I just finished a fabulous book, Hannah’s Choice by Jan Drexler, that I want to share with you today. I received a pre-publication galley of this book from Revell for review and didn’t bother to give the summary or the name of the series more than a cursory glance. For this reason, I had absolutely no idea where this book was going, and as a result, I spent pretty much all of the book pulling for the wrong guy and the wrong future for Hannah! Oops! And I still REALLY enjoyed the book!
I actually highly recommend reading this book blind like I did, so if you’re game, you can just click on the book cover below which will take you to Amazon via my affililate link. Don’t read the rest of my review (although I don’t give any spoilers, I don’t think) and don’t even read much on the Amazon page. Just buy it and enjoy the ride! 🙂
Or keep reading to get a little more context and my thoughts on the book, without any spoilers, of course. And then go over to Amazon and buy it! I really think you’ll like it either way.
Title: Hannah’s Choice | Author: Jan Drexler | Publication Date: January 12, 2016 | Publisher: Revell | Pages: 401
Summary from the publisher: 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 façade. 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?
This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review, and here that is.
I found this book to be absolutely fascinating. It is a well-written and well-researched piece of pre-Civil War historical fiction while also being an Amish book. And it is extremely well-titled. Hannah faces a major life crossroads in this book. She wants life to just stay the same – living by the Conestoga Creek with her Amish family and her faith, but things are changing all around her and she must decide which things are the most dear to her and how she will trust God with all of it.
The characters are vividly described and are rarely all-likeable or all-unlikeable which I really enjoyed. They were very complex and true to life.
I won’t give any spoilers, but I will say that this is the first book I ever remember reading that involved a love triangle where I was rooting for the guy who eventually loses the ENTIRE book! I mean, to the very end. I didn’t know which way this book would go until it went there and ended. I kept hoping she would pick him and the path that choice represented and I didn’t really give up hoping until I noticed I was at 95% and she was headed down the other path. Both paths had major pros and cons and there wasn’t really a bad choice which I thought made this a very unique and enjoyable read.
I will definitely read this author again (even though she picked the wrong guy in this book – just kidding!) I’m actually looking forward to the sequel for this one to see where the path Hannah finally chose leads her.
Favorite Quotes from the Book
“Chores aren’t tedious unless you make them that way.” Hannah – Ahem, I may or may not have needed that one. Ahem.
“Would you rather have the good life you have planned, or the perfect life God has planned?….I’ve learned the hard way that when you fight against God, all you are left with is misery.” Annalise
In speaking of a Quaker family — “to them the silence was a presence, not the absence of sound.”
About the Author: Jan Drexler
Jan Drexler’s ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. Their experiences are the basis for her stories. Jan is the author of several Love Inspired novels and lives in South Dakota with her husband, their four adult children, two active dogs, and a cat.