Saturday, June 1, 2013

Review of The Amish Seamstress

Review of The Amish Seamstress

by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

The Amish Seamstress (Women of Lancaster County #4)

Bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould provide an unexpected surprise in The Amish Seamstress, Book 4 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Amish women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.

Izzy Mueller is an exceptional listener and gifted caregiver. She's also a talented seamstress. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She's content with her life until circumstances reconnect her with someone she once loved. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite, is not what her family is hoping for in a spouse, and his creative interest in filmmaking is definitely at odds with her Amish upbringing.

As Izzy is swept up again in Zed and renews her friendship with his sister, Ella, she begins to ask questions about her own life--her creative longings and historical interests, her relationships and desire for romance, and most importantly, her faith. What is the path God has for her? Can she learn from the past of both her family's and Zed's--or must she forge a completely different future of her own?

My Review:
The Women of Lancaster County series has been one of my favorite Amish reads of late! I love following the lives of these Amish and Mennonite young women and their families as they discover secrets about their families and along the way, their own selves!   It is very intriguing to me that Izzy does not feel that she "fits" with her family.  She feels as though she doesn't belong and yet, she feels completely connected and comfortable with Zed and his family.  But Zed is a Mennonite and she is Amish.  How will they work out the complex relational differences among their faiths and will they desire to bother?  

This series has been particularly meaningful to me as it traces the Amish and Mennonite roots back to Switzerland.  This book also deals with the Native Americans among the Amish in the very early days of our nation.  My own daughters have Cherokee among their heritage on their maternal father's side so I read this part with delight and great curiosity.   Come along and read Izzy's story and feel the stitches and fabric of her life as she sews and designs fashions for Zed and her family and friends.  I love to sew and craft so I also enjoyed this portion of Izzy's story and I think readers will as well.  

I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley and the publishers, Harvest House, in exchange for my honest review.

About the Authors:
A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.
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.

Available for preorder at and available on August 1, 2013.   

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