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The Amish Midwife (Women of Lancaster County #1)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,516 Ratings  ·  226 Reviews

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

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Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Harvest House Publishers (first published January 15th 2011)
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Christina
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Maureen Timerman
Jan 16, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-read
A deathbed confession... a dust carved box containing two locks of hair... a century-old letter about property in Switzerland...

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’
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Karen
Jan 31, 2013 Karen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is neither about the Amish nor midwives. That is just background to support the main story of a woman searching for her identity. I can only assume the author wanted to cash-in on the current popularity of Amish romance-type novels by using the setting as the title.
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
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Michelle
Billed as Amish fiction, it's really just more of a backdrop for an adoption drama. It was still good, but not what I was expecting.

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
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Paula-O
Feb 04, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first to read story by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould called "The Amish Midwife" in The Women of Lancaster County books.
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
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Ann
Oct 16, 2011 Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story. At first I was put off by the title, because it seems "Amish" is becoming over-used. But this was a great book.

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
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Cassandra
3.5 stars

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
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Loretta
Mar 26, 2016 Loretta rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Normally I love Mindy Starns Clark and was excited to see another book by her. Wow, what a disappointment. The start was achingly slow and gave me absolutely nothing to inspire me to keep reading. It is incredibly rare for me to not finish a book, that I couldn't finish one by an author I typically love says a lot.

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
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Michele
Sep 22, 2013 Michele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: midwifery, 2013, amish
I love the Amish, I love midwifery. I should have loved this book, right? Instead I found myself plodding through it, rolling my eyes at the constant reference to Lexie's Coach bag (who cares?) and astounded by her selfish, oftentimes cruel behavior. The story line had great promise which is why I continued on despite these things, sometimes skipping sentences and even paragraphs that were bogged down with too much description of some things (see above) and not enough of others (births). In the ...more
Nadya
Sep 03, 2015 Nadya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character ended up a little on the annoying side for me. Wasn't a great book that I'd highly recommend, but I didn't hate it either.
Carol
Oct 05, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book with a couple of unexpected turns.
Fredell Boston
Jun 03, 2016 Fredell Boston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Amish Midwife/The Women of Lancaster County#1 -by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.
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
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Book Club Mom
Lexie Jaeger wants to know everything. Her adoptive mother and father are dead and she’s left feeling restless and empty, so she takes a break from her job as a nurse-midwife and travels from Oregon to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to find out more about her birth family. She has a few clues, a hand-carved box, a letter and some locks of hair. Her connection to Lancaster is a midwife named Marta, who could very well be a blood relative and who needs help delivering babies.

But Marta needs more than jus
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Stephanie Smith
Oct 02, 2014 Stephanie Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a lot of the reviewers were pretty spot-on about the protagonist being quite flawed. She was fairly immature, pushy and I didn't really understand what felt like ingratitude to her adopted parents. However, I wasn't adopted so I don't know what that's like. But there were definitely times when I wanted Lexie to be a little more gracious and a little less entitled.

I still really liked this book though. I felt compelled to get through and solve the mystery. I didn't have expectations base
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Catherine Leggitt
Although I'm still not convinced I will become a fan of Amish books, since I had this one on my shelf for 2 years, I decided to give it a try. What a delightful and thought-provoking surprise. My main criticism is that the book is misnamed. THE AMISH MIDWIFE doesn't begin to capture the mystery, the emotion, the lessons packed into this compelling story about adoption, one woman's search for identity, and the ability to trust God with our futures as well as our pasts. Nurse-midwife, Lexie Jaeger ...more
Janie  R. Freeman
Mar 26, 2014 Janie R. Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish
I loved this story! Interesting history about the Amish and Mennonites,and about Midwifery. The scenic descriptions of the areas made me feel like I was there. The characters were so real, that I had several emotions going, one was sadness for the main character Though she was very successful in her job, her life still seemed unfilled,and incomplete, wouldn't you if you were in her place-if you were adopted? She had every right to feel that way, and get her story, get to the truth. What was the ...more
Linda
Propelled on a personal journey of discovery, nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger'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't talking, especially now that she has troubles of her own following the death of an Amish patient during childbirth. As Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load and continues the search for her birth family, a ha ...more
TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey
May 04, 2014 TheReadingKnitter/ Kasey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, library
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
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Charlene
maybe 3.5 stars

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
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Betty Strohecker
May 06, 2015 Betty Strohecker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-stories
Clues to her biological parents lead nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger to journey from her home in Oregon to Lancaster, Pa. There she meets Marta Bayer, a midwife under investigation concerning the death of her Amish client and baby. While searching for her family roots, Lexie steps in for Marta to handle her clients, and thus becomes involved in the Amish community there. Her clues to her true identity lead to a trip to Switzerland where she may have heritage connections. This novel is a mix of myster ...more
Kayley
Mar 06, 2016 Kayley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SPOILER ALERT****

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
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Melody
Feb 17, 2013 Melody rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This got too detailed oriented for me. I found myself skipping paragraphs at one time because I was just too bogged down with the details. I expected there to be more about being a midwife and more "drama" in that direction, however the story line was good.
Katherine
Apr 04, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. I will definitely continue reading more books in this series.
Jennifer
good book. surprised at the conclusion. Kept my interest.
Cassie ♥
Mar 15, 2014 Cassie ♥ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who really enjoy Amish fiction, stories about family secrets, adoption, etc
"I think sometimes when we grew up with a parent who is deeply flawed....we learn, subconsciously at least, to expect the worst from everyone else as well....Fortunately, it doesn't have to be that way forever. We can learn to see with new eyes if we try."

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.)
Charity
Jun 14, 2011 Charity rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Up today is a review of an Amish book titled, The Amish Midwife. This is a mystery/Amish book written by Mindy Starns Clark. Mindy is a well-known author for writing suspense books and this time she takes it to a new level introducing us to the Amish.

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
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Connie  Kuntz
Jul 18, 2012 Connie Kuntz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was going to be a book about midwifery the way The Baby Catcher and the Spiritual Midwifery books were about midwifery. I was expecting birth story after birth story that promoted the intensity, integrity and ease of childbirth. I was wrong. While all that is interwoven into the story, it's mostly a book about faith and listening and community.

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
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Cindy
Feb 26, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lexie Jaeger has known all her life that she was adopted, but now her father has passed, and on his deathbed, he gave her a box, that held clues to her past. Having the letters in the box read to her, by a member of her Mennonite congregation, Lexie knows that she has to find out more about her past. Who are her birthparents?
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
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Twyla
Jan 24, 2012 Twyla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I generally try to avoid people who are as self-centered, shallow, disrespectful, and blind as the protagonist of this book. If you have a shred of intelligence or love for your fellow man, you may feel the same. I don't think I've ever hated a protagonist so much since I read Frankenstein and hated the doctor who created the poor combination-man.

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
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Laura
Feb 28, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Title: THE AMISH MIDWIFE
Author: Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
February 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7369-3798-6
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
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A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.

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