Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Journey to Pleasant Prairie #2

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?

Published September 20th 2016
 by Fleming H. Revell Company  

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Meet the Author:

Jan Drexler  

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).

My Thoughts:

Jan Drexler brings us the second installment in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. Even though this book is part of a series it's an easy stand alone story. This is Mattie Schrock's story. This story is seen through the young eyes of a young Amish girl as her family moves from Brothers Valley to start a new settlement in Indiana. Mattie has a dream that has stayed with her and that is of seeing the western mountains and this is the first step of her dream or so she thinks. Mattie feels there's more to life than the daily chores and she wants to experience it all. Unfortunately this journey will be a difficult crossing and will show Mattie her true hearts desire.
I loved this story. It was full adventure, love, community and most of all faith. It pulled me in quickly and kept me turning the pages. The plot gives us a glimpse in the migration and the difficulties faced by the Amish in their search for a new land and a way to keep true to their faith. The wonderful characters weaved their way into my heart quickly. I truly think this is a wonderful story that is a must read for anyone who loved Amish stories.
*I received this book from the publisher as part of their book blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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