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Naomi’s Hope by Jan Drexler

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Naomi Schrock has never considered herself beautiful or deserving of a husband or family. But when she and her family rescue orphaned Davey from a burned out building, she finally feels a loving connection as mother. She is content raising Davey among the 1846 Amish community in Indiana, and yet something is missing—a father for Davey and husband with which to share life. Cap Stoltzfus is new to the community but he is immediately drawn to Naomi’s quiet strength. Yet he is not certain he has recovered from losing his lovely wife and young son. But when someone attempts to take Davey from Naomi, a loving fatherly instinct rises in him and he finds himself desiring to protect the young family from danger.

I am not usually a lover of Amish fiction, but I have immensely enjoyed this series by Jan Drexler. She weaves such deep characters full of broken pasts and regrettable mistakes among the interesting backdrop of simple Amish life. It was wonderful to read about previous characters while also getting to know Noami better. The plot has some twists and turns that are not altogether predictable and the romance is clean and sweet. The beginning is a little slow although it picks up by the end of the book. I greatly enjoyed this third installment and wish I did not have to say goodbye to these lovely characters. A highly recommended novel and a wonderful ending to this series!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Mattie’s Pledge by Jan Drexler

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Mattie Schrock is actually excited to move further west, despite the hesitation of some of her family members. She is thrilled to finally see beyond the hills and reconnect with old Amish friends from another Pennsylvania community, especially Jacob Yoder, whom she had a crush on as a young girl. But Mattie desires to someday move further west still and Jacob is ready to find a farm of his own and settle down for the future. When a dashing English cowboy offers Mattie the chance to adventure west, Mattie must choose between her pledge to Jacob or her desire to see the coast.

I am not usually an avid reader of Amish fiction, but I read the first in this series by Jan Drexler and liked the characters, so I was excited to read this second installment. I enjoyed the way the author weaves Amish traditions with the historical setting. I connected with Mattie easily, as she is lovable and possess a strong spirit, perfect for any heroine. It was helpful to read Hannah’s Choice first as characters reappear from the first novel and it can be confusing to keep the large families straight. The growth of the characters is great to read, and I recommend this novel to lovers of Amish fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler

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Hannah Yoder enjoys the peaceful life of her Amish community in Lancaster County. But not all is as calm as it may seem on the surface. Her sister is rebelling against the family, her mother is depressed, and her father is striving to move them west, away from the comfort of their home. Hannah turns to her childhood friend Adam, finding solace in the familiarity of their lifelong friendship. As Hannah’s feelings towards Adam start to develop into something more, another man begins to express his feelings for Hannah. Josef is well liked by Hannah’s family, putting Hannah in a difficult situation to choose between her head or her heart.

I do not usually read Amish fiction, but I decided to give this one a try. The book contained a lot of raw emotion interspersed with an interesting setting and fascinating characters. I really liked Hannah. She has a sense of loyalty to her family that is commendable; she strives to support them despite her own personal struggles. There were several twists to the story that I did not expect and the ending was surprising, even a bit unsettling. Since this is the beginning of a series, I am eager to see what happens to the characters in the next novel. The historical aspect of the book is also interesting. I would recommend this novel to lovers of Amish fiction and even to those who wish to enjoy an introduction to the Amish world.

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