Shunned by her family and community, Hannah Lapp flees the Old Order Amish community in hopes of finding refuge with her shunned aunt in Ohio. As the train pulls Hannah further and further from her home, her ex-fiance is filled with regret over his treatment of Hannah and becomes determined to find her, but Hannah’s father remains convinced of her sinful behavior and refuses to corroborate with efforts to find her.
The only reason why I didn’t enjoy When the Morning Comes as much as I did When the Heart Cries was because instead of being Hannah’s story, When the Morning Comes morphed into Hannah and her fiance, Paul, and Mary and her brother, Luke, and her sister, Sarah, and her new boyfriend, Martin, and his sister, Faye, and her aunt, Zabeth, and Matthew’s story. The focus is off of Hannah and more on the people around her, which made me miss her almost as much as her friends and family do.
I really enjoyed how Woodsmall portrayed the Amish; unlike Beverly Lewis, she shows all their faults and all redeemable qualities. They don’t know how to handle Sarah’s physiological issues, they don’t know how to accept the truth amongst rumors, and they don’t know how to apologize without their being a sin in the eyes of the bishop.
I’m anxious to see how this all plays out, although I’m a little peeved that this book was just a bridge between When the Heart Cries and When the Soul Mends.
- Woodsmall, Cindy. When the Morning Comes. Colorado Springs, Colo.: WaterBrook, 2007. Print. 322 pgs. ISBN: 9781400072934. Source: PaperBackSwap.