I really liked this fun, fast moving story or a mail order bride who had no idea just what she was getting into. I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author.
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About the book: Heiress Abby Hollister’s Papa demands she stop toying with young men’s hearts and marry within a month or be disinherited. After reading an ad for a mail-order bride in untamed Laramie, Wyoming, Abby makes a list of characteristics she expects for her husband and sets off to claim the perfect mate and secure her personal fortune.
Stage coach driver, Zach Tyler likes his exciting job where he outsmarts robbers and Indians and keeps the stage running regardless of weather, break-downs, and ornery passengers. But passenger Abby Hollister proves to be an unusual challenge. He protects her on the journey to Laramie, but in that town women are as scarce as a bird’s nest in a cuckoo clock, and men go crazy when the beauty arrives seeking a husband.
Mattie’s always wanted to go West and now her family is moving to a different state and Mattie’s adventure begins. When she finally gets to the top of the distant mountains, she looks over the top and… it’s no different than this side! You could feel her disappointment. She meets an English young man on the trail that promises to take her on West but.. she has to help him steal the horses to pay for the trip! There is a lot of wonderful descriptions of the travel, family life in a Conestoga Wagon and the difficult decisions and paths this young Amish lady travels. I do enjoy Amish stories and this one did not disappoint!
ABOUT THE BOOK: A Tender, Poignant, and Heartwarming Glimpse into the Amish Migration West from Pennsylvania.. Mattie Schrock is no stranger to uprooting her life. Even as her father relocated her family from one Amish community to the next, she always managed to find a footing in their new homes. Now as the Schrock family plans to move west from Somerset County to a fledgling Amish settlement in Indiana, she looks forward to connecting with old friends who will be joining them from another Pennsylvania community–friends like Jacob Yoder, who has always held a special place in her heart.
Since Mattie last saw Jacob, they’ve both grown into different people with different dreams. Jacob yearns to settle down, but Mattie can’t help but dream of what may lie over the western horizon. When a handsome Englisher tempts her to leave the Amish behind to search for adventure in the West, will her pledge to Jacob be the anchor that holds her secure?
Tender, poignant, and gentle, “Mattie’s Pledge” offers readers a glimpse into Amish life in the 1840s–and into the yearning heart of a character they’ll not soon forget.