The third book in the Men of Lancaster County series, The Amish Clockmaker (Men of Lancaster County), sheds light on the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, their beliefs, their roles, and the women who change their lives. Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his fa... Read More
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.
- Store Only: Yes
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jan 1, 2015
- UPC: 9780736957380
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 352
- Publish Date: Feb 1, 2015
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042040"
- ISBN: 0736957383
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- Review from Rambles of a SAHM by Fitzysmom on 3/19/2015
I have enjoyed both Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner's books so when they teamed up for The Men of Lancaster County series I was thrilled. The two women have joined voices to make this an intriguing set of stories that play to each of their strengths.
The Amish Clockmaker is the final installment and I think it was my favorite. The story centered on a decades old mystery that slowly evolved to a very satisfying conclusion. The present day story is about Matthew Zook and his family. I enjoyed the father-son relationship so much. The two were very different yet they found a way to support and honor each other.
The mystery comes about when the Zooks are remodeling and expanding the feed store. Years before the Raber family owned the land and were clockmakers but after a horrible family tragedy they sold the land to the Zook family. In the midst of remodeling and expanding the old clockmaker's shop Matthew Zook discovers some surprising circumstances and evidence about the son Clayton Raber. Before Matthew can continue to expand his feed store he must unravel the events of the past.
This story will take you on a heart-rending journey of love, betrayal, forgiveness and healing. It is a story of learning to look beyond the surface to see the person and to understand what is behind their actions. I was totally overwhelmed by Clayton's faithfulness in the midst of such trials. The ending isn't your typical fairy tale happily ever after. It is much better than that. It is the picture of what Christ would have us base our lives on. Faithfulness. Hope. And above all else love.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
- Merging Stories by Maureen on 2/4/2015
The Amish Clockmaker is a story set in two time periods, the 1950’s and the present day.
We have big business again hometown business, and big pockets again pennies. This story is also about love and forgiveness, even if it is oneself. When the story opens we are with Matthew Zook as he has made a heartfelt decision to expand and grow his families Tack and Feed Store. When the next door super business comes calling telling him he doesn’t own the property that has been in his family for sixty years, how is that possible?
We are sent down a separate story line that is equally enjoyable about a young man who is secretly in love with the neighbor girl, but because he has an injury to his leg and a facial disfigurement all due to an accident, he feels he will never marry. Circumstances work in Clayton Raber’s favor, or do they? He ends up marrying Miriam, the neighbor, but later is accused of murdering her.
As Matthew is trying to figure out his deed to his property, the two stories are about to merge to find answers to both. What a wonderful job the authors have done to make this story so enjoyable, and heartwarming, yes also tragic.
There are answers here for everyone, but will they be received in time for them to help anyone? We find a great faith in God, and hope that the winner will be leaning on him.
I received this book through Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers, and was not required to give a positive review