This book picked up where Hannah’s Choice left off. I did enjoy this book, however not as much as I enjoyed the first book. It took me a few chapters before I could really get into the storyline, and I don’t think it was because of the author’s writing style as much as I just wasn’t into these characters. But once the other families arrived to prepare for moving to Indiana, my interest picked up a little.
I had a hard time liking Mattie. She seemed so wishy-washy to me. One minute she was looking beyond the mountains wondering what was out there for her, and the next minute she was content and happy to be talking with Jacob Yoder. I did not care for her interest in Cole either. I think that was just another reason for her to dream and be dissatisfied with her family and Amish status. I do understand that this happens in real life for young Amish people, I just did not care for the way it was presented in this book.
I did, however, like all the little subplots throughout the book. I loved Naomi’s character and actually felt bad for her as she struggled internally with not being noticed. I cannot wait to read the next installment which looks to highlight her character. I also enjoyed seeing how the Amish men reacted when the “horse thieves” would show up at different times during the story. I often wondered if they would break their Amish habits and show their mean spirits! I know I would have.
Overall it was a nice read. I thought it was interested to see how a small group of Amish people would travel so far not only with their families, but with animals too. It kind of reminded me of the Oregon Trail which is something I loved learning about. I think if you like Amish reads mixed with some historical aspects then you will enjoy reading this book!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
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About the Book
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.