Friday, January 22, 2016

Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler

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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?
My Review:
This book is about the Yoder family who are like every family who has it triumphs and setbacks. Hannah bears many of the burdens of her family, especially since she is the oldest. This is especially the case when her mother becomes depressed, and she is unable to care the other kids. Hannah wants to be the peacekeeper and the one who holds everything together despite the severe hardships her family faces. Two men, one she has known since she was a child and another who promises her a lifetime of adventure pursue her hand in marriage. The problem is that Hannah isn't sure what to do. The book was this banter back and forth about what which man would be the smart decision and who would be the more unwise individual to marry. This prolonged the book for me and at times I enjoyed it, but I felt there were moments where it dragged on.
This book also had a thread of history woven into it with aiding to help slaves to escape. During this time, there was a lot of controversy, which make made this book interesting. All in all, I found this book to have moments where it was moving and other times where it was slower. I give this book four stars because it was a slower pace for me, but I am ready to read the second book in this series and to see what happens next. 
Thank to the publishers for allowing me to review this book for my honest opinion, which I have expressed here. 

Jan Drexler
 brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat. When she isn't writing, she enjoys hiking the Black Hills and the Badlands. She is the author of the Love Inspired novels The Prodigal Son Returns, A Mother for His Children, and A Home for His Family (September 2015).  

Jan Drexler
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