Mattie's Pledge #2
Mattie's Pledge #2   -     By: Jan Drexler
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Mattie's Pledge#2, in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series, by Jan Drexler

Mattie Schrock's family has relocated her entire life. This next move is different.  They will be connecting with old friends, including one Jacob Yoder who holds a special place in her heart.  They have both grown into different people.  He wants to settle down and she is always curious about a new place.  Can he tempt her to settle down when she gets an offer from an outsider?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 080072657X
ISBN-13: 9780800726577
Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie

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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.

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, and 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. She is the author of The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children (winner of the 2013 TARA award), A Home for His Family, and Hannah's Choice.

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  1. Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mattie's Pledge
    January 12, 2017
    Laura Hilton
    Horseshoe Bend, AR
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    First, the disclaimer. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own." That done, MATTIE'S PLEDGE is a gripping story. Mattie is adverturous and anxious to see what is over the next hill. Behind each tree. And like most of us, disappointed when we see more of the same. More trees. More hills. More...whatever. Jacob has never noticed a girl until Mattie. He is calm, controlled, and collected and he is faithful to what he wants. His stability to Mattie's flightiness was refreshingly real.

    I wanted to scream at Mattie for some of the decisions she was making even while I applauded Jacob for working behind the scenes to do what he believes was the right way.

    The faith message wasn't really strong. It was more general, praying and live right this way, but not a whole lot more. The story itself was very well told, like I said, gripping. I *had* to keep reading to see what happens next. Had to find out -- does Jacob's mamm survive? What happens with Cole? Does Abraham ever settle down? And Naomi... my heart aches for her and I cannot wait to read the next book in this series.

    This book wasn't so depressing as the first book in this series, Hannah's Choice, it was more hopeful with plenty of tension mixed in. Ms. Drexler is a talented author I fell in love with from her biblical fiction and like even more with this book. If you like historicals, wagon train books, and Amish, you will love MATTIE'S PLEDGE. .Highly recommended.
  2. Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A descriptive and pleasant trip to Pleasant Prairie!
    January 9, 2017
    Deanna
    NE
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mattie's always wanted to go West and now her family is moving to a different state and Mattie's adventure begins. When she finally gets to the top of the distant mountains, she looks over the top and... it's no different than this side! You could feel her disappointment. She meets an English young man on the trail that promises to take her on West but.. she has to help him steal the horses to pay for the trip! There is a lot of wonderful descriptions of the travel, family life in a Conestoga Wagon and the difficult decisions and paths this young Amish lady travels. I do enjoy Amish stories and this one did not disappoint!
  3. Jen Pen
    Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart tugging yet full of adventure...
    December 28, 2016
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Moving from her current community to yet another, Mattie Schrock knows how to nestle into a new place. Though leaving some friends and family behind, Mattie has a yearning for new adventures, especially when associated with travel. Not an easy journey, Mattie and her family set out for an Amish community in Indiana. Connecting with past friends again including Jacob Yoder, someone who always had a special place in her heart, Mattie discovers she must decide between a new adventure in the West or the comfort of her own community based on a certain pledge.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Liking to read Amish fiction scattered throughout the many other books I read, I enjoyed the newest novel by author Jan Drexler. With ancestors dating back to the Amish immigrants in the 1700s, Jan Drexler has a special interest in this type of genre and it definitely shines. As a continuation of the Journey To Pleasant Prairie series, it was interesting to follow another related characters story. Heart tugging at times yet full of traveling experiences, I am glad I took the time to read it. Well written and true to the Amish culture, I look forward to the next book in this same series.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of Matties Pledge from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
  4. Deana
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Journey to a new land
    December 27, 2016
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love reading books set in the 1800s. You can get a sense of how tough it was to survive during this time period by the great description the author provides. I can't imagine traveling for days in a wagon filled with all your belongings. The terrain is rough in areas and dust blowing around certainly didn't add any comfort to the trip. The story is well written and I felt like I was sitting in the wagon with Mattie and her family.

    It will be a new adventure for Mattie as her family decides to move from Pennsylvania to Indiana. Have you ever moved to a different state? For Mattie she is looking forward to the move but saddened that her sister Annie will not be going with the family. Annie and her husband Christopher have decided to stay in Pennsylvania. I could feel the sadness thst swept over the family as they soon would be leaving without their sweet Annie. It is always hard on parents to see one of their children start a new life. I could sense that Christopher was determined that he would not move his family. I really liked his character and thought he was a good family man.

    Mattie will learn along the way that there are many choices to be made. As the wagon train grows, Mattie is reunited with an old friend. Jacob and his family have joined the group in hopes of a better life. Does Jacob know that Mattie has always been smitten with him? I found Mattie's character to be a dreamer and looking ahead for something better. She is smart and wants to get out of her rut of day to day routines. Will the new land they are traveling to be just what she is looking for? i can't imagine what it was like to be stuck on the road for days with no real place to sleep comfortably at night. When we go camping I ususally stay awake all night. I hear strange sounds and always think some big animal is going to attack us.

    The story is very interesting and takes you on a journey with families loking for new beginnings and a better life. I loved how the author portrayed Mattie struggling with her faith. Is she mad at God because she doesn't think He is listening to her? Sometimes we find out that the things we thought we really wanted, wasn't what we needed to be happy. The story also deals with forgiveness in a very compassionate way. Do you find it hard to forgive someone who has hurt you? I loved the story and found myself so caught up in Mattie's story that I didn't put the book down till I finished it.

    I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Program. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.
  5. Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Pledge to Honor
    December 11, 2016
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mattie Schrock is always readyto move further westward to see the image she has created in her head as the her perfect destiny. Her father is moving the family to Indianato meetup with other families with the desire to maintain their Amish faith. They will be with friends like Mattie's dearest friend from her youth Jacob Yoder.After joining Mattie's family and friends Jacob wishes more for him and Mattie which leads to a pledge she makes to not leave her family and Jacob. But the pull is so strong to leave, especially after meeting a handsome sweet talking Englisher.Can Mattie keep her pledge?I found Mattie to be very nave of man.In her case sheneeded to step back and look at the full picture but she was blinded by scenery.Thanks goodness for Godly men and their built in protectiveness of their family and friends. God is the main character for these young people he knows the path they are to follow but Mattie was not always listening or choseto ignoreHIM.The story was not without hardship or adventure on their trek westward.I highly recommend this book.I rated this book 5 out of 5.Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book fromRevell/Netgalleyfor an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.
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