Friday, March 25, 2011

A suspenseful Amish story -- The Amish Midwife

The Amish Midwife by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is a real page-turner, a suspenseful Amish story that keeps you guessing until the very end.  Like Mindy's other Amish books, this one has a little extra twist to it.  This one involves a main character who is an outsider but finds a close connection to the Amish, not necessarily known at the beginning of the story.

Lexie Jaeger has a good life in Oregon as a nurse-midwife.  She grew up as an only child, knowing that she was adopted, but with few details of her roots.  After her dad shares a small piece of information just before his death, Lexie feels compelled to find the truth about her biological family.  She leaves her practice, her childhood home, and James, the man who loves her and waits for her to come back to Oregon.

Lexie's search leads her to Marta Bayer, a lay-midwife serving mostly Amish women in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  Marta obviously has answers to many of Lexie's questions, but her own problems keep her from giving Lexie what she wants.  Lexie finds herself reluctantly drawn to help Marta, as she becomes involved with several of the Amish people and with Sean, a local doctor.  As Lexie presses forward and finds the pieces to her story, the ripple effects are much greater than she could ever have imagined. 

I would definitely recommend The Amish Midwife to fans of Amish fiction and to those who have never tried the genre but simply enjoy an intriguing story.  It is a great story about love, forgiveness, and the freeing power of the truth.  I am looking forward to the next installment in The Women of Lancaster County series due to come out in July.

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