Saturday 27 February 2016

Book Review: Hannah's Choice

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From The Back:

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 fa├žade. 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's Amish family is so engaging that we're right there sitting down with them at their supper table, sharing their joys and sorrows as they embrace the adventure of life. A great read for anyone who enjoys a page-turning mix of appealing characters, exciting story action, sweet romance, and interesting history."--Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of The Innocent

Jan Drexler's ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan is the author of several Love Inspired novels and lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat.

My Reflections:

Hannah'a Choice is book one in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series.
This book is set in the 1840's, readers are transported back to the beautiful landscape of Lancaster Pennsylvania.  
The country is on the brink of the Civil War. Slave hunters prowl in the deep forests for escaped slaves. 

Hannah is at that place in her life where she is neither child nor a wife, the awkward age where she must decide where her life's decisions and paths will lead her. Having lived on the family farm that has been owned by the Yoder's for generations things seem to be ripe for change.

When company calls to visit they bring with them news of a new land, one with more Amish folk, and a new beginning. Hannah's dad Christian must decide if this is the change that his family needs to remove the veil of sadness that shrouds his family.

Hannah's best friend Adam has been a huge support to her, he understand her and listens like no one else.
That's what best friends are for right?
However now that they are older, Adam has made it clear that his feelings of friendship run much deeper, problem is he is a Mennonite... Hannah must decide where her heart lies, who she will tie her life to and which path she will follow. The stakes are high, should she choose a life steeped in tradition, or a life which offers adventure and possibly holds great risks as well.

It's no secret that I love Amish fiction and this book marries both of my favorite genres Historical Romance and Amish Fiction. 
I savoured the backdrop of this novel, the scenery it painted in my head made me want to jump into the book and go for a relaxing walk along the Conestoga River, (minus the slave hunters.)
The multiple storylines, and complex characters kept the interest level, though I did find the story line slow moving in places. This coupled with the maddening spoiled sister that I just wanted to tattle on, were two of the things that made me give this book a slightly lower star rating, that being said I did quite enjoy this novel.
I would recommend this book of you are looking for your new Amish fiction addiction.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

The Author

  1. Jan Drexler

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