When the Morning Comes (Sisters of the Quilt trilogy, Book 2)
by Cindy Woodsmall
Hannah Lapp has run away from the tight-knit Amish community she grew up in, and is struggling to find her place in a foreign world. She’s underage. She hasn’t finished high school. She doesn’t carry a cell phone or even know how to use a computer. She hasn’t got a prayer – actually, a prayer is all she’s got. But it seems the good Lord is listening, because through the kindness of strangers she is able to locate her shunned aunt and slowly build a new life.
Unfortunately, things aren’t going so well back home. Her fiancé Paul is unable to move on. He believes that she will eventually return, but as the weeks become months his uncertainty grows. Hannah’s friends all have their own struggles, but the person most impacted by her disappearance is her younger sister. Sarah is wracked with guilt because her rumor-mongering helped turn the community against Hannah, but unable to cope with this knowledge she’s becoming increasingly unstable and her grip on reality is slipping away…
The second installment of the Sisters of the Quilt trilogy continues to highlight the differences between the Amish and Englischers way of life without criticizing either. I was really cheering for Hannah during her “awakening” as she found a job, learned to drive, and began studying nursing at a local college. I mean, I have a hard enough time with college, and I grew up in the thick of modern America. I can only imagine what a struggle it is to re-boot your entire life and goals. Starting over does seem to be the theme of this book, though. I think every major character’s life got waylaid from their plans at some point, and how they reacted really revealed their inner strength (or lack of it.) By the end of When the Morning Comes I just loved the characters, and couldn’t wait to read the last book and see how everything comes together.