The Amish Clockmaker (The Men of Lancaster County Book 3) by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is a 3-part story written from the perspective of Matthew Zook. Part 1 covers Matthew’s current life. Part 2 covers Clayton Raber’s life and Part 3 focuses back on Matthew and current times.
Matthew and his wife are expecting a baby. He knows if something is not done about his family’s business soon, there won’t be a business. If only his Grossdaadi (Amish for Grandfather) had not passed away before things were settled for the expansion of Zook’s Feed and Tack Store. In addition, if things kept going as they were with his Dat (Dad), there would not be an expansion or store left to expand.
Out of nowhere, Matthew is hit with a major problem regarding the property he was expanding on; the previous owner did not have clear title. A small strip of the land Matthew thought was his family’s actually belonged to the son of the Amish clockmaker, Clayton Raber.
As the story progresses, Matthew starts on a frustrating journey to track down Clayton. Clayton disappeared from Lancaster County after the mysterious death of his wife., Clayton is first charged with murder and then mysteriously released. Everyone, except Matthew, including Clayton’s family, believes he is guilty.
The Amish Clockmaker is a very interesting story, given from a male viewpoint. Even though it is book three in a series, the novel could be a standalone book.
The story will bring you to tears as you discover more about the characters, their lives, loves and disappointments. It will have you cheering for the underdog and wishing everyone could forgive and forget, and not harbor anger, resentment and hatred. Touching, absorbing and realistic, you will think about The Amish Clockmaker for a long time after you have read the last page.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.