Wednesday, February 09, 2011
Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Goulds' The Amish Midwife ~ Reviewed
The Amish Midwife, Women of Lancaster County Series #1
By: Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2011
A carved box with two locks of hair, the title to property in Switzerland, and a burning desire to learn about her biological family lead nurse midwife Lexie Jaeger from Oregon to Pennsylvania. There Lexie pledges to help her biological Aunt Melia, a lay midwife who has been charged with manslaughter after an Amish client and her baby die. Lexie always knew she was adopted, and when she finally meets her birth grandmother, she feels she has come home-until secrets begin to unravel.secrets that could tear her birth family apart.
Lexie 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.
THE CHOICE is about a nurse/midwife named Alexandra who loses her adoptive parents. Her father had given her a chest of papers about her real family before he died, and she decided to investigate. A friend leads her to a job in Pennsylvania and a connection to her family.
I enjoyed the process of seeing the character move out on her own and find more clues about her heritage. It’s interesting to me how the character gets close to her real family, yet they want nothing to do with her due to the circumstances of her birth.
The story was very believable, and I enjoyed it very much. I would highly recommend it to any reader who enjoys learning about the Amish people.
Reviewed by: Laura Porter