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The Amish Midwife

(Women of Lancaster County #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  3,360 ratings  ·  293 reviews
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 he ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Harvest House Publishers (first published January 15th 2011)
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Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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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Jul 16, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 01, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Maureen Timerman
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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’
Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013, midwifery, 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
Shirley Chapel
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish-fiction
Both of Alexandra's adoptive parents had passed away leaving her alone at 26. She found a beautiful wood carved box in her late father's closet when going through his things. Inside was an old letter written in German, and two locks of hair. Wanting to find out more about her biological parents and why they gave her up so many years ago Alexandra decides make a trip from her home in Portland Oregon to Lancaster Pennsylvania to see what she can find out about her roots .
Alexandra is a Nurse Midw
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic Story

I've always enjoyed reading books about the Amish but this one was a step above the rest I've read. There was so much to learn about this family and their friends with so many twists and turns. Such an interesting and captivating story. Can't wait to read book 2 in this series.
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Quick, light read with twists at the end.

Wendy Hines
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alexandra “Lexie” is a nursing mid-wife in Oregon when she gets the dreaded phonecall at work. Her father, who has cancer, doesn’t have long for this world. She takes a leave of absence and rushes to his side. On his death bed, he tells her about a box in the closet for her, one he never opened but one that might bring her closer to finding her birth parents. After his death, she looks into the box that has a letter about property in Switzerland, 2 swatches of hair and not much else. Her dear fr ...more
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 thought
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked how the author made sure the character was a newcomer to the community. It gave a lot of opportunity to learn about the culture. I certainly learned a lot about the Amish, and since I've never known about the Amish or their history beforehand, it was an interesting perspective. It's just everyday life, with the bonus of an identity crisis.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book with a couple of unexpected turns.
Liesbeth Long
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The plot was good and the end twists were great and kept me guessing.
Aug 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I will definitely continue reading more books in this series.
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
good book. surprised at the conclusion. Kept my interest.
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Nurse-Midwife Lexie Jaeger never learned much about her adoption until on her adopted father's deathbed, he gives her more than the lifelong minimal details that she knows. He gave her a carved wooden box that had been bestowed upon the family when her biological grandmother gave her up for adoption. Her personal journey to find her roots begins from her adopted family's orchard in Oregon to Pennsylvania's Amish country. She contacts a Mennonite lay-midwife, Marta Bayer who is in deep trouble. M ...more
Edward Arrington
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Where do I start? The story seems to have multiple stories all bundled together. Lexie wants to know who she is and who her parents were. No one wants to tell her. Her adoptive parents never did and the only other woman in Oregon who knows anything about her past declares it is not her story to tell. So Lexie goes to Pennsylvania and encounters that response every way she turns. I suppose everyone else who knew even part of her past kept thinking she would hightail it out of Lancaster County whe ...more
Gail Mchugh
Jun 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well, I certainly hope the rest of Ms. Starns Clark's books are not about narcissistic women.
This book would have been great without Lexie being so self-centered, self-involved and almost sociopathic. She cared only about herself, her wants and her self-proclaimed needs. This whole story was oxymoronic. Lexie goes to Mennonite/Amish people (a loving, caring, forgiving people), to storm-troop her way into finding out about her past. She uses everyone in her path to get her truth at any cost.
As I
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
So the book starts out with Lexie somewhat ambivalent about finding her birth family, but also feeling as if she has never belonged anywhere. When she finally decides to go though, her passion for finding out everything actually leads her to encourage a teenage girl into disobeying the girls mother and deceiving other relatives to help find out more information. That behavior did not sit well with me particularly as she later requires everyone to tell the complete truth about all their life secr ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
An easy summertime read. Not being familiar with Amish lifestyles, there were some insights provided. The family intrigue was interesting.

I found the main character a little like a bulldozer - roping kids in when the parent had already refused to answer questions, badgering an elderly dementia sufferer, and persuading another sick person to undergo testing when she was reluctant - none of that sits comfortably. The boyfriend left at home suddenly appearing and providing healing to all parties to
Jessica McLeod
Jan 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this for a book club I lead at work, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first Amish inspirational novel I’ve ever read. The plot was intricate and engaging; I read the last 2/3 of the book in one afternoon! I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading about Amish customs and the inner workings of the families portrayed in this book. However, I feel that I can only give it a 3/5 rating because I was constantly dumbfounded by the narrator’s superficiality and inability to appreciate some of the ...more
Tricia Mcwilliams
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book started off a bit sad for me as the heroine is spending her days with her father as he is in hospice care, He gives her a box that starts her on a journey to fill in her story. It has plenty of twist and turns with a multitude of family secrets. It's a long journey but Lexi finally discovers her biological family. Healing begins to take place after years of hurt, doubt and unforgiveness. I'd recommend the book. I look forward to reading more of the authors work.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

A young nurse-midwife goes to Lancaster PA seeking answers to her adoption.While there she works in place of a lay midwife accused of murdering her patient and baby. Every question she asks is met by refusals to answer and being told it is none of her business until she meets a young girl who looks like her and agrees to help. This is a great book that I recommend as fascinating reading.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Seemed a bit prescriptive, yet enjoyable. This was my 1st reading of this series. Faith based book to challenge our ideas. Interesting story about a "Plain" person Mennonite that's lost faith and recently lost her father. She's a nurse midwife that was adopted and needs to know her story regardless of who gets hurt or open wounds get revisited and discussed. Ends up back in PA to meet her family and try to get her story
Mistina  Christner
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a great story, and very surprising. You think that you know what is going to happen, and then, bam, it is the exact opposite. I thought that this was very well written and it was a great story. I was surprised that there were so many twists and turns, but I enjoyed that the story was not predictable. I enjoyed that there were so many different parts that went into the story, and that there were many characters that you get to know and learn about.
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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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