Friday, February 12, 2016

Hannah's Choice by Jan Drexler

What's Up?  For me, it is snow ( I hope)  Yes, they are forecasting snow this Valentines Weekend where I live . So if you want to curl up on the couch with a warm blanket and a new book , Here is one you can check out! It is  the newest book by Jan Drexler called Hannah's Choice. It is the story of Hannah Yoder, a young Amish girl who lives on the banks of the Conestoga Creek in Lancaster County.  Her life appears to be calm and peaceful but problems lie under the surface.  Her mother has suffered severe depression ever since an illness took the lives of her three youngest children. Her sister Liesbet is dating ( secretly ) an outsider and is rebelling against the Amish faith, and her father is worried about his children.  Hannah's best friend and neighbor Adam Metzler had been in love with her ever since they were kids and has asked for her hand in marriage , The only problem was she was Amish and he was Mennonite. They did not believe the same thing, And if Hannah were to marry Adam, She would be shunned by her family and her community.  One day some farmers came and told her father about several Amish families who were moving west to Indiana and Ohio. They told them about the communities that were being set up with just Amish families, A place where Outsiders were not your neighbors, A place where Amish children would not be influenced by the ways of  the world.  After much thought Hannah's mother and father decide to move west, They just have to wait until spring. Hannah is torn between staying with her family and staying in her childhood home.  Josef  Bender was one of the two farmers that told Hannah's family about moving west. As soon as he saw Hannah it was love at first sight. He just could not keep his eyes off of her. She was absolutely beautiful and he could see that she had a kind and generous spirit. So he decided that he was going to ask Hannah to marry him and they would go west and start a family.  Hannah is now stuck between her best friend Adam, who is a sweet and caring friend, who will guarantee that she will get to stay by her beloved Conestoga Creek,  but is Mennonite and  involved in some dangerous activities and Josef, who is Amish, seems perfect  (except for a little bit strict) and promises a new life and adventure in the west.  Will Hannah be able to choose between her best friend and the boy she just met?
Guess you will have to read it to find out!

So what did I think about the book? 
I think that the author did a great job writing the book,  She made the characters seem real, You could almost feel the heartbreak that Hannah's mom felt about losing her three children, the guilt that Hannah had hidden in her heart for years and the joy that is felt at the end of the book when Hannah decides who she will marry. ( Yes, Spoiler alert she marries____________) Overall I enjoyed the book very much and will have to check out Book 2 when it comes out later this year.
 I rate the book 4 out of 5 stars****

If you would like to check out more of Mrs Drexler's books, Just click on the link below for more info!

Happy Reading :)

 I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

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