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Shadows of Lancaster County

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  975 ratings  ·  105 reviews
Anna Bailey thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she took on a new identity and moved from Pennsylvania to California. But now that her brother has vanished and his wife is crying out for help, Anna knows she has no choice but to come out of hiding, go home, and find him. Back in Lancaster County, Anna follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, ...more
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published 2009 by Harvest House Publishers
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This was not a typical Amish Book nor was it an Amish romance.
Kari Anderson
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Anna Bailey thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she took on a new identity and moved from Pennsylvania to California. But now that her brother has vanished and his wife is crying out for help, Anna knows she has no choice but to come out of hiding, go home, and find him. Back in Lancaster County, Anna follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene therapy
Annalise Jensen has a past she'd rather leave behind. Now living in California as Anna Bailey, she is lising a far cry from the Pennsylvania Dutch Country she grew up in. But, after a frantic call from her sister-in-law which alerts her to her brother's disappearance, Anna is sucked back into the past as well as thrust into a brand new mystery - where is her brother?

I'm almost ashamed to admit how much I enjoyed this. This was not my first foray into Christian Fiction, but it was the first time
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Anna thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she moved from Pennsylvania to California, but when her brother vanishes from the genetics lab where he works, Anna has no choice but to head back home. Using skills well-honed in Silicon Valley, she follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene mapping.

Anna knows she must depend on her instincts, her faith in G
Oct 21, 2014 Tiffany rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like: Mystery, Crime, Amish
Recommended to Tiffany by: My sister.
Shadows of Lancaster County by: Mindy Starns Clark,

Is a very interesting, yet exciting book to read. My second oldest sister recommended that I read this book after she had read it. When I found out that she was reading this book..I wasn't sure I had wanted to read it.. Because I thought it was going to be lame I guess. But I was wrong. I actually love this book.....

It had sparked some kind of interest in me, and I got to learn some ways of an Amish community which was actually really cool. This
 Barb Bailey
This is a mystery story set in Amish country , Lancaster PA. It is about the Amish people and their customs as well as Genetic DNA testing and research. I liked this story a lot . Although I had at one point or another chosen one " English" after another; I did not figure out "who done it" until the end. 3.5 stars from me
This is set in Pennsylvania in Amish country and the story revolves around the Amish. It was a good story and I love the Amish philosophy on life that is brought out in telling the story. And it's a scary tale of what is happening right on in DNA research and how it can get really out of hand and scary.
I enjoyed the characters and the romance. But, while some of the DNA detail was well researched, not all of it was. The same goes for the mystery the lead character has to solve. Enough details were either inaccurate or not fully explained to make it hard for me to buy into the story.
Amy Paget
notes another 'light summer read'. I liked the 'many hooks' in this mystery. The lead character is a skip tracer with a youthful indiscretion that plagues her into her 30s. From the cover image, you can see that the Amish figure into the story as well with elements of their history back to 19th century Europe playing a role in the tale. Not a great work of literature but interesting enough that I am going to visit the author's website at to find out which elements of the ...more
Dit boek uitgelezen en ik heb er een beetje gemengde gevoelens over. Het boek was op zich erg spannend alleen vond ik de schrijfstijl een beetje irritant. Dat een auteur gelovig is is tot daar aan toe maar om dit allemaal in het boek mee te nemen. Je kunt het een beetje vergelijken met een boek met grof taalgebruik en erg veel gevloek. Te veel werkt nu eenmaal heel erg averechts. Als het zo nu en dan voorbij komt kun je er overheen lezen maar teveel wekt irritatie op. Ik vond het echt een afbreu ...more
Author: Mindy Starns Clark
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
January 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2447-4
Genre: Inspirational/suspense

What shadows darken the quiet valleys of Amish County?

Anna Bailey has worked hard to put the tragedies of the past behind her when she took on a new identity. She moved from Pennsylvania to California. Anna is caught off-guard when her sister-in-law calls her saying that Anna’s brother, Bobby, has disappeared and she needs help. Not only t
Shadows of Lancaster County was my first Mindy Starns Clark book and I really enjoyed it. It is full of twisting plots and unexpected discoveries.Just when I thought I had it all figured out, something else would happen that took me in an entirely different direction.

When Anne Bailey's brother, Bobby, disappears leaving behind his pregnant wife, Lydia, and his son, Isaac, she begins a search to find him. Leaving California where she had created a new life for herself far away from the crime that
Another good mystery from Mindy Starns Clark. I've read her Trouble with Tulip books and enjoyed them, and I also liked "Whispers of the Bayou". This one is similar to Whispers of the Bayou in that it's a good plot, and even though it can be a bit far-fetched in places, it's hard (for me) to figure and therefore a good page-turner.

I had expected a lot of Amish aspects to this book, based on the title. However, it's not overly "Amish", but merely set in that area with a bit of their history and h
Excellent book - very suspenseful, lots of plot turns and twists that were unexpected but not unbelievable. The ending seemed a little too contrived, almost with a rush to wrap things up quickly. I was surprised when it suddenly turned to a fast ending rather than building with slow momentum (like most suspense novels). This is Christian fiction, and I loved the way it portrayed the positives and negatives of various faiths (Amish, traditional Protestant, faith movements, etc.). There wasn't so ...more
Mark Baker
Anna has changed her name and moved across the country to get away from her past. But it all comes back to her when her brother goes missing. Does it have something to do with their past? I couldn't not put this book down. The plot was strong with enough clues to keep us going and confused. The characters were strong as well.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Clockstein Lockstein
Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark if a suspense novel chockfull of twisting plots and unexpected discoveries. Anne Bailey has created a new life for herself in California. Far away from her childhood home in Lancaster County,Pennsylvania and from the crime that destroyed her future. When her brother Bobby disappears leaving behind pregnant wife Lydia and son Isaac, Anne sets out to find him. That quest sets her on a course that will unearth secrets about DNA, long-lost gems, and ...more
I didn't enjoy this book as much as some of Clark's other series. The main character is not all that likeable at first and the story movers slowly. Anna Jensen is currently a skip-tracer in California having started a new life ten years ago after serving probation for her part in a tragic accident that killed an Amish couple and their newborn baby. Anna learns her brother Bobby is missing when his Amish wife calls to ask for her help in locating him. Anna travels back to Pennsylvania and becomes ...more
Anna Mcfadden
Essie Spreckelmeyer is the last women anyone in Corsicana, Texas, excepted to be seen in town on the arm of a man, the last man who seems willing to give her a second glance is Tony Morgan. He is the disinterested sin of an oil baron when he dies and leaves all his fortune to his first born son who can't stand Tony, as Tony learns the field side of the oil business he trys to protect his heart
A surprise book for sure. Childhood is a time for fun and learning. Mistakes are all part of growing up, but the five in this book have a lesson they will never forget or even live down. Life brings them all together and the ending is nothing like anyone thinks.

Truly enjoyed the Amish information in this story, creates a desire to learn more and if what was shown in the book is true.
Enthralling suspense. Lots of twists and turns and Clark feeds us clues that we don't realize are clues until farther on in the book. I had a lot of Aha! moments. I really couldn't put this one down.

For those who aren't into Amish stories -- this one isn't though they do play an integral part in the suspense. In fact, they play an integral part in a secondary suspense plot as well. Clark did an amazing job of weaving both together into a nail-biting read.

Told in first person, it's Anna's perspec
(genre: Christian fiction/mystery/romance) I have really enjoyed Mindy Starns Clark (thanks Heather for recommending her!) and this book didn't disappoint. The set-up and the heroine was very different from Clark's other books and that was kind of fun, too. As always, Clark keeps you guessing as to everyone's motives and likes to spring the surprises on you. I found the setting (Pennsylvania's Amish area) to be very interesting since I do not know much about the Amish culture. The library that I ...more
This book is a perfect example of my favorite kind of book. A little mystery in a different culture mixed with a little science (DNA in this case). It was really good - wished I would have bought this one - I'd read it again! It's a story of a girl who after a night gone wrong when she was a teenager (accidental fire burned down an amish house & killed the parents) - she runs away to CA to escape her past leaving behind the love of her life. Her brother mysteriously disappears leaving her a ...more
Shadows of Lancaster County was a great read that had several mysteries and events going to keep the reader turning the pages to see what was going on. The book opens with Bobby on the run for his life trying to get one last message to his sister Anna. I liked how Stark had several mysteries going starting with what was going on with Bobby, a surprise attack on Anna, and just what happened back in Lancaster all those years ago. The book had a great pace of revealing things slowly to the reader a ...more
Jessica Hall
This was my first book by this author. I could not put it down! Read all 300+ pages in less than 24 hours. And now I'm on to another book by the same author. Very enjoyable read!
Catherine Rowntree
So well researched. I learnt a lot about the Amish people but it wasn't written in a dry, boring way. Another hard to put down book.
Probably more like 3.5/5. A little slow at times and rehashing Anna's fear of being back in the media over and over again got tiresome.
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. It was difficult to put down. I will definitely read another one of hers.
I didn't fancy myself a mystery fan, and I thought Mindy Starns Clark was just another writer of Amish romance. Boy, was I wrong on both accounts. I'm sorry I didn't pick up her novels sooner. I'm hearing her speak at a workshop this week, so reading her books is like doing my homework. I could think of worse things!

This was a great story of regret, guilt, forgiveness with elements of suspense and clothed in mystery. I enjoy reading about places that are familiar to me, and I can't wait to visit
Elly Oehler
Fogiveness is powerful, but more so when we learn to forgive ourselves. Good story with good characters.
Denise Mcanally
A great suspense book set in the Amish land of Pennsylvania. I was surprised to find out who was involved in the crimes.
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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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