2/26/2011

The Amish Midwife

The Women of Lancaster County
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
2011
Harvest House Publishers
Fiction/Amish/Romance

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

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 are her birth parents?
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. 
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