Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful–yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah’s father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother’s ongoing depression and her sister’s rejection of their family. But her world is threatening 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. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?
With a tender hand, Jan Drexler teases out the threads of a romance that will captivate readers in this brand-new Amish historical series.
About the Author
Jan grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With Pastors and Teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren’t surprised that she wanted to be a first-class storyteller herself.
Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700’s. The descendants of these immigrants pioneered in Maryland, Ohio, and finally Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Northern Indiana in the 1850’s.
During the years when Jan was raising and homeschooling their children, she and her husband moved nine times in thirty years, finally landing in South Dakota where they enjoy incredibly Michigan-like weather. A northerner is always a northerner!
The ideas for Jan’s books come from the stories told by her parents and grandparents, seasoned with a lot of research and imagination.
Hannah’s Choice is loosely based on the author’s ancestry, uncovered while she researched her family tree. This is an amazing plot with a strong character in Hannah, a young woman who seems to have the cares of her world upon her shoulders. At every bend and turn, author Jan Drexler reveals more depth, secrets, and turmoil in the lives of Hannah’s family and friends.
Hannah’s father is growing more disproving of the worldly ways his children have been exposed and is considering moving the entire family to Indiana.
Hannah’s mother suffers from deep depression due to the sudden death of her children when a plague visited the community.
Hannah’s sister, wild and reckless, has fallen in love with a teamster who lives a lifestyle opposing Amish ways.
Hannah’s friend Adam, a Mennonite, desires to marry her, and has begun to introduce her to his work in the underground railroad assisting runaway slaves.
Josef, an Amish immigrant from Germany, desires to court Hannah, but he is a stranger in their community and she is unsure of plans.
This is a book you will not be able to put down. This author is fantastic, and I can not wait to continue to read more of the Journey To Pleasant Prairie series. I especially enjoyed reading about areas of Pennsylvania that I am quite familiar. I enjoy reading the work of a new author, and I know you will enjoy her work too.
Thank you to author Jan Drexler and Revell for a copy in exchange for my honest review.