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.
I received a copy of this book for my review from Harvest House Publishers and Mindy Starns Clark.
Nurse Midwife Lexie Jaeger's father dies which sends are on the hunt for her birth family. She takes what she thinks is a detour to help Marta Bayer, a midwife who is in trouble with the law. This plants Lexie firmly in the middle of Pennsylvania Amish country and what feels like a detour may not be one after all.
This book is set in an Amish location, but really shows the difference between Mennonite and Amish. The Amish was a detail, but not really the driver of the plot -- I actually prefer the way Mindy does that in her books. I also liked how the theme of Demut (To let be) wove through the story. Can Lexie let the past go, or must she push through to find answers? And how many lives will be uprooted in the process? Is it worth the hurt to find the truth?
The characters are richly drawn and I was completely engaged in the search from page one. I cared deeply and had to know how things would turn out. And now I have to know what happens to Ada. But I have a feeling that story will be in the next book.
Mindy and Leslie pulled off what I would think is the hardest part of co-authoring...making a book read like it was authored by one person. I was so impressed with the way this first person book was seamless.
I'm always a bit skeptical when one of my favorite authors teams up with another author to produce a book. Will my favorite author's voice be heard? Will the resulting text be worth the time spent reading it? I am happy to say this time I was very pleased. Mindy Starns Clark has been one of my favorite authors but I had personally not read anything by Leslie Gould. In the future I will be looking for more of Ms. Gould's work.
The story revolves around Lexie Jaeger who is a nurse-midwife in Oregon. From an early age she knows she is adopted, but has little information about her family of origin. With a death bed confession of her adopted father, Lexie's quest to find out her story begins.
Lexie's journey to find the truth takes her to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she agrees to help out a lay midwife who has found herself in a bit of legal trouble. The twists and turns in the story make it a very quick read.
The story left me with new insights into the feelings of adopted children, even those who wind up in very wonderful adopted families. Before this book I had never really thought much about the types of loss and abandonment they would feel. 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.
I received a copy of this book from Havest House Publishers and Mindy Starns Clark for my review.