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The Amish Clockmaker
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Release Date: February 2015
Page Count: 352
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-5738-0
Case Lot Quantity: 40
Collection/Series Name: The Men of Lancaster County
Series: 3

The Amish Clockmaker

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From bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Clockmaker (Book 3 in the Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family’s tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold—and raises new questions about the location’s mysterious past.

Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone—including his own family members—believed he’d committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again.

Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family’s business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer?

A timeless novel of truth, commitment, and the power of enduring love, where secrets of the past give way to hope for the future.

Meet the authors

Mindy Starns Clark

Mindy Starns Clark

Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books, which include the popular Smart Chick Mysteries, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon. In addition, Mindy’ s plays and musicals have been featured in schools and churches across the United States.

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Susan Meissner

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When...

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A Word from the Author

"This is the third and final Men of Lancaster County book, and though I'm sorry to see the series end, I have to say that The Amish Clockmaker wraps things up on a very strong note. Susan and I both simply love how this story turned out! Grab your box of Puffs and get cozy, because this one will tug at your heartstrings—and hopefully keep you glued to the page until the wee hours. Enjoy!"
Mindy Starns Clark, author of The Amish Clockmaker

"This last book in The Men of Lancaster County series dovetails what my coauthor Mindy Starns Clark excels at best—mystery—with a dual time periods narrative, which is my favorite way to tell a story. It's a tale about love's stunning ability to endure, even in the worst of circumstances."
Susan Meissner, author of The Amish Clockmaker

Editorial Reviews

"The third book in the wonderfully written series has well-thought-out, kind characters. ... The authors each have their own writing styles and have combined them beautifully."
RT Book Reviews

“A heartbreaking and uplifting story that illustrates the power of perseverance, the tragic consequences a horrible tragedy can cause, the importance of forgiveness, effects of mental illness, and God’s enduring love.”
Christian Library Journal

"I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and it had just the right amount of mystery."

"This story was particularly touching."

"I could not put the book (or, in my case, Kindle) down."

"...unlike any other Amish novel out there."

"I had become so engrossed in the story I wasn't ready for it to be over."

"I felt the storyline and characters were well developed."

"The story line was wonderful and flowed beautifully."

"A gripping story."

"The language and the dialogue flowed beautifully!"

"The Amish Clockmaker captivates you from the beginning and keeps your attention to the end."

"This book was so very different than any other Amish book I've read and I loved it."

"I love the element of mystery and suspense..."

"Beautifully written and sure to satisfy the authors' fans..."

"...those who enjoy Amish fiction will definitely want to add this one to their bookshelves."

"Touching, absorbing and realistic, you will think about The Amish Clockmaker for a long time after you have read the last page."

"I found the plot to be really interesting and the writing/story to be incredibly authentic."

"A really great Amish story with a lot of twists and turns."

"Kudos to both Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner for a wonderful, insightful novel."

"I liked the importance of faith in God shown and how they all tried to live it out, especially Clayton..."

"Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner definitely have a HIT on their hands!"

"This book is one that will tug at your heart."

"A riveting story of sacrificial love and what it means."

"This story ended up being a really sweet and heartwarming story, one that I still think about. The characters were so well created and developed that they were just like real! I felt as though I was talking with good friends. If you enjoy Amish fiction, then this one is a must for you."


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10/12/15 Kathy J.


“I’m looking for a good story, regardless of the setting.  That’s what I found in The Amish Clockmaker.  Actually, it’s a story within a story, and I loved it.

“Honestly, I was getting tired of Amish fiction, because the language tends to be so stilted, and all the cultural explanations got bogged down.  This book was so not like that.  The language and the dialogue flowed beautifully!  I was able to relate to the characters (even though I am not Amish).  I also loved that both main characters were devoted to God and articulated it well.

“The Amish Clockmaker is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County series, but it definitely stands on its own.  I noticed one allusion to a previous book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read the previous books. Now I am definitely interested in reading the other books in the series.

“So whether or not you’re a fan of Amish fiction, you will love this book. It’s just a great story.”

05/27/15 Lucy


“This by far is Amish fiction at its best.”

05/27/15 Cole


“The Amish Clockmaker is a must-read if you are a fan of Amish novels.”

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"Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner have raised the bar on Amish fiction."
Shannon Lang

"This story will take you on a heart-rending journey of live, betrayal, forgiveness and healing."
Brandi Fitzpatrick, RambleSAHM.com

"Once I got into Clayton's story, I couldn't stop reading. Mindy and Susan have done a terrific job as a team."
Susan Page Davis, susanpagedavis.com

"Clark and Meissner developed the characters in a way that entices the readers into the lives of the Amish and keeps them there until the very end."
Teresa Rice

"Once I started reading this book, I found it hard to put the book down!"
Elaine Shorb

"This heartwarming story calms the soul while reminding us of the kindness that still exists."
Melissa Henderson

"I recently received The Amish Clockmaker and loved it. I was intrigued that it featured an Amish male character as the protagonist, which is rare in the realm of Amish fiction. That, plus it being a mystery that kept me turning page after page late at night."
Miriam Sarzotti, giftsofhisglory.com

"These ladies took time to research, observe and interview the Amish to provide an accurate account of their way of life. I would highly recommend this book to the reader who enjoys a great story woven with the utmost integrity."
Sherry Anderson Arritt

"Full Disclosure: I've never been much of a fan of Amish fiction...but I may have to change my mind. The Amish Clockmaker is a multi-layered story, both poignant and heart-warming."
Roxanne Henke, author of The Coming Home to Brewster series, The Secret of Us, Learning to Fly, and On a Someday

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