When she feels the pull of both home and the horizon, which will she choose?
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 you a glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s--and into the yearning heart of a character you'll not soon forget.
MY REVIEW- I have to admit, this is the first book I have ever read by this author. But it will definitely not be the last. Jan Drexler does an amazing job of pulling the readers into the story and making it an interesting ride. I learned things about the Amish and their history that I had never known before, as well as just enjoying a good romance.
This is the second in a series, have the first one on hold at my local library, but I really had no difficulties reading them out of order. The Amish are a group I sometimes have trouble reading about because of the rules and their systems. But not often are they brought so vividly to the forefront as it was in this book. For instance, the guidelines of no violence, even when being wronged. There is a horse thief and the Amish pioneers don't want to take any action against him. As a matter of fact, they want to give him some of their horses. Which I know this in my head, but to actually see it played out in a book was different. As I mentioned, the author does a perfect job in this way. The characters are all likable, other than the horse thief, and I really enjoyed getting to know them as the journey continued. Their compassion and kindness is something to strive for.
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