Mattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler

9780800726577Mattie’s Pledge is book 2 in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series written by Jan Drexler. The author uses her ancestor’s experiences in writing this story. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants to settle in Pennsylvania in the 1700’s.

Mattie Schrock’s parents have decided to leave Sommerset County and move to a new Amish community in Indiana. Mattie has inherited the wanderlust of her father and is looking forward to the move. Years earlier Mattie’s family moved to Sommerset from Conestoga Valley and some of the people they knew there, including the Yoder family, are traveling with them.

As the time comes very near, Mattie’s sister and brother in law announce they are not moving with the family. The Schrock family is disappointed but they have made the decision to move.

When the families from Conestoga Valley get to the Schrock farm, they camp out with their wagons and animals. One night three English brothers come to the farm. Several of the men become suspicious of the brothers and take turns staying up to keep watch. During Jacob Yoder’s turn he catches one of the men trying to steal horses.

Once the families leave the Schrock farm they travel by covered wagon to the new settlement. Jacob follows at the end of the wagons with the sheep. He invites Mattie to walk with him and they renew their friendship. Several times on the journey the come in contact with the English brothers. One of the brothers has his eye’s set on Mattie and Mattie finds him handsome.

Mattie dreams of traveling West to see more country but Jacob wants to establish a farm to stay and raise his family. But the English brother travels around a lot. Mattie struggles with what she wants in her life.

This is a very good story. I have not read the first book in the series, but was able to follow along with this story very easily. It is a historical romance set in the 1840s, but the romance is not overwhelming. This book is more about family and doing what is needed for the family. It is also about faith. I especially liked when Mattie’s sister tells her that making the right decision will give her peace. She told Mattie to pray about her decision, that God would help her know what to do. The story also gives us a look into the early Amish lives.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie (Book 2)

384 pages

ISBN-10: 080072657X

ISBN-13: 978-0800726577

Publisher: Revell

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