Beautifully written: The Amish Clockmaker by Clark & Meissner

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about the book....

From bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Clockmaker (Book 3 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.

Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family’s tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold—and raises new questions about the location’s mysterious past.

Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone—including his own family members—believed he’d committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again.

Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family’s business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer?

A timeless novel of truth, commitment, and the power of enduring love, where secrets of the past give way to hope for the future.

my review....

Clark and Meissner have done it again! I started this book determined that at no time was I going to shed a single tear, but then in the last few chapters I found myself with my eyes welling up! "The Amish Clockmaker" is a wonderful blend of the mysterious and the emotional. As I followed the stories of Matthew and Clayton, I became enthralled with the mystery of the murder, wanting to know what had happened and whether Clayton was guilty or not. I was anxious to find out whether Matthew would be able to press forward with his plans, or whether the big corporation that he was racing against would win the right to trample his dreams.

But then something curious happened. In the midst of unravelling the past I found myself coming to care deeply about each of these characters, along with those they interacted with. I watched Clayton with his struggles to be accepted with his physical deformities, and my heart broke as the close community around him pulled away and left him feeling unwanted and unloved. Oh what an age old story, showing how us humans, and those of use who are to represent Christ, fail! But these moments in the book made the ending all the more sweet, and that is where I found my emotions welling up as God's grace sprang to life in the pages of this novel. Of course I will not give the ending away, but I can tell you that I turned the final page and had to sit for awhile and absorb all that I had read. It's just that good!

Beautifully written and sure to satisfy the authors' fans, I highly recommend The Amish Clockmaker, along with the other books in the series. 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Harvest House. Available at your favourite bookseller!

 about the authors....

Mindy Starns Clark
Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books, which include the popular Smart Chick Mysteries, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon. In addition, Mindy’s plays and musicals have been featured in schools and churches across the United States.

Susan Meissner
Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named byPublishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website:, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at

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The Amish Clockmaker (The Men of Lancaster County Book 3)

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