06 October 2018

Civil-War Era Amish Fiction | The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler

ABOUT THE BOOK

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.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: September 18, 2018


MY REVIEW

I’ve said before that I typically enjoy an Amish novel set in the past, and Jan Drexler’s first Amish of Weaver’s Creek novel, The Sound of Distant Thunder, is no exception.

Katie Stuckey is young and in love, ready to marry Jonas Weaver. Her parents want her to wait until she turns eighteen, however. In the meantime, Jonas is ready to defend his beliefs in the Civil War and takes his drafted brother’s place on the front lines. War has a way of changing plans and challenging convictions—will the love between Katie and Jonas survive?

As I read, the action and emotions of this story certainly kept me on my figurative toes. I enjoyed how it’s a little different from other Amish fiction I have read and am looking forward to seeing how the series continues.


Thanks to Revell Reads, I received a complimentary copy of The Sound of Distant Thunder and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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