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The Amish Groom (The Men of Lancaster County #1)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  474 Ratings  ·  73 Reviews
New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Groom (Book 1 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father, 23-year-old Tyler Anderson was raised as
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers
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Ashley Daviau
Jul 04, 2016 Ashley Daviau rated it really liked it
While it's not something I would normally pick up on my own, I did quite enjoy this book. There's something about the Amish religion that fascinates me and I always find it interesting to read about it. While I did enjoy this book, it didn't quite get 5 stars because I did find it a bit predictable. The story was well written and enjoyable.
Wendy Hines
Jan 16, 2017 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After just finishing the Women of Lancaster County, I was excited to delve into the Men of Lancaster County. I was caught off-guard right away because the book is told from the man's viewpoint. Uncommon, but not unheard of and frankly a nice change of pace.

Tyler was born to an Amish mother and a military father. When his mother dies when he is young, he is taken in by his Amish grandparents while his dad finished his tours in the military. After time passes, his dad has remarried and had another
Oct 08, 2016 Kav added it
What an absorbing story! And, honestly, I'm gobsmacked over how quickly I got lost in it because it is told entirely from Tyler's perspective, In first person point of view no less. And you know what? That wouldn't be my first pick for any kind of novel but it totally worked for this one. I was on tenterhooks the whole read, feeling the pressure right along with Tyler as he struggled for answers.

This story explores the perils and rewards of being in relationship.Tyler impressed me from the very
Aug 14, 2015 CarolynB rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2015
I really loved this book. I was very much "into" Tyler and all that had happened in his life to bring him to the decision he was facing--was he Amish, or English? All of the people in this book were so believable! I agonized with each of them as Tyler agonized with his decision. Though I thought at the beginning that Tyler would make the decision he made, it was a very intense journey with him as he prayed through. I loved the resolution, not just for the future, but with the past as well. Now I ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Virginia rated it really liked it
Two of my favorite authors worked together to come up with an enjoyable book. If you enjoy Amish fiction, this is a must read.
Oct 09, 2014 Greg rated it did not like it
I got paid. I have to keep that thought or I shall go mad.
Cathy Daniel
Apr 02, 2014 Cathy Daniel marked it as to-read
Two of my favorite authors together?! I can't wait!
Rachel Brand
Tyler Anderson found himself thrust upon his Amish grandparents when his ex-Amish mother suddenly died when he was six years old. His grandparents were more than happy to take him in, understanding that Tyler’s father’s work in the military meant that he could not provide a stable home for Tyler right then. It was always assumed that his father would return for him once his tour of duty was complete, but Tyler’s stay in Lancaster County stretched on, beyond what any of them expected. By the time ...more
Mar 22, 2017 Rachel rated it really liked it
It took me a little bit to get into this story, but that might have been because it's so much slower-paced than the book I'd finished reading right before starting this one, since after I got into it, I enjoyed it a great deal. In any case, this was a well-written and entertaining Amish novel with interesting characters, most of which were well drawn. I found the plot to be reasonably unique for its genre, and it made for a sweet story. I will likely read more of the series at some point.
Mar 17, 2017 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Well written and an enjoyable story!
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
After six long years, it's time for Tyler Anderson to come to some hard decisions about his future. He's thankful that Rachel Hoeck hasn't decided to find someone else to marry, after all she's been baptized into the Amish faith and has waited patiently for Tyler to finally propose to her now that he is twenty three but he can't just yet. He doesn't know what is keeping him from moving forward. Is it the fact that he was left with his Amish grandparents when he was six after losing his mother un ...more
Sep 19, 2016 Abigail rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-a-big-fan, amish
This would have been an unremarkable review. Just another Amish mind popcorn book, read at a time when I needed something to read that didn't take a lot of concentration. The premise was kind of interesting, a young Amish man who started life out not Amish goes to spend time with his family before joining the church to find himself. The writing wasn't spectacular, it read a little like a blow by blow of the guy's daily life. I probably would've rated it three stars, pretty unforgettable.

Then, so
Jan 11, 2014 Maria rated it it was amazing
The Amish Groom by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is the first book in The Men of Lancaster County series. I loved this story!! There were so many dynamics, and I liked the plot idea. Actually, it's the best Amish fiction book I've read in a long time. Needless to say, I can't wait for the others in the series! If you've grown tired of Amish fiction, then this is the book for you. :-) I enjoyed reading from a guy's perspective. A nice change of pace.

Tyler Anderson lived Englisch for six y
Mar 17, 2014 Kame rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Tyler was not born Amish but it is the only life he really knows. When he was six years old his mother died suddenly and his father made the decision to send Tyler to live with his mother's Amish parents temporarily. Temporarily turned into years. Tyler is balancing between two world's which should he choose.

A lot of time was taken at the beginning of this book to get the reader to understand Tyler's trying to discover who he was supposed to be. He is a rather introspective young man. I n
Apr 28, 2014 Charity rated it really liked it
Many of you know that I am not that big a fan of Amish novels. Too many just seem to have the same plot and I can't read them or I get bored. Not so with this one! Mindy Starnes Clark is an author well known to me and Susan Meissner is not far behind. This book is a bit different than most Amish plots as a young man, Tyler, goes on a search to find out why his mother left the Amish faith. Tyler is fitting in well but feels himself restless. He enjoys the same spots his mother did before she left ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read by either of these authors but I have heard great things about both of them.

The thing I have to remember about Amish fiction is that it isn’t always as fast-paced as I might like it to be, and that’s okay. I think it goes with the Amish way of life and that’s the way you should read Amish fiction, savoring every detail and word.

The authors do a great job of setting the stage for Tyler’s Amish life in the beginning. It gives the reader a great picture of where h
Susan Leech
Oct 11, 2014 Susan Leech rated it it was amazing
Tlyer Anderson was born to an ex-Amish mother and an Englisch father and was raised as a military child until he was six, at that time his mother passed away.

Upon the death of his mother he was given to his Amish grandparents as his father had to meet his obligations to the military.

Rachel Hoeck as Amish woman wins Tyler's heart and it seems like a marriage is in the future UNTIL Tyler has feelings he needs answers to.Does he belong to the Amish world where things are simple but also demanding o
Lynne Young
Dec 22, 2013 Lynne Young rated it it was amazing
Wow. I loved this book! I love a book told in the first person and this one did not disappoint.

Imagine you had an Amish mother who left the faith and married your Englisher Father. Then imagine your father leaves you with your Amish grandparents after your mothers death to be raised by them while he starts a new family. But what if you never really understood where you belong? You don't feel right in the Amish world and you're not sure about the English world. So what do you say when the father
Jul 01, 2014 SouthernGirl rated it it was amazing
To live the plain Amish life or a complicated modern existence? Tyler Anderson is torn between two worlds in this well-written book by authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner.

Having been raised Amish in the beautiful Lancaster, PA countryside, our 23-year old narrator is feeling the pull of his other family on the California coast. His mother died when he was a small boy and his father left him to be raised by his Amish grandparents. Now on the verge of joining the church and being married
Feb 02, 2015 Crissy rated it really liked it
Found the first book in the series. I started reading it much quicker, but that may have been because I recognized many of the characters from the second book. It was slow going due to some extra things in the schedule.
I already knew how it would end and what Tyler's decision was going to be since I read book 2 first. Tyler felt torn between the life left behind when his mother died and the life he had gained. So many unanswered questions for a young Amish man who had been born into an English l
Jalynn Patterson
Apr 01, 2014 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
My Review:

This book, number one in The Men of Lancaster County series is all about between torn between two different worlds. Tyler Anderson has to choose between the life he now leads and the one he left so long ago as a result of his mothers death. But choosing isn't going to be so easy when there are two women involved in how he will decide. There is Rachel in his Amish life and then there is Lark an Englischer.

Sometimes I wish God would speak just as plain as you and I, but sometimes its
Stephanie Rollins
May 23, 2014 Stephanie Rollins rated it it was amazing
His mother left her Amish family before joining the church. When she died, his father brought him to his Amish grandparents. Tyler never felt like he belonged in either communities. He leaves behind his fiancé, family, friends, and work to discover if he would rather be English. Does God want him to be English?

Tyler is asked to watch his English half-brother for a few weeks while his father and stepmother are out of the country. Tyler hesitates, but agrees to help. Why is his half-brother so ups
Dec 09, 2013 Lyn rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Riveting!
This is the first book in the Men of Lancaster County series and if I could pre-order the entire series I would. I was concerned the “Amish” side of the book would be schmarmy….no worries! The book is fast paced and extremely well written. The Amish Groom is a stay-up-late to keep reading book. Often if there are two authors you can feel the change of writing – not here – it is seamless! The characters are well developed and I felt their challenges. I was cheering and laughing
Bernadine Padgett
Apr 17, 2016 Bernadine Padgett is currently reading it
It starts dry, and does pick up in story line. I did finish reading it, and just was left wanting more. I loved how Tylor learned who he was in the world. Like all of us when we are young wonder where do I belong who am I? But for Tylor it was more of what world to I belong in. Am I a Amish or am I from the outside world. I don't want to give anything way, but I learned how he found out who he was by one kiss! I thought, when he was running things through his mind while kissing Lark, that he was ...more
Jun 28, 2014 Gea rated it it was amazing
What is it like to feel abandoned as a child, grow up and then find that you belong to both the Amish world as well as the Englisch world? How do you determine where God wants you? Tyler sets out to determine that and to find the answer as to why his own mother left the Amish community and married a soldier boy. After her untimely death, Tyler finds himself living with his Amish grandparents but always on his mind is where do I belong? When his father calls and asks him to come and "brother sit' ...more
Rebecca Young
Jan 28, 2016 Rebecca Young rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rebecca by: Heather Rodriguez
This is the first in a Christian novel trilogy of THE MEN OF LANCASTER COUNTY. It was an easy, quick read, and the settings (both Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and California) are familiar to me, so I could relate very easily. But what struck me was not the cultural differences we have with the Amish, but some of the same faith-based beliefs we share. Having lived among the Amish for most of my life I am very familiar with their ways and customs, and we respectfully lived among them and with th ...more
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Mar 27, 2016 Mayda rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, amish, christian
Tyler was born “English,” of a woman who left the Amish world and married an “English” man. But when she dies, her military husband gives the keeping of his six-year-old son to the Amish grandparents. Though they stay in touch, Tyler never again lives with his father, and is raised in the Amish faith. Now, he must decide which world he is meant to live in. Not yet baptized into the Amish faith, he must soon make a decision that will affect not only him, but his father, his half- brother, his gra ...more
Jennifer Hatch mcginley
Wholesome feel-good read!

I love the centered, peaceful calm that washes over me just by reading these Amish-based stories. The characters jump off the page and into your heart as you are drawn into the Amish lifestyle and simple way of life. This, paired with the relatable, timeless and honest emotions felt by the characters make you feel so normal and similar in many ways. I love this series so far and after devouring the Women of Lancaster County series I'm excited about this one as well!
Eileen Carter
Jun 18, 2014 Eileen Carter rated it it was amazing
The authors of this book captivated my heart with this story. Questions, uncertainty, love, family all this made up this intriguing story of a young man trying to find out where his place is in the world. Whether Amish or English? Tyler had to look deep into his past, the loss of his mother at an early age, being left by his father with grandparents he didn't know. All this effected him but did it only effect him or those he loved...his half brother, his grandparents, his father, his stepmother, ...more
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Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 30 books, both fiction and nonfiction, and has received numerous literary honors, including two Christy Awards and RT Book Review Magazine’s 2012 Career Achievement Award. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live near Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
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