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The Amish Clockmaker

(The Men of Lancaster County #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  548 ratings  ·  98 reviews
From bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Clockmaker (Book 3 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.

Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family's tack and feed store when a surprising prop
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2015 by Harvest House Publishers (first published January 1st 2015)
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Deanne Patterson
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
A property dispute sends ,Matthew Zook on a search for the previous owner who owned it 60 years ago. The book then tells the sad life story of the previous owner,Clayton Raber . What a riveting story that I just couldn't put down. Matthew does find Clayton and the story wraps up but Clayton's life story is so sad. I do hope there is a continuation of the story!
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
More than just an Amish novel, this is a heartbreaking portrait of how assumptions and false accusations can ruin families and relationships. As someone who has a tendency to point the finger at others--something I am not the least bit proud of--reading this inspires me to get all the facts before making the final assessment of a situation.
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic!!! The story is great and I love the way it was told. The two stories, Matthew trying to get the land to expand his business, and Clayton and Miriam's relationship, were well-written and perfectly combined into one great book. I love how the book starts out in the present day and then we are taken back in time to learn Clayton's story as it happened. Then we are again in the present day to finish up the book and wrap up the story. The book has a great flow to it and keeps ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
A very "Amish novel," The Amish Clockmaker tells the story of two men tenuously connected by the fact that they grew up in the same house. Matthew Zook needs help with a property dispute so he can expand his tack and feed store, and the one man who can help him is Clayton Raber, the owner of the property who hasn't been seen in decades in the community after being accused of murdering his wife. Aside from being basically a gentle story, this book shows what can happen when people judge too quick ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Matthew Zook was shocked to find out the land he was using to expand his store was not his after all. After a lot of embarrassment and searching, the land belongs to long ago Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Raber had a horrible temper and rumors were that he killed his young wife, but no one knew anything about it, or didn’t want to talk about it. Authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner does a fantastic job of writing this story, weaving together the present
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it


This is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County. It tells the story through two different Amish men point of view. I wanted the story to go on. I admitted I liked the ending I just wanted another couple of chapters. I did shed some tears in the last few chapters.

There is a lot of drama in the two stories that take place 50 years apart but the past story has a major impact on the currant story. Mathew Zook is a newlywed and is in charge of the family business. He is going to extend
Kay Defreese
Aug 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Amish Clockmaker is book 3 in the Men of Lancaster series and is the one of the series that I think it the best. It is the story of two different Amish men. The first story is told in first person during the present time and is the story of Matthew Zook. He wants to expand the business that his grandfather started about 60 years ago. His grandfather had purchased land that was formerly owned by Claburn Raber, an Amish clockmaker who was accused of murdering his wife. He was innocent but his ...more
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The Amish Clockmaker (The Men of Lancaster County Book 3) by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner is unique. Most Amish stories are told by the women. This book is told my the men's point of view. This book is a must read, it is so good. Once you open to page one, it will grab you and hold you down on the edge of your seat. You'll then be watching those pages turn and turn and turn until you get to the last page. If you're like me you'll get a bit upset because it
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read this on the Kindle

This was one of the best books i have read in a while it about Clayton who is arrested for the murder of his wife in the 1950s he is then released saying no evidence with his family & the church believing he did it he leaves

Sixty years later there is a dispute on a piece of land which Clayton's father had signed over to him but no one in his family knew so Matthew who is expanding or lose his business so he much find Clayton

So you go on a journey, the first part of the
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh my word. THE AMISH CLOCKMAKER is a very poignant story. The third book in this dynamic duel’s newest series, THE AMISH CLOCKMAKER easily stands alone. Fans will want to read THE AMISH BLACKSMITH and THE AMISH GROOM though.

There are two stories in THE AMISH CLOCKMAKER. One, modern times about an Amish man trying to expand his business but running into obstacles from the business expanding next door when they discover a land dispute. Matthew must hunt down the owner of the parcel of land in qu
Tina Watson
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though I read "The Amish Clockmaker" out of turn, I was not lost in reading it. The series is more of a stand alone.

I loved this book. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and it had a little bit of mystery tied into the story. I felt like I was part of the story as I was reading "The Amish Clockmaker". Mindy and Susan writing details also had me feeling what the characters were feeling and experiencing during my reading.
The ending was my favorite part of the book. I wanted more stor
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amish
This was a tough one to read. It wasn't very happy but mostly troubling and sad. I also struggle reading these two authors; I think I just don't like their style. It maybe seems to educational at times and mundane. The writing just doesn't grab you. Clayton was a very interesting character though; I just wish his story had not been so hard to read about. Clayton's part in this book is what kept me reading; but I probably will not revisit these authors.
Patty Champion
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I never wanted it to end. This book has so many layers to it, it makes you realize that no mater what your life is like someone else has it harder. I wish there was going to be more books with the same characters in is so we know how their life continued.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to all my customers.
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, netgalley
I think this was my favorite of the three stories!
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"You can't help who you love, Mr. Raber. That's how love is." p.245

Cherese Akhavein
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third in The Men of Lancaster County Series by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner
"The Amish Clockmaker"
Wow this book like books one and two are like stories within stories, this series is unlike other Christian Amish fiction in that it's told through the eyes of the character duing parts of the book, and at the same time you will still get the romance, scripture, and simple life you are use too.
Matthew Zook wants to expand his families tack and feed store and after much prayer
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A gentle well-paced tale of love and devotion, family life and practical difficulties with a dark undercurrent. I was gradually drawn in and learnt more and more about this unusual community and the values of its members. This is not a book you can set aside easily as you become caught up and don't mind how far the story must go to ensure all the threads are carefully spooled.

I hadn't realised there's a whole genre of Amish stories. If this is representative of their quality then I'll look out f
Ellen White
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Expansion of the family Tack & Feed store , the one my father was not for. I as owner now, looking to the future, thought we needed the double space and revenue. A neighbor stops the construction saying that the parcel did not belong to my grandfather, as I thought he bought sixty years ago.
As walls came down, a secret was revealed. Setting upon himself, to uncover the questions of why it was hidden. Coming to meet a man who reminded him of his grandfather . Accusation broke the man from his fai
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book, ending the story line of The Men of Lancaster County. Matthew has been in love with his next door nebhorbor Miriam, since her family moved to Lancaster County, Pennslvania. She worked as a housekeeper for an English lady, which caused her to desire fancy things and their way of life. This changed both of their lives, in unforsean ways.
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An intersting qick read - but you have to be in the mood for a half romance/half soft mystery and a healthy dose of Christian (Amish) advise. This is not a book I would have chosen myself, but I enjoyed reading it as I enjoy most of Susan Meissner’s books. This was an excellent choice for Thankgiving weekend when I needed sonething light and uplifting.
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It spoke about honour, love and a father's love. The book had me pulling out my Bible and praying. The prompting of the Holy Spirit used this book to draw me closer to God.
Mrs. Doglvrs
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, 2018
At first I was thinking this was going to be a dud, but it shaped up to be one of the best in the series so far! Little love story, a healthy dose of angst and a whole lotta mystery wrapping up with a delightful ending. Great book!!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
A story of two Amish men, a few centuries apart; one was misunderstood and the other trying to do what is right. A tale of love, secrets and hope.
Sherry Snyder
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-liked-it
Good character development and an interesting story
Melissa James
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this book had a lot more substance than I expected. It was a light read, but dealt with topics such as mental illness, disability, judgment of others, and forgiveness.
Sarah Adamson
Book 3 in the series.
I struggled with this book which starts in the present and then goes back to the past for a large portion of the book before returning to now.
I was intrigued by how the land dispute would be resolved but then got a bit lost in the past and found it quite dark for an Amish romance.
Overall nice conclusion but I did struggle with the middle.
Janka H.
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hurtful secrets are out in the open after years once again. Will the present needs help to solve the past hurts?

Amish shop owner Matthew Zook thinks about spreading his business. He is smart, competent and very ready to get the family business running in red numbers again. But his eagerness is shaken when the big hotel company announces that the lot of land, where the new building is intended to be build on, has actually a different owner than the rest of the property! And the owner is no one el
Ann Valdez
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book’s first surprise is that it is told from two men’s point of view. Amish man Matthew begins the story and at first I thought it might be a bit slow. He and his wife own Zook’s Feed and Tack which has been in his family for three generations, but it desperately needs expansion to keep afloat. As they begin the work, the Englisch foreman constructing the hotel across the street lets him know that there is dispute with ownership of the land he is expanding on. Thus, he must find the owner, ...more
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is a fabulous Amish Christian fiction story. I could not put the book (or, in my case, Kindle) down. The story is about two different men: Matthew and Clayton. Matthew Zook is married (to Amanda), they are expecting their first child, and he runs the family store, Zook's Feed and Tack. Matthew was put in charge of the store by his grandfather after his father tried to run it for five years. Matthew is trying to revitalize the store by ...more
He loved her like God loves all of us – with every fiber of his being, even without having that love returned. Her death, followed by the rejection of the very community that was supposed to surround him at such a difficult time, nearly broke the man for good.

A riveting story of sacrificial love and what it means. How we fail to recognize it because of fear and pride. Matthew Zook has come to age with his marriage and the expansion of the family business. With his successful business, his futur
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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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