Wow, all I can say is, this story blew me away! Keep the tissues close by as you are reading THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER by Jan Drexler. It is the first book in The Amish of Weaver’s Creek series. Once I started reading, it was very hard to stop! The twists and turns made it impossible to put down, as I had to know what was going to happen to Jonas and his brothers after so much heartache! What an awesome story. All of Jan’s characters feel genuine and relatable and put your emotions on one heck of a roller coaster ride. As you are reading, you will find yourself cheering for all of them, praying they can work out their problems and be happy once again. You will also wonder how much heartache a person can stand before they completely break down and shatter.
THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER takes place in 1862 during the Civil War. Jonas’ brother Samuel is called to war, but Jonas goes in his place. The Amish don’t believe in fighting, but Jonas hasn’t been baptized yet. It had me flipping through the pages like a woman on a mission. I had to know what was going to happen to Jonas and Katie and all of the secondary characters. THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER is a heart felt story that will hold you hostage until the very last page. Once you start reading, it will be very hard to put down! I found myself wishing and hoping that Katie and Jonas’ love would survive the war and the distance between them. Jonas and Katie’s time apart is told over a series of letters.
THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER isn’t your typical Amish fiction story. It is filled with quite a few subjects that aren’t usually included in Amish fiction but Jan Drexler really handled the situations perfectly. I was instantly emotionally invested in all of the characters. Jan Drexler really knows how to write about personal struggles, trusting in ones faith, and forgiveness. I can not wait to read more by this wonderful and heart tugging author. I have many of her older books to read and that brings me so much joy and happiness to know they are waiting for me! This is the very first book I’ve read by Ms. Drexler.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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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