About the book:
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.
I enjoyed this historical Amish story about Mattie, a young woman excited to head west with her family. I could understand her thirst for adventure and wanting to see new places. I couldn't understand how she could flirt with a dangerous Englisher and not realize that he might have bad intentions toward her. She was pretty naive. There were a few romances developing in the story as the group of Amish traveled west. It was interesting to see who got together Mattie struggled with trusting God and doing His will instead of her own, which I think we all struggle with. There was some good discussion about faith. It was interesting to see the different viewpoints in the story, especially of the bad guy. His lifestyle made quite a contrast to the Amish way of living. This book worked well as a stand-alone, though there are characters from book one here. I would recommend this story if you like Amish books.
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.