Izzy Mueller is an exceptional listener and gifted caregiver. She's also a talented seamstress. As the young woman sits with her elderly patients, she quietly sews as they share their stories. She's content with her life until circumstances reconnect her with someone she once loved. Zed Bayer, a Mennonite, is not what her family is hoping for in a spouse, and his creative interest in filmmaking is definitely at odds with her Amish upbringing.
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Customer Reviews for Amish Seamstress, The - eBook
Though this is the last in The Women of Lancaster County series the authors have done a wonderful job of making The Amish Seamstress read well as a standalone. However, readers familiar with any of the other books (The Amish Midwife, The Amish Nanny or The Amish Bride) will be thrilled at the grand reunion of characters that takes place in this one.
Writing from a first person point of view is perfect for Izzy's story. I loved being inside her mind as she puzzled out runaway emotions and analyzed herself to death. So very 'young woman entering adulthood'! But her growth is phenomenal and well worth the read.
I was also totally captivated by the genealogical aspects in this story. It's a unique way to add mystery to a plot and it kept me on my toes until the very last family history piece fell into place.
A stellar conclusion to the Women of Lancaster County series.
This fourth book in The Women of Lancaster County series unites the women we’ve come to know and love in the first three books, although The Amish Seamstress could stand alone. Izzy Mueller, a quiet, introverted crafter, often feels out of place in her lively Amish family and retreats to her little workroom to sew. Her best friend, Mennonite Zed Bayer, is into film making but rather than driving them apart his work draws them together. Izzy creates authentic historical costumes for his documentaries.
Zed’s movies explore their entwined family history, going back to Switzerland and immigration to America. Izzy assists with background research, which leads her to the discovery of a hidden struggle and heartache among her ancestors. She pursues further details, but they seem elusive. In the meantime, her caregiving skills are put to use serving others.
Her search for the truth helps Izzy grow and come to know and understand herself better and to gain a clearer picture of what her future may hold. She knows she and Zed will always have a relationship, but will it be more than just good friends? He desires for her “life to be as rich and full—of experiences, of learning, of pushing (her)self—as his.” As they seek God’s will, they will find fulfillment.
Like the other books in the series, this novel contains discussion questions, which thoughtfully add depth to the reading experience.
I enjoyed this story, as I have the others in the Women of Lancaster series. I like that Clark & Gould have made the Plain characters more like the rest of us with hurts, fears, & misgivings, even some anger. It also shows that the Amish can have friendships with Mennonite and English people. I hope there will be more in the series or a new series that follows some of the characters we have met.
Each time I read a new offering from the talented storytellers, Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns Clark, I say to myself, “This is my favorite!” The Amish Seamstress is no exception. From the first page, I was drawn into the story of Izzy Mueller, her search for her career, relationship with Zed, faith journey, and a place that she didn’t feel like an outsider. I loved the masterful way Leslie and Mindy weaved the history of the Indians and Amish together with Izzy’s own ancestry. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story! This book will not disappoint!
The Women of Lancaster County series has been one of my favorite Amish reads of late! I love following the lives of these Amish and Mennonite young women and their families as they discover secrets about their families and along the way, their own selves! It is very intriguing to me that Izzy does not feel that she "fits" with her family. She feels as though she doesn't belong and yet, she feels completely connected and comfortable with Zed and his family. But Zed is a Mennonite and she is Amish. How will they work out the complex relational differences among their faiths and will they desire to bother?
This series has been particularly meaningful to me as it traces the Amish and Mennonite roots back to Switzerland. This book also deals with the Native Americans among the Amish in the very early days of our nation. My own daughters have Cherokee among their heritage on their maternal father's side so I read this part with delight and great curiosity. Come along and read Izzy's story and feel the stitches and fabric of her life as she sews and designs fashions for Zed and her family and friends. I love to sew and craft so I also enjoyed this portion of Izzy's story and I think readers will as well.
I received a free pdf version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.