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Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Amish Midwife - Mindy Starns Clark & Leslie Gould

Released February 2011

When her father dies, Lexie Jaeger never expected him to first reveal new information regarding her real parents. The problem is he tells her so very little that she's still got no idea about her birth family's identity.

Lexie arranges to temporarily move to Pennsylvania to help serve as midwife to the Amish community. There she hopes to unravel the truth regarding her birth mother and why she was given up for adoption more than two decades earlier.

The Amish Midwife takes a hard look at adoption. Lexie's struggle to find out about her past involved many doors shut in her face and a long buried secret that is slowly unraveled over the course of the book.

The story is also laced with a solid look into the life of a nurse midwife. The day-to-day schedule and details into both quick, easy and long, problematic deliveries are written in vivid detail. Readers also watch Lexie struggle to come to terms with her own relationship with a med student and then the possibility of a romance with a doctor in Pennsylvania.

Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould's entry in the Women of Lancaster County series is filled with many layers that range from women's fiction to gentle romance. There's also a touch of medical drama and courtroom drama laced into the pages. It's a great read and one that will keep you engaged for hours.

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