Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie Book #1): A Novel - eBook
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Hanna’s Choice by Jan Drexler

Two young men seek Hanna’s hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west.  She must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or disobey her father and abandon her community?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781493401789
ISBN-13: 9781493401789
Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie

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Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah's father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother's ongoing depression and her sister's rejection of their family. But her world is threatening to unravel.

When two young men seek her hand in marriage--one offering the home she craves and the other promising the adventure of following God's call west--Hannah must make a choice. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?

With a tender hand, Jan Drexler teases out the threads of a romance that will captivate readers in this brand-new Amish historical series.

Author Bio

Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking the Black Hills and the Badlands. She is the author of the Love Inspired novels The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children, and A Home for His Family (September 2015).

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  1. Connie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Choices
    January 6, 2017
    Connie
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for #1: Hannah's Choice.
    This is the first book I have read by author Jan Drexler and what a surprise! I loved every word. Jan takes the reader to another time in the life of an Amish family facing many burdens and changes. It is during a time of growth in our country and the westward movement. It is when Rumspringa was about life choices not about driving a car or using a phone or wearing modern fashions. This book is not just about Hannah's Choices it is about a family with many choices, Hannah must decide her future with Josef or Adam, to move west or remain on her beloved Conestoga, Amish or Mennonite. Her family must decide moving west or staying behind in a district that is rapidly losing members. Mamm must decide to move on with her life after the loss of children. Sister Liesbeti must decide on going with her family or going off with her Englisher love, remain Amish or be shunned. I loved every story line and cannot wait to read book #2 in the Journey to Pleasant Plain Series. Thank you Jan for a wonderful story.
  2. Cindy Loven
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Hannah's Choice
    April 20, 2016
    Cindy Loven
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This review was written for #1: Hannah's Choice.
    I will start with what I enjoyed about this book. There were interesting things about the book, it was interesting to see how Hannah's parents were willing to risk all they knew to save their way of life and keep their children in the Amish faith. Also, it was interesting to see how the war affected the Amish and Mennonite communities. I did try hard to enjoy this book, but it just never grabbed me. The characters were all over the place, emotionally, mentally and I really had trouble relating to Hannah's mother. The blame she seemed to place on Hannah was unmerited and unrealistic. Overall the book was not my favorite, but I think this author has lots of promise,her writing style is very descriptive and clear. My rating for this book is 3.5 stars. This book was provided by the publisher for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
  3. Patti Shene
    Southeastern Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Thought-provoking pre-Civil War Amish story
    February 27, 2016
    Patti Shene
    Southeastern Colorado
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Hannahs Choice, by Jan Drexler, is a moving novel that portrays the realistic struggles members of the Amish community deal with and the beliefs of the faith, set against the backdrop of the pre-Civil War era.

    Hannah Yoder has always been true to her Amish upbringing and comfortable with her idyllic life. Yet, the dark cloud of her mothers depression over the loss of Hannahs siblings hangs over Hannahs head, especially when the shadow of doubt leads the teen to believe she may have been partially responsible for the death of the children.

    Life becomes much more complicated when she discovers her younger sister is heading toward a forbidden relationship and her best friend is deeply involved in dangerous activity that puts him outside the law.

    When her family decides to leave her hometown and move to an Amish settlement out west, Hannah is torn between the familiarity of the surroundings she has known all her life and the fear of encountering the unknown,

    Hannah is forced to take a serious look at her beliefs and make choices she never thought she would be faced with, including her loyalty to the affections of an old friend versus the attentions of a new love interest.

    Drexler draws well-defined characters and leads them through realistic conflicts consistent with the historical setting. She takes readers through the struggle the entire family deals with, precipitated by Hannahs mothers depression. Hannahs emotional and spiritual maturity develops with the conflicts she encounters.

    I would recommend Hannahs Choice to any reader who enjoys well-written faith-based Amish fiction.

    I received this book for review in exchange for an honest review.
  4. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible start to a new Historical Amish series
    February 19, 2016
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: Hannah's Choice.
    Heart engaged.

    Tears shed.

    Mourning period begun.

    Truly, my heart hasn't quite settled yet. I was so immersed in Hannah's story that I think I worried years off my life before she finally made her choice. (Awesome title tie-in, by the way.) In fact, I have never been so tempted to sneak a peek at the last few pages of a book. I was desperate to find out Hannah's choice and at the same time dreading that ultimate revelation. And that's because Drexler has fleshed out these characters to breath-taking proportions. I came to care for all of them, including both suitors so my heart is slightly crushed right now. This author should be reported for cruelty to readers. :-)

    Love the mix of Amish and Historical and the author does an amazing job of bringing that rich history to life. Funny to think that the Pennsylvania Amish of 1842 worried about the encroaching world threatening their way of life just as much as their 21st century counterparts. I was also thrilled to find an underground railroad story woven into this read. Lots of scope for conflict and battles of conscience right there. More for Hannah to struggle with as she stretches and grows in her faith.

    And speaking of struggling -- hello -- two suitors that would lead her in two different directions. A family suffering with a brokenness only God can heal...if the individuals are willing. And Hannah in the centre of it all trying to be everything to everybody while following her own faith journey. Riveting stuff.

    A compelling read that's sure to thrill both Amish and Historical Fiction readers.

    Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
  5. Bekah
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Twist on Amish Fiction
    February 19, 2016
    Bekah
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for #1: Hannah's Choice.
    I'm nothing if not fashionably late for a party. And this week I finally showed up at the Amish fiction party. If I've ever read Amish fiction before, it's only been one other book, and I'm not recalling it at the moment, but that's okay! Let me tell you about the one I read this week. Jan Drexler's latest novel is the first in a new series called "Journey to Pleasant Prairie," and book one is called Hannah's Choice.

    One of the most surprising things {to me} about this book was its setting: 1842. I guess I had never given much thought to the Amish being active communities back in a time when everyone else in the world lived similarly {in regard to way of life itself}. I'm used to a world where the Amish live without the modern conveniences we enjoy, but in this setting, that would have been a much more level playing field since no one had cars or indoor plumbing or electricity. I typically think of the conflict between the Amish and English world revolving around the presence or absence of those kinds of amenities, but this story showed that conflict is conflict, and it was alive and well back then too, just with different manifestations.

    The book chronicles the story of Hannah Yoder and her family, who live in Pennsylvania and have suffered much in the years leading up to our meeting them. Diphtheria claimed three of the children in the family and left soul-wounds that threatened to unravel the remaining members. Hannah is coming of age and wrestles with guilt from the deaths of her siblings, confusion over her feelings toward her lifelong friend Adam, who has converted to the Mennonite faith, and the attentions of a young Amish man who wants to make her his wife.

    Hannah's family considers moving farther west, into Indiana, to start over, away from the influences of the world that seem to press in, and though she's sheltered from understanding it completely, Hannah finds herself exposed to the work of the underground railroad and the strange truths that humans are enslaved to other humans. So many choices face her and she wonders what will ultimately become of her if she chooses any of the paths before her.

    I had never before thought of an Amish world and a slavery world colliding, so that portion of the storyline was incredibly interesting to me. I appreciated the tug of war within Hannah as she sought to be loyal to her parents, her upbringing, her heritage, her faith, and yet offer her own heart a chance at a promising future. I enjoyed seeing into her thoughts and finding recognizable commonalities from my own days in that age span when I wrestled with similar thoughts shown in different details.

    I can say this without spoiling the end of the love triangle portion of the book: she didn't pick the man I rooted for, and that made me sad, but that's just a personal reflection and not any kind of reflection on Jan's writing. After all, isn't life like that sometimes? It doesn't turn out the way we hope, but there's still a beauty within it?

    If you enjoy Amish fiction, I think you'd find this a good twist on a genre you love. Like I said, this brings in a time period and pieces of conflict I don't think are typical to Amish fiction as a whole. And since this is the first book in a new series, there's plenty of time to travel with new characters and see what unfolds for them!

    * Thanks, Revell, for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. *
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