Series Blitz (and a Giveaway!): Journey to Pleasant Prairie by Jan Drexler

Posted April 11, 2018 by meezcarrie in Amish, Christian, giveaway, historical, Jan Drexler, romance / 36 Comments

Jan Drexler book blitz

Welcome to the Journey to Pleasant Prairie series blitz tour, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Throughout the week, you will see excerpts and spotlights from each individual book, as well as information on the first book in Jan’s new Civil-War era series!

About the Journey to Pleasant Prairie Series
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hannah's choiceTitle: Hannah’s Choice
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: January 2016
Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

Hannah Yoder loves her quiet life on the banks of the Conestoga Creek. In 1842, this corner of Lancaster County is settled and peaceful–yet problems lurk beneath the placid façade. Hannah’s father worries about the spread of liberal ideas from their Mennonite and Brethren neighbors. And Hannah blames herself for a tragedy that struck their home nine years ago. She strives to be the one person who can bind the threads of her family together in spite of her mother’s ongoing depression and her sister’s rejection of their family. But her world is threatening 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. Faithfully perform her duties to her family? Or defy her father and abandon her community?

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mattie's pledgeTitle: Mattie’s Pledge
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 2016
Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

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?

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naomi's hopeTitle: Naomi’s Hope
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 2017
Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

Despite growing pains in her 1846 Amish community in Indiana, Naomi Schrock has settled into a comfortable life in her parents’ home with her adopted son, Davey. Surrounded by family and friends, she tries not to think about the fact that she’s not at the top of any man’s list of potential wives. Yet when Cap Stoltzfus moves into the area and befriends Davey, Naomi finds herself caught between the plans she has made for her future and the tantalizing thought that Cap might be part of a life she never dared to hope for.

When a couple shows up claiming to be Davey’s true family, Naomi and Cap must unite to make the decision that will determine the boy’s future as well as their own. How can she relinquish him to these unknown relatives? And can God somehow bring wholeness to her heart?

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And stay tuned for Jan Drexler’s new The Amish of Weaver’s Creek series, beginning with The Sound of Distant Thunder in September 2018! Check out the official cover reveal on April 13th as part of this tour!

cover to comeTitle: The Sound of Distant Thunder
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 2018
Genre: Inspirational Amish Historical Fiction

Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are both romantics. Seventeen-year-old Katie is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait to marry Jonas until she is eighteen, despite her parents’ insistence. So much can happen in a year. Twenty-year-old Jonas is taken in by the romance of soldiering, especially in defense of anti-slavery, even though he knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church. When his married brother’s name comes up in the draft list, he volunteers to take his brother’s place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

From the talented pen of Jan Drexler comes this brand new Amish series set against the backdrop of the Civil War. She puts her characters to the test as they struggle to reconcile their convictions and desires while the national conflict threatens to undermine and engulf their community.

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jan drexler

Jan grew up surrounded by books and storytellers. With Pastors and Teachers populating both sides of her extended family, we aren’t surprised that she wanted to be a first-class storyteller herself.

Born and raised in Michigan, Jan is the descendant of Amish, Mennonite and Brethren immigrants who settled in Berks, Somerset and Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania in the mid-1700’s. The descendants of these immigrants pioneered in Maryland, Ohio, and finally Elkhart and LaGrange Counties in Northern Indiana in the 1850’s.

During the years when Jan was raising and homeschooling their children, she and her husband moved nine times in thirty years, finally landing in South Dakota where they enjoy incredibly Michigan-like weather. A northerner is always a northerner!

The ideas for Jan’s books come from the stories told by her parents and grandparents, seasoned with a lot of research and imagination.

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jan drexler blitz giveaway

Jan Drexler is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card to one winner! Open internationally, as long as winner can accept egift card from US Amazon. Void where prohibited by law. Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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tour schedule


 April 9
A Baker’s Perspective

 April 10
Meagan Davenport
The Power of Words

 April 11
Fiction Aficionado
Reading Is My SuperPower

 April 12
Edits and Reviews by Leslie
Heidi Reads…

 April 13 – COVER REVEAL

Faithfully Bookish
Maureen’s Musings

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36 responses to “Series Blitz (and a Giveaway!): Journey to Pleasant Prairie by Jan Drexler

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thanks for being part of the Journey to Pleasant Prairie Series by Jan Drexler blog blitz.

    Love Jan Drexler’s book and can’t wait for “The Sound of Distant Thunder” to come out.

  2. Tracey Hagwood

    I’ve had Jan on my “get to it” list for a while!
    I love historical books with a touch of family genealogy in them!

  3. Debbie Clatterbuck

    I have never read Amish books before, so I’ve decided to branch out a bit. Would love to win and use the gift card to purchase one of these books to check out. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

  4. Cindy Merrill

    Amish cooking- it’s absolutely SCRUMPTIOUS. Please tell me, there’s some recipes in a few of these books, hopefully?

  5. I am so in awe of authors who write a series. I don’t know if my brain will ever think “series.” I also admire authors like Jan who can write quickly. She’s a microwave; I’m a crockpot on the low setting! 🙂

  6. Dianne Casey

    I like reading Amish fiction and learning more about the Amish way of life. Looking forward to reading the book.

  7. Lori Smanski

    how wonderful that you can take the stories you grew up with and with research turn them into wonderful stories. i applaud you.

  8. Lori Smanski

    how wonderful to grow up with books and family who where story tellers, pastors and teachers. i had the book part. mom made sure that all five of us kids loved and respected books. my husband loved books also (ok technical and historical) so following my moms example, our two kids are avid readers now also.

  9. Lori Smanski

    Mattie’s pledge looks like an interesting book. temptations of so many kinds are around us daily. All we can do is look to our God and lean on Him. I need to put this book on my to buy list. thanks for the post and good luck on the tour.

  10. Lori Smanski

    The Sound of Distant Thunder sounds like a powerful book about learning about love and commitment. I have not read a book dealing with the amish and the civil war together. would love to read this.

  11. Melissa

    Am I the only one that can’t share again or tweet again for more entries? This option is not open to me.

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