Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Life Changing Choice!

         "Mattie's Pledge"
           By Jan Drexler

Synopsis: 

A Tender, Poignant, and Heartwarming Glimpse into the Amish Migration West from Pennsylvania
Mattie Schrock is no stranger to uprooting her life. Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes. Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community--friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart.

Since Mattie last saw Jacob, they've both grown into different people with different dreams. Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can't help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon. When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure?

Tender, poignant, and gentle, Mattie's Pledge offers readers a glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s--and into the yearning heart of a character they'll not soon forget.

My Thoughts:

Firstly, I must admit that any book that deals with history is NOT my favorite!! However, 
the enjoyment I found reading Jan Drexler's second book in her series, "Journey to Pleasant  Prairie" surprised me!!  Through this tale, I learned a great deal about the Amish in earlier times and was surprised at some of the historical facts of which I was unaware. 

This sweet romance captured my attention and I enjoyed from beginning to end. The plot moves slowly at times, however that gave me time to reflect on new facts that I had learned as well as  understanding the rather complex relationship between Mattie and Jacob. As the wagon train of Amish travel west from Pennsylvania, attempting to find a better life, they encounter many unexpected complications and surprising dangerous situations. There were surprise events, yes, sometimes frightening, occurring when you least expect it.

 The characters were realistically and well described. Mattie was a favorite character with whom I quickly and easily identified, as she met her challenges head on, and  showed her strength of character. The perspectives of several different characters in this story gave us even more to think about. I enjoyed how  they intertwined within the story of Mattie and Jacob.
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I am  looking forward to Jan's next book!! I have high expectations!!

This book was a gift from the publisher. The opinions and thoughts expressed are my own. .

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