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The Amish Midwife
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Release Date: February 2011
Page Count: 336
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3798-6
Case Lot Quantity: 48
Collection/Series Name: The Women of Lancaster County
Series: 1

The Amish Midwife

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.

Meet the authors

Leslie Gould

Leslie Gould

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.

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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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A Word from the Author

“My hope is that you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it with Mindy Starns Clark. This was my first experience as a co-author and I loved it! This is also my first Amish novel, and I am thrilled with the setting, the characters, and how the story unfolds. Happy reading!”
Leslie Gould, author of The Amish Midwife

Editorial Reviews

“Fans of Amish novels will enjoy this latest offering by two equally talented authors, Clark and Gould. Their individual writing styles are apparent in this book but work well together to build a story of mystery, secrets and romance. The characters are interesting and will not be forgotten by the reader.”
RT Book Reviews

“Authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould create a mystery full of twists and turns in The Amish Midwife.”
Metro Christian Living

“The settings and characters were lovingly portrayed by the authors…”

The Amish Midwife is a terrific character driven tale…”
The Midwest Book Review

“This compelling story gives insights into Amish traditions and has an ultimate focus on God.”
Church Libraries

“This book, with its seamlessness, mystery, and Christian values, is a must-read.”

“…the novel is engrossing and holds the readers interest to the end.”
—Libraries Alive

“It tells of strong family ties. Of forgiving. And love. But also of jealousy and bitterness. Of infidelity and regrets. And the love of God.”

“The ending brought the story and the characters full circle, not only wrapping up the story line, but offering healing and hope as well.”

“This was a fascinating look at a different side of the Amish and the many secrets in this family.”
—Five Star Book Reviews

“They just made the story come alive...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.”

“This is a truly great book.”

“While it does touch on Amish and Mennonite culture, it also includes mystery, suspense, romance, and so much more. I thought it was a fantastic combination of many subjects and very well written.”

“In The Amish Midwife, these wonderful authors bring us mystery and love, all rolled into one fantastic novel... Trusting in God and putting all your faith in Him is a key message throughout this compelling and mind blowing new series from two wonderful ladies. To give this novel anything less than a 5-star review would be wrong. I HIGHLY recommend it with flying colors!”

“I could not put this book down...The plot has twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. Then, there are equally amazing sub-plots. This is not simply another Amish book of fluff; this has some serious depth. This is a book to put on your reading list!”

“It's a great read and one that will keep you engaged for hours.”

“This book is one of the best books I have read...I most definitely would suggest this book to my friends and family.”

“Mindy kept me turning pages into the night...If you like a mystery that has many twists and turns and keeps you guessing until the end, this is a book for you!”

“This series debut by Clark and Gould is a well-written, intriguing story with fully developed characters and steady pacing.”


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“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

"I enjoyed reading The Amish Midwife. It took me into the world of the Amish and the Mennonites, and it had some mystery as well."
—Susan Page Davis,

“Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould comprise a great writing team as authors of The Amish Midwife. The mystery that surrounds Lexie Jaegar and the search for her story, draw the reader quickly through the pages and leave a yearning to hear more about all of characters.

The Amish Midwife is not just for those who enjoy Amish fiction. It contains mystery, discovery and a great Mindy Starns Clark twist that truly surprised me. The book also gives great insight to the struggle many adoptees incur in the search for their birth and medical history. I look forward to more titles in this series.”
Terri Pilson, First Baptist Church, Branson, MO

“Mindy has an amazing ability to write ideas, words, and paragraphs to make her books ones that just can’t be ‘put down.’ I recognize how much time and effort she spends researching material for each book. All of our readers appreciate the fact that every book speaks of her deep Christian faith and helps us to grow in our own faith.”
—Edna N. (Nicki) Harris, Westminster Baptist Church

“The picture on the cover is beautiful. I really enjoyed reading this book. Their insight into Amish life and customs is remarkable. The story line was very interesting and I felt like I knew all of the people in the book and wished I could meet them.”
Barbara VanderHey

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