Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Book Review: The Amish Clockmaker (The Men of Lancaster County - Book 3)

If you enjoy intrigue set in Amish culture, this is the book for you. Matthew Zook’s plans to expand his Feed and Tack Shop are squelched by questions about his deed to the property. To clarify, Matthew must connect with a clockmaker who previously owned the site but vanished after being accused of murder. Unlike most of the Amish novels I’ve read, this one speaks in the voice of the male protagonist.

Clayton Raber is the clockmaker. But where is he? Parts of the book alternate between Matthew’s dilemma and the clockmaker’s story, set a half century earlier. I won’t give away the ending. Suffice to say it’s a page turner. The book includes discussion questions for book clubs or just to talk over with a friend who has joined you in reading.

I chose this book because Susan Meissner was one of the authors (along with Mindy Starns Clark) and I’ve found Meissner's books offer interesting characters and plot lines. Released in 2015 by Harvest House Publishers, the story espouses Christian values and deals with tough issues that invade even the isolated Amish community.

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