Cindy Woodsmall Books In Order

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Publication Order of Sisters of the Quilt Books

When the Heart Cries (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Morning Comes (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Soul Mends (2008)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ada's House Books

The Hope of Refuge (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bridge of Peace (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Harvest of Grace (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Apple Ridge Books

The Sound of Sleigh Bells (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Singing (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Scent of Cherry Blossoms (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dawn of Christmas (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Amish Vines and Orchards Books

A Season for Tending (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winnowing Season (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
For Every Season (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seasons of Tomorrow (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Amish of Summer Grove Books

Ties that Bind (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fraying at the Edge (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Gathering the Threads (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Love Undone (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gift Of Christmas Past (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
As the Tide Comes In (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Remedy (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Christmas Haven (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Englisch Daughter (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Angel of Forest Hill (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Plain Wisdom (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

A consistent and trendsetting woman of letters, Cindy Woodsmall is a quadragenarian American author. She has penned about twenty literary works, ranging from fictitious solo projects to co-written non-fiction work. Among her literary work include several series and their respective omnibuses, standalone novels, and novellas. Ever since she debuted in 2006 and hit the literary ground running, she has more than proved herself. She is not only on her mettle, but also a go-to expert on various issues concerning the Amish religion. What’s more, she has been commissioned for high-profile jobs.

Now that you know what she is, read on who she is. Cindy Woodsmall, who is a middle-aged woman, was previously an experienced homeschooler. Cindy’s spouse is a geomatics surveyor and doubles as the deputy leader of an engineering company. The two are empty nesters. However, the couple and the rest of the family members are currently domiciled in the mountaineous North Georgia, located in the State of Georgia, the US. Even then two of their children are grown ups, independent, and have since established their own families. Incidentally the couple has three male children, two daughters-in-law, and their respective three grandchildren. An adage says thus: an apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. This manifests itself in the last born child in the family; a teenager, he is also a bibliophile like his mother. Cindly Woodsmall writes, in a wide umbrella term general fiction. Closer home, her work is shelved as inspiration and (Amish) romance genres.

Cindy Woodsmall: Inspiration and Formative Years of Publishing Career
The urge to write gnawed at Cindy Woodsmall while their children were growing up. At the beginning, Woodsmall gave scant credence to it. But she could not just wish it away. She started considering the muse. When she consulted her husband concerning the issue, he gave her the much-needed moral support in her quest for writing.

Cindy Woodsmall debuted in 2006. However, her debut book became an instant hit. Woodsmall’s early childhood plays a significant role in her books. The real-life element in her work is due to the fact that, during her early life, she used to interact with especially the Old Orders of both the Amish and Mennomites adherents. Later she interacted with the New Orders, both the conservatives and liberal-minded. Moreover, Woodsmall lived for a considerable time in Maryland State. While there, she befriended a girl known as Luann and who identified herself with the Plain people. The latter term denotes Christians whose orders observe the doctrine of separation. These people are notable for their simple approach to life, dressing code, and lack of enthusiasm towards technological advancement.

For example, in accordance with the family tradition, Luann used to clad an Amish cap and cape clothing. The girl’s faith prohibited her from enjoying electronics such as a TV or radio. As such, Woodsmall was expected to respect her little friend’s beliefs when she went to their house for sleepover. Fortunately or unfortunately, the family of Cindy Woodsmall was yet to purchase the prohibited things which made it easier for them.

Despite the out-and-out different beliefs and ways of life, Cindy Woodsmall and Luann struck a friendship which, after many years, only ended when Woodsmall’s parents relocated to another place. Another inspiration which has served Woodsmall in good stead was from befriending yet another Amish family; by a stroke of luck, this family had an open-door policy and Woodsmall learned a lot. The relationship with them has stood the test of time; they still get in touch with one another, the distance between them and religious differences notwithstanding.

When the Heart Cries: A Summary
The first series of books by author Cindy Woodsmall is titled Sisters of the Quilt. The first book in this Anabaptist life-related series was first published in 2006 titled When the Heart Cries. This book revolves around the romantic lives of Hannah Lapp and his prospective suitor Paul Waddell. Hannah’s religion is Amish while Paul is a Mennonite. This book is shelved as Amish romance fiction.

Hannah Lapp’s life is ill-fated after she went against her religion which prohibits its adherents from marrying spouses with dissimilar faith. Paul, who is a college student, proposes to her. She disregards the Amish tenet prohibiting intermarriage and accepts his life-changing marriage proposal. Unfortunately, the problems follow hard on her heels. A rape incident leaves her pregnant. Worse still, her so-called suitor deserts her. Worse still, she henceforth becomes a social outcast and her family shuns her.

When the Morning Comes: A Summary
The second book in the Sisters of the Quilt series of books, by Cindy Woodsmall, was published in 1997; it is titled When the Morning Comes. It features characters Hannah Lapp and Paul Waddell.

In the wake of the rape incident and ensuing pregnancy, plus being ostracized, Hannah Lapp runs away from the damnable society, and embarks on a problematic mission to search for her equally shunned aunt called Zabeth. There is nothing to write home about her education, she lacks the wherewithal for searching, and she is also trying to keep a low profile. Her aunt gives her a shoulder to lean on and, by and by, she and a certain Martin start a romantic affair.

On the other hand, Paul gets remorseful at the prospect of what he has subjected Hannah to. To atone his feelings of guilt, he starts hoping he will meet Hannah again to assure and reassure her. Her family too is in jeopardy.

Cindy Woodsmall: Film/TV Shows
In may 2009, Cindy Woodsmall was interviewed in the ABC Nightline TV program. The interview centered on herself and Sisters of the Quilt trilogy. Furthermore, in 2012, Woodsmall collaborated with the National Geographic for a film of the Amish way of life. This TV movie is titled Amish on Break; the starring is Sabrina Lavon High.

Cindy Woodsmall: Awards/ Accolades
According to a mid-2013 edition of the Wall Street Journal, Cindy Woodsmall is among the three best writers of Amish fiction genre. Cindy Wood has also won the Crossings Awards in the Best Books of the Year category and clinched Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Awards. In 2010, her book called The Hope of Refuge was nominated for the Christy Award and Carol Award; the aforementioned book and The Sound of Sleigh Bells were nominated (finalists) for the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest; other nominations include Christian Retailing’s Best Awards and Christian Book of the Year.


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