The Amish Midwife (Women of Lancaster County Series #1)

The Amish Midwife (Women of Lancaster County Series #1)

by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould


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A dusty carved box containing two locks of hair and a century-old letter regarding property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who desperately needs help after an Amish client and her baby die.

Lexie steps in to assume Marta’s patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means “to let be” as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.

A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life—past, present, and future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736937986
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Women of Lancaster County Series , #1
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 415,541
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams. She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 750,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award–winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.

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The Amish Midwife (Women of Lancaster County Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
I'm always a bit skeptical when one of my favorite authors teams up with another author to produce a book. Will my favorite author's voice be heard? Will the resulting text be worth the time spent reading it? I am happy to say this time I was very pleased. Mindy Starns Clark has been one of my favorite authors but I had personally not read anything by Leslie Gould. In the future I will be looking for more of Ms. Gould's work. The story revolves around Lexie Jaeger who is a nurse-midwife in Oregon. From an early age she knows she is adopted, but has little information about her family of origin. With a death bed confession of her adopted father, Lexie's quest to find out her story begins. Lexie's journey to find the truth takes her to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she agrees to help out a lay midwife who has found herself in a bit of legal trouble. The twists and turns in the story make it a very quick read. The story left me with new insights into the feelings of adopted children, even those who wind up in very wonderful adopted families. Before this book I had never really thought much about the types of loss and abandonment they would feel. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Amish fiction. This isn't your run of the mill story; it is definitely set apart by the different subject matters that are brought out within the text. I received a copy of this book from Havest House Publishers and Mindy Starns Clark for my review.
KyCarolyn More than 1 year ago
Good story line. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Helpful in gaining a better understanding of the Mennonite and Amish cultures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I am looking forward to reading the next in this series.
JulieSurfaceJohnson More than 1 year ago
The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould kept me reading into the night. The authors skillfully demonstrated how the Amish (and other Anabaptist groups) struggle to maintain their identity despite encroaching modernism. In addition, they showed how tentacles of secrecy surrounding adoption can reach far into the future and impact children and grandchildren in a negative way. I particularly enjoyed Lexie's character development as she attempted to uncover, layer by layer, how she fit into their community. The strong ending left me wanting to read more in this series.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Lexie Jaeger has known all her life that she was adopted, but now her father has passed, and on his deathbed, he gave her a box, that held clues to her past. Having the letters in the box read to her, by a member of her Mennonite congregation, Lexie knows that she has to find out more about her past, who is her birth mom? Lexie's trip into her past brings her to the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania. A local lay midwife, is in legal trouble, she has been charged with manslaughter of a baby and the mother. As a nurse midwife, Lexie can help, but Marta sends word through a friend that she doesn't want Lexie's help. That does not stop Lexie however, she shows up on Marta's doorstep, determined to find answers. Finding out what she wants to know is not easy however, Marta is very close mouthed about the entire situation, and what Lexie does learn makes her wonder even more. Meeting a 'cousin' who is nearly her mirror image stirs Lexie to dig deeper. The fact that the Amish, like to let things be, complicates her search. Will Lexie learn who she is? Will she find what she needs to fill that empty spot inside her heart in Pennsylvania? I loved this book, it is the first I have read by these authors, and they just made the story come alive to me. Firstly, I have always been fascinated by midwives, and I enjoy Amish stories, so the combination of my favorite things, really made me want to read this book. The proverbial icing on the cake for this book, to me was the fact there was enough mystery and suspense to really draw you into the story. Truly this is a great book, that you will not want to miss. Fans of midwife stories, Amish fans, and mystery and suspense fans will all enjoy this book! Group discussion guide included. 321 pages, $13.99 US 5 stars. This book was provided for review purposes by Harvest House Publishers, no payment was received for this review.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
Read from March 24 to 26, 2014 I loved this story! Interesting history about the Amish and Mennonites,and about Midwifery. The scenic descriptions of the areas made me feel like I was there. The characters were so real, that I had several emotions going, one was sadness for the main character Though she was very successful in her job, her life still seemed unfilled,and incomplete, wouldn't you if you were in her place-if you were adopted? She had every right to feel that way, and get her story, get to the truth. What was the truth...that, you will have to read the story to find out, my friends! The story has lots of detail and twists and turns, which to me was fine, I did not think it was overdone. Actually, it kept me reading the book up till' the hours of the night, wanting to know what happens next,yes..the story is that captivating! This author did a superb job in describing all of the characters in the story, so real that you wanted to slug a few of them due to their stubborn assumptions of others, which makes me think how people can be that way, and in the end, hurt others in the process by misunderstandings, keeping grudges for years, missed opportunities for family connections,and just unhappiness in their lives and with those around them! This was an awesome, excellent story by a most excellent author. I have read other books by Mindy Starns Clark, and they never disappoint me!! I highly recommend this book!
halfpint64 More than 1 year ago
It is a very good book. wonderful story line. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down.
ElizabethFC More than 1 year ago
This is an engaging account of a young nurse-midwife, raised by her adoptive family in Oregon, who travels to Pennsylvania to discover the truth about her past. She ends up learning much more than she expected, both about her family and herself. Issues of identity, forgiveness, and belonging are deftly interwoven into the story of this woman's quest. The gradual unraveling of the mystery holds the reader's attention throughout. An added bonus is the respectful but candid depiction of the Mennonite and Amish cultures.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Awsome Book! I read anything Amish. I especially like Mindy Starn
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The geography is very accurate. I am from the area and know it well.
Romonko on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was in a genre that I usually don't read, but I quite enjoyed the story. The book has a keen insight into the Amish lifestyle, and into the people from that very intriguing sect. The book centres around Lexie, an adopted Mennonite girl who has lived in Oregon with her Plain living mother and father. After her father dies, Lexie finds she wants to find out more about her birth mother and family, and tracks her history back to Lancaster County, right smack in the middle of Amish country. Lexie is a trained midwife, and she finds work working with a non-Amish midwife, who can't practice for the moment because of an ongoing legal battle. As Lexie digs in, she finds out more and more about her birth parents, and at the same time she becomes ingrained in the Amish way of life. Lexie is determined at all costs to discover her history, and she ends up digging up some very old family secrets in the process. I liked the people in the book. The Amish were wonderfully portrayed, and their way of life handled with a deft hand by this writer. I learned a lot about the Amish culture and their real sense of family. A very good first book in what looks to be a compelling series.
Lindz2012 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was about Lexie finding her biological family. She is searching for her Identity. Her father died and told her about a box that came and when she finds it set her on mission to find her birth parents. She goes to Pennsylvania to help a midwife in trouble. Though she was to start working in Philly.She learns some Amish words though her patients that she learns with some true meaning. People in her family are hiding information about her. She arrives at Marta Bayer home and Marta get angry at her. If you want to read more about the surprise or not for she finds a surprise that will be quite suprising to find out. Does Lexie get her Story. You need to read to find out.
mrsjason on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I shouldn't have been surprised at how much I enjoy this book. Every Mindy Starns Clark book that I've read includes such a good mystery story that I find myself completely sucked in as I try to solve it along with the characters. Lexie's search to find out what happened to her birth mother is intriguing as she discovers all sorts of secrets about her birth family. There's a lot of digging deep and bringing up hurt, lies and jealously. It doesn't end up happily but I actually really enjoyed that a lot more than if everyone ended up with hugs and kisses. I felt as frustrated as Lexie did with reading at all the road blocks she kept coming across during her search due the adoption process. I realize that there are legal issues but it seems that it's not fair for an adult to not be able to just find their birth parents even though the information is there.Interestingly this is the second book recently that I have read that deals with the practice of being a midwife. I don't have any desire to be one and I will probably end up going to the hospital if/when my time comes but I do find learning about the practice to be fascinating. Unlike a previous book that I read that didn't really talk about the practice even though the main character was a midwife, this book goes into a lot of detail about the hardships and joys of helping women in labor. While much is spent on the characters being happy to help the women, there are also the legal ramifications that come into play and also that those who do go to hospitals are not shown in a bad light.I only had two qualms while reading. One is that there were times I felt Lexie to be a bit ignorant or just not very socially adapt. The beginning of her story found me annoyed with her by her actions of lack of not knowing things that I would have thought, by her heritage, she should have known. However as the story progressed her character began to change and therefore became more likable for me. The other is the title of this book and I how I feel it's being marketed. The title implies that Lexie is a midwife that is Amish. However she is Mennonite and most of the people who she has direct contact with are Mennonite. Yes, she does go out to the Amish and is a midwife to some of them but that are not all that she helps. However neither the summary nor the cover gives this distinction and along with the title, a reader would think that the book is just another Amish story. I'm just hear to tell you that it is not. For those of you who are worried that the Amish lifestyle is romanticized or idealized, Clark and Gould do not do this. The mystery and the midwife practicing are more of the focus of the story and just happen to have it set in Amish country.Other than this, the story is an absolute gem. It's a lot of fun to read and very informative about midwifery and adoption practices as well. Clark's mystery/suspense is top notch and Gould's characterizations work well. Even if you're not an Amish fan, I still think that this book can be enjoyed by those unfamiliar with the lifestyle. I'll be looking forward to future books in the series.
Quiltinfun06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Amish Midwife was a pleasant surprise. I expected a nice book with a nice little story something enjoyable to read. What I found was the story of a personal journey taken by Lexie a child that was adopted by a family in Oregon. Now at the time of her Dad's passing, Lexie is even more interested in finding her "story".She goes to Lancaster in search of her story but what she finds is more than family. She discovers the meaning of family, the importance of faith and the power of love. While I didn't always agree with how Lexie went about getting the answers she wanted; I appreciated the fact that she desperately need to get to the truth. I enjoy reading about the Amish culture. The Amish Midwife encompassed so much more than just Amish culture. It brings awareness to adoption and adoptees and how the process changes so many lives. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever been affected by a secret, kept a secret or told a secret.
BeckyFitz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good, Amish/Christian romance novel. A good window into the Amish community.
wearylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lexie knows she was adopted as a baby, but that is all she knows. After her father dies she decides to travel to Pennsylvania to find the truth about her adoption-something no one is willing to talk about.A great story with a surprise twist.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Where do I start? The story seems to have multiple stories all bundled together. Lexie wants to know who she is and who her parents were. No one wants to tell her. Her adoptive parents never did and the only other woman in Oregon who knows anything about her past declares it is not her story to tell. So Lexie goes to Pennsylvania and encounters that response every way she turns. I suppose everyone else who knew even part of her past kept thinking she would hightail it out of Lancaster County when they refused to talk. Although most tightly-knit groups have at least one person who loves to gossip, Lexie could not find a soul who fit the bill. I would think her head would have gotten sore from all the brick walls she kept running into. Although no one was trying to deceive her, the old expression about the tangled webs we weave seemed to fit. It was difficult to discern if the people in the story truly forgave and forgot or if they simply tried to bury the past so deep that no one would ever find the truth. I admired the tenacity Lexie displayed and her determination to learn about her past. I also was challenged by her insistence that the truth will set you free. I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
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Great read - great series
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cinchase More than 1 year ago
Very good story! Sometimes the secrets that we keep can be very destructive even when our heart and intentions are in the right place. Finding out these secrets might hurt, but they may also bring out the best and worst in us and we find forgiveness in ourselves and those around us.. The story brought tears of joy and those of sadness as Lexi searches for the answers to her adoption.
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