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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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  • Editorial Reviews


    "This engaging novel dives right into the grief of losing a last known family member. As Lexie steps outside of her world to find her birth family she finds herself swept into an unfamiliar stream of uncooperative characters in a totally different culture. I was driven along with her, eager to learn each new clue. The characters were authentic, interesting and their faith and hope kept me engaged and hopeful. A very satisfying read."
    ―Mary Richman Sankaran

    "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."
    Elizabeth Cosgriff

    "Suspense and tension deepens as The Amish Midwife progresses. The characters seem so real I want to pray about their problems and cry at their struggles. I won't soon forget them.

    "This first book in The Women of Lancaster County series is definitely a winner. It also contains discussion questions, which provide added depth to the reading experience. I came away with a peace like Lexie found, glad God is in control of our lives."
    Mary A. Hake, OCW president

    "The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould was an excellent read, with multi-faceted, well-developed characters, and good plot pacing. Typical themes of Amish books were explored, such as secret-keeping, behavior expectations, and forgiveness. In addition, there were themes of midwifery, adoption, a bit of romance, and others that I won't mention here, since I don't want to spoil the story for readers. Especially enjoyable was the process of learning Lexie's story of her beginnings in life as she discovered pieces of the puzzle, her growing love for her newfound relatives, and the conclusion when all was revealed. It was not a book that I raced through to get done, but one that was savored to a strong and satisfying completion. I highly recommend it."
    Mary Steinbrenner, Library Lady, Cedar Mill Bible Church

    "The Amish Midwife is a compelling page-turner with characters so believably drawn they took my breath away. Lexie's spiritual journey touched my heart in a way that will live on even though I've turned the last page."
    Pam Hanson, co-author with Barbara Andrews of women's inspirational fiction for Guideposts

    "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."
    Brandi Fitzpatrick, The Faith in Fiction Book Club,

    "It was enjoyable spending time with Lexie in the world of the Amish and following Lexie as she works to solve the mysteries surrounding her birth. Terrific read, highly recommended!"
    Lonnie Cruse,

    "In The Amish Midwife, Mindy Clark and Leslie Gould give us ‘English' a fascinating look into the Amish-Mennonite culture in its contemporary form. And to the non-adopted, they reveal the culture of adoption and search. As an adult adoptee that has been through search, I was grateful to see how tenderly, and accurately, Leslie and Mindy presented Lexie's journey to her birth-family and the strength, courage and endurance, as well as the love it required."
    Caroline F. Daniel

    "We have thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like the suspense while reading. And also how the author kept me guessing all the way though the book."
    Amanda, Plain Communities Business Exchange

    "I-could-not-put-the-book-down! From the very beginning to the very end, the story kept my interest. I would recommend this book to anyone."
    Theresa Binion

    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

    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
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,497 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
    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 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
    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
    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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