The Amish Midwife
by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould
Lexie Jaeger wants to know everything. Her adoptive mother and father are dead and she’s left feeling restless and empty, so she takes a break from her job as a nurse-midwife and travels from Oregon to Lancaster, Pennsylvania to find out more about her birth family. She has a few clues, a hand-carved box, a letter and some locks of hair. Her connection to Lancaster is a midwife named Marta, who could very well be a blood relative and who needs help delivering babies.
But Marta needs more than just help with her practice. She’s in desperate trouble after an Amish birth goes wrong. Lexie jumps right in, but she wants answers in return. Who are her birth parents? Why did her Pennsylvania family give her away? She makes friends, including a handsome doctor, a troubling development to Lexie’s love interest back home, but she meets resistance in both the Mennonite and Amish communities. As she digs deeper, Lexie makes a shocking discovery. But this discovery also uncovers a painful past for many of Lexie’s new friends.
I enjoyed reading this Amish romance, which started out slow, but ended with an entertaining and somewhat outrageous tie-together of people and facts. It’s a nice story, with an obvious but not overdone spiritual overlay. And Lexie’s search for her birth family coincides with a rediscovery of her own Mennonite faith.
It was fun to read about this familiar area of Pennsylvania and to see references to places I know. Anyone who knows me well also knows how much I love babies and stories about babies and there were plenty of those! The characters are simple and fairly one dimensional, and so the story is driven mostly by the plot and the connections between the characters. You might want to take notes when you read about all the family members and who they marry, but the authors do a good job explaining the relationships.
So all-in-all, a wholesome and feel-good read, with a satisfying finish.
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