Thursday, September 29, 2016
Book Review: "Mattie's Pledge" by Jan Drexler
Mattie Schrock is excited to be heading west with her family, even more so because Jacob Yoder will be joining them and he has always held a special place in her heart. But they have both changed a lot in the years since they've seen each other. Will what they share be enough to satisfy her for the rest of her life when she yearns to see more of the world?
"Mattie's Pledge" by Jan Drexler is the 2nd book in the 'Journey to Pleasant Prairie" series. I did not read the first book in the series, but did not feel completely lost about what was happening. Since the 1st book is about Hannah Yoder, and she and her family members feature in this book, it would probably been nice to have read it first, though. Mainly told from the viewpoints of Mattie Schrock and Jacob Yoder, there are also parts told from the viewpoints of Johanna Hertzler, Andrew Bontrager, and Cole Bates, with a short section from both Annalise Yoder and Christian Yoder. Besides the main story line following Mattie and what she was going to choose to do, there was also secondary threads that follow the other characters as well. I did not find the story to be cluttered with all that was going on, though, and enjoyed watching the characters interacting. The Biblical thread is also woven seamlessly into the story and it was nice to see characters grow although Jacob's aloofness towards the children didn't seem totally wrapped up as well as some of the other issues. I am glad to see that Naomi's story is next and can't wait to read it.
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I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received and all thoughts and opinions are my own.