This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing When The Soul Mends WaterBrook Press (September 16, 2008) by Cindy Woodsmall
Cindy Woodsmall is a veteran homeschool mom. Her first novel, When The Heart Cries, released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a Christian Book Association best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA Christian Book Award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.
Her last book, When the Morning Comes, hit the New York Times best-sellers extended list and the Christian Book Association best-sellers list.
Cindyâ€™s real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.
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 Owlâ€™s Perch, the disapproval of those who ostracized her, including her headstrong father, reopens old wounds.
As Hannah is thrown together with former fiancÃ© Paul Waddell to work for her sister Sarahâ€™s mental health, hidden truths surface about events during Hannahâ€™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 Lifeâ€“and perhaps to her first love?
If you would like to read the first chapter of When The Soul Mends, go HERE
ANDREA’S TAKE: Those who love fiction about the Plain folk should find Woodsmall’s third installment in her Sisters of the Quilt series a treat. It’ll stand okay on it’s own, but it’d be more enriching to start at the beginning of the series. Long time readers should be very satisfied with this conclusion.