The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner
Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: February 1, 2015
What it’s about:
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 property dispute puts the remodel on hold—and raises new questions about the location’s mysterious past.
Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone—including his own family members—believed he’d committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again.
Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family’s business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer?
A timeless novel of truth, commitment, and the power of enduring love, where secrets of the past give way to hope for the future. – See more at:
Why we want to read it: Rachel says, “I’ve loved all of the intricate Amish mysteries that Mindy has written, and teaming up with Susan seems like a great choice as Susan’s non-Amish mysteries are also fantastic! I love the way both authors weave historical details into their stories, and hope this one is just as interesting.”
Amish Promises by Leslie Gould
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: May 1, 2015
What it’s about:
Journey Down a Quiet Lane in Lancaster County Where Love and Heartache and Friendship and Healing Meet
When Joel and Shani Beck arrive at their new home, they’re looking for peace. Shani is thrilled to have Joel back from Iraq, but he needs time to heal, and the quiet of Lancaster seems just the place. They can’t imagine any trouble with their Amish neighbors, the Lehmans, but things get off to a rocky start when their son is involved in an accident that injures one of the Lehman boys.
Eve Lehman has run her brother’s household ever since the death of his wife, but Tim’s a stern patriarch. Despite his protests, she’s drawn to the new neighbor, Shani, and the two begin to form a strong friendship forged on faith and family. Things seem like they’ve quieted down until Joel’s single and handsome army friend Charlie catches Eve’s attention–a man unlike any Eve has ever met. Suddenly life for both families becomes more complicated than any of them could have ever imagined.
Why we want to read it: Rachel says, “I’ve enjoyed Leslie Gould’s previous works, and a novel about the friendship that develops between an Amish family and a family where the husband has just returned from Iraq sounds like it could provide some interesting tensions and discussions about war vs. pacifism.”
Second Chances by Sarah Price
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
What it’s about:
At twenty-five years of age, Anna Eicher has never married. When she was seventeen, her parents convinced her to break off her courtship with Freman Whittmore, the youngest son in the Whittmore family and her best friend. Afterward, a distraught Freman moved away from Lancaster County.
Eight years later Freman has returned to visit his sister, who is renting the Eichers’ house for the winter. Now the owner of the largest dairy farm in his church district, Freman has neither married—nor forgiven Anna.
Although he begins courting someone else, Anna hopes to convince him that she has never stopped loving him. Will Freman be persuaded to forgive Anna and open his heart again?
Why we want to read it: Rachel says, “Sarah started out as an indie author before being picked up by Realms, and while I haven’t read any of her books, I’ve heard a lot of great things about her writing. Second Chances is part of a series of retellings of Austen novels set amongst the Amish, which promises to be really interesting! Persuasion is my least favourite of Austen’s works, but maybe this version will win me over?”
Change of Heart by Molly Jebber
Publication Date: June 30, 2015
What it’s about:
A modern new century brings a young Amish woman an unexpected new life—and a chance to discover love’s true way home…
Ohio, 1899. Soft-spoken midwife Becca Yost lived by her Amish faith’s strict rules—until her fiancé jilted her before their entire community. She’s never been away from home, but the bustling Englischer town of Massillon, Ohio, is a welcome unexpected refuge. Especially when she goes to work for Dr. Matt Carrington, who shares her passion for healing those in need. His outgoing spirit and gentle strength show Becca a surprising new world of choices—and irresistible love. But there is one formidable obstacle: Matt’s wealthy mother is determined her son will marry a society woman.
With her newfound resolve challenged, Becca decides that she and Matt must not be destined for each other after all. She accepts that she will have to forge a life alone—until a wrenching crisis and life-changing revelations teach her that true faith lies in all things, especially impossible second chances. . .
Why we want to read it: Rachel says, “I’ve read some fantastic Historical Amish novels over the last few years, so I have high hopes for this one, particularly as it deals with a midwife. Although I don’t think I have the stomach for it, I’m been fascinated with how midwifery has changed (or, often, stayed the same!) over the years, and the 1899 Ohio setting is one that I haven’t seen in Amish fiction so far.”
Made with Love by Tricia Goyer & Sherry Gore
Publisher: Harvest House
Publication Date: August 15, 2015
What’s it about:
A Dash of Love, a Pinch of Hope, and a Whole Lot of Good Cooking
Lovina Miller should be thrilled. Pinecraft, Florida, has everything a young Amish woman could ask for: sun, sand, volleyball games, and evening singings in the park. But Pinecraft lacks the one thing Lovina desperately wants—a pie shop of her own. She longs for a place to gather with the community and serve the treat she loves.
A young carpenter named Noah Yoder strolls into her life and offers a way to make her dream come true. But before Noah and Lovina can build a shop—and a life—together, they must each face heartaches from the past. Is their new love stronger than their regrets?
Why we want to read it: Rachel says, “Tricia is one of my all-time favourite authors, and I love the authentic way she writes about the Amish. Her writing is honest and not at all romanticised. This co-written series with Sherry Gore looks to be fun! I haven’t read a lot about the Florida settlements, and I do love to bake, so I’m really looking forward to this one.”
Amish Christmas at North Star by Cindy Woodsmall & Mindy Starns Clark with Emily Clark, Amanda Flower, & Katie Ganshert
Publisher: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
What it’s about:
In this stirring Amish Christmas novella collection, beloved and best-selling Christian fiction authors join efforts to offer four heartwarming tales of love, faith, and the miracles that surround Christmas.
On a wintery late November night in 1989, an Amish midwife delivers four babies to four mothers at an Amish birthing clinic. Almost twenty-five years later the three girls and one boy born that night are grown, and “Rebekah’s babies”, as they have been called, are scattered and facing an unusual Christmas that may just reunite these four strangers.
Mourning Star: Eden Hochstetler is living in Sugarcreek, Ohio, working in a candy and fudge shop, dreaming of adventure and romance. When one of the shop’s regular patrons mysteriously dies, Eden decides to investigate.
In the Stars: Savilla Byler lives in North Star, Pennsylvania, helping midwife Rebekah Schlabach with her administrative needs. When three children hide in a building on the property Savvy rents, she’s forced to enlist the help of her former beau to protect them.
Guiding Star: Chase Wellington is a journalist who hopes to do a human interest story on “Rebekah’s babies”. He discovers that one of the four can’t be found. His investigation leads him to Peaks, Iowa—and to Noelle McAllister, adopted by loving parents after being abandoned as an infant.
Star of Grace: Andy Danner and his wife have relocated from North Star to a relatively new Amish settlement in Bayou Elévé, Louisiana. The eldest of 5 boys, Andy is sorely missed by his family and his youngest brother Sam takes on the task of bringing Andy home as a Christmas surprise.
Why we want to read it: Shondra says, “I love reading the four in one novels, and am looking forward to Katie Ganshert’s contribution to the book, as this is her first (and only) attempt at writing an Amish novel!”