Co-authored Amish Fiction

The Women of Lancaster County Series • Harvest House Publishers
Co-authored with Mindy Starns Clark

The Amish Midwife – Book 1 Christy

 2012 Christy Award winner#1 Bestseller •2012 RWA, FHL Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award finalist 

The Amish Midwife by Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns ClarkA deathbed confession… a dusty carved box containing two locks of hair… a century-old letter about property in Switzerland…

Nurse-midwife Lexie Jaeger’s encounter with all three rekindles a burning desire to meet her biological family. Propelled on a personal journey of discovery, Lexie’s search for the truth takes her from her home in Oregon to the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country.

There she finds Marta Bayer, a mysterious lay-midwife who may hold the key to Lexie’s past. But Marta isn’t talking, especially now that she has troubles of her own following the death of an Amish patient during childbirth. As Lexie steps in to assume Marta’s patient load and continues the search for her birth family, a handsome local doctor proves to be a welcome distraction. But will he also distract her from James, the man back home who awaits her return?

From her Amish patients, Lexie learns the meaning of the Pennsylvania Dutch word demut: “to let be.” Will this woman who wants to control everything ever learn to depend totally on God? Or will her stubborn determination to unearth the secrets of the past at all costs to tear her newfound family apart?

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The Amish Nanny – Book 2

Bestseller • 2012 RWA, FHL Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award finalist

The Amish Nanny by Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns ClarkA cave behind a waterfall… a dying confession… a secret agreement… hidden for a century…

Amish-raised Ada Rupp knows nothing of these elements of her family’s past. Instead, her eyes are fixed firmly on the future for the first time in her life. Now that a serious medical issue is behind her, Ada is eager to pursue her God-given gifts of teaching and her dream of marrying Will Gundy, a handsome widower. But when both desires meet with unexpected obstacles, Ada’s fragile heart grows heavy with sorrow.

Then she meets Daniel an attractive Mennonite scholar with a surprising request. He needs her help to save an important historic site from being destroyed. Now Ada must head to Switzerland to mend an old family rift and help preserve her religious heritage.

In order to succeed in saving the site, Ada and Daniel must unlock secrets from the past. But do they also have a future together—or will Ada’s heart forever belong to Will, the only man she’s ever really wanted?


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The Amish Bride – Book 3

Bestseller • 2013 RWA, FHL Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award winner

A hidden painting… a private journal with a secret code…
a father’s mysterious return …

The Amish Bride by Leslie Gould and Mindy Starns ClarkMennonite-raised Ella Bayer will encounter all of these in pursuit of her dreams to marry her Amish boyfriend, Ezra, and operate her own bakery. Headstrong and independent, Ella is determined to reach her goals no matter what it takes.

Ezra adores Ella as well, despite his family’s objections. Hoping distance will cool the romance, they make plans for him to leave home. But when Ella’s estranged father returns to Lancaster, she escapes with Ezra to Indiana—and ends up at a farm linked to her great-grandmother’s coded journal. There, Ella begins a journey of self-discovery, encouraged by Luke Kline, a thoughtful Amish farmhand who lives nearby.

When a family tragedy forces Ella back to Pennsylvania, she must face all she’s been running away from. And once she has made peace with those around her, she has an important decision to make. Will she become Ezra’s Amish bride? Or does God have something else in mind for the proud and feisty young woman who is used to doing things her way?


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The Amish Seamstress – Book 4

The Amish SeamstressBestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould provide an unexpected surprise in The Amish Seamstress, Book 4 in the Women of Lancaster County series, which tells the stories of young Amish women as they explore their roots, connect with family, and discover true love.

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.

As Izzy is swept up again in Zed and renews her friendship with his sister, Ella, she begins to ask questions about her own life–her creative longings and historical interests, her relationships and desire for romance, and most importantly, her faith. What is the path God has for her? Can she learn from the past of both her family’s and Zed’s–or must she forge a completely different future of her own?