The Amish Clockmaker (Men of Lancaster County Series #3)

The Amish Clockmaker (Men of Lancaster County Series #3)

by Mindy Starns Clark, Susan Meissner


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736957380
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2015
Series: Men of Lancaster County Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 467,489
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.

Susan Meissner is a multi-published author, speaker, and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include The Shape of Mercy, named by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Novels of 2008 and a Carol Award winner. She is a pastor’s wife and the mother of four young adults. When she's not writing, Susan writes small group curriculum for her San Diego church. Visit Susan at her website:, on Twitter at @SusanMeissner, or at

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The Amish Clockmaker 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
JCMorrows More than 1 year ago
A decades old mystery… A murder… A border dispute… Not exactly what you expect from an Amish novel… Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner definitely have a HIT on their hands! The story starts out innocently enough – with a small dispute about the boundaries of property. But it’s not long before you will find yourself pulled into a mystery, and a mystery you would never expect from as plain and quiet a community as the Amish. Matthew Zook has little choice but to follow the clues and try to get to the bottom of this mystery that Mindy and Susan take us on. You won’t want to put this book down… at least until you get to the last page – and you may find yourself disappointed when you reach that last page… just because the story is over. A MUST read!
VillaSyl More than 1 year ago
The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner from Harvest House Publishers. This book was the first book of this genre I have read from a man's point of view. In a wonderful way, the story is told in the perspective from two men, decades apart that become inextricably wound together. The story is present day, but flashes back to the re-telling of a tale from the fifties about the clockmaker. Clayton Raber was a man who seemed to have been dealt with the wrong hand in the game of life. Left lame from a childhood buggy accident he was also scarred on his face; a scar that gave people impression he was small in many ways. He was gifted in his craft but his work was renowned for its beauty as well as craftsmanship. He was a thoughtful man who loved very deeply with a genuine heart. He never dreamed of marrying and when he did, it was no less than to the woman he loved beyond the gate of their adjoining farms. The circumstances of their marriage and her untimely death shrouded Clayton in such controversy that he left home, never to return. The two main themes of the story are God’s will and true love. The characters did quite a bit of praying and soul searching, but still sometimes struggled with letting God have complete control. God’s love is true and we should love people like He does, whether they love us back or not. It felt natural and I could easily relate to the characters. This is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County series and is a stand-alone story I am on the lookout now for books one and two. A really great Amish story with a lot of twist and turns I recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Amish Fiction. I received digital copy of book from Harvest House Publishers and NetGalley in exchange for my review.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
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.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I was provided an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review. I'm not sure how this book is classified: mystery, romance, romantic suspense. I am sure that it was very different from any other book I have read set in the Amish community, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much more than most of the books I read in that genre. I found the plot to be really interesting and the writing/story to be incredibly authentic. The authors did a great job exploring how Amish people today work through situations that arise from the English community.  I don't want to say much so as not to give away any spoilers; there are serious issues that are dealt with in this book (pregnancy, mental illness as well as trust and forgiveness). Oftentimes I read a romance book in the Amish genre and it seems so perfectly idyllic, which is unrealistic.  The one scene that resonates with me is when Clayton is speaking to his mother after she expressed displeasure towards his wife. He reminds her that Jesus did not require us to be perfect before he sacrificed himself on the cross. He has a deep faith and his view of accepting his wife where she is while wanting peace for her was so touching.  I enjoyed this story immensely - I practically couldn't put it down. Since this is the third book in a series, I will be looking to read the previous books and will watch for future books as well.
MargieS1 More than 1 year ago
Given To Me For An Honest Review The Amish Clockmaker (The Men of Lancaster County Book 3) by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner is unique. Most Amish stories are told by the women. This book is told my the men's point of view. This book is a must read, it is so good. Once you open to page one, it will grab you and hold you down on the edge of your seat. You'll then be watching those pages turn and turn and turn until you get to the last page. If you're like me you'll get a bit upset because it shouldn't have ended. As you are reading the story begins drawing you in and before you know it you feel like you are now a part of the story. There are two stories being told at the same time. Matheww is trying to buy some land in order to expand his family business and it also tells about about Clayton and Miriam's relationship. It begins in the present day, then it switches to the past to learn Clayton's story. Then the story goes back to the present to finish the story. I was sad when it ended, yet happy that the truth finally came out about Clayton. Does Matthew find Matthew find Clayton in time to buy the land? Did Clayton murder his wife? I gave this book 5 stars but wish I could have given it more because it deserves more. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I look for more from Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Accused of murdering the woman he loves and then abandoned by his Amish community and family, Clayton Raber leaves the home he grew up in and never returns.   Now 60 years later, Matthew's livelihood depends on getting Clayton's signature.  Can he find him in time?  Will Matthew discover even more information than he was seeking as he searches for Clayton Raber?        I have read many Amish fictions and many have similar storylines, but this book is very different.  I think it is the first time I have seen one with such a unique conflict.  I love the element of mystery and suspense as Matthew searches for Clayton Raber.   This book was a beautiful testament to love and commitment.   Thank you, Mindy and Susan, for writing a book deserving of a huge prize!   I hope this book will win some sort of honor.  5 will not be disappointed.  I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
I’m looking for a good story, regardless of the setting.  That’s what I found in The Amish Clockmaker.  Actually, it’s a story within a story, and I loved it.   Newlywed Matthew Zook is not able to do a much-needed expansion of his business because of an unexpected property dispute.  He needs to locate the previous owner, Clayton Raber, who had owned a clock making business there fifty years ago.  Clayton had been accused of murdering his wife, but after charges were dropped and he was released from jail, he left the area.  Matthew searches for Clayton, but cannot find anyone to cooperate with him in his search.  In the meantime, we read Clayton’s story, then finally the two stories come together in a beautiful ending.   Honestly, I was getting tired of Amish fiction, because the language tends to be so stilted, and all the cultural explanations got bogged down.  This book was so not like that.  The language and the dialogue flowed beautifully!  I was able to relate to the characters (even though I am not Amish).  I also loved that both main characters were devoted to God and articulated it well.  The Amish Clockmaker is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County series, but it definitely stands on its own.  I noticed one allusion to a previous book, but I didn’t feel like I was missing anything by not having read the previous books.  Now I am definitely interested in reading the other books in the series.  So whether or not you’re a fan of Amish fiction, you will love this book.  It’s just a great story.   I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have happily given.
RHenke More than 1 year ago
Full Disclosure: I've never been much of a fan of "Amish" fiction...but I may have to change my mind. I was given a copy  of "The Amish Clockmaker" and intended to somewhat "skim" though it...uh, that did NOT happen. I ended up reading  (and loving) every single word!! There's a bit of a mystery, but I got so caught up in the characters I just wanted to story  to go on and on. It's a multi-layered story, both poignant and heart-warming. And did I mention I loved it??!!  
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS This is the third book in the Men of Lancaster County. It tells the story through two different Amish men point of view. I wanted the story to go on. I admitted I liked the ending I just wanted another couple of chapters. I did shed some tears in the last few chapters. There is a lot of drama in the two stories that take place 50 years apart but the past story has a major impact on the currant story. Mathew Zook is a newlywed and is in charge of the family business. He is going to extend his family hardware store to save the business when he finds out that the land he is going to build on. The hotel which is going up thinks that they are going to buy that land and wants Mathew Zook to stop his building. He needs to find Clayton Raber. Clayton Raber was arrested for killing his wife. Everyone believed that the Amish clockmaker got away with the murder. Mathew was raised in same bedroom that Clayton was raised in and believes he was innocent. No one knows where Clayton had moved to after the cops let him out of jail and dropped the case. I liked the characters and wanted Clayton to have a happy ending. His story was sad. I also wanted Mathew to save his family business. Both stories made me feel with the characters. The story is set in the Amish Lancaster county. A mix of Amish and English. This is a clean read. A gripping story. Of characters that have a struggle to live what they believe. Some have weakness that you can see others you see trying to accept God's will. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Harvest House Publishers . In return I agreed to give honest review of the Amish Clockmaker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compelling characters caught up in a difficult situation model Christlike love. Highly recommended.
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner is a fabulous Amish Christian fiction story. I could not put the book (or, in my case, Kindle) down. The story is about two different men: Matthew and Clayton. Matthew Zook is married (to Amanda), they are expecting their first child, and he runs the family store, Zook's Feed and Tack. Matthew was put in charge of the store by his grandfather after his father tried to run it for five years. Matthew is trying to revitalize the store by expanding it. When he goes to start construction, he discovers that there is a dispute on the plot of land (an acre) that the family purchased from the Raber's many years ago. The hotel that is building next door states that the Zook's do not own the land. The lawyer representing the hotel states that they are going to find the owner and purchase the land. Matthew proceeds to use the Amish grapevine and resources to track down the owner, Clayton Raber. Clayton lived with his parents on the land and worked with his father at Raber and Sons Clockmakers. Clayton had injured his leg as a child and as also has a scarred face. Clayton also has a terrible temper and his known for it throughout their community. Clayton's father deeds Clayton the acre of land that sits adjacent to the clock shop, but he never tells anyone (and neither did Clayton). No one ever thought that Clayton would marry because of his injury. Ever since Miriam and her family moved in next door to the Raber's, Clayton has been in love with her. Miriam, however, treated Clayton like a friend. Miriam has fancied English things (items that the Amish are not allowed). One day Miriam's parents ask Clayton for help. Miriam finds herself in the family way and they ask Clayton to marry her. Their marriage is not ideal. After Miriam loses the baby, she starts acting very odd and ends up deceased. Clayton is accused of murdering her and is arrested. The police release him, but that does not stop the gossip within the community. Clayton ends up leaving the community and is not heard from again. Matthew has heard the rumors about Clayton, but he feels that Clayton is innocent. Matthew sets out to find Clayton and what really happened to Miriam. I found The Amish Clockmaker to be a great book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Happy Reading! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
ShannonLang More than 1 year ago
Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner have raised the bar on Amish fiction. As a seasoned reader, I expected the usual light romantic mystery. Instead, I was captured by every well-chosen word of this deeply felt redemption story. The clockmaker, Clayton Raber, steals even the most hardened heart. His honorable and challenging life made this book difficult to set aside. Filled with Biblical Scripture and insight, the authors provided the most valuable description of the love of worldly things that I have ever read. I highly recommend The Amish Clockmaker. I am eager to read the other books in the Men of Lancaster County series, the Amish Groom and The Amish Blacksmith. The copy I read was provided by Mindy Starnes Clark and Harvest House Publishers.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
The style of writing this book in parts is different, but fantastic for this storyline. The Amish Clockmaker is an excellent book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The book brought out some interesting facts which I felt was great and helpful. All the details, descriptions and characters are wonderful and there are a couple of "Ah!" moments. The only problem I had with the book, it's a little too long for my reading taste. Overall, the different writing style in parts made this book click and I loved it. The Amish Clockmaker is an enjoyable book to read and I highly recommend it. Also, this book is part of the Men of Lancaster County Series. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
Sherry07 More than 1 year ago
The Amish Clockmaker Another Triumph ***** (Five Stars) Having read the first two books in this series, I knew I was in for a great story told only in the most elaborate of ways Mindy and Sue could spin it. As with the first two novels, the story stands on its own with only a brief mention of characters from the previous book. The opening paragraph intrigued me so; I had much difficulty laying it aside for even the shortest of breaks. The story came alive and I was suddenly swept away to Lancaster County, Pa. I was expecting an Amish romance about Matt & Amanda. The story begins in Part One (present day I assume) with Matthew then 79 pages later Part Two, with Clayton in the year 1955. The novel is divided into three parts. The characters were much like people we encounter; we all know the quiet sort, the gossips, the bossy siblings, the meddlesome parents, and the protective friends to name a few. The details of their, dress, physical attributes, mannerisms and behavior, brought them off the page and into life. Several times I had to wipe away tears of sadness (and joy) in the tender moments, as well as, race through the paragraphs during the intense moments when I just had to know what was next. I was taken by surprise how the story developed the further I got into it and twisted into what I began to anticipate as a murder mystery. I appreciated the fresh, unpredictable way the story unfolded and the use of higher level vocabulary to give the reader richer descriptions. Reading about the characters’ devotion to God was an encouragement for my own personal reflection and I am always delighted to see Scripture quoted. These ladies took time to research, observe and interview the Amish to provide an accurate account of their way of life. I would highly recommend this book to the reader who enjoys a great story woven with the utmost integrity. I was provided with an advance copy of this book by Harvest House Publishers and Susan Meissner for my review.