Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie Book #1): A Novel

Hannah's Choice (Journey to Pleasant Prairie Book #1): A Novel

by Jan Drexler

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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781493401789
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Journey to Pleasant Prairie , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 441
File size: 3 MB

About 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. 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).
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 inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of several Love Inspired historical novels, as well as Hannah's Choice, Mattie's Pledge (a 2017 Holt Medallion finalist), and Naomi's Hope.

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Hannah's Choice: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Mary Gorremans 28 days ago
This is a wonderful story that draws upon history and is crafted in such a way that it draws you into it and you find yourself lost within it's pages. I can't wait to read the next book !!
Marie Smith 5 days ago
I enjoyed reading the story of Amish, Mennonite, Brethren and Quakers connections and differences. A good read.
Marianne Cunningham 27 days ago
I enjoyed this and the characters were fascinating. Glad to really get a sense of Amish life and to get a slice of history along with the corn mush!
wfnren More than 1 year ago
A different Amish story Jan really takes you on a different road than most Amish novels take you. There is a lot going on, a lot of indecision, grief and love of family. She keeps you interested throughout and just when you think you know what Hannah will do, you quickly change your mind.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Choice #1 Journey to Pleasant Prairie by Jan Drexler 1842...Hannah Yoder lives on the quiet banks of Conestoga Creek, Lancaster County, PA, however that may soon change. She loves her home and community, how can she leave it all behind or how can she stay behind when her family moves away...what choice does she really have? Then there are two men who tug at her heart making her choice even harder. They both offer different options, what does God want her to do? I know which one I would choose but even that choice had me questioning if it was the right one at times. Hannah has a lot of questions and a decision to make, only God can lead her in the right direction. I like the comments and wisdom Hannah’s mamm (mom) said to her when she questioned how could she leave all they had behind if they actually moved so far away (on pg. 203: “Liebchen, anything of this world is just straw that can be destroyed in a moment’s time…Your daed (dad) and I want to preserve what is imperishable and much more important...Compared to you children and our faith, this (gesturing at the house around them) is nothing”). This certainly gives Hannah much to think and pray about in the months to come before the move. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story-line, including the differences between the Amish and Mennonite, and was a bit surprised at one particular part of the story (won’t say what). This is an interesting story with characters who face some very sad, heartbreaking situations that had me in tears and some joyous, fun times that had me smiling, questions and choices to make, family dynamics, trials and challenges, strong faith and love. I appreciate the faith elements woven within the characters lives and story. A heartwarming story. ~I won a copy of this book from the author (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and easy to read I am fascinated by stories of the pioneers who lived such hard lives and risked so much.
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lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
HANNAH'S CHOICE is the first book in Ms. Drexler's debut Amish historical, and I am very impressed. The story started out sad, depressing even, with the mandatory historical formula deaths. But instead of one dying, it was four, all children. Mamm was grieving, the family torn asunder, and I actually considered putting the book down, reading it in portions. In fact, when I had an hour of quiet time today between services at church (I read this on May 29) I took another book along to read, just in case this book got too depressing for words. BUT once we got past the mandatory death(s) the story picked up. I will admit I LOVE Adam. He is strong, courageous, he loves Hannah and his family and follows what he believes is God's will without counting the cost. Then Josef came on the scene. I didn't like his strong cockiness, his arrogance, his assumption that just because he speaks Hannah will jump. He took a lot for granted and got angry when she did something he didn't like even though they weren't even courting at the time. And the black moment? (Shaking my head.) Hannah was a good girl, obedient to her parents, loving to her brothers and sisters, going the extra mile for both Adam and Josef and others, and confused about who she should choose to marry. I cheered more for one than the other, but since they both have several scenes in their point of view, then readers can choose their favorites. A good book, one that made me sigh when I closed it, so I was glad I made it past the rough, depressing beginning. Recommended.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
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.
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s 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 mother’s depression over the loss of Hannah’s siblings hangs over Hannah’s 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 Hannah’s mother’s depression. Hannah’s emotional and spiritual maturity develops with the conflicts she encounters. I would recommend Hannah’s Choice to any reader who enjoys well-written faith-based Amish fiction. I received this book for review in exchange for an honest review.
Jenpcv More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler, which was an intriguing novel set in the Amish community, with several unexpected plot twists. Uniquely, this book is set in the year 1842, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Being set in the 1800s introduced new aspects of the Amish faith and community, which was a delight to read. The book follows a young Amish woman, Hannah, and her family as they seek to determine their future, whether to stay settled on the Conestoga Creek, or to journey out west on an adventure to seek out a stronger Amish community. Woven into this story are romances, unexpected circumstances, and distinctive characters. Hannah's Choice was refreshingly different than the plethora of Amish novels on the market. Set in a different era presented different problems to the Yoder family, and Hannah's character was a great addition to the storyline. While it includes some of the common plot twists from many Amish novels, it addressed them in a different way and left me guessing at the final outcome until the very end of the novel. Jan Drelxer's writing is clear, engaging, and pulled me deep into the story, leaving me unwilling to set the book down. There are a few astonishing plot twists that left me wondering where the story would end up, and at times the personalities of the characters left me unable to stop reading because I so desperately wanted to know what would happen next. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys either Amish novels or historical fiction. You'll enjoy the book, and I'm sure look forward to future novels in this series, as this is the first one. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher, Revell, in exchange for my honest review.
TrekkieChick29 More than 1 year ago
Hannah Yoder lives a quiet life with her Amish family along the Conestoga Creek in Lancaster County. In 1842, the county is well established but as fellow Amish families begin moving westward to Ohio and Indiana, Hannah's parents begin to worry about the outsider influence on their children. Hannah is quickly faced with a number of choices and questions what the future holds for her and her family. Who is she to marry, should she stay in Lancaster County or move to Indiana, what should she do about her sister? While I have read plenty of historical fiction in the past, this was my first experience with Amish literature. Right away I was drawn into the quiet Conestoga Creek setting of Hannah's home and felt a pull towards deciding what Hannah should decide. The book was well written, always keeping Hannah's story unpredictable and Liesabet's (her younger sister's) story a little more so (which I felt may have been a nod to more modern stories of young adults rebellion and their predictability). Additionally, I appreciated that the author wrote from her own family history, rooting the story in some truth . The book was well written and kept me hooked till the very end. I know a book is good when it moves beyond reading for enjoyment and wraps me in the moment where I find myself angry with the characters, laughing at some mistake or joke, and/ or crying over a loss. This book had all of that and more. I do have to admit I didn't like how the story ended (don't worry, I won't spoil it for you), primarily due to my own opinion on what Hannah should have chose. This and the slight predictability of some of the family members is why I didn't give the book a full 5 stars. However, I fully understand why the story ended as it did and eagerly looked to see if there was a second book to the series. Tough topics were touched on and gracefully dealt with throughout the story (eg. slavery) as Hannah addressed how her faith played a part. It was for these reasons that I gave it 4 stars. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction and/or Christian books. Please note: I received a free hard copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All words and opinions expressed here are my own, as always. You can read all my reviews on my blog - TrekkieChick.Wordpress.com
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Hannah's Choice is the first installment of the Pleasant Journey series. I thought this book was pretty good. I am looking forward to more by this author and series in the future. 5 stars.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Hannah's Choice combines two of my favorite genres, Amish Fiction and Historical Romance. The story takes place in Lancaster County in early 1842. We quickly learn that Hannah's family has suffered tremendous loss and is struggling to regain their footing. Hannah's mother is in the throes of depression and her father is at a loss of how to help her. Hannah has been able to seek solace and friendship throughout her growing up years with her neighbor Adam. Now that they are both adults there is a longing to make a move toward marriage but Adam is Mennonite and Hannah is Amish. Neither wants to convert to the other's faith so the relationship seems doomed. When Amish men from a nearby settlement come for a visit it appears that many things may be changing for Hannah's family. Not only are circumstances possibly changing but one of the visitors is a young Amish man looking to marry and begin a family. Hannah struggles to decide if she fits in that plan. What I liked about this novel is that there were multiple story lines going on. Hannah's younger sister is headstrong and spoiled. She isn't very taken with the Amish lifestyle and seeks a way out. But there is a very high price to pay. Adam and his family are involved in the Underground Railroad. Through an unexpected twist Hannah gets drawn into the rescuing. It was interesting to read about the struggle she had with participating. Hannah's Choice is an intriguing look into the early settlers of Lancaster County and how they grew and expanded their numbers locally and in other communities. I can't wait to read the next book in the series and see how the People are settling into their new homes and lives. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler was a very complex read. Taking place during 1842, this story deals with some tough issues. This is a romance that is centered on Hannah and the choice not only between the two men who both wish to marry her, but also the choice she has to deal with concerning her family. I really felt for this family and all that they suffered and endured. How do they stay strong when death and depression seems to surround them? I understood the parent’s plight in wanting to protect their children as humanly as possible. I also learned a little about the Amish culture and the reasons for why they live the way they do and that they were even set apart back in the 1800’s. There is a strong family bond in this story and a strong connection to their home and land. Filled with family drama and the ups and downs of young love, I was not sure what any of Hannah’s choices would be through a lot of the story and I was not prepared for some of the sadness in this story. However, this is a book that will stay with me for a long time. I received a copy for an honest review from Revell Publishing and the opinions are my own.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Jan Drexler in her new book “Hannah’s Choice” Book One in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series published by Revell Books introduces us to Hannah Yoder. From the back cover: When love and family conflict, will she listen to her head . . . or her heart? Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful–yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her father’s worries, her mother’s depression, and her sister’s rebellious ways. But her world threatens 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. Will she stay true to the faith of her family or defy her father and abandon her community? Jan Drexler is in top form. From the very beginning this is an exciting read and it gets more interesting as you go on. There is so much story being told and everything will captivate you. 1842, Lancaster County, PA and The Civil War has not happened yet. Pennsylvania is always a beautiful place, there is so much to see and do. Hannah and her family have generations of family in this land so that is part of the choice; stay or go? And that is the major conflict should she stay or should she go? Does she act because she wants to stay with the land or does she follow her heart and go west? This is a true dilemma and one we get highly engrossed in. All of the characters are very interesting and you want to know all about everybody. This is a fun read, it is a fast read, however I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Ms. Drexler is an excellent writer and knows how to entertain and captivate your attention. I recommend this book and I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make. I am that reader who sometimes, okay maybe often, takes a peek at the last chapter sometime during the first half of a book. Most often I do this during a mystery and I just have to know whether a favorite character survives to the end of the book. Then I can read on comforted or braced for the inevitable. Hannah’s Choice drove me to the last chapter because I just had to know what her final choice would be. This is the only time that I remember really regretting taking that little peek because at that time I was really disappointed in her choice, but by the time I legitimately got to the last chapter I was quite satisfied with the ending. I highly recommend this first book in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series, but I don’t recommend peeking. Hannah Yoder lives with her immediate family in a dwindling Amish community in Pennsylvania prior to the Civil War. Amish families in the area are both moving west into Ohio and Indiana, and joining other Anabaptist denominations. The dwindling community poses a major problem for Hannah’s parents: How can they best keep their children true to their faith, separate from the outsiders with whom they are being surrounded. For Hannah the problem is more specific. She must choose between marrying in or outside of her faith. Which is more important marrying in her faith, and keeping her family together by avoiding the bann, or marrying for love? The author adds an interesting twist to the storyline that greatly enhances the story. Adam, one of Hannah’s suitors, becomes a conductor in the underground railroad. He, his family, and his friends must struggle with their consciences regarding the Bible’s instruction to obey government authorities and the belief that those authorities are going against the teachings of Christ. Which takes precedence? Jan Drexler is a new to me author. I would say that if you are a fan of Suzanne Woods Fisher, you will become a fan of Jan Drexler. I have! Jan, a descendant of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants, draws from her well researched family history resulting in a historically accurate story with deep characters and believable dialogue. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Hannah’s Choice for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
jalisem90 More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Choice is a novel that is equally composed of history, romance, and down-to-earth humanity. Set in 1842, the novel follows 18-year-old Hannah Yoder as she tries to make sense of the crossroads where she finds herself. Her family might be moving west to join a new settlement of other Amish, her family is still trying to heal from a tragedy that struck years before, her sister is being tempted away from their way of life, and Hannah isn’t sure what is in her own heart for her future. She is presented with offers of marriage from two very different men who would offer her two very different ways of life, and she also finds herself wrestling with aspects of her faith along the way. The narration’s point of view jumps between several of the characters throughout the story, giving a clear picture of what is going on with each of them. Their thoughts, emotions, and actions are well described for the reader to envision the story unfolding. From the protagonist Hannah to her childhood friend, her sister, each of her parents, and her potential suitor, the author weaves a story of decisions, emotion, faith, family, and love. It was clear that the author had done her research, both in the characters and the setting. I found the writing very vivid and captivating; I stayed up late the first night I started reading because I was so caught up in the story and lost track of time! The characters were well-rounded, even the minor characters who only appeared once or twice. Additionally, the struggles that each of the characters faced felt very real; I found myself sympathizing with each of them and feeling their emotions right along with them. The spiritual message is subtle, but it is there, and it is one with which we can all identify: the importance of finding peace in our personal convictions and following God wherever those may lead and whatever the cost. NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and publisher, Revell, for an honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Choice was a very interesting story, full of trials and temptations, questions and dilemmas, family and friends. Although there is a love triangle, of sorts, between Hannah and two men, this book seemed to me to be much more about the dynamics of the Yoder family and important decisions that they must make. I was unsure for a large portion of the book about which man Hannah was going to end up with. There were positive and negative aspects to each relationship. I’m happy with how everything worked out. The struggles of the Yoder family were quite sad, including depression and an older child who was beginning to sway from the Amish faith. Yet I found this book to be enjoyable and the sad situations did not weigh down the story, but added to it. I thought that the history and interactions between the Amish and Mennonite families was very interesting. Hannah’s family was concerned that the local Mennonite families were influencing the Amish families and drawing them away from the faith. I liked learning about these differences. This was a very good book and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful historical Amish novel! The characters are so well developed that by the end of the book I felt like I knew them as well as I do my own family members. This is not just a couple of main characters but quite of few of them. Hannah and her family have faced horrible tragedy in the past. Each of them seems to have handled it differently. Some of them are stuck in the heartache at the beginning of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how those that had already been able to move on were able to help the others. Hannah wasn’t the only one in the story that had a decision to make. Many of the characters did. The discussions between them were fantastic as they tried to figure out what God wanted them to do with their lives. This was an incredible example of how we should work through tough decisions together. I found this especially true in the context of married couples and family growth and development. I was fascinated by the look into how the Amish people were different from the others in the area prior to the existence of electricity. Jan Drexler also included a wonderful description of the weaving process. This is something I have never known anything about. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. The hard part for me is going to be waiting for the author to get it written. I received a free eBook copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Butterflyblogger More than 1 year ago
Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful--yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her father's worries, her mother's depression, and her sister's rebellious ways. But her world threatens 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. Will she stay true to the faith of her family or defy her father and abandon her community? Let me preface my review with the fact that I much prefer mystery books to Amish. Amish books aren’t my favorite books to read. So far I am the odd one out. I didn’t really care for the book. Hannah is conflicted about anything that disagrees with her Amish upbringing. It doesn’t seem that God enters into it at all. It is the Amish way. Not God’s way. I do understand her not wanting her sister to run off with her gentleman friend. He seems to be a womanizer. SPOILER ALERT: I also didn’t like that Hannah’s main gentleman friend for the biggest part of the book lost out in the end. Those people that like Amish books would probably like this. For me I stick with reading mystery. I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in anyway.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler is set in Conestoga Creek in 1842. Hannah Yoder is eighteen years old. She lives with her parents (Annalise and Christian) and her siblings (Liesbet, Margareta, Peter, William, and Jacob. There were more children but they died nine years earlier from illness (all the children got very ill). Since then Annalise has been extremely depressed (and has treated Hannah horribly). Hannah is good friends (all her life) with Adam Metzler. Adam, though, is a Mennonite. He is in love with Hannah, but Hannah is Amish (her father would never approve the match). Christian Yoder is worried about the lack of Amish in the year. More Amish are leaving the area for greener pastures. Christian is worried about the non-Amish influences on his children (he wants to make sure that the stay Amish). Christian gets an opportunity to move his family to another state where a new Amish community is being started. With this news comes Josef Bender who is instantly attracted to Hannah. Josef starts spending time with Hannah. Hannah will have a choice to make? Stay in Conestoga Creek and marry Adam (with all that is familiar). Or marry Josef Bender and move to a new state (a new life). Adding to Hannah dilemma is an issue with Liesbet. Liesbet (at sixteen) fell in love with an Englischer (who was just seducing Liesbet). Liesbet leaves her home (which makes their father more determined to move) and marries her young man. But life is not rosy for Liesbet (it is not at all what she imagined). What if Liesbet comes looking for them and they are gone? Hannah will have to make a choice. Hannah’s Choice was a good book. It is the first book in Journey to Pleasant Prairie series. I read it straight through late one night. I liked the characters and it was easy to read. The setting sounded so lovely (I do not blame Hannah for not wanting to move). I give Hannah’s Choice 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). If you like historical, Christian fiction, you will enjoy Hannah’s Choice. It is a well-written story and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley and Revell in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The title of the book Hannah’s Choice complements the theme of this story, and who will win her hand and heart. This book takes place in the Lancaster PA area before the Civil War, and with slave hunters coming through the area looking for escaped slaves. We find at the end of this book that the author is related to former Amish, or Brethren who left the area and went to Indiana. Hannah lives with her family on a farm that has been in her family for generations. It is situated on the banks of the Conestoga River, and we get to journey around on this beautiful land. How wonderful to live with so much family history surrounding them. Some is heart breaking especially with the death of three of her siblings. When a couple of fellow Amish stop at the farm and offer up an opportunity to move to new land at low prices, Christian, Hannah’s Dad, thinks this will be a good solution to go to where there are more Amish, and to get away from the grief that has surrounded his wife and family. He is also worried about his children going worldly and marrying outside of their religion. I was quickly consumed by this book and was turning the pages to find the answers, and I struggled, as did Hannah, as to whom she should choose to marry. If she chooses her neighbor and childhood friend Adam, she risks looking her family to the bann, but she can continue to live where she loves, and if she chooses the Josef will she be marrying for love, but she follows her religion. This is a wonderful read about the Amish in Pennsylvania before it was a major settlement, and life in the 1840’s in America. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Revell and was not required to give a positive review.
EllieFaye More than 1 year ago
Will obedient, hard-working Hannah Yoder manage to keep her family together along the banks of her beloved Conestoga Creek in 1842 Pennsylvania? Will she give her heart to the best friend of her youth, who will allow her to stay in Pennsylvania, but expects her to embrace his Mennonite faith and illegal anti-slavery activities? Or will a new, Amish farmer convince her to follow him into the wild unknowns of Indiana? In Hannah’s Choice, Jan Drexler presents a deep and complex cast of characters whose choices each impact the others in significant ways. Firstly, the complicated issue of slavery brings a depth to the novel that many works of Amish fiction tend to lack. Drexler delves into the struggle many in this time period must have faced: whether civil laws and authorities deserve obedience when they clearly oppose God’s laws. In many ways, several of the secondary characters in the novel proved more compelling than Hannah herself. Annalise Yoder’s struggle with depression, her husband’s need to protect and guide his family, Liesbet’s willingness to do anything to escape the confining Amish faith of her childhood, and Adam’s God-given calling to fight slavery even though in involves breaking the law, all beg the reader to turn another page. As a glimpse into a fascinating historical period, and a as a story with real and relatable characters, Drexler’s work is excellent. The central love story, however, leaves something to be desired. While the choice Hannah must make between her two suitors is interesting enough, the story itself lacked passion. While Drexler makes the point that true, lasting love grows out of friendship and shared faith, this reader would have enjoyed more opportunities to see this process in action. The result was a somewhat unsatisfying conclusion, and the question as to whether Hannah truly did make the best choice. I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.