Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Mattie's Pledge

GIVEAWAY

DREXLER, JAN
MATTIE'S PLEDGE

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 life 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 from the yearning heart of a character you'll not soon forget.

My Review:

Amish meets Little House on the Prairie - a seriously wicked combination. Drexler has captured the pioneering spirit of our ancestors in the heart of Mattie Schrock. And an Amish girl with wanderlust makes for an interesting conundrum. She's always looking towards the horizon, yearning to find out what lies beyond...but will those discoveries feed her soul and fill the empty place in her heart?

Childhood friend, Jacob is the exact opposite. He's looking forward to buying land in Indiana that will serve his family for generations. So we have a hero who finds freedom in making roots while the heroine is looking for freedom by pulling up roots. Not an optimal situation for a love story so be prepared for some angst. Especially when a mysterious Englisher comes onto the scene.

And, oh my goodness, the history!!!! We're talking a wagon train of Amish venturing west from Pennsylvania and all the complications and dangers that go along with that. There are so many twists and turns that I might have gone into a bit of a reading frenzy. I was gobsmacked more than a time or two. I do so love being astonished by an adventurous plot.

And while this is Mattie's story, we also get a few different character perspectives and the bonus of a secondary love story.  All in all a sublime combination that will engage the most discerning of readers. 

My thanks to Baker's Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

 If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Mattie's Pledge please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 23 2016. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

35 comments:

  1. You had me at Amish and Little House on the Prairie! I haven't read this author yet but I'm looking forward to it after your review :)

    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a lethal combination -- delightfully so. Jan Drexler is a great storyteller. The first book in this series, Hannah's Choice was just as good. And she's written a few Love Inspired historicals as well. Good luck.

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  2. Oh, Kav! What a winner! Thank you for sharing!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Melanie. Good luck!

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  3. New author to me as well! lattebooksAThotmailDOTcom

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  4. Really enjoyed Hannah's Choice and this sounds excellent, too! Thanks for the opportunity to participate! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. And you'll meet up with Hannah again in this one. Good luck, CC.

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  5. Love books set in the mid 1800's. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Oh my! What's not to love about this one? Amish historical, suspense, and romance all in one. I can hardly wait to read this!! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Exactly! It's awesome! Good luck, Donna.

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  7. Two of my favorites in one book can only be a win-win! This book is on my TBR list and with your review I know it will be terrific. Thanks Kav.
    Dblaser(at)windstream(dot)net

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    1. I find historical and Amish a really interesting mix. Good luck, Diane.

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  8. This is a new author for me! Little House on the Prairie meets Amish - I'm interested!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. You'll love Jan Drexler's stories, Susan. Good luck.

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  9. Jan Drexler's stories are wonderful! I believe I've read all her books...but not Mattie's Pledge. Hannah's Choice was the first Amish book I'd read. That Jan has some Amish family heritage made the book especially authentic to me.

    An adventurous plot and a secondary love story....and getting to visit with Hannah again....perfect! Thanks for your review, Kav! sheridastewart AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Jan is a great introduction to Amish fiction. And yes, she really seems to understand all the nuances of writing Amish stories. Good luck, Sherida.

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  10. I just recently won this one and haven't had the chance to dive into it yet. I like both Little House on the Prairie and Amish, so it sounds like I'm in for a treat ;-) Thanks for the review, I've not read anything by Jan yet!

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    1. You'll enjoy it when you get to it, Trixi.

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  11. Two of my favorite things, Amish and Little House. TY for the chance. God bless.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, Lucy. Good luck.

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  12. I haven't read about the Amish in the 1800's. Sounds like a great combination!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. It really is. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  13. Mattie meets Laura Ingalls. What a combination! Thanks for telling me about this book.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a great combination. Good luck, Janet.

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  14. This is one of the books I picked when you had the wonderful giveaway where we could pick our choice in each genre. I wished for it then and it hasn't disappeared from my wishlist AT ALL! Now I'm wishing even harder. Is that grammatically correct? LOL!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Only I put it under historical fiction and not the Amish category. That makes alot of sense. Sheesh!

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    2. It's one of those crossover genre stories that's hard to shelve when you have your collection organized by genre. :-) I put them in The Amish section. Good luck, Diana.

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  15. I have this book on my wish list, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Wendy. Good luck, Wendy.

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  16. Little House on The Prairie are some of my favorite books. This book sounds like a great read when you combine Amish with Little House.
    karenskrayons(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Love Amish fiction. Love historical fiction.
    I can't ask for more than a book combining the two. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!

    melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I know -- it's a great combination. I hope more authors do books historical Amish. Good luck, Melody.

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