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The Amish Blacksmith

(The Men of Lancaster County #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  736 ratings  ·  94 reviews
New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Blacksmith (Book 2 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.

Apprenticed blacksmith Jake Miller is skeptical of Priscilla Kinsinger's innate abilit
Paperback, 334 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A touching story of love and triumph over tragedy.

This book is told from the perspective of Jake, the nephew/"brother" of Tyler, the first novel's protagonist/narrator. (If you read the previous volume, you know what I mean.)

Priscilla's life was rather tragic; I myself have been struggling with some issues lately, so, her story inspired me to be more respectful of others...even if I disagree with them.
Ashley Daviau
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by my aunt and although it's really not something is typically pick up on my own, I did thoroughly enjoy it. I've always found the Amish way of life very interesting and it was fascinating to learn more about it albeit in a fictional setting. I also very much enjoyed that the story featured horses prominently and I loved learning more about them as well. The love story was really cute as well, even though I did predict it from the very beginning. All in all, a very inte ...more
Andrea Guy
This was a really unique bit of Amish fiction/romance.

Why, you ask?

Because the authors give you the story from the hero's perspective, and Jake Miller is such a wonderful Amish guy.

There are actually two aspects to this story; the relationship with Priscilla and his job with horses, he's a Blacksmith/Horse whisperer.

The dealings with the horses is actually the more enjoyable part of the story, as is getting Priscilla's back story.

Jake's romances were a little bit too predictable. You knew what w
Sep 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish-fiction, 2021
This Amish book is different in that it’s told from the perspective of Jake Miller, who is doing an apprenticeship to become a blacksmith. He was also known to be able to help horses that had driving, trust, etc issues. The authors research into horses and the skills of blacksmiths was a plus while reading this story.

Jake was asked by his boss to befriend his niece when she returned to Lancaster after being away for six years. Priscilla was withdrawn, quiet and carried grief for her mother. As
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second novel of the series: The Men of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner. It was a fairly well-written Amish novel with interesting characters, most of which were well drawn. I found the plot to be reasonably unique for its genre, but I liked the first book of the series, The Amish Groom, a lot better. I will likely finish the series at some point. ...more
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
SUMMARY: Apprenticed blacksmith Jake Miller is skeptical of Priscilla Kinsinger's innate ability to soothe troubled horses, especially when he has own ideas on how to calm them. Six years earlier, Priscilla's mother died in an awful accident at home, and Priscilla's grief over losing her mother was so intense that she was sent to live with relatives in Indiana. She has just returned to Lancaster County.

Not that her homecoming matters to Jake, who is interested in courting lighthearted Amanda She
May 10, 2022 rated it it was ok
Long and not that interesting.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: amish
This was a very dry and dull read; some parts were almost written educational like. There wasn't enough community focus or frankly enough of anything going on to make this a memorable read. Everybody was just average; the few family members that were mentioned were not enjoyable either. I didn't like the English twist in the middle; but I never like English twists in Amish fiction. That's just my preference to keep the Amish genre about Amish people. There wasn't enough dialogue for my liking; I ...more
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book. The Amish setting gave a basis for the characters that I found believable and satisfying. I especially loved the characters interaction with th horses and how they learn about each other from the way they treat the horses. a well researched book with characters who resonated with me. if you have read Amish fiction before, this is one you will love. if you haven't read Amish fiction, this is the book you want to start with. it's good! ...more
Jul 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Amish Blacksmith is a different piece of Amish fiction to me because it tells the story through a male's eyes. I thought it was a pretty good story. There are times where my heart just ached for the characters but a wonderful way of learning of God's grace.
4 stars.
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Good Christ, the shite I read for work.
Jul 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, romance
Jake Miller practically has it all—a job he loves, a beautiful girlfriend, a promising future. After a little while longer as an apprentice blacksmith, he’ll finally be able to start working in his dream of owning a blacksmithing/horse-gentling business. But when his boss’s niece, Priscilla Kinsinger, arrives after a lengthy absence, she challenges his methods, and soon his character. Jake is confused by her accusations that he doesn’t “feel anything”, but he starts to wonder if she might be rig ...more
Cherese Akhavein
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is book 2 in The Men of Lancaster County Series by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner
"The Amish Blacksmith"
Jake Miller is a talented blacksmith and horse-gentler, he works for Kinsingers and within a year will be finished with his apprenticeship. Life is good. He has been courting the beautiful Amanda and his dream of owning his own business will happen soon.
Priscilla Kinsinger's life started to unravel the day her dad died, then her mother passed several years later and this young gi
Vera Wilson
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jake is a apprentice blacksmith, but also finds he enjoys working with helping to gentle troubled horses. Think he has his life pretty well planned out, work for awhile, and then open his own business. Even courting Amanda and thinks will marry and have a family.

But when Priscella back his boss ask him and Amanda to help her adjust back in to the community. Been away for 6 years, and just needs lots of help.

He loses his job due to the boss's family plans change and just can't afford to pay him.
Swati Pant
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.10 stars. This was a really nice read. I do really like romances involving Amish characters (from contemporary romances like Sunshine and Shadow to traditional Amish romances like Lilly's Wedding Quilt). The way Amish people deal with emotions and worldly equations is so guileless and without artifice, that it makes for a refreshing read from other romances where the lead characters are playing games of one-upmanship and putting on facades. ...more
Cara Ross
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amish Blacksmith is a smashing book! and to say that I really enjoyed it might be an understatement. I love the cute romance that develops between Jake and Priscilla when she returns to Lancaster County. And while most Amish romances follow the same sort of trope, to which The Amish Blacksmith is no exception, it is written in such a way that the storyline seems fresh and new.

I have to say that if you haven't read an Amish Romance before, The Amish Blacksmith is a great introduction to the Amish
S. Marie
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Have you ever felt like your emotions were just ~mediocre? Maybe you felt that you were just sailing through life on a constant, even keel without passion and without joy? That's what can happen when your heart is wounded by trauma. You build up walls...high walls to protect yourself from pain, but you also eliminate the deeper-felt emotions and hold them away ~at a distance. You live in a perpetual state of numbness and somehow in the midst of your dilemma, you've got to break out of this priso ...more
Ellen White
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A story told.by Jake, of finding the path he wanted for his life work. It was expected to follow his father in the making of buggies. His love was with horses and being a farrier, and a horse whisper. Priscilla comes back in the area after six years. She too has a gift with horses, and preferring the to people. His mother’s advice on who to marry, for God to chose, not him.
A good story of the young finding their place,in love and work
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Read!

I am a fan of Mindy Starns Clark, butv am a bit leery of some Amish fiction. Sometimes I think the people don't have a relationship with God, but focus is on the Bishop and rules like shunning? I so appreciate the real life spiritual emphasis in these books. I finish being encouraged in my own Christian walk! Truly a gift of a good Christian writer. Can hardly put these books down!
Jun 15, 2022 rated it did not like it
This is by far the WORST Amish book I have ever read. Priscilla is annoying and way to pretentious for an Amish person. I ended up skimming the last half of the book after Priscilla decided she knew everything about training horses.
I just can't even believe I wasted so much time reading this drivel.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the first half of this book a lot. I got a little annoyed at all the accusations that the main character needed to look into himself and break down walls. Otherwise he wasn’t good enough. The last half of the book was annoying to me.
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, 2018
A lovely story that really gets to the heart of love - literally.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable series. Amish life explained very well and good development of characters.
Hope Garfield
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
A lot of the slang and verbiage used by the characters seemed pretty unrealistic.
Melissa James
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I would rate this a 3.5. This was a relaxing read with an interesting storyline. I found it also had a good amount of spiritual depth which gave me some things to ponder over.
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book shows us how God can show us thinks and heal us. I can relate to what Jake told Priscilla, that she basically wasn’t allowing people to be her friends.
Penny Clawson
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Even though this was a sequel it stood alone very well. Since Clark and Meissner are among my favorite authors, it was no surprise that I truly enjoyed this one. I just might go back to book 1. 😀
Sep 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good read
A bit predictable
Jan 14, 2021 rated it liked it
It was interesting if you really wanted to learn more about horses and a little about the Amish. All wrapped up in a pretty predictable love story with a couple twist.
Logan Streondj
Nov 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow that' was like a 6 star book, excellent character fiction, very deep. Not much about black smithing but learned a lot about horses. And some about Amish psychology and family dynamics. ...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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