Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Book Review: "When The Soul Mends"

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for doing a book review. I got about a chapter into it and realized that I really need to read the first two books in the series to get the back story. So, I checked out "When the Heart Cries" and "When Morning Comes" from the library and read both of them over the course of two days (so what if the sink was full of dirty dishes and laundry needed to be done...)

I finally got back to picking up this book, eager to finish the story of Hannah Lapp. She had been shunned by her community and family, and had created a new life for herself in another community when she was called home because of a tragedy in her close circle of friends.

I found myself drawn into the story, yearning for Hannah to find healing, love and acceptance. Throughout the book, I wondered how the story would resolve. I found myself saying, "Oh, please, don't let her end up with him..." (not necessarily in regards to Hannah). There were enough plot twists to keep me up late in the night, eagerly reading "one more chapter."

This series of book deals with a pretty heavy subject (Hannah was the victim of a rape in the first book), so they may be too intense for somebody who's looking for a lighthearted read, but I thought that the overall series was well-written. They make you think about what's really important, about really listening to people and understanding what makes them tick. I hope to read more of Cindy Woodsmall's books in the future!

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