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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. ABestselling 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?...

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The Amish Seamstress Reviews

  • Rhonda Gayle
    2018-12-07 00:01

    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 ARC of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

  • Deborah
    2018-12-10 00:07

    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 film making 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:This was quite the sweet story. Izzy is the girl next door type that you can't help but fall for, and Zed is the man she can never have. Forbidden romances tend to be the stuff of Amish fiction, and I can honestly say that I actually enjoy that particular element about the genre. Something forbidden in general appeals to everyone, but it is definitely prevalent in stories about the Amish.The authors easily bridge the distance between Zed and Izzy. Amish versus Mennonite certainly puts them in a quandary when it comes to romance, but it is always interesting to see which way the tides will turn. There was lot's of genealogical details and history that made this novel what it is, and I have to say that was my favorite part of the story. A wonderful conclusion to the series, An Amish Seamstress captures the voice of The Women of Lancaster County, brings their story to a close, and leaves you touched by all you have read. This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Ashley.H
    2018-11-13 02:01

    I have to say, I am starting to loose hope when it comes to this author. I was a huge fan of her mystery series " The Trouble with Tulips" and " The Million Dollar Mystery series." However, this latest series has gone from fair to just plain dull. Much like the previous novel I found myself bouncing between boredom and annoyance with the characters, which caused me to develop a bit of apathy in the process. This story much like the previous one, stars a young girl who is in love but not sure what to do about and is struggling to find herself. While reading this book I found myself in a familiar situation of wanting it to pick up the pace or just end. The melodramatic nature of this story made it feel like a teen love novel that kept repeating itself " he loves me, he loves me not." The only redeemable story line I enjoyed in this book was the family history that is a vital part in all four novels, but even discovering that was a bit anticlimactic and left much to be desired.

  • Janice Aitkens
    2018-11-13 23:55

    I have read this 4th book in the Lancaster Women series on the KindleI think this was the best one yet i really enjoyed the parts of the history being told in the story as well as Issy & Zeb interaction & how family can be as the story goes alongI couldn't put this one down & would recommend it especially if you have read the other 3 books as then you would follow the people much easier i would give this more stars if i couldI have read the other 3 in the series which are The Amish Midwife, The Amish Nanny, & The Amish Bride

  • Irene
    2018-12-12 06:49

    I have been fortunate to have read some really good books lately. From The Munich Girl to The Girl FROM the Train, and now this amazing story. I have always like Amish stories. They are such God-loving people, you can learn from hearing their stories. This one was one we can all relate to in so many ways from living to dying to loving, family and friends. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

  • Juanita
    2018-11-23 23:51

    Review: The Amish Seamstress by Mindy Starns Clark. 3.5★’s 06/06/2017This book was an enjoyable read and the last of The Women Of Lancaster Series #4. This book can be read alone without the series. What I can say about Amish families is that they are wonderful people, caring, and serious about their faith. However, this book was different Amish books that I have read. This community is a combination of Amish and Mennonite families living in a more modern world. Creating mystery and details of the Amish life style before introducing romance or a strict account of their religions gave the story a more modern version. The book was refreshing with no murders, no sexual out-burst, and most of all no violence. The characters were well developed and reading some of the drama that connected these people kept my perception at a higher level and eager to read on. The main character Izzy Mueller was an introvert sort of person which made her an avid listener and a gifted caretaker. Through the first part of the book Izzy was down on herself because she couldn’t see any good traits in herself compared to other family members. She claimed she was slow as a seamstress but she wouldn’t give herself credit for the wonderful work she did. In order to do her share in the family she started sitting and caring for older patients until her patient died and she became frighten with the issue of older people dying while in her care. She was having a hard time understanding that death is part of life. She loved caring for people and learning so much about their past memories and stories of their families. Izzy finally came to grips with her fear and went back to caring for the elderly. Izzy is surprise when an old childhood friend reappears. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite studying film making came home for the summer before he starts college. His first small film was a hit at the school he went to and now back home for the summer months he and Izzy start hanging around again and she is interested in his film material that he has planned for his next film and at the same time he listens to Izzy issues and comforts her with good advice which enables her to view things in a positive way. It wasn’t long before Izzy’s feelings for Zed becomes more. Her parents love Zed but he’s not what her family had hopes for in a spouse for their daughter and they thought his creative interest with making films did not agree with their Amish upbringing. When Zed started college he would be gone away for long periods of time with very little spare time or money to go home and visit his family or Izzy except for holidays. Izzy was hoping that Zed would soon feel the same for her but all he thought about was his education in order to fulfill his dream. So, Izzy went back to creating items as a seamstress to sell and taking care of people who needed her care. Over time Izzy matured into a lovely young women with a positive attitude while miles away Zed proceeds with his studies and researches for another film. Issues came between them, decisions had to be made, but their caring friendship held them together….This is a charming story with relationships, disappointments and growing up while Izzy’s struggles to stay true to her faith…..

  • Rachel Brand
    2018-11-24 22:46

    Izzy Mueller has never felt like she properly fitted into her Amish family, and she’s forced to make some tough decisions about her future her confusion seems to mount. Although everyone tells her that she’s a gifted caregiver, she also loves sewing, particularly costumes for her Mennonite friend, Zed Bayer’s, films. Her friendship with Zed always seemed simple, but now that she’s nearing adulthood and Zed is planning to study film-making at a Mennonite college, Izzy realises that her feelings for Zed might have spiralled out of control. What would it mean for her family and her community if she fell in love with a Mennonite? Before Izzy has the chance to talk to Zed about her feelings for him, he leaves their community to attend his college in Indiana. Their period of separation gives Izzy time to think about her future prospects—both her for her career and her love life—and delve into a family mystery that Zed wants to feature in his next film. Zed and Izzy know that both their descendents were alive when the massacre of a local Indian tribe occurred, and think that their families’ involvement might make for a good story. But as Izzy discovers centuries-old documents, she realises that the mystery might be more convoluted than they initially expected. As she uncovers the story of her great-grandmother, Abigail, Izzy feels a kinship towards this long-forgotten woman who also had to make some difficult decisions that impacted her family and her faith. Will Abigail’s story help Izzy to make the choice between her faith and the man she’s come to love?I first discovered Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould’s Women of Lancaster County series in 2011, and I’ve eagerly anticipated each new volume before the synopsis has even been released. Although the covers and titles of these novels might suggest a conventional romance novel, Mindy and Leslie have created a series that stands out from the plethora of Amish novels flooding out of the Christian publishing industry. Having read individual novels from both of the authors, I can see where they lend their separate talents in developing the voices of the strong women who tell their stories in this series. Given the young age of The Amish Seamstress’s heroine, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to relate to Izzy. Although I’m only a few years older than her, I’ve been living in my own for years, and having attended university and got married sometimes makes it difficult to sympathise with heroines who are still living at home as if they were a teenager. Izzy might well still be living with her parents, but I realised early on that she wasn’t altogether happy with this set-up. Clearly an introvert like myself, Izzy struggles with the chaos and noise in her family home, craving some peace and quiet to sew or read. I sympathised with Izzy’s trouble deciding what career path to take, as her mother continually put pressure on her to finish her caregiving course and take on more jobs, even though all Izzy longed to do was sew. How many of us have been faced with the issue of knowing that we’re good at something, but not knowing if it’s what we want to do for the rest of our lives? It’s been a while since I read the previous book in this series, but I could recall Zed and his film-making ambitions. Initially I was cautious about the relationship between him and Izzy, since most of their friendship had developed long before the book had started. If this were to be a conventional romance novel, it would be difficult to win me over when the relationship was already set in stone. To complicate matters further, Zed spends a lot of the book away at his college in Indiana. But never fear—there is plenty of conflict and intrigue in this novel to force you to keep turning the pages. This isn’t your typical romance novel, but Izzy’s story is certainly compelling.I almost want to call The Amish Seamstress a coming-of-age novel, or maybe even New Adult. A lot of this book focuses on Izzy figuring out who she is, where she’s meant to be, what she’s called to do and whether or not she should pursue a relationship with Zed. The romance is more in the background, which will appeal to those who are more interested in Izzy’s character development and the historical aspect of the novel. That said, Zed and Izzy’s relationship definitely felt authentic. Do you recall the pangs of unrequited love from your teenage years? Even if you didn’t date back then, or were lucky enough to marry the first guy who asked you out (as I did), I’m pretty sure every woman can recall a friendship that they wished would develop into something more, but the guy just didn’t seem interested. No matter how long ago that was, I’m certain that Izzy’s story will draw you back to that time and make you want to wrap her up in your arms and assure her that everything will work out in the end. I didn’t expect to become quite so invested in Izzy and Zed’s relationship, but it was hard not to care about something that hit so close to home.If you’re not much of a romantic, the historical side of this story might still appeal to you. What I loved so much about the first two books in this series, The Amish Midwife and The Amish Nanny, was the way that they delved deep into the Anabaptist roots of the community. The history was fascinating, but never felt like a lecture or a textbook. There are also more recent mysteries dealt with in this series, relating to secret babies and long-lost relatives (sometimes it does feel a little bit like a soap opera!) but The Amish Seamstress focuses on the eighteenth century and Zed and Izzy’s links to the massacre of a local Indian tribe. It was fun to follow Izzy and Zed as they hunted down old documents and attempted to piece together their family histories. Even more compelling was the way that Izzy’s discoveries eventually impacted upon her understand of herself and the women around her who were all linked back to this family secret. Although I think you could probably read this book as a standalone, since a lot of the backstory is summarised, I think new readers would get more enjoyment out of this series if they started at the beginning. Part of the reason why I enjoyed The Amish Seamstress so much is because it drew me back into a family and a community that had become so familiar to me. It’s strange to become so attached to a cast of characters, but I will be sad when I have to say goodbye to these Lancaster women. Hopefully this won’t be the last book in this series.Fans of the Women of Lancaster County series definitely won’t be disappointed with this new instalment, and I hope that new readers are equally enchanted by Izzy’s story. At times, Izzy’s youth caused her actions to be a little frustrating, but her character growth made this book well worth the time spent reading. Review title provided by Harvest House.

  • Simone Henderson
    2018-11-21 04:51

    Fourth book in a series beginning with "The Amish Midwife" which I believe won a Christy award. These two authors knock it out of the park with this series! I have read all four and am looking forward to book #5 coming out in a few months! Romance, history, intrigue, faith and etc. You can't go wrong with this amazing series! One of the best written Amish inspirational fiction book series I have read. Loved it!

  • cindy massey
    2018-11-25 01:04

    Lancaster County's wonderful womenI am not really good at writing reviews; but this series just got better and better and I am so sad book 5 isn't here. I am beginning to feel I have become part Amish and Mennonite.

  • 'Chele
    2018-12-05 05:43

    Izzy grows from an insecure girl to a strong woman in this book. I like how the characters develop and their stories intertwine

  • J.C. Morrows
    2018-11-16 23:13

    "The Amish Seamstress" is the fourth book in The Women of Lancaster County series by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.I started reading the first book in this series (The Amish Midwife) some time ago and I could not make myself finish it.[Just to clarify:at the time, I was quite frustrated by a very angry book (another that I was reading at the same time) that I quickly decided to stop reading once I became aware of the problem.]Since then, a dear friend has convinced me that this series is worth reading. Since I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review, I decided to give the series another try.I also thought it might be interesting to read this one first and go back to the others... to see how that works. It doesn't always work to read books out of order. With this one, it works. But I have a feeling that the story will mean a lot more if the series is read in order. Once I go back through and read from the beginning, I'll have a better perspective on that.-From Harvest House-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?I imagine writing a collaboration is not an easy thing, especially since we don't see nearly as many of them as we see single-author books. Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have found the way to do it right. I applaud them and I hope they collaborate on more stories in the future.There is a lot of conflict in these novels and I can see now why it was so difficult for me to get into the first one. I am a person who has seen more than her fair share of conflict and drama so I tend to do everything I can to steer clear of it. If you are this way as well, don't let that stop you from reading these books. The end result is worth any heartache or frustration....don't let that stop you from reading these books. The end result is worth any heartache or frustration.I plan to go back and read from the beginning of this series and then review each one in order (I may even re-review this one with that new perspective once I finish them all)."The Amish Seamstress" is most definitely a continuation of the series but there is a good amount of information about what happened in previous books so you shouldn't be lost.The story draws you in and you find yourself wanting to go on...The characters are very strong and, in some cases, formidable. The story draws you in and you find yourself wanting to go on, if only to find out what happens next. I can't wait to start at the beginning again and see how it all develops into where we are now in this fourth book.In other words, it's a very well written book - which means most likely that the entire series is well-written. Although that is not always the case so you should make that judgment for yourself. Start from the beginning with "The Amish Midwife" (along with me) and see what you think. Now I just have to find time to go read all four books and review them.Now I just have to find time to go read all four books and review them.Ah, the frantic busy-ness of fall...

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2018-11-28 04:11

    About the Book: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?About the Authors:Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books (more than 450,000 copies sold), which include A Pocket Guide to Amish Life, Shadows of Lancaster County, Whispers of the Bayou, and The Amish Midwife. In addition, Mindy is a popular inspirational speaker and playwright.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.My Review: I loved this book! It is so rich and full of life. It is one of a series but can totally fill you in as a stand alone book. Izzy is such a sweet girl, a girl next door if you will that is trying to find out where she fits in, in this life.She has been friends with Zed Bayer for a good long time. She became acquainted with him, after she had taken to caring for his father during a prolonged illness.But soon their friendship blossomed into something more. But since his is Mennonite and she is Amish her family decided that they just remain really good "friends". And after awhile it became easier for them to honor her parents in that way. But the closer Izzy gets to the day that Zed has to go away to college the sadder and more melancholy she gets. It's only after a location outing she soon discovers that she is madly in love with him. But will he feel the same way is the question of the day. So as a possible romance is beginning to resume where it left off alot of other things transpire among the two families that are very unique and it draws such a bigger picture than what is first introduced to us in the beginning of the story.Izzy is a seamstress that is advised that she shouldn't pursue this to eventually make money from it. So she decides to go to school to be a caregiver and just as she is about to complete the program something happens that make her question that. Zed seems to be born to make films. He is an awesome talent in his own right where this is concerned. This story is a sweet love story among two young people. The authors did a great job on letting us in on the lives of the two of them.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.

  • Laura
    2018-11-12 23:11

    Title: THE AMISH SEAMSTRESSAuthors: Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie GouldPublisher: Harvest HouseAugust 2013ISBN: 978-0736926263Genre: AmishBestselling 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?AN AMISH SEAMSTRESS is book four in The Women of Lancaster County series by this talented dual. It is written in Mindy Starns Clark’s distinctive style, more telling than showing, but as a reader I don’t seem to mind. I fell in love with Zed just as much as Izzy did. He is a dear. Izzy is a talented seamstress and caregiver, much in demand as both. I enjoyed getting to know much of these characters. Fairly predictable, but still a great read. $13.99. 368 pages. 4.5 stars rounded up to 5.

  • Wendy Hines
    2018-11-28 07:11

    It took me a bit to warm up to Izzy. She's a loner, which I found odd, with her being Amish. Most Amish seem to enjoy family and community. But Izzy likes to be left alone with her sewing and handiwork. She takes on an outside job as a caregiver but when her patient dies, Izzy flips out. She decides that it isn't for her and asks God to show her another path. She enjoys the time she spends with Zed while he's filmmaking. She used to care for his father, who died of cancer. But Zed is off to Goshen College and she feels more alone then ever. She knows she has fallen in love with Zed but knows that he being Mennonite and her Amish, as well as the fact that he thinks of her as a friend, that she should grieve for what never was and move on. She even dreams about living with her parents for the rest of her days.Then a call comes asking for Izzy to come take care of another and though she feels she doesn't want to caretake, she knows it is close to Zed's college. She goes and renews her friendship with Zed's sister Ella, and becomes entranced in the history of the Amish with the Indians. Izzy finds her true calling and learns much of her people and herself. She finally learns to put her faith in God and what he has in store for her. This is the last installment in the Women of Lancaster County series and I'm sad to see it end. Full of history, sweet romance and memorable characters, as well as a few leaps and twists, The Women of Lancaster County is a lovely series that will remain with you long after you read the last page.

  • Veronica
    2018-11-26 03:07

    I haven't read the first three books in this series, but I was glad to see that it worked well as a stand-alone, though characters from the other books are featured a lot. I liked Izzy and Zed and found the aspect of filmmaking interesting, especially for an Amish girl to be involved! Since the story's told in the first person, you really get to know what Izzy's thinking, which I like, but not anyone else, which I don't. I could relate to her confusion over her job when she feels like she can't do what she's trained for, but isn't sure what to try next. I can't imagine how hard it would be to be a caregiver to the dying. I liked that there seemed to be something always happening to keep my attention, whether Izzy is moving to another state to be a caregiver for a few weeks and has to adjust to new people and situations or as she tries to discover a family secret from the mid-1700s. I enjoyed her interest in her ancestors, her confusion over what was happening with Zed, and her struggle to trust God whatever might happen. It was also unique to see Mennonite and Amish in the same book and some of the differences between the groups. I did wish for more romance and Zed's thoughts. I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to reading the rest in the series! Check it out!I received a free copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

  • Laura
    2018-12-03 06:11

    I haven't read the first three book in this series but will most likely go back and read them at a later date.I loved how the two authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould showed the different sides of Izzy Mueller who we first meet when she is going to school to be a caregiver and left because she couldn't handle the death of one of the persons being cared. She didn't see herself as a caregiver but circumstances kept forcing her into this field. She discovered that in taking care of her clients they became family and each of them had exciting stores to share. She also was an excellent seamstress having made costumes for one of her good friend Zed Bayer who she had grown up knowing and meeting again found that she was in love with him. The problem was she was Amish and he was a Mennonite, studying at college and had made a film about one of his ancestors which was not acceptable by the Amish. I loved how the authors weaved the ending of this story which I will remember for a while. This is truly a great love story with relationships, disappointments and growing up while staying true to her faith.

  • Kate
    2018-11-26 04:43

    I was intrigued by the relationship that Zed and Izzy had started to form at the end of Ella's story. I was glad to see that we got to see what happened next for Izzy and Zed.I appreciated that Izzy was trying to follow God's leading for her life, even if it meant she wasn't going to have the dreams of her heart. I also appreciated that she was willing to do hard things, even though she was very unsure about her emotional ability to care for someone at the end of life.Since this story was told from Izzy's point of view, I felt like (understandably so) we didn't get to see what Zed was thinking. Of course, that made for a more exciting story in some parts! *grin*I think this was a good wrap-up to the series: especially how Ella reminded Izzy of the rather convoluted Lantz/Bayer family history that was going on. I liked how Izzy's role as an 'outsider' (simply not a member of that family) made her able to see how each of the women featured in the series were able to learn and grow and understand God's plan for their lives, and how that, in turn, enabled Izzy to be sure of her own place in God's plan when the time came.

  • JanieR.
    2018-11-23 01:57

    As I come to the end of this series, I am saddened that it has to end. I really got involved in the lives of the characters, that at times I felt like part of the family. The author wove in the continuation of the characters from the previous stories,in with the present story of the main character. The main character was great,she was very talented in sewing,and also was a good caretaker. However, she struggled with her emotions,and that tended to get in her way of her goals-how does she deal with this? She also comes across some of her family history associated with the Amish and the Indian War during the early 1700's- a quest of finding a hidden document, which was quite surprising.This story was also a conclusion of the four women from Lancaster, and how their lives came full circle.I would like to say that I loved the character of Frannie, the mother/grandmother of these great women.

  • Fv
    2018-12-12 02:44

    Of all if the books in the series, this was the best.I have to give it less than five stars because of lies about God.The authors mention that our lives are already planned out by God. Maybe by their god, but not the God of the Bible! That God gives all if us free will. The authors leave readers to believe that the God of the Bible would plan a group of murderers to murder unarmed group of innocent people. Killing innocent families, fathers,mother's and children. Pfffft never would God plan bad to happen like that. Read Hebrews 2:14To me, their god, the one who teaches lies about the true God, he is the one that wants evil men to kill the innocent, as much as he wants you readers to believe the true God is behind such evilness. 2 Corinthians 4:4, and 2 Corinthians 11:14, add to that description.Before reading this book, make sure you have the truth about we which god the authors are trying to get you to believe in.

  • Mahala
    2018-12-02 22:46

    I enjoyed this installment of the series very much. My favorite remains the original, The Amish Midwife, but this and the previous novel, The Amish Bride, captivated my interest. One thing I appreciate about this series is its emphasis on the characters depending on God for guidance. Religion is about dos and don'ts. Faith is about love and trust, making choices out of love for God, not out of obligation. I had a lot of respect for Izzy's parents realizing it was more important for her to follow God's lead than for her to make their original dreams for her reality. Few parents I know are able to step out of themselves long enough to see that. Also, I enjoyed the Native history included in this novel. As many tribes as I have researched over the years, I guess I didn't realize the Amish had any involvement with native peoples. All in all, I would highly recommend this book.

  • Lynne Young
    2018-11-26 23:43

    I really enjoyed this book. It had everything a good book has. It engaged me from the first page and didn't let go until the end. This is one book I can easily say I was glad there was an epilogue because it didn't leave me wondering what happened next. The authors did a wonderful job of completing the various stories that were woven into this book. They were not confusing but each story was a part of the whole that made this a fascinating and wonderful book. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good book to sink their teeth into. This book will keep you turning pages for hours. Not to be missed!

  • April Suter
    2018-12-01 07:05

    A return to the Amish/Mennonite family in Lancaster that has ties in Germany and out west and catches you up with all the family and their covered up secrets. Izzy's best friend is Zed and he goes away to college. Izzy finds out that it is tough being a caregiver/nurse but that is where she is needed, especially in Zed's family. She tries to find answers to the families dealt with an Indian massacre that have many generations ago for Zed's movie. Everyone see how they look at each other but the Amish/Mennonite line maybe too hard to cross.351 pages

  • Beth
    2018-11-12 03:53

    Some times I just want a slow comfortable book to read. Nothing fancy, just plain. Well this is plain: "Plain Amish":. Here is a romance and growing up of a male Mennonite and a female Amish. Filled with their daily chores and living, interestingly enough, both collaborate on researching to make a film documentary of their ancestors past which involves an Indian massacre by some of the normally peace loving Amish. How they unfold the history research as they grow closer together and grow in their understanding of life is the calming story.

  • Pam
    2018-11-23 06:07

    Loved the series. I didn't read them in order because the next one wasn't in at the library when I was ready for the next. They are truly serial in nature, building upon the next, but they were still good reads even out of order. Not all the characters carry over from one book to the next -- it's more like extended family at reunions. I'm not sure everything was totally believable in all the books, but I was willing to suspend my unbelief and just go with the story.

  • Rina
    2018-11-18 06:47

    I really enjoy these Amish tales. This one concerns an Amish girl and a Mennonite boy who are friends but eventually realize they love each other. The story around them and their families makes for really good historical fiction; it's not designated as that but you won't find me quibbling (it's designated as Christian fiction). Reading about another culture is always enlightening and a learning experience.

  • Jill
    2018-12-01 06:00

    Number 4 in the series. Izzy is working as a caregiver when the book starts, but thinks that job is not for her, she just can't handle a sudden death. She is also helping her best friend, Zed, as he tries to make movies. Zed is a Mennonite and Izzy is Amish. The story brings characters from the other 3 books together for one last visit. Secrets are uncovered as Zed and Izzy search for stories from PA history. These books are not like many of the Amish books I have read.

  • Mary Beth
    2018-11-19 04:08

    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.

  • Gaile
    2018-11-22 22:47

    Zed. a Mennonite and Izzy an Amish girl fall in love while solving a past family mystery. Zed is in college learning about the art of filming while Izzy acts as a caretaker to the elderly in her community. The one in this is that she hates it when her patients die. She is also interested in handwork and spends a year in Switzerland learning weaving and textiles. I like the strong family ties that are shown in this book.

  • Elaine Panfil
    2018-11-28 00:00

    Although this is part of a series that doesn't leave you hanging at the end of each one. In this case, it takes a secondary characters, Izzy and Zed, from previous books and makes them the primary characters and gives us a glimpse of what happened to some of the previous characters in early books. It was a very enjoyable read.

  • Melissa
    2018-12-01 05:01

    This one may have been my least favorite--I just didn't find Izzy very likable, and trying to keep track of how many years have passed since the early books got a little tiring. I thought the book dragged in the middle, and then there was a HUGE jump in the epilogue. I would have enjoyed experiencing some of those moments rather than the "teen relationship drama."