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Despite being raised in a traditional Old Order Amish family, 17-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.

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  • Stevon
  • 05-11-2009

What a story.........

This was a great book. Several months ago I read an article in the Wall Street Journal, of all plaes, about 3 authors, W Brunstetter, B Lewis, and Ms Woodsmall, that had written books set in Amish country. Like most of us in Audible, I was looking for some books to read so I decided I would read one book from each. This is my 3rd of them, I enjoyed them all but this was by far my favorite. It started off with a bang and just kept going. It was set in Amich country and a lot of it was about the Amish but it was more a story of human nature. You couldn't help feel for Hanna. It brought tearrs to my eyes several times. A heart warming tale and I recommend to anyone reading this review to give it a try. I'll read more from all 3 authors but my next of the 3 will be this author, I want to see if she can top this one. Enjoy!!

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  • Ellen
  • 06-01-2009

When the Heart Cries

Liked it very much so I had to get the next one.

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  • LP
  • 30-04-2017

Starts with a Bang! And Keeps You Hopping!

I really loved this book. Cindy Woodsmall writes such wonderful Amish books and she definitely shows the best and worst of Amish folks and the English. It was an emotional story, where I was gripped by the pain of some of the characters, especially Hannah. I'm getting ready to listen to the second book in this series. If it's half as good, I'll be thrilled!!!

The narrator was very good, I really liked her. The only small problem was it seemed like the narrator was reading really fast. I don't know if that happened in editing or if the rights holder wanted it read really quickly, but I had to stop and back up several times because I had a hard time in some areas keeping up. Otherwise, the narrator sounded great and was good at character voices.
Another wonderful book by Cindy Woodsmall!

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  • Sarah
  • 26-06-2016

very good book

Would you listen to When the Heart Cries again? Why?

Yes because it was a very good story and very touching.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Mari because she just seemed like a friend like I want to have.

What about Jill Shellabarger’s performance did you like?

She did a great job, very good to listen too.

If you could take any character from When the Heart Cries out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Mathew, if I were Amish, I would go out with him. He seems very funny and deffenitly a good person

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