(Book review) Mattie’s Pledge

Reviewed by: Lillian G. Smith, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University



Title: Mattie’s Pledge

Author: Jan Drexel

Publisher: Revell

Publication Date: September 20, 2016

Format: Print Book

Length: 377 pages


This story is set in 1843 in Brothers Valley, Pennsylvania. Mattie Schrock and her family are preparing for the journey of a lifetime.  They eagerly are awaiting the arrival of the rest of a group who will accompany them to a new Amish settlement in Indiana. As the newcomers show up, they include the handsome Jacob Yoder, Mattie’s childhood protector and friend. Jacob and Mattie have an immediate attraction to each other, but their dreams for the future lie on opposite spectrums. Jacob longs to settle down in Indiana and begin his family, whereas Mattie dreams of the mysteries and wonders of moving to the west.  Can Mattie and Jacob decide if their dreams are worth compromising for each other?  Complicating matters, a frightening but tempting Englisher flirts with Mattie throughout their journey, asking her to run away with him.  Mattie struggles to stay true to her Amish roots while also retaining her yearning to travel, explore, and discover new places and people.

Jan Drexler delivers a heartwarming story of excitement, love, and decision making. The page-turning novel leaves readers eager for a satisfying conclusion, and they are guaranteed to receive that. The compelling message of trusting God’s will is expertly woven into the pages and leaves readers with a desire to discover such leading in their own lives.


Rating (1 to 5)

5 stars

Suggested Audience

Teens and young adults, especially women

Christian Impact

Although this book does not have a blatantly Christian storyline, Christian themes of trusting in God and relying on his plans are obvious throughout the chapters.

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