Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Sisters of the Quilt by Woodsmall

the book on a Christmas quilt of ours!
Sisters of the Quilt is a trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall that's now available in one book. I am so glad.  I really don't know how I could have handled reading it as three different books: they each ended with me longing to read the next one! I was delighted I could just flip the page and do it.

Woodsmall has a great talent for conveying injustice and the quiet anguish of suffering alone. She really did well drawing my heart into the story of Hannah Lapp, an Amish girl who undergoes a great injustice which compounded through miscommunication, secrecy, snap judgments, and tragedy in the first book When the Heart Cries. The rest of the trilogy follows her and her loved ones through the adjustments and drama of the next several years.  I'd tell you more, but I don't want to spoil it (and I'd recommend not reading the back right away; I did and wished I hadn't!)

I was impressed with the depth Woodsmall conveyed, not only in character building but in cultural intricacies as we visit Old Order Amish, Plain Mennonite and "Englischers" (typical Americans). I liked how while keeping the story dramatic enough to keep our attention, most of it is kept to things that could effect us all: crime, medical issues, miscommunication, death.  Despite the drama of the events, Woodsmall keeps it from becoming melodrama.  She doesn't romanticize any of the cultures or events, while still keeping the magic of each alive. There is a reason why people live typical American lives; there's also a reason the Amish choose their way. She doesn't villainize or promote either choice and shows how God can be found anywhere by hearts seeking Him.

I received this book free from the publishers in exchange for my unbiased review.


  1. I am hosting a Best of 2011 blog hop and would love to have you link up a favorite post of the year. My site is.

  2. Thanks for inviting me, I linked up! :)

  3. This book sounds interesting. I'll have to look for it. Hugs and have a great week! :O)


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