Mattie’s Pledge

Mattie's PledgeMattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ll admit I’m growing a bit weary of Amish books in general, but Jan Drexler has gone back in time and gives us an account of the Amish in the mid-1800s. “Mattie’s Pledge” continues the story started in “Hannah’s Choice.” There are a lot of characters, so I recommend reading these in order.

Mattie Schrock is thrilled to be moving west. She dreams of the open prairie with its long, low hills and miles of sky. When her childhood sweetheart, Jacob Yoder, meets up with them for the journey, she discovers the emotions behind her young heart have only grown stronger in the years since they’d parted. But Jacob’s desire is to homestead in Indiana while Mattie yearns for the wide open spaces of Iowa, or even seeing the ocean off Oregon. When a dark-eyed stranger offers her the chance to follow her dream, she’s torn between family and adventure.

The rigors of travel in this era are well represented. The reader journeys along with the characters feeling every mosquito bite and looking over their shoulder for possible horse thieves. Well worth the read. Looking forward to book three.

Published by Pegg Thomas

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. They raise sheep and chickens; keep a few barn cats, and Murphy the spoiled rotten dog. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” Pegg is published in the Barbour historical romance collections. Pegg also works as Publisher of Smitten Historical Romance, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls. Pegg won the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love Award for 2019, was a finalist for the 2019 ACFW Editor of the Year, and a double finalist for the 2019 ACFW Carol Awards.

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