Saturday, January 11, 2014
Amish Seamstress - The Women of Lancaster County 4 - by Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould
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?
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.