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?
Tender, poignant, and gentle, Mattie's Pledge offers you a glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s--and into the yearning heart of a character you'll not soon forget.
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 of thirty-four years and their two active dogs. She is the author of several novels, including Hannah's Choice.
Mattie Schrock is always ready to 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 Indiana to 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 naïve of man. In her case she needed 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 chose to ignore HIM.
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 from Revell/Netgalley for an honest review. I was in no way compensated for this review it is my own opinion.