Welcome to Blog Tour for New York Times Bestseller Cindy Woodsmall's newest book and "When The Soul Mends". This is one book that really surprised me both in the twists and turns, as well as the ending! You can usually tell by the two-thirds mark of a fiction book how it will end, not with When the Soul Mends.
I was wondering if I would be able to keep up with the list of characters that are listed in the front of the book. So many from the two previous books and any new ones that might show up. Well, Woodsmall is a great story teller and allows you to catch up in no time. I only had to glance at the list a couple of times in the beginning. I found the setting delightful, moving back and forth between the Amish world and the modern.
Hannah, one of the main characters, grew up in the Amish community, yet ran away for good reason but the question always reamained of whether she had made the right decision. Would she ever get over the feelings of her family and their opinions of life and her in particular? I found myself drawn into this character because of her situation, as I think many of the readers will.
And what is a good story without the love interests? Well, this is an area that will not only keep you guessing but rooting for one or the other--or at times all of them. You want Hannah to make the right and wise decision--but what is the right answer for her? Has she become so modern in the world of nursing school, Englisher boyfriend and modern clothes that she couldn't make the switch back? Pondering life then, now, and forever--so much for a young woman to consider. And what about the reasons she left in the first place?
This is a great story about choices; the ones made in haste out of frustration and hurt, then the more rational ones afterward. It works out for everyone in the end, but just as real life, it is the journey through the muddy spots that make for a good story.
GIVE AWAY: I have two copies of When The Soul Mends to give away. Simply post a comment on this blog, and your name will be entered to win. Contests is for US residents only, Dec 8-9th, 2008.
Author Bio: Cindy Woodsmall is a best-selling author, who has garnered strong praise for the first two novels in the Sisters of the Quilt series. When the Heart Cries was a finalist for the ECPA Novel of the Year in 2007 and received the Reviewer’s Choice Award from the Road to Romance website. was named among the Best Books of 2007 for Crossings Book Club. Cindy lives in Georgia with her husband of thirty years.