The Amish Seamstress (Women of Lancaster County Series #4)

The Amish Seamstress (Women of Lancaster County Series #4)

by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould

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The Amish Seamstress (Women of Lancaster County Series #4) by Mindy Starns Clark, Leslie Gould

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736941716
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Series: Women of Lancaster County Series , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 135,882
File size: 817 KB

About the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction (more than 800,000 sold) including coauthoring the Christy Award–winning The Amish Midwife. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.

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The Amish Seamstress 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
EraCG More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. Very entertaining. A fabulous daily faith builder.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
GrandaddyA 15 days ago
Readers met Izzy and Zed in a previous book in the series. Now they are a few years older and their friendship has continued. Izzy has grown up in the Amish church but Zed grew up as a Mennonite. If you have read about the Amish, their children are expected to grow up, join the church, and marry in the Amish faith. Is this based on the biblical teaching that believers should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers? What happens when an Amish young person is attracted to someone who is not Amish? For several years, Izzy and Zed have convinced themselves and everyone else that they are only best friends. But as Zed is leaving for college in Indiana, Izzy realizes that she loves him as more than just a best friend. Whatever will she do? Convinced in her heart and mind that she is going to join the church, she determines that she has to keep her relationship with Zed on a friends-only basis. She is a talented seamstress, loves the elderly and their stories of the past, and has the personality that suits her to be a caregiver. She just has not learned how to deal with it when an elderly patient passes away. What kind of caregiver loses it when the patient dies? Every way she turns, she seems to encounter stumbling blocks. Meanwhile, Zed seems to sail through life oblivious to how she feels about him and never a worry about anything as he pursues his dream of becoming a filmmaker. I am reminded of the illustration of how we see all the knots and tangles of the underside while God sees the beautiful picture He is creating. As this young Amish seamstress and the Mennonite filmmaker work away at sorting knots and tangles and uncovering the true story of the Conestoga Indian Massacre, what is God going to reveal when they see His picture? I received a copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book kept my interest.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.