Sunday, April 24, 2011

Book Review: When The Soul Mends (Cindy Woodsmall)

When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall is a delightful glimpse into the life of Hannah Lapp. Upon receiving and beginning this book I was excited to remember that I had read the first book in the series a few months ago and now got to continue to see how Hannah’s story would unfold (I would recommend you read the books that precede this one first so Hannah’s story makes more sense).

Cindy Woodsmall does a great job really drawing her reader into the storyline. I had a hard time putting the book down because I wanted to know what was going to happen. Would Hannah choose to go back to her life as an Amish girl? Would she choose to remain “English” and living with Martin and his niece and nephew? Would Martin wait for her as she ran back and forth between her family and his when the need arose for her to go back “home” to her family?

Cindy weaves a common theme of “forgiveness” into the story. Hannah’s family needs to forgive her for running off and making mistakes in the past. Hannah needs to forgive her family, especially her father, for mistakes they made in her life, too, such as blaming her for something that they knew was not her fault. And most of the other characters, in some way or another, show forgiveness.

I highly recommend this book. I wish there was another one in the series so we could continue to have a peak into Hannah’s life now that she has made her decisions. Pick up a copy of When the Soul Mends or any other book by Cindy Woodsmall – you won’t be disappointed!

**I received this book for free courtesy of Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging For Books program in exchange for an honest review.**

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