Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book review: The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

I’m looking for a good story, regardless of the setting.  That’s what I found in The Amish Clockmaker.  Actually, it’s a story within a story, and I loved it. 

Newlywed Matthew Zook is not able to do a much-needed expansion of his business because of an unexpected property dispute.  He needs to locate the previous owner, Clayton Raber, who had owned a clock making business there fifty years ago.  Clayton had been accused of murdering his wife, but after charges were dropped and he was released from jail, he left the area.  Matthew searches for Clayton, but cannot find anyone to cooperate with him in his search.  In the meantime, we read Clayton’s story, then finally the two stories come together in a beautiful ending. 

Honestly, I was getting tired of Amish fiction, because the language tends to be so stilted, and all the cultural explanations got bogged down.  This book was so not like that.  The language and the dialogue flowed beautifully!  I was able to relate to the characters (even though I am not Amish).  I also loved that both main characters were devoted to God and articulated it well.

 The Amish Clockmaker is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County series, but it definitely stands on its own.  I noticed one allusion to a previous book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read the previous books.  Now I am definitely interested in reading the other books in the series.

So whether or not you’re a fan of Amish fiction, you will love this book.  It’s just a great story. 

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have happily given.