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The Amish Midwife

The Amish Midwife is the first book of the series: The Women of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.

The Amish Midwife

Here is a brief synopsis from GoodReads:

“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.”


This book begins a bit differently for an Amish novel… it begins with a Mennonite family.

And when Lexie, the main character, goes to Pennsylvania to search for answers concerning her family, she is met with much more than resistance; it is more like hitting against a brick wall.

The authors do an excellent job showing the determination of the characters as they interact. As the facts come out, as they tend to do in real life, the characters begin to open up and show love and acceptance.

I enjoyed this novel from beginning to end and highly recommend it!

Click HERE for more information on this book at GoodReads.

Mindy Starns Clark’s website is HERE.

Leslie Gould’s website is HERE.

You should read the other books in this series too. The image below is linked to GoodReads. Click it for more information on this series.

The Women of Lancaster County Series


Courting Ruth by Emma Miller (Hannah’s Daughters #1)


Day #14 – Today I am reviewing Courting Ruth. This is the first novel from the series: Hannah’s Daughters, by Emma Miller.

Although this is not a Christmas story, it is nonetheless a wonderful, inspiring story.

GoodReads says:

Amish widow Hannah Yoder prays her daughters will each find a husband someday. Still, sensible Ruth believes it’s God’s will that she stay home and help care for her younger sisters. But when a handsome young man comes to Kent County, Ruth starts to rethink her plans. Not yet part of the church, Eli Lapp is allowed to run wild. Yet something in Ruth’s sweet smile and gentle manner makes him yearn to settle down–with her at his side. Can Eli convince her that their lives should be entwined together on God’s path?


This is the first series I have read by Ms. Miller and I was hooked right away!

This is one of those stories I just LOVE to read… Hannah, the mom, has stepped up to raise her six daughters when her husband dies unexpectedly. Although the Amish way is for her to remarry after a year of mourning, Hannah does fine on her own and has no desire to remarry now.

Ruth and Eli will entertain you… they are so funny. Eli chases and Ruth runs! Although she is attracted to him, she doesn’t feel that she can trust her heart to him.

Read about how Eli overcomes problems from his past and tries to win Ruth’s heart.

If you get the chance, check out the Hannah’s Daughters series by Emma Miller, published under Love Inspired.

Apologies all around…

This is my first blog… and I have made lots of mistakes!

Instead of wishing I had done a better job, I have revised all of the blog posts for books I reviewed. My original thoughts remain, but I added a synopsis for each title (and in a few cases, added a bit more to my thoughts).

If you like my blog, please go back and re-read the previous posts again. I hope I have made this a better blog. I am hoping it will continue to get better each month.

It’s Friday, so have a terrific weekend!

Welcome to my blog.

Welcome to my blog. I enjoy primarily Amish and Christian fiction. Most of my reviews are along those lines, with a few other genres thrown in for good measure.

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