When the Soul Mends

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When the Soul Mends by Cindy Woodsmall is the final book in Sisters of the Quilt series.  Hannah Lapp receives a call from her sister, Sarah that Matthew Esh has been injured in a fire and his brother, David passed away when their business caught fire.  Hannah arranges for time off and heads home to Owl’s Perch, Pennsylvania.  Hannah left home two and a half years ago when she was seventeen.  She works for Dr. Lehman and is taking classes to become a nurse.  Hannah has found a family with Martin Palmer along with his niece and nephew.  Hannah arrives at the funeral and is instantly met with disapproval which reopens old wounds.  She notices that Sarah is behaving oddly, and that there are burns on her hands which Sarah cannot explain.  Something is up with Sarah and Hannah wants to get her help before she returns to her life in the Englisch world.  Paul Waddell, Hannah’s old boyfriend, works as a counselor at Better Path.  With Paul’s assistance, the family can get Sarah the help she desperately needs.  It also gives Hannah and Paul an opportunity to resolve the past.  As issues become resolved, Hannah realizes her feeling for Paul are still there.  Hannah will need to make a choice between her new life in the Englisch world or her old one in Owl’s Perch.

When the Soul Mends is not a standalone novel.  You need to read the book in the Sisters of the Quilt series in order as each book builds upon the previous one.  I thought When the Soul Mends contains good writing with well-developed and thoughtful characters.  The story has a languid pace.  I wish it had been a little peppier and edited for length (368 pages).  While I enjoyed When the Soul Mends, I did find it predictable.  A couple has a misunderstanding that takes them the book to resolve.  I wanted the couple to have a real conversation.   I like how the author handled Sarah’s mental health issues and how it added depth to the book.  The theme of forgiveness is dominate in When the Soul Mends.  Only when you truly forgive can you begin to heal.  I appreciated the epilogue which wrapped up all the storylines.  When the Soul Mends is a lovely conclusion to the Sisters of the Quilt series.
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This book by Cindy will have you asking the same questions as the characters. Secrets come to light and faith is restored.
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Very good book.  It is book 3 in a series, so very helpful to have read books 1 & 2 in the series, but the author includes a brief review of all of the main characters which helps even if you HAVE read books 1 & 2.  Set in both Ohio and Pennsylvania, this story follows the life of Hannah Lapp as she reconnects with her family, learns to forgive both her family AND her ex-fiance.  Difficult to put down, this book tells "the rest of the story" of the characters in the Sisters of Amish Quilt Series, while leaving plenty of room for future books.
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When The Soul Mends Is a suitably sufficient in emotion and Faith. In the beginning it approaches your emotions on such an intense level and when it does that think to yourself - if it starts off like this how deep is this going to go? Then you start reading even harder because you don't want to miss out on a single thing because you won't believe how would aggressive this author gets with Your emotions. I don't say this very much so when I say it I mean it - Ms. woodsmall Leaves a piece of herself with each of the characters for you and you are excited that she does.
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A wonderful ending to a wonderful series!! This is book 3 in the "Sisters of the Quilt" series and it is amazing. It is full of emotion and healing. You won't be able to put this book down. Thank you #NetGalley and #WaterBrook Press for the complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.
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When the Soul Mends  is a well written Amish romance.  Good plot and well developed characters .  I always enjoy this author’s books and this one was no exception.  I highly recommend this book.
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What is most important in a Amish Romance book? I will tell you in my opinion it is faith. When I read any Cindy Woodsmall book I am blown away by the intense emotions she gives her characters and how guided they are by their faith. When the Soul Mends has to be one of my favorite Cindy Woodsmall books. The book starts off with the strong willed Hannah Lapp she is a character whom had her life shattered before her eyes and depended on her faith to guide her back to where she was meant to be. It had me on my toes and praying for her throughout most the book. The way it made me feel in side was a warmth yet some energy to know what was going to happen. Beautifully written and a great first read if you have not read Cindy Woodsmall before this will immediately have you fall in love with her work.
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Cindy Woodsmall has captured my heart with her writing. She has become one of my most favorite authors. She has a way with words. Her stories leave me with a book hangover. Once again she has told a beautiful story. Not one that’s free of trials and hardship, but one that has all the realities of life. She weaves themes of bitterness and deceit with forgiveness and love. Redemption is clearly depicted throughout the book. Her characters are real and like a friend you didn’t know you had. You want to cry with them and laugh with them and at the end of the day just really have them as a real life friend. I was worried about reading the 3rd book in a series without having read the previous books but it didn’t matter at all. You don’t want to miss this book. It’s excellent. 
I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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