This the final review of books I read during the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. I am just a bit behind.
Published September 18th 2018 by Fleming H. Revell Company
The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler takes place in 1862 during the Civil War. With the conflict picking up males are being conscripted and Jonas’ brother Samuel is called to war. He is married with a family, so Jonas heads off to the war office and goes in his place. The Amish don’t believe in fighting, but Jonas hasn’t been baptized yet, and promised himself he will serve but do it in a Godly way. He leaves behind his fiancee Katie. Will Jonas survive? Will Katie wait for him? How will Jonas reconcile killing the enemy with serving God?
This was an Amish story very different from what I had read before. The historical aspect of this story was very well written. It brought to the reader the differing views of war and killing held by the Amish as well as other Christians and Non-Christians. There were several characters that the reader comes to know well and care about. I was rooting for Jonas to find a way to survive the war and for Katie to find her place in the community while waiting for Jonas to return. I enjoyed the letters between Jonas and Katie that shared what was happening in their lives and how they were feeling about things while they were apart. My emotions were all over as I read about heartbreak, grief, love, and danger. Jan Drexler does a great job writing about situations and subjects not usually dealt with in Amish Fiction and I enjoyed her deft handling of them. This is the first book in a new series and I look forward to reading more about the Amish of Weaver’s Creek. I was gifted a physical copy of this book from a friend and I thank her very much for introducing me to this author and series.
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.
About the Author: Jan Drexler brings a unique understanding of Amish traditions and beliefs to her writing. Her ancestors were among the first Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren immigrants to Pennsylvania in the 1700s, and their experiences are the inspiration for her stories. Jan lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota with her husband of thirty-five years, where she enjoys hiking in the Hills and spending time with their expanding family.