The Amish Quilter

The Amish Quilter

by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould

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ISBN-13: 9780736962940
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Series: Women of Lancaster County Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 381,013
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. 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. www.lesliegould.com

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The Amish Quilter 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
KrisAnderson_TAR 9 months ago
The Amish Quilter by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is the fifth novel in The Women of Lancaster County series. Linda Mueller works at Arts & Crafts House as well as making quilts to sell in the shop. The quilts she makes for the shop are more artistic than those she makes for use at home. Linda started quilting when she was eight with her mother and is known as a perfectionist. Isaac Mast has moved to town to start house painting business and is living with his grandmother, Ruth Mast. In his spare time, Isaac does artistic paintings that he sells online. When Linda sees his work in progress of Robert’s barn, it gives her inspiration for a quilt. Linda learns that her artistic abilities come from her Mammi Nettie. One day she discovers a book along with a painting that belonged to Mammi. They lead her on a journey into the past, and she uncovers an astonishing secret. As Isaac and Linda spend time together, they get to know each other. But something from Isaac’s past could derail their romance. Will Linda let her idealism stand in the way? Find out what happens in The Amish Quilter. The Amish Quilter is well-written story with an interesting plot. It is much more than an Amish romance. The Amish Quilter is a multifaceted story. We get to know Linda Mueller and her family. As the youngest, Linda’s siblings tend to make decisions on her behalf and tell her what to do (made me happy I was the oldest child). We get to see the inner dynamics of a large Amish family. Linda is struggling with her place in the community and her desire to create art. Her perfectionism and ideals are holding her back. Other issues addressed in the story are depression and autism. The authors handle these difficult topics deftly. I liked Linda’s artistic abilities, but her attitude made her hard to like as a person. She did not like being the odd man out in the family. Others would know something that Linda did not which made her whiny and sound like a six-year-old. I was happy to see Linda’s character develop (grow and mature) as the story progressed. The Amish Quilter is part of a series, but it is a standalone (like all the books in the series). The pace was a little slow and it took me some time to get into the book. Once I got into the book, though, I was intrigued. Linda’s quest for information led to some interesting discoveries about her family. The Amish Quilter is a realistic and emotional story. I am giving The Amish Quilter 4 out of 5 stars.
D-does-reviews 11 months ago
I thought this book was absolutely mesmerizing and found it very hard to walk away from when other activities were calling my name. This author is a delightfully talented storyteller and the more clues she provided throughout the story, the more interesting and compelling Linda’s grandmother’s story became. Combining the art of quilting with Linda’s grandmother’s art of painting was a wonderful way to tell the story of Linda’s growing maturity. Though I wasn’t always happy with the way she treated Isaac, I hoped that she would come to see that life is not black and white and is full of shades of grey that cause us to search our hearts and our minds and help us grow. One thing I can be always be sure of is that I know I will learn something new about myself when I read a Christian fiction book. In this case this wonderful story and interesting characters have taught me that I have yet to master the art of putting everything in my life in God’s hands as the Amish do. A great story, a romance and a lesson in life make this book a wonderfully heartwarming reading experience. I read an early copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
theskett More than 1 year ago
The Amish Quilter is not “just another Amish book.” A quilter myself, the story held me captive as I read on to learn more about Nettie’s painting and Linda’s quilting. I wanted to find out how their stories intersected. Isaac plays his supporting role extremely well; what a fascinating and likable character! And I enjoyed the way the authors developed Daed’s character. Other family members are introduced in such a way I could keep them all straight, which enables readers to enjoy this book as a stand-alone title or having read others in the series (The Women of Lancaster County). Linda and Isaac’s stories give me inspiration for my own quilting. I thoroughly enjoyed Leslie and Mindy’s latest novel, a can’t-put-it-down book!
Christa4 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Quilter by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould is a beautifully woven masterpiece. This incredible story is the fifth book in The Women of Lancaster County series. Linda Mueller lives an ordinary Amish life. She is happy that her life follows and fits in a perfect grid. She makes beautiful quilts to sell at the English store where she works. Her curiosity is piqued and she yearns to learn more about her late grandmother. She teams up with her new friend, Isaac Mast, to find out more about her grandmother. It seems like they would make the most perfect pair, until she learns more about Isaac's past. Between those truths and the many secrets that are revealed when she digs a little deeper into her family history, this makes for one very interesting read! One that you will most likely reread over and over again. The authors do a great job of bringing the characters to life. You will feel like you are right there with them in beautiful Lancaster County. Once you start reading this book, you won't be able to put it down anytime soon! A must-read! I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book from the publisher and have given my honest opinion.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Quilter ( The Women of Lancaster County-Book 5 ) By: Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould The Amish Quilter is book five in The Women of Lancaster County Series. Even though this book is part of a series you can read it as a stand-a-lone with no problems. I love the writing of these two authors. It seems as if it is one person writing the story. I would say that Clark and Gould have crafted and quilted a beautiful story together. Linda is the main character and a gifted quilter who spends her days working in a quilt shop. Linda thinks she knows what she wants in a husband, but does she? I too am a quilter and was not disappointed. There are some twist and turns in this story, but I want say anymore. If you are a big fan of Amish Fiction , then you will love The Amish Quilter. I was given a complimentary copy by Harvest House Publishers , but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
The Amish Quilter is written by the dynamic team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould. I have read their Cousins of the Dove series and had high expectations for this stand-alone novel. I was not disappointed. The synergy is wonderful and a beautiful story is the result. Linda, idealistic, perfectionist, and sometimes just out of the loop with what is going on around her, is sure that she will never find have a husband and family. Isaac, a young man who spent several years living in the Englisch world, now has caught her attention. Can they work out their differences to find a life together? I enjoyed the ebb and flow of this relationship as Linda and Isaac spend time together working on a project. The characters have depth and reality and their emotions, strengths, and foibles resonate well with readers. The authors did a great job of bringing growth and maturity to their characters and remind readers that sometimes you just have to take a risk and that there is a safe and acceptable place between grace and legalism. Sometimes what we want and what God wants for us are different and we have to make a prayerful choice. An Amish Quilter is a complex and multifaceted story that portrays the impact of past choices on life in the present. The main characters have depth and reality and their emotions, strengths, and foibles resonate well with readers. Presented in the story are a number of aspects of Amish life that are not usually touched on by authors who write in the Amish genre. Subjects such as twins, autism, depression, and artistic talents--all added fascinating interest to the story. I highly recommend this poignant, engrossing story about the toll of secrets and finding family loyalty and love amidst the all too real struggles of life. I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
The Amish Quilter is by far my favorite installment in this series! I couldn't tell where one author began to compose portions of the story and the other left off. This evocative tale is beautifully blended with descriptive prose and emotion filled scenarios that leaves no room for boredom. The story moves swiftly along, with an underlying story seamlessly interwoven throughout the main plot. Family, twins, diversity, death and love are all encased in a plot that adds additional interest due to questions of where art fits into the simple life. I loved this novel, and will undoubtedly read it again. Much focus is placed on the difficult times we experience in life, messy issues that we may not ordinarily encounter in an Amish novel. Both authors have outdone themselves in this very special book of family ties. I highly recommend it! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
GailHollingsworth More than 1 year ago
This book touched me in a very personal way. Except for the being Amish part, I found my younger self relating to Linda and her idealized ideas of how her life should be. Linda was certain she was doing what she thought God wanted for her life but she really wasn't playing close attention to him. Lives aren't perfect, life can get very messy and nothing is ever ideal. God works with our idealistic ideas and uses others to help us really see what is what. I enjoyed the creative aspect of the story too. Linda was a quilter and Isaac, a newcomer to Lancaster County was a very talented painter. They connected on a deeper level because of their creativeness. But Linda learned things about her family and things about Isaac that skewed her thinking. She fought her feelings and resented being called the "Little Sister" and immature. This was a very thought provoking novel that gave me deeper insights into God's amazing plans that many times we mess up and He has to step in through His Word or Family or Friends to get us back on the right path. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher but was not required to write a review.
GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
The book seemed to start in the manner of a typical Amish story but took a very different direction than I anticipated. Although I was not prepared for the numerous twists and turns, I enjoyed each one and could hardly wait to see what was coming next. As the authors described the quilts and paintings created by certain characters, I could picture them in my mind and wished I could see them for real. For me, the most important aspect of the story was the life lessons shared and learned. I greatly appreciate interesting stories like this one that teach lessons that can be applied in the lives of the readers, whether they are Amish, English, or some other population group. To say more, I would risk giving away too much of the story. You need to read the book for yourself, both for the beauty of the story and the truths that are woven into the conversations. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 This is a delightful Amish romance in which Linda, a gifted quilter, discovers that life just isn’t as perfect as she dreams of and has lots of surprises along her way to finding happiness. Linda Mueller is the youngest daughter in the Mueller family but hates being referred to as “Little Sister” as some of her older siblings fondly refer to her. She’s very idealistic and struggles to accept anything - or anyone - who doesn’t meet the standards she aspires to. She is also quite quick to judge others but is in for some startling revelations concerning her own family in this enthralling story. She hasn't been attracted to any of the local young men but when she meets Isaac, things start to change. However she is unaware of his past and her idealism may tear the two apart before their love stands any chance.... I really enjoyed this book which has great characters and gives an insight into the lives of this largely Amish community, including revelations from the past that shed light on the impact of the financial problems in the between war era on families. It was a real page turner and, although Linda’s immaturity showed through many of her initial attitudes and reactions, she grows as the story develops. It was great learning of the family secrets and relationships both of which are explored further making it an intriguing story which I have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys a lovely, ‘clean’ romance with a great characters and delightful plot. I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
armcgraw More than 1 year ago
I always look forward to a book by the talented duo of Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark. However, I especially wanted to read The Amish Quilter, the latest book in The Women of Lancaster County series, because I am a quilter. It did not disappoint! Linda Mueller, the youngest daughter of a large Amish family, feels invisible except when quilting. This is where her creative tendencies shine. She becomes curious about her grandmother who died before she was born. She finds out that her grandmother also was creative and painted, even though the Amish community frowned upon it. She suffered from depression and was conflicted about her painting. Helping Linda on her quest to learn about her grandmother is Isaac Mast, a young man who recently moved to the community. There are several surprising twists and turns to the discoveries Linda and Isaac make, including a potential romance. Not only does Linda learn about her grandmother, she also learns a great deal about herself and something that is a deal breaker with Isaac. She finds that she must be willing to let God lead, even when it is a completely different path than the idealistic one she thought she would take. Gould and Clark are masterful quilters, “piecing and sewing” with words. In this book they crafted together the many pieces of this story, stitching and embellishing in all the right places. In the words of one of Linda’s sisters, “Quilts, like people, are greater than the sum of their parts.” I would say that is also true for words that become unforgettable books, such as this one. I highly recommend this book!
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
THE AMISH QUILTER. May 1 Light, patterns and textures of the landscape in Lancaster County Linda would love to make into quilts, the artistic and English quilts she makes. They say I am a perfectionist, that’s why I haven’t found a suitor yet. Issac new to the area, a painter, now doing houses, since his art work was new to people here, and selling was slow. Seeing his work and the passion and emotion that reflected from them. How do I tell him how good they are. Powerfull story of family secrets of a young woman not being able to paint, and express what was part of her. To find out later that someone who had taken them and now worked with them in her work. Story of expectation, of what one should or shouldn’t do. Issac was living a life of faith, one step at a time, going where God led him. Was Linda missing out by not letting him court her, and he would once again relocate if he couldn’t. Life was like quilts, the twists and turns in the design, Given ARC by Net Galley and Zondervan for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story, and it is actually a few stories in one, and then it circles to include each one. What does quilting and artistic painting have to do with one another, well that is what the author is about to show us as this story unfolds. There is a bit of sadness, a little romance, and an unfolding family mystery, that comes to light. Our main character Linda, seems to oblivious to a lot that goes on around her, especially concerning her family and community, and secrets that others have shared. Once a hand painted picture is found, we are in for a treat as unknown family members are found. A page-turner for sure! I received this book through Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review.