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Mattie's Pledge: A Novel
     

Mattie's Pledge: A Novel

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by Jan Drexler
 

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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

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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.

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Publishers Weekly
11/14/2016
Mattie Schrock is daydreamer longing for a different life, so when her father decides to move her Amish family further west she is ready. She remembers their move from Lancaster County to Brothers Valley in western Pennsylvania seven years before, and looks forward to getting reacquainted with Jacob Yoder and childhood friends who are joining them. They are headed through the Great Black Swamp, now fertile farmland in northern Ohio, to Amish settlements in Indiana. Jacob and Mattie renew their friendship, but Mattie yearns to keep moving west instead of settling. Enter the Bates brothers, Englishers who seem to have more on their minds than sharing a meal. Cole Bates takes special interest in Mattie, tempting her with stories of the western mountains. Will Mattie choose to go with Cole or stay with Jacob? Set in the 1840’s. hte story of this Amish migration is a fascinating, fact-based journey through the history, struggles, and beauty of an untamed land. Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy Drexler’s tale of striking out in the wild unknown. Agent: Sarah Joy Freese, WordServe Literary Agency (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800726577
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/20/2016
Series:
Journey to Pleasant Prairie Series , #2
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
233,827
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

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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Mattie's Pledge: A Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
lolly-pops 6 months ago
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.
DKStevens119 6 months ago
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!
Fitzysmom 11 months ago
I am quite fascinated by the stories of people that have crossed the United States by covered wagon. In Mattie's Pledge, Mattie Schrock and her family along with several others have decided to leave their current home in Pennsylvania to make a new life in a small Amish settlement in Indiana. There are mixed feelings about the move. Some like Mattie's mother are reluctant to go because it means leaving not only her home but some loved ones. Others like Mattie and her father are excited to embark on this new adventure. Without being tedious Jan Drexler has given us a glimpse into how long and arduous such a journey can be. There are hidden obstacles and some that are right out in the open taunting the determined travelers. There are also personal obstacles to overcome. Our human condition tends to always think of the grass being greener on the other side of the fence. Mattie has an inner struggle that inevitably comes to a head and allows her to decide what is really important in life. I and many others will be able to relate to her struggle. This is book two in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series but I think it could easily be read as a stand-alone novel. I read and enjoyed book one, Hannah's Choice, and I think I enjoyed Mattie's Pledge even more because I knew the background of many of the characters. If you have time to read both books I think you'll feel like it was worth it. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
BrittanyMc 11 months ago
Mattie’s Pledge was a very enjoyable addition to the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. It is book two, however, I believe the story is easily understandable even if you have not read book one. I liked reading about all of the various situations and challenges these travelers encountered. Without giving away anything too specific, I will say that a few times I was frustrated with people’s reactions in this story. One situation was when some members of the Amish community did not believe Jacob had witnessed some people behaving unlawfully. Also, Mattie’s naive take on situations and her confusion regarding the choices she had to make also wore on me a bit, even though I liked her. The historic details were so interesting without being heavy handed. I was happy with the way the overall story played out and with getting to revisit the characters from book one, Hannah’s Choice. I’m looking forward to reading book three in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
Mattie and Jacob have a sparking attraction developing,but are they too dissimilar in what they want from life? Jacob is ready to move and put down permanent roots. Mattie wants to know what is beyond the western horizon...and the horizon beyond that...and the horizon beyond that... I found myself fighting for self-control to keep from looking at the back of the book and relieve the tension. Such sweet torture this story by Jan Drexler is! Great book about two young Amish adults who are attracted to each other,yet may not be able to move forward together in the same direction, even as they physically move with their families to Indiana from Pennsylvania. I greatly enjoyed this introspective and adventuresome tale. A complimentary copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher. The opinions in this review are solely my own and freely offered.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Mattie'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.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Ecstatic(how I felt when I was reading this book), blissful(was how Mattie was feeling on her journey), enthusiastic (is how the two families felt moving to a new place), flamboyant(is Mattie's personality, and how she interacts with Jacob), wander lust( is how Mattie feels deep in her heart) and most of all heart touching, heart warming(and I know everyone says that but honestly ya'll that really is how this book is). This is a story about an Amish family - no families - who decide to move to another land (Indiana) to another farm - Mattie at heart wants to not just stop at Indiana though she wants to travel - but will she? Jacob - he is head over heels for her - will he stay that way? will anything happen? the journey in those days are hard - will they make it? the author is incredible in how she draws you into the emotions that she has the characters go through. When you open the book you are grabbed by the arm and told hey you - come here - would you like to join me and my family on this journey - we would love to have you, and if you say yes the book is even better than you could imagine. I received a copy of this book to read and give you an honest review
Debragg More than 1 year ago
"Mattie's Pledge" by author Jan Drexler is part of the series called, "Journey to Pleasant Prairie" . It takes place in the 1840's. Mattie Schrock is a young confused Amish girl. Mattie has come to the time where she has to make a choice should she leave the Amish and go with another man or should she stay with them? This is the kind of choice that some women have to make everyday. This is a really nice love story. Who will she choose? I give this book a 5/5. I was given this book by Revell Publishing Company and all opinions are mine.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Mattie’s Pledge is the second book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. Although I have not read Book 1, Hannah’s Choice, I had no trouble following the continuing story line. Mattie Schrock is an endearing character, and I really enjoyed getting to know her and experiencing her emotional journey. As several families join the Shrocks in relocating to Indiana, Mattie wrestles with her feelings for Jacob Yoder and her desire for adventure. Weaving elements of history through the narrative, Drexler offers a unique glimpse into the Amish migration, which I found to be very interesting. Combining drama, intrigue, and romance, Mattie and Jacob’s story is a tender tale and a recommended read for fans of Amish fiction! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
As this story begins we are back in the Lancaster Pennsylvania area and with the Schrock family, and we are with another daughter Mattie and her desire to see this country. As the story opens the family is busy getting ready for their journey to the new Amish settlement in Indiana, and the hopes of abundant farm land at affordable prices. We are with the family and friends when the old friends from another community arrive to go with them to their new homes. Jacob Yoder remembers Mattie from their old settlement and is so fond of her, you can see the sparks fly, but Mattie isn’t sure she wants to end her journey at Indiana, the mountains and ocean lay ahead and she wants to see it all. Will Mattie ever get over her restless wandering desire or will she leave with a handsome stranger that seems to pose danger. This is a glimpse into Amish life in our country back in the 1840’s, and life is a bit rough traveling in wagons across our States. I will tell you once you open the cover of this book, you will be quickly turning the pages to find answers. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Mattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler is the second book in Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. Mattie Schrock lives with her family in Brothers Valley, Pennsylvania. It is April of 1843 and the family is getting ready to move again. Mattie’s father wishes to move further west and has decided upon Indiana (near a new Amish settlement). Mattie is excited about the move. She wants to keep going further west to see what it out there. She would really love to see the mountains. Mattie is also looking forward to seeing Jacob Yoder again. The Yoder family is joining them on the trip to Indiana. Andrew Bontrager (twenty-four) is relocating with his family to Indiana (the more the merrier on this type of trip, plus it is safer for all involved). Andrew is not ready to join the church or settle down. He flirts with all the girls. The families start out on their trip to their new home. Things go well until one night Jacob spots someone trying to steal a horse. They guy takes off, but they will need to be very vigilant. They soon notice three men following them. It is the Bates Brothers—Cole, Hiram, and Darrell. Cole is in charge and is determined to get the quality Amish horses (they will fetch more money). Cole has also taken a fancy to Mattie. Cole is planning on going further west which intrigues Mattie. Mattie will need to make a choice about her life. Will Mattie join the Amish church and settle down with Jacob or take off with Cole on a new adventure? What will Mattie decide? Will the families make it to Indiana unscathed? You will have to read Mattie’s Pledge to find out what happens! Mattie’s Pledge starts off slowly (the snails were passing me by). I liked the addition of the Bates Brothers. It added a little excitement to the story. In was interesting to read about the families’ attitude towards the thieves. Mattie’s Pledge is basically a romance story with a Christian theme. While it is the second book in the series, it can be read alone (the reader is updated on what happened in Hannah’s Choice, and we get to revisit the characters from it as well). The book has good descriptive writing, but it needed something more to make it more interesting/entertaining. I just did not find it engaging (it was predictable). I give Mattie’s Pledge 3.5 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of Mattie’s Pledge from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.