by her in her troubles, and his story continues in this installment. Matthew's romantic interest, Elle Leggett, decides to give the English way of life a try for six months and leaves with his blessing. But six months stretches into 12, and soon Matthew wonders if she will leave the Amish --- and him --- forever.
Some new characters make appearances in book two. Hannah's Aunt Zabeth, dying from cancer, takes Hannah in and shows her by example the power of love and forgiveness. Through Zabeth, Hannah meets Martin Palmer, his sister Faye, and Faye's two children, and is drawn into new romance and responsibilities just as she's beginning to find her identity. Woodsmall creates a nice give and take between Hannah and Martin as they become friends, and then something more. But Paul is still looking for Hannah. Will she give her heart to another before he can ask for her forgiveness and win her back? This nice tension keeps the pages turning.
Woodsmall occasionally frustrates the reader with the characters' misunderstandings (Paul sees Hannah but leaves without communicating with her after a long search --- painful!), but Woodsmall's story is engaging, and Hannah's continuing search for identity is appealing.
WHEN THE MORNING COMES ends with Hannah heading back to Pennsylvania after news arrived that some of her loved ones have been in a terrible accident. It's a great cliffhanger to ratchet up anticipation for book three, WHEN THE SOUL MENDS. Readers won't be able to resist.
--- Reviewed by Cindy Crosby...more info
- WHEN THE MORNING COMES
EXCELLENT! IT WAS HARD TO PUT THIS BOOK DOWN. I CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOOK COMES OUT. IT MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HANNAH AND ALSO WHAT WILL BECOME OF SARAH. ALSO WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN HANNAH RETURNS TO OWL' PERCH....more info
- Misunderstanding controls Romance
Hannah is a victim of rape and pregnancy in a tight Amish village. The officials have turned against her and her family sided with them. Heartbroken and distraught, Hannah decides to leave her finance Paul who also doubts her story, and begin life anew with a shunned aunt several hours away whom she has never met.
As difficult as her new life is, her Aunt is very ill and loves her unconditionally, taking her in and assisting with her change of name, education, driving and integration.
Enter Martin. A handsome, older Englisher man who was raised by the shunned aunt drops into Hannah's life and is quite unwelcome and unliked by her. She is determined to stay focused on her nursing education and caring for her dearly loved aunt.
Meanwhile, Paul is getting on with life, both of them assuming way too much, leading to misunderstanding and pain. Her Amish mother and sister long for her greatly and there is a split in that humble household. As the book ends, both Hannah and Paul are making new lives for themselves in two very different worlds... but have they stopped loving each other?
A work of art from this author. BOOK THREE PLEASE.......more info
- when the morning comes review
UNlike the other commenter who said we could have done without all the drama;I have to say I found the story line great and loved all the sense of reality of Hannahs' suffering and the bond between her and her Aunt Zabeth.It was great.-Nadia Rehmani(author of sharper Than a Two edged Sword)...more info
- Healing and Heartache
Rich with authentic details of Amish community and powerful in its theme of hope beyond measure, When the Morning Comes, succeeds as a compelling follow-up to Cindy Woodsmall's best-selling debut novel, When the Heart Cries.
Demonstrating both the sweetness of God's grace and the agony of living within a fallen world, When the Morning Comes, offers a look at several entwined families and the consequences for choices made.
Hannah is the main female character in this novel. However, multiple dramas woven through her story are as compelling as hers. Mary holds a secret that eats away at her. Sarah's thoughts consume her and are possibly beginning to consume others in her community.
Well-written with rich details and an abundance of God's sovereignty, When the Morning Comes, offers much to book lovers. I did not read When the Heart Cries, but didn't feel lost in attempting to understand Hannah's story. I would like to go back and pick up Heart Cries while I wait for book three.
After a mind blowing first book- When Cries the Heart, the second novel, When the Morning Comes is a true disappointment. The book is a like a bad soap opera. The author seems to be throwing in as many bad twists and turns as she can fit in. The book could have been great with out all the melodrama added.
If you are looking for another great book, try Jodi Picoult, Plain Truth. ...more info
- fantastic modern day Amish tale
In Owl's Perch, Pennsylvania following the break up with her beloved Mennonite fianc¨¦ Paul Wadell after his betrayal left her reputation in ruins, Hannah Lapp leaves her family behind to live with her outcast Aunt Zabeth in Ohio. Her Amish father considers Hannah dead and her sister Sarah struggles with what she has done to her sibling. Paul wallows in guilt because he knows his actions not only destroyed Hannah's reputation, but their chance for a life together.
In Ohio, as Hannah tries to adapt to life amongst the English, Paul pleads with her brother Luke and her best friend Mary to inform him where she went so that he can atone for his sin. Meanwhile, Hannah begins to move on with help from her aunt and from handsome Martin Palmer.
The second Sisters of the Quilt tale is a fantastic tale that leads the audience to deeply feel for Hannah, but to a lesser degree the other Lapp family members and Paul. The story line is a tear jerker as readers will be so hooked they will want to offer solace and assistance to the heroine. Although it would help a bit to read Hannah's first tale (see WHEN THE HEART CRIES) to better understand the secondary characters like jealous Sarah, fans of modern day Amish tales will appreciate Cindy Woodsmall's fine character driven sequel.
- Loved It!
I loved this book... as soon as i finished it I jumped in my car to buy the next one in the series!...more info
- Great story
Cindy Woodsmall is a great author. I've read When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes. I hope there is a sequel to these books. ...more info
- Cannot get enough!
TALK ABOUT A CLIFF HANGER! Dudette, you can not just leave me hanging like this, I don't know how I'm suppose to make it to September! Ugh!
This book was really great, better than the first, and I really enjoyed that one. There is real issues that are tough on life and hard, but there is goodness. There are more characters to fall in love with in this book and the personalities are so real and so great, that you do not know who to love more as a reader and feel just as confused as the charac...more TALK ABOUT A CLIFF HANGER! Dudette, you can not just leave me hanging like this, I don't know how I'm suppose to make it to September! Ugh!
This book was really great, better than the first, and I really enjoyed that one. There is real issues that are tough on life and hard, but there is goodness. There are more characters to fall in love with in this book and the personalities are so real and so great, that you do not know who to love more as a reader and feel just as confused as the character and then realize the things that you know that she/he doesn't and your heart breaks for them, but you still do not know which would be better! I could not read this book fast enough to find out what happens and each part is really unexpected and fascinating. I earnestly cannot wait for the next book!...more info
- When The Morning Comes
When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt, Book 2)This book held my interest from cover to cover. I could not put it down. I know I will read it again....more info
- Beautiful Amish Story
I just finished this book this week and can't wait for the sequel. It is beautifully written and kept me up way past by bedtime! I loved it!...more info
- A Great Addition to Sister's of the Quilt Series
Hannah Lapp's baby is dead, and she believes her fiance, Pall Waddell has rejected her. Fleeing from the anger and condemnation of her family and community, Hannah goes to her shunned Aunt Zabeth, in Ohio. She has a new life, new friends, new work. Aunt Zabeth is delighted to have her and Hannah enjoys the freedom of the Englischer life, but she misses her home and family. She misses Paul too, but she's met a man to whom she is attracted. One who is willing to accept her as she is.
Back home, the people who rejected her are forced to face their own behavior and the way they treated Hannah. The person most affected is her sister, Sarah, who becomes less connected to reality every day. Although Hannah doesn't want to return to her family, she may not have a choice.
Cindy Woodsmall has a gift for capturing the essence of the Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities. When The Morning Comes is an intriguing story about a young woman who has lived through great tragedy and survived. Full of emotion, conflict, and faith, it's a great addition to the Sisters of the Quilt series. ...more info
- Sweet story
Clearly the author knows the Amish and Menonite people. I love that she put a list of characters in the front of the book and explained who they are, so you aren't lost from the start about who is being referred to. Great story. I will purchase more of these books....more info
- another cliff hanger!!
In my opinion this story is being wonderfully weaved and getting a whole lot more complicated. It is a great book though. I can hardly wait until the last book comes out! ...more info
- Super sequel in this Amish series
Reeling from the attack on her person and the subsequent abandonment by her fiance, family and community, Hannah Lapp has fled to Ohio in hope that she can begin a new life with her shunned aunt. Meanwhile, back in Owl's Perch, Hannah's community is trying to piece themselves back together, as individuals come to grips with the truth of what really occurred. As Hannah finds purpose in the English world, many of the people of Owl's Perch must deal with their own secrets.
It was with much anticipation that I waited for this sequel to When the Heart Cries. What was to become of Hannah? What of her family and her fiance? I tore into this book with great relish. Cindy Woodsmall didn't disappoint. She writes characters that take on flesh and find their way into her reader's hearts.
I am going to take a big risk and assume that readers of Amish novels are also familiar with Science Fiction movies. I would equate this book with The Empire Strikes Back of the Star Wars trilogy. If it was the only movie in the series you watched, you would wonder why Luke was in his predicament and how Han Solo would get out of his. As it has been a year since I've read When the Heart Cries, I couldn't quite zero in on the full story even though Cindy provided a detailed sketch of characters at the beginning. I am thankful that she didn't rehash backstory within the novel, but I did have trouble anyway and wished I had gone ahead to re-read the first book. And, though there is a great story within the cover of When the Morning Comes, it is left absolutely unresolved--like Han Solo in the carbon (Star Wars).
Although this is a fantastic book, you'll want to read the first one first. Meanwhile, I eagerly anticipate the third!
Armchair Interviews says: Heed reviewer's advice to read these books in sequence....more info
- Another winner!
While I am by no means a professional writer, I know what I like, and I am just blown away by Cindy Woodsmall's books. When The Morning Comes is the 2nd book in her Sisters of the Quilt series, and I snatched it up the day it hit the shelves.
Ms. Woodsmall's writing grabbed me by the heart, and I cannot seem to put her books down until I am finished with them. She tells a very powerful story, and I for one am waiting impatiently for the last of this series! ...more info
- When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes
I so enjoyed these two books from Cindy Woodsmall. I was wondering when she will, or if she is going to write a #3 in the series? I will be looking foreward to it.
Norma Poulson...more info
When the Morning Comes is as beautiful as When the Heart Cries. I have been a reader for about 30 years now and I can not remember ANY novel that held my attention like these two have. The characters are life like and there is always something on the next page that you can not wait to get to! I just finished up the second book a few nights ago. I got online to see if (hopefully) Cindy Woodsmall had a book to follow. Oh I am so very pleased! I can not wait until September to see what becomes of Paul and Martin! I have pre-ordered my book tonight. I am just amazed at how awesome Cindy's books are. If you are thinking about ordering the series...don't spend another minute. I promise you won't be able to put them down! Awesome work Cindy! ...more info
- When the Morning Comes
I anxiously read When the Morning Comes after reading the first book in this series, When the Heart Cries! In When the Morning Comes I once again felt as if I was right there suffering along with Hannah Lapp while she struggled to live a life among the English after leaving her Amish heritage and Mennonite beau behind. When the Morning Comes ended in suspense, with Hannah Lapp needing to return to her Amish home and I am very impatiently looking forward to book three in this series to see if Hannah will stay with her Amish faith or if she will return to the English people that she left behind....more info
- Every bit as GREAT as the first book!!!!
I loved this book every bit as much as the first one in the series. I bought it as soon as it came out and it's a real page-turner. You can't help but think about Hannah and the people left behind in Owl's Perch even when you're finished with it! Love love love this series and am waiting for Ms. Woodsmall's next volume!!!!...more info
- Excellent book
I highly recommend this book! I would suggest you read the first of this three book trilogy, When The Heart Cries, before you read this book....more info
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