Thursday, July 9, 2015

Review: The Amish Clockmaker by:Starnes/Messner

The Amish Clockmaker (The Men of Lancaster County #3)
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:
 It's not often that you read an Amish book written from the man's perspective. But in The Amish Clockmaker, you will get just that. You will also get a trip back in time, as well. Upon reading this book, the first in The Men of Lancaster County series, you are given a little background to the story. You are able to watch from the time these men are young and see how they evolve as time goes on. You gain a broader understanding as to why and how they feel the way they do about life overall.

  This book is one that will tug at your heart. You will learn soon the pain that Clayton and Matthew struggled with. I have always said that it is hard to see a man in pain and the authors are able to convey these feelings through their words adequately. A story of anger, forgiveness, and love tear at your own heart as you read along at this family's struggle to regain footing. It is a very sentimental emotional beginning to this series.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Harvest House.