The Amish Midwife (Women of Lancaster County #1)
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...more
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Nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger’s encounter with all three rekindles a burning desire to meet her biological family. Propelled on a personal journey of discovery, Lexie’s search for the truth takes her from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country.
There she finds Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who may hold the key to Lexie’s past. But Marta isn’ ...more
Lexie is a conniving woman who despite having been raised by loving parents, is desperate to find her birth mother after her father dies. Nothing wrong with that of course, but she goes about it like a storm-trooper.
Even th ...more
Lexie was adopted by Mennonite parents in Oregon, but she has broken from the church and works as a modern midwife in a hospital. She lost her mother at a young age and when her father dies, she finds a mysterious carved box containing clues to her birth mother's identity. This leads her to Pennsylvania, where she assists as a midwife to the Amish. Confused yet? Do ...more
I really liked the mystery involved in this story, Alexandra knew she had been adopted but never learned the story behind it until she was grown and her adoptive parents were both deceased and she was told of a beautiful carved box with papers and 2 locks of hair inside upon her dads deathbed. The paperwork involved property in Switzerland. "Lexie" has always had tho ...more
Nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger had always knows she was adopted, but her world rocks when on his deathbed her father gives her a carved box containing fragments of her history before her adoption.
With both of her adoptive parents dead, Lexie is spurred to seek her birth family. She leaves her Oregon home to travel to Amish country in Pennsylvania. What follows in The Am ...more
There was something about this book that wouldn't let me set it down. The setting wasn't anything unusual for the genre. The plot wasn't that unique. But I couldn't stop reading. For once, I wasn't able to predict the ending from the very beginning, a nice change from the vast majority of Christian fiction.
My one complaint with the novel involves the main character. I couldn't figure out why she was so incredibly stubborn about finding out who her birth parents were. Multiple people ha ...more
I will also admit that I hate seeing a good author sell out to the Amish fiction genre. Maybe I tire of it because I grew up around the Amish so to me they aren't quaint and fantastic ...more
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the Amish lifestyle.
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 nee ...more
But Marta needs more than jus ...more
I still really liked this book though. I felt compelled to get through and solve the mystery. I didn't have expectations base ...more
Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her ...more
My first comment [other than noting the myriad reviews of this book span the range from one to five stars] is that the cover is misleading and so is the title. The two midwives in this story are NOT Amish, but Mennonite. Many of the mothers whose babies they deliver in Lancaster County, PA, are Amish.
As for the positives I drew from this book, I think there are two major topics:
1) I learned some more about Mennonite history, especially a connection between Switzerland as one place ...more
The main character gets a lead on her birth family that she's been wanting to find and just GOES THERE. She looks people up and shows up at houses and WHO DOES THAT? A crazy person, maybe. Yeah, they're Amish, so it's not like she can just call, but no. Lexie is not my favorite. And James? Just hanging around while they're "on a break" and she meets someone else? He seems really boring and flat. None of the characters grabbed me except Ella. And maybe Zed.
The whole reason for h ...more
Themes: forgiveness, acceptance, etc.
Once again, this was not a book written by an Amish writer. However, most of the major characters were Mennonite. (Also neither of the midwives were Amish, although one of them had been raised as such.)
Mindy Clark is an author I am familiar with as I have read a couple of her other books. She is a very talented writer and I always come away feeling like I didn't waste my time. This book was no different! It is the first book in the series so I was ...more
Lexie is a 26 year old midwife from Portland. I loved her. Instead of detailing the births, she has an artistic way of counting the delive ...more
Lexie's trip into her past brings her to the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania. A local lay midwife, is in legal trouble, she has been charged with manslaughter of a b ...more
I kept saying to myself, "You've got to be kidding me."
It's an okay plot device for only the reader to understand what's happening when the protagonis ...more
Author: Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Genre: Inspirational/women’s fiction/Amish
Lexie Jaeger is a nurse midwife. When her adoptive father dies, Lexie is left with a burning desire to know her biological family. When the midwife that mentored Lexie recommends that she help out a lay-midwife in Pennsylvania, Lexie is hesitant at first, but agrees when she learns that Marta Bayer, a Mennonite, migh ...more
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