Monday, January 09, 2012
Sisters of the Quilt by Cindy Woodsmall
First, can I just say, this is a fantastic trilogy; and the idea of putting all three books together in one binding? Genius.
Having enjoyed several other novels by author Cindy Woodsmall, I looked forward to exploring Sisters of the Quilt and discovering the background of teenager Hannah Lapp.
Well, right off the bat, her story hit the ground running and I was immediately sucked in.
Here's a brief synopsis:
After facing a sudden and brutal attack, Hannah's tranquil world is completely torn apart. Wrestling with painful questions, she decides to venture away from all that's familiar and into the Englischer community, where she hopes to find the peace eluding her. Gradually, she begins moving on with her life.
But two years after leaving her Amish home, Hannah learns her sister is unwell, due to events from their intertwined past. She is unable to face the future, and Hannah realizes the need for her return to help face the demons still haunting them both. However, coming back also means seeing Paul again...the man she loved and lost under those same tragic circumstances.
Can Hannah find the strength to forgive those who've hurt her most? And will her soul ever truly mend?
Cindy Woodsmall handles numerous sensitive issues tactfully, while also managing to convey the emotion behind them with complete honesty. She doesn't shy away from what Hannah goes through during her difficult journey to healing, and it makes the reader that much more invested in her story.
I could empathize with her characters, while also wanting to throw a blunt object at them a few times because of their stubborn behavior. I really cared about what happened and wanted to see how everything would resolve itself.
I think one of Woodsmall's biggest strengths is in her ability to write realistic, meaningful, conversations that cut straight to the heart. Through them, she manages to accurately capture the pulse of those in her story, while articulating their specific personality in words. She does a wonderful job setting the mood and maintaining it throughout.
Again, as I said earlier, having the three books of this series in one volume is a real treat; because once you've started reading, you won't want to stop and wait for the next installment.
I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for what this author has up her sleeve next. Until then, snag your copy of Sisters of the Quilt!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review.