WHEN THE HEART CRIES
Woodsmall's new series focuses on the Amish and their fascinating way of life. Hannah is likable and intelligent but very headstrong. Her desire to break away from traditional customs mirrors teen dilemmas in any culture. The consequences of rape are handled respectfully but are still disturbing. An unrealistic communication breakdown between major characters feels tedious, even
with the Amish's lack of modern conveniences. Frustratingly, much of the plot is left unresolved.
On her way home, Hannah is raped. Some surround her with love, but not everyone extends compassion. Secrets are kept, lines are drawn and confusion reigns. Hannah must overcome tremendous obstacles that distance her from her family, friends and even God. (WATERBROOK, Sep., 336 pp., $9.99)