The Amish Seamstress

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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. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She's ...

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Overview

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?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736926263
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: The Women of Lancaster County , #4
  • Pages: 354
  • Sales rank: 186,087
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

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.www.mindystarnsclark.com

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    I enjoyed reading The Amish Seamstress very much; however, I had

    I enjoyed reading The Amish Seamstress very much; however, I had a little trouble getting into the story in the first chapter because, as a teacher, I was annoyed with Izzy’s lack of attention during a class lecture. As the story moved on, I gained empathy for the heroine.

    Izzy Mueller is a talented seamstress, but her mother doesn’t take her skill seriously. She watches Izzy take refuge from the clamor of their large Amish family in the sewing room where the young seamstress appears to daydream more than work. Izzy cherishes the solitude and peace in the small room her siblings avoid. She admits to daydreaming as she sews, but her “dreams” are most often pondering the choices that face her. She doesn’t make snap decisions. Izzy is in the spiritual journey that all Amish young people take to determine God’s will for their lives.

    Because Izzy is quiet, gentle, and caring, both family and friends turn to her when a caregiver is needed for an elderly person. Her parents assume she will always be a caregiver. Izzy is unconvinced. She talks with God and reads His word in the quiet of her sewing room, but she feels little direction for her life work. She is sure about three things: First, she loves and wants to serve God; secondly, she does not want to be a caregiver; and thirdly, she is in love with Zed Bayer. Therein lies the conflict. Her best friend, Zed, is a Mennonite, and he is headed for a career that is incompatible with the Amish church. And Zed still refers to Izzy as his best buddy.

    As a friend, the seamstress/caregiver agrees to help Zed research historic material on characters and costumes for his next documentary film. The research turns into a quest to learn why the last half of her 8th great-grandmother’s story of a “sin” is missing. What scandal has been hidden for generations? What is required for authentic costumes for Zed’s film? Can a Mennonite boy and an Amish girl have a future together? Izzy Mueller has adventures beyond any daydream she might have imagined as she finds answers and discovers the direction God is leading her in this heart-warming tale by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould.

    Izzy Mueller is a lovable leading lady. The story is believable; the characters are well developed. This book will appeal to anyone who likes good Christian fiction. Anyone who has read one of the first three books in The Women of Lancaster County series will want this book immediately.

    S Fisher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Each time I read a new offering from the talented storytellers,

    Each time I read a new offering from the talented storytellers, Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark, I say to myself, “This is my favorite!”  The Amish Seamstress is no exception.  From the first page, I was drawn into the story of Izzy Mueller, her search for her career, relationship with Zed, faith journey, and a place that she didn’t feel like an outsider.  I loved the masterful way Leslie and Mindy weaved the history of the Indians and Amish together with Izzy’s own ancestry. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story!  This book will not disappoint!  

    Ann McGraw


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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Good

    This book is very good. Very entertaining. A fabulous daily faith builder.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

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    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite The Amish Sea

    Reviewed by Kristie Ingerto for Readers' Favorite

    The Amish Seamstress, Book Four in The Women of Lancaster County series, written by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, is a well-written stand-alone novel. However the rest of the series is great as well. Izzy does not really fit in anywhere, not with her family, and not in her Amish community. The only person Izzy seems to connect with is Zed. However Zed is part of a different world, specifically a Mennonite community and has dreams that will take him far away from Izzy. Izzy loves Zed, but Zed is unaware of these feelings. As Izzy learns of a secret that has been kept for generations in her family, Izzy becomes more immersed in Zed’s life and together they try to unravel what has been learned as Izzy seeks guidance for her own life. 

    Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould have teamed up to write an excellent series. The Amish Seamstress is a great addition to the series and a story that many will relate to. Izzy is a well-developed main character and struggles with fitting in and finding her own place and way in the world. Although Izzy is part of a large family and close-knit community, she still feels alone and out of place. Izzy was easy to empathize with and you will become completely engrossed in her life and story. 

    This story is an excellent combination of romance, mystery, and drama along with details that bring the setting and characters to life.

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