Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: The Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark

The Amish BlacksmithThe Amish Blacksmith by Mindy Starns Clark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Well this is my first time reading any Amish books. When I saw it was being offered on Net Galley, I was excited to read it. This summer was the first time I have actually seen Amish country so I was really interested in reading this book.
I contemplate rather this book should be a 4 or 5 star. So I gave it a 5.
I really enjoyed reading the story of Jake and seeing things through his eyes.  I felt the characters flowed well with the story.
Jake is a 24 year old young Amish Man, he has not chosen a wife yet but he is currently courting Amanda. He is also a Blacksmith Apprentice and a horse gentler, he loves horses and has his ideas how it should be done.  He lives on a farm with a family that he does the apprentice for, he has known them for a long time. Well it seems that there niece was coming back home and she is stubborn. She is a few years younger than he is. The family ask Jake to re-introduce her to the community so she can meet some new friends.
Well the story is good, well written, didn’t bore me at all. I liked that it is a clean book, no sex, no swearing, any age can read this book.  (Young teen and up)

What Goodreads says about the book:
New from bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Blacksmith (Book 2 in The Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Apprenticed blacksmith Jake Miller is skeptical of Priscilla Kinsinger's innate ability to soothe troubled horses, especially when he has own ideas on how to calm them. Six years earlier, Priscilla's mother died in an awful accident at home, and Priscilla's grief over losing her mother was so intense that she was sent to live with relatives in Ohio. She has just returned to Lancaster County. 

Not that her homecoming matters to Jake, who is interested in courting lighthearted Amanda Shetler. But Jake's boss is Priscilla's uncle, and when the man asks Jake to help his niece reconnect with community life, he has no choice but to do just that. Surprisingly, he finds himself slowly drawn to the beautiful but emotionally wounded Priscilla.

Jake then determines to prove to her that it's not her fault her mother died, but what he discovers will challenge everything they both believe about the depth of love and the breadth of forgiveness.

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About the Author:
A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite. 

From the author's website.

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