Thursday, February 2, 2012

"When the Soul Mends" Review

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

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?

When the Soul Mends is the third and final book in the Sisters of the Quilt series by Cindy Woodsmall.
You can read an excerpt from this book here.

My Take:
After reading When the Heart Cries and When the Morning Comes, the first two books in this series (you can read my reviews by clicking on the title links), I was looking forward to a satisfactory conclusion in this final book.
I was not disappointed.
Even though Hannah started to really get on my nerves in this book (mostly at the beginning – she got really self-absorbed), I thought her ability to eventually listen to what others were saying and forgive them was encouraging. Paul's ablility to be compassionate and available in the midst of everything happening was nothing short of amazing.
Although I got slightly annoyed with all of the subplots in the second book, I really enjoyed the one involving Sarah in this book. It was fascinating to witness what was happening with her and how those caring for her helped her to come back to herself. I did think, though, that her story just kind of fell off close to the end, but we did need to take care of the main characters at that point in the story.
Again, I was irritated with the character of Martin in this novel. I thought he was a bad example of an Englischer, and I just could not understand what Hannah saw in him. Especially since all they seemed to do was fight.
I appreciate epilogues in books like this, in order to wrap up all of the stories, and this book had a good one.
When the Soul Mends is a novel with good reminders of what love and forgiveness should look like and what is really important in life. It also made me remember that it’s okay for different people to live in different ways, as long as they follow the Lord.
I will give When the Soul Mends … 3 ½ BookWorms.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from WaterBrook Press through Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this is accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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