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The Amish midwife

Publication Information:
Eugene, Ore. : Harvest House Publishers, c2011.
Physical Description:
324 p. ; 22 cm.
General Note:
Includes reading group guide.
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A desire to learn about her biological family leads nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger to the heart of Pennsylvania Amish country. There she meets a mysterious lay-midwife who needs her help after an Amish client and her baby die.


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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 her baby die.

Lexie steps in to assume Marta's patient load even as she continues the search for her birth family, and from her patients she learns the true meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut, which means "to let be" as she changes from a woman who wants to control everything to a woman who depends on God.

A compelling story about a search for identity and the ability to trust that God securely holds our whole life--past, present, and future.

Author Notes

Leslie Gould , a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including Beyond the Blue and Garden of Dreams . She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 750,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award-winning The Amish Midwife . Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.

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Library Journal Review

Oregon nurse midwife Lexie Jaeger, who was adopted at birth, yearns to know her biological family. When her aunt Melia, a midwife in Lancaster County, PA, is charged with manslaughter in the death of an Amish woman and her baby, Lexie travels to help her. There, she meets her birth grandmother and begins to depend not on herself but on God. VERDICT This series debut by Clark (Secrets of Harmony Grove) and Gould (Beyond the Blue) is a well--written, intriguing story with fully developed characters and steady pacing. It should please both CF fans who enjoy emotional reads and nongenre readers who loved Jodi Picoult's Plain Truth. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.