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Book review: The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

Delightfully written with amazing descriptions and humble characters, The Amish Clockmaker takes the reader into two different time zones, but on the same property, sixty years apart. There are three parts to the storyline that pull the reader into the different times, yet similar community of Amish.

Matthew Zook is newly married and his wife is pregnant. They live on a property bought by Matthew’s grandfather some sixty years prior. The Zook family turned the shop on the property into a tack shop that Matthew would like to expand. When the nearby resort construction informs Matthew that they’re looking for a Clayton Raber, who happens to own the property between the Zook’s and the resort, Matthew races the construction company to find Clayton Raber. While the construction company and resort search for Clayton the new technological method, Matthew seeks the old Amish way of communication.


The story suddenly turns to sixty years prior sharing about the Amish clockmaker, Clayton Raber, and his family. The story shares about his love for his neighbor, Miriam, and how eventually comes to marrying her to keep her from shame. Things turn ugly for Clayton and everyone seems to turn against him.

When the writing turns back to Matthew, it shares how he gains a lead to find Clayton. Can Matthew reach Clayton and offer him what he needs to continue his tack shop expansion or will the resort find Clayton first and offer him hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Totally worth the read and I highly encourage this book to be read. Don’t worry about the spouse and children, they can handle without you for a few hours while you whisk yourself away to an Amish community. Just published today, I found The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner for $9.99 on