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The Amish Midwife (The Women of Lancaster County Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mindy Starns Clark , Leslie Gould
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Book Description

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.



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About the Author

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-winningThe Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.www.mindystarnsclark.com

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 700 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736937986
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004M5HKKC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amish Midwife January 16, 2011
By Maureen
Format:Paperback
A deathbed confession... a dust carved box containing two locks of hair... a century-old letter about property in Switzerland...

Nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger's encounter with all three rekindles a burning desire to meet her biological family. Propelled on a personal journey of discovery, Lexie's search for the truth takes her from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania's Amish country.

There she finds Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who may hold the key to Lexie's past. But Marta isn't talking, especially now that she has troubles of her own following the death of an Amish patient during childbirth. As Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load and continues the search for her birth family, a handsome local doctor proves to be a welcome distraction. But will he also distract her from James, the man back home who lovingly awaits her return?

From her Amish patients, Lexie learns the meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut: "to let be." Will this woman who wants to control everything ever learn to depend totally on God? Or will her stubborn determination to unearth the secrets of the past at all costs only serve to tear her newfound family apart?T

This book was filled with secrets that were hurting everyone. A great insight into Amish culture, I had a hard time putting it down. I felt as if they had all become my family and I want to go and spend time with them!
The next book in the series The Amish Nanny will be released in July 2011...can't wait!
There is a Family Tree available to read...it does contain spoilers so be aware! [...]
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong family drama February 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
Just outside of Aurora, Oregon, three weeks after baby number 244 is born, her dying widower adopted father informs twenty-six years old midwife Lexie Jaeger with the rest of the truth that he and his late wife concealed from her. He tells her to never forget how he and her adopted mom loved her and finally admits his Montgomery County, Pennsylvania biological maternal grandma sent her a carved box. When her beloved dad dies, Lexie looks inside the box.

After helping 245 enter the world, Lexie decides to travel to Pennsylvania to meet her birth family and learn why she was given away. She leaves behind James who she has been seeing for several years as she obsesses with a need to know her kin. In Pennsylvania, she meets the family and assists Aunt Melia the lay-midwife accused of manslaughter when her Amish patient and baby died during delivery. However, as Lexie begins to learn about her roots, she finds secrets that her biological family feels are An Inconvenient Truth. She considers leaving for home, although she knows God would expect her to forgive those who let her down as a baby.

The first Amish Clark and Gould collaboration is a strong family drama that focuses on a person's bone-marrow deep need for a specific identification in which he or she believes they belong. With action provided especially by midwife responsibilities in light of the manslaughter charge and a supporting romantic subplot, The Amish Midwife is a terrific character driven tale as Lexie learns you can and cannot go home.

Harriet Klausner
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Amish Midwife January 23, 2011
By Laurie
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I truly could not put this book down! It grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept me in suspense until the final pages. The story line and characters were extremely well written, and the spiritual insight inspired and encouraged me! I can't wait until the next book comes out!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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While others may disagree, I have grown weary of the highly romanticized view of the Amish found in so much of "Amish" literature. I have also tired of authors who are openly critical of the religious views of the Amish while still romanticizing their family life. This book did not fall into either of those traps. People -- even the Amish -- are not angelic - they get angry and frustrated at times, and make some serious mistakes. The characters seem more real because of it. On the other hand, I thought the authors did a better job of portraying believable women than believable men. In particular, the lead character's Oregon boyfriend would have had me running away as fast as I could! Why is it so difficult to portray a Christian man who has some sex appeal? Although he is described as hot, his actions and words don't support that description.

The plot involves a young nurse-midwife named Lexie, raised in Oregon by a loving Mennonite couple. She knows she was adopted but knows little about the circumstances and nothing about her birth family. On his deathbed, her father tells her about a carved box that was passed on as part of her private adoption - it contains some old papers. After her father dies (she had no siblings and her mother died years ago), she decides she needs to learn "her story." A family friend - Sophie- tells Lexie that a lay midwife in Pennsylvania - who is having severe legal problems relating to the death of mother and child during delivery - is likely related to Lexie in some way. Sophie suggests Lexie go help this Mennonite woman (Marta) and perhaps she will also learn more about her biological family. Lexie takes a leave from her job and goes to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story
This was ,indeed, a sweet story. However it is a book with too many characters Were they all necessary...making for confusion. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars The Amish Midwife
I haven't ever read an Amish based book before but it was pretty interesting... Loved the look into the life of what it may be like to be Amish. Read more
Published 22 days ago by A. King
3.0 out of 5 stars for a small audience
The heroine is an insensitive, two-timing jerk - even cruel at times. The other two main female characters are nasty too. Painful reading. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Claudia Crowley
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended
It was very interesting, with thoughts on adoption, the Amish faith and their ideas on dealing with the outside world,
and also the similiarities/differences between the Amish... Read more
Published 1 month ago by betty b.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Reading...
I'm just now starting to read Ms. Clark's books and her stories are very enjoyable.
Published 1 month ago by J. Getty
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the story
Informative, but predictable. Enjoyed the story. A good read.
Published 1 month ago by JEAN L MACCANNELL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read.
I just finished this book. Loved it! I am looking forward to the other books in this series.
Published 1 month ago by Terri B. Klingman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
an easy read
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars NEEDS A DIFFERENT TITLE
Although I'm still not convinced I will become a fan of Amish books, since I had this one on my shelf for 2 years, I decided to give it a try. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grandmother of six
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyable light reading
Published 1 month ago by D. Nellikers
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