The Sound of Distant Thunder

The Sound of Distant Thunder

by Jan Drexler


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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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ISBN-13: 9780800729318
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Series: Amish of Weaver's Creek Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 608,271
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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, where she enjoys hiking and spending time with her expanding family. She is the author of several Love Inspired historical novels, as well as Hannah's Choice, Mattie's Pledge (a 2017 Holt Medallion finalist), and Naomi's Hope.

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The Sound of Distant Thunder 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
BookReviewerNicole More than 1 year ago
_____________________________________ *My Thoughts* Wow! Jan really is no holds barred in this new series. A fascinating timeline of the Civil war in an Amish setting, the unusual plot alone captures attention. Anytime an author tries to introduce a subject not normally used, there is usually controversy. Jan did a fabulous job balancing subjects not normally talked about in Amish fiction. Though it started out a bit slow for me, I was quickly drawn into the story. An intriguing story and a great cast of characters leave me wondering what will happen in the next book of the Amish of Weaver's Creek series! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler... 4 stars! *I received this book free of charge from the author.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
Not your typical Amish story, The Sound of Distant Thunder introduces us to Jonas, who volunteers to go to war during the Civil War period. I’ve never read of Amish during that period, nor an Amish man willing to go to war for his convictions. Interesting concepts! Author Jan Drexler gives us a lot of details about her characters and the area where it is set. You will love the sweetness of Katie and the determination of Jonas. All of the characters are well developed and we see their point of view (pov) throughout the story. The story will take you on a remarkable journey. It may begin a bit slow, but hang in there. If you enjoy Amish fiction and/or historical fiction, you’ll enjoy this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Nicnac63 More than 1 year ago
It’s exciting to start reading a new series, knowing the story or characters you’re being introduced to will continue, in some way, in more books down the line. In The Sound of Distant Thunder (which is a great title, btw) I’m introduced to Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver. Memorable characters. I don’t believe I’ve read an Amish story with a Civil War era setting. I was drawn into the mid 1800s fairly easily, and the Amish language was scattered throughout—just enough to give it flavor without muddying my ability to follow the story. I don’t read a lot of Amish stories, but I enjoy the soft, nostalgic feel and the ‘purity’ it offers. The romance is sweet, the damage of war is evident, and there are a few surprises. I enjoyed this book and cared about the characters, but there were a few bumps. I feel I didn’t get enough information on Katie’s history and why she held onto particular fears. There were also a few plot happenings that I felt should have resurfaced later in the story but were never fully explained. Overall, this is a good Amish story with a unique historical setting. I hope to revisit some of these Weaver’s Creek characters in upcoming stories of this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a review. #TheSoundOfDistantThunder
Christianfictionandmore More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Distant Thunder is Drexler's first book in her The Amish of Weaver's Creek series. Set during the Civil War, Drexler tackles the theme of dealing with warring moral values. While Jonas Weaver was committed to the Amish view on nonresistance and living separate from the world, he also abhorred the institution of slavery and longed to do something to help those held captive by it. Having not yet been baptized into the Church, Jonas had fewer restrictions and responsibilities than his older, married brother. Wanting to spare his brother who had been drafted into the Union Army, Jonas took his place. Katie Stuckey had long loved Jonas Weaver. Her frustration with her father's insistence that they wait until she turned eighteen to marry turned to loneliness and worry as Jonas left to join the army. Her worry was amplified by her memories of something that had transpired several years prior, worries that logic could not shake. A secondary story line in The Sound of Distant Thunder, one that is still grappled with today, is the conflict within the church between those who advocate for change and those who value a slow approach to change, and then only once the change is proven to stand in the light of God's Word. Many denominations today still struggle in this area, including my own. I recommend this book not only to fans of Amish fiction, but also to Civil War era fiction fans as well as to those who like to examine social themes that span the decades. I thank NetGalley and Revell Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Angie Fehl More than 1 year ago
Seventeen year old Katie Stuckey cannot wait to marry her twenty year old boyfriend Jonas Weaver. The feeling is mutual for Jonas, but while he looks forward to a future with Katie and enthusiastically jumps into building their home from scratch, his mind is also quite consumed with thoughts of the approaching Civil War, conscription and the abolitionist fight. Jonas battles conflicting feelings: technically, the concept of war goes against his Amish faith, yet he's not comfortable sitting idly by while others put their lives on the line to end slavery. He does have a little wiggle room in his favor in that he has yet to be officially baptized within the Amish faith, so if he chose to serve in the war, there would likely be less harsh consequence with the church elders. Fate seems to make the choice for Jonas. When his married brother is drafted but unwilling to leave the family, Jonas volunteers to take his place. There is a historical mention within this story that explains that at the time of conscription, those with religious conflict (something similar to the more modern idea of "conscientious objector", I imagine) could opt to have another man go in his place or pay a $200 fine. Jonas asks his good friend Levi to look after Katie while he's away, not knowing that Levi secretly carries a strong flame for Katie himself. Jonas goes off to the battlefield, doing his best to balance his duty as a soldier with continuing to honor his Amish beliefs (mainly, to do as little harm as possible). While Jonas is away, Levi finds the temptation to woo his buddy's girl almost unbearable. I think this might be the first Amish themed novel I've come across that is set in Civil War years. The idea definitely pulled at my curiosity, but the execution did not quite hit the mark for me. Technically, the writing is fine, just DULL. The romance portions don't tug at the heartstrings and the plot lacks any sort of real tension to keep things lively. Everything is moving along just sort of there... baseline existing, but never quite giving me something to truly root for. Also, there was a pretty underdeveloped element to Katie's background story that suggested she might be struggling with some PTSD-like behaviors following a sexual assault or attempted assault. It's hard to say though because it felt only vaguely woven into the story (as far as the details of WHAT actually happened), yet Drexler also tried to make it seem like it was a pivotal part Katie's emotional make up, hinting at how it might affect her future marriage. The whole thing just felt sort of sloppily interjected into the rest of the book. It would've been nice to see this fleshed out more. The back cover features a blurb from Suzanne Woods Fisher hailing this book as "compelling and memorable". While I do enjoy Fisher's writing and would like to trust her vote of praise, on this one I will have to respectfully disagree. It's doubtful that I will have much interest in carrying on with this series. FTC Disclaimer: Revell Publishers kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I am not very familiar with this author so I was excited to read this book. It has some promising things in the book which kept me reading. I did have a very hard time connecting with the story at times though. I did like that it was set during the Civil War. It was interesting to read about the Amish during this time. Most books about Amish are not set during the Civil War. Jonas is a good character with a few flaws. He is in love with the starry eyed Katie who only wants to be his wife. He on the other hand, has dreams of something else. Although Jonas shows signs of thinking of marriage I got the impression he was going to do something very seldom done by Amish. He gets an opportunity to right a wrong by standing up for something he believes in. Slavery during this time was prevalent but Jonas does not condone it. I liked that he took his brother's place in the service. It was very courageous and I hoped being there would help him decide what he wanted to do with his life. During his service I enjoyed reading about what he went through and how war can cause emotional scars. Poor Katie is distraught when Jonas leaves and I could feel her desperation. Was she worried about Jonas or that they hadn't married before he left? The best part of the story for me was the correspondence between Katie and Jonas as he is serving in the army.It reads like poetry and you can feel the depths of their passion for each other. Overall I have to say at the end of the book, I became a fan of the author. I love her writing style and ability to draw readers in with descriptions of Amish life and their commitment to each other. I received a copy of this book from The Early Reviewers Program of Librarything. The review is my own opinion.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
How can a Christian justify going to war when God says, “Do not Murder”? The Amish especially eschew violence so when the call comes to join the Army, what does a young Amish man do? Jonas decides to go, leaving behind Katie, the young lady he desires to marry and whose family disagrees with his decision. I found this book interesting: the young Amish are very conflicted – do they follow their family/church beliefs, or do they support their country? At one-point Jonas says, “The war has brought out the worst in people, so that even here, away from the fighting, men still wage their battles.” I did find the book a little confusing – at the start of each chapter I had to determine from whose point of view it was written as it changed frequently from Jonas, Katie, their mothers or occasionally even someone else. I thought the battle scenes were really good, but it took so much of the book to get there. More than half of the book takes place before Jonas volunteers to become a soldier. I received this book from Baker Publishing. I am freely writing a review - all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Becky5 More than 1 year ago
An old-order Amish community, making every effort to keep itself separate from the world, finds it cannot escape the distant rumblings of war. We view the Weaver’s Creek community mostly through the eyes of young Katie and Jonas, who hope to wed but are slowed by their youth and the worldly changes that intrude even upon those who would ignore them. War is such a divisive subject in any era. In the United States, the Civil War was arguably one of our most contentious as it divided friends and families and our nation itself. Then add to that, the idea of an Amish man considering joining ranks of the volunteers, and the incredibility of the situation just skyrockets. Indeed, the Amish of Weaver’s Creek believe they can look the other way until conscription begins...and names on the list include Englischers and Amish alike. What didn’t I like about the book? It made me think. I couldn’t find any easy answers. I wanted to vilify one character (and his choices) or the other. The black and white lines blurred into gray and blue... and red. Red for loss of life, loss of a way of life, loss of innocence and standing apart from the world. A wise quote for today: “Labeling folks with ideas different from your own as “them” and calling yourself “us” is the surest way to create division.” Hm... I do believe many, many groups today could profit from this bit of wisdom. What a heart-warming, yet heart-wrenching family-centered novel about one of the darkest times in our nation’s history. I gratefully received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and the publisher. This in no way affects my opinions, for which I am solely responsible. I was not required to leave a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
PLOT: Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are two young romantics who are eager to get married and start their new life together. Katie’s parents however, do not approve of her marrying until she has turned eighteen. wanting to please their parents they decide to wait a year before having the wedding.They would also have to join the Church,something Jonas isn’t sure he wants to do. Joining the Church would mean Jonas would be unable to fight in the army to support the North and the abolishment cause. As the Civil war wages on and the need for fresh troops increases, the government issues a draft; Jonas’s brother is among those picked. Jonas decides to take his brothers place reasoning that his brother ,Samuel, has a wife and kids to look after. Both Katie and Jonas must hold fast to their faith and hope that the war will end quickly so they will be together again. My Opinion: I am not a huge fan of Amish romance but this one sounded different so I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the fact that this story wasn’t focused solely on Katie and Jonas’s relationship. It also dealt with issues regarding division in the church and the destructions of war. Katie and Jonas’s relationship was very sweet and genuine, truly showing that they wanted to honor God with their actions towards each other. What I personally didn’t like so much was the pace of the story. The first half of the book seemed to be long and drawn out, consisting mainly of talk about the war. However, the pace does seem to pick up towards the end. Overall, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Amish and/or Historical fiction. Sexual/Bad Content : There are a few scenes with kissing but none are overly graphic. There are several battle scenes with minimum gore. I was given a free copy of this book by Revel Reads for my honest opinion
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite genre, Amish, so I love anything Amish. Was so happy to be able to read this book. The story was wonderful and so interesting to me.And I totally live historical fiction, so this book was right up my alley. It takes place during the Civil War and Jonas goes to war in place of his brother, even though he is Amish and a conscientious objecter. Such a good story! I received an ebook copy from NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
This was a unique Amish story for me, as it dealt with a young couple, their families, their community, and their state as the Civil War grows ever closer to intruding upon their lives. Both Katie and Jonas are the youngest in their families and both have family issues in which their parents feel that they are just too young to make big decisions- like getting married. Jonas is almost 21 and Katie is 17, but both are mature for their age and I did feel bad for them at the way their parents and older siblings have seemed to forgotten that they are no longer babies. It was curious to see how the Amish dealt with the Civil War, that their religion forbade them from fighting in war, however the American government needed men. The draft was happening and there would be repercussions if those rules were not followed. How long do you sit back and do nothing before you decide you need to step up and become involved was a major theme of this story. The title fit so well as the war was so close to them and was going to affect them no matter what, like distant thunder. It is far off yet but the storm is approaching. This was a good beginning to another Amish family saga. I was provided with a copy of this book. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
TheBeccaFiles More than 1 year ago
*4.5 stars We often see literature painting a picture of the Civil War from the Union or Confederates, but rarely do we see it strike home with the Amish. Throughout history the Amish have purposefully removed themselves from the world's affairs, and have been very adamant that they are against war. I had no idea that there was a draft enacted during the Civil War for the Union. It actually led me to do some googling after I finished the story, and was surprised when it was verified. One thing I found interesting in this story was that while the country was fighting a war, the Amish were dealing with their own conflicts. While their disagreements weren't a physical war, the understanding that different men had their own opinions on the interpretation of scripture was clearly causing disunity within their communities. Some looked for change while others were fighting against changes already being made. The anger and frustration the men felt on different sides was palpable. Yet even though they disagreed, their desire for restored unity was their biggest hope. They greatest fear wasn't from the bloodshed of war, but disunity. War is an ugly thing. Another thing that will really stick with me from this book is the many thoughts towards men and the war. While the Amish felt they should be excluded from the draft due to their religious beliefs, there really was no "win" situation for them. If they refused to fight, they could opt out by paying money or having a substitute. If they pay the money, it still goes towards the war. If the person who is their substitute dies then 1) it's their fault and 2) they placed their own life before the other. If they refused either option they could be jailed or forced to go to war anyways. If they agreed to fight then the church would have them shunned for going against their beliefs. There was literally no win for them. As a reader it makes you wish war were avoidable altogether. I really enjoyed this story and felt like it was an interesting new view about a time period I often read about. I would highly recommend it to historical fiction and Amish fiction fans. It's one that I'm still thinking through even after finishing. I always say a good book will make you feel, and this one accomplishes that while making you think at the same time. Definitely worth the read! *I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Distant Thunder The Amish of Weaver's Creek #1 By Jan Drexler Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver know that they are meant to marry and they want to do it as soon as possible. But Katie's father thinks she is too young at 17 years. And Jonas he feels is just not responsible enough to marry his youngest daughter. Gustav is relieved when Jonas agrees to wait. With the country caught up in a war about slavery and state rights, the Amish of Weaver's Creek are caught in their problem those who want to embrace the change of the world and those who want to hold tight to their traditions. War is the furthest thing on their minds as they refuse to participate in violence. But when Ohio implements a draft the Amish community is faced with a dilemma - take up arms (against the church), pay a fee to avoid serving, or pay a substitute to fight for them. When Samuel, Jonas's older married brother's name is drawn he is faced with a dilemma. Samuel vowed to never pay a fee nor pay a substitute to take his place. As one who had joined the church serving in the war could cost him dearly - shunning. Jonas feels drawn to the war not that he wants to fight but he feels that God has something for him to do. Taking his brother's place means that Jonas will have to put his plans on hold and he will be separated from Katie. With Jonas gone Katie faces challenges that will test her. Can she hold onto the promise that Jonas will return to her? Can Jonas stay true to his beliefs or will war change him forever? The Sound of Distant Thunder is an apt title for this book as thunder is a reoccurring theme throughout - thunder that is accompanied by a storm and that that is the distant call of battle coming. I have not read Jan Drexler's work before so came to this book with no expectations. I found the first few chapters to be a little slow but once the book got into it with the characters established the pacing and story seemed to move along quicker. Those who like historical American fiction will enjoy this one as it is set in the early 1860s and if you have a fondness for Amish fiction consider this a bonus read as it offers both. This book focuses on family and the idea of hold firm to your principles. Overall I would recommend this book which is the first in a new series The Amish of Weaver's Creek. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell with no expectations but that I give my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler is the first story in The Amish of Weaver’s Creek series. Katie Stuckey is seventeen years old in 1862 and lives with her family on their farm near Millersburg, Ohio. She is ready to marry Jonas Weaver, but her father wants her to wait until she is eighteen. Jonas begins work on their home in his spare time. The Civil War is raging on and Jonas is against slavery. He knows the stance of the church on fighting, but Jonas has yet to be baptized. Conscription is enacted and the names for their county are drawn. Jonas is spared, but his married brother, Samuel is on the list. Samuel has a choice of paying the $200 fee or get a substitute. Samuel does not wish to pay the fee because the funds would go to the war effort nor is he comfortable with having someone go in his place. Jonas takes matters into his own hands and goes in Samuel’s place. He leaves a letter for his family, Katie and his friend, Levi. He asks Levi to keep an eye on Katie for him while he is away. Can Jonas and Katie’s love survive the choice he made and the separation? Join them on their journey in The Sound of Distant Thunder. The Sound of Distant Thunder takes us back to April of 1862 to an Amish settlement in Ohio. I felt the author captured the time period with the viewpoints of the characters and the description of their everyday lives as well as their homes, clothing, literature, conveyances, and methods of construction. It must have been a difficult time to be a pacifist with the Civil War going on around them. Conscription had them battling their conscience versus their church teachings. Jan Drexler did a wonderful job at capturing the differing thoughts and the inner conflict. I thought The Sound of Distant Thunder was a slow paced story (it plodded along like an old horse). The first half of the book is Jonas and others rehashing the same issues regarding war over and over. Jonas debating if he will stay at home or go off to fight. The pace improves slightly after Jonas goes off to war. Christian views are prevalent throughout the book. Prayer, faith and turning our worries over to God are some of the themes. We get to see how the various Amish settlements had differences and their attempts to find common ground. The Amish in the story are portrayed as hardworking and caring individuals. I did not feel like I was reading the first book in the series. The backstory on the main characters was lacking. I was confused by Katie and her fear. She has a fear that men who are attracted to her will die. It is not fully explained until late in the book. It seemed unreasonable because she was not afraid Jonas would die if they married. Wouldn’t she be afraid to marry the man she loves? The ending was abrupt and felt incomplete. I was left with several unanswered questions. The romance between Katie and Jonas is sweet and heartwarming in the midst of such brutality. I am giving The Sound of Distant Thunder 3 out of 5 stars.
FayJac More than 1 year ago
This is an interesting book about an Amish girl in love with her fiance. They are deeply in love but her boyfriend feels a striving inside to be part of the civil war and fight for the slaves. This is against Amish beliefs. He has to make a decision about what he will do. This book tells both sides of the story as Katie waits for him and Jonas goes to war. The author, Jan Drexler has ancestors who were among the first Amish to come to America. She uses their stories as inspiration for her writings. I learned several things about the Amish that I did not know. Whether an Amish young man would go to war during the Civil War is not something that I would have considered, but I guess it is possible. If you enjoy reading about the Amish or about history this is a good book to read. The author writes a memorable story and the characters seem true to life in this historical novel. There is a lot of wisdom imparted to Katie during her time of waiting. Overall it is a well-written book. (Please Note: While this book was provided to me for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, the opinions expressed are my own.)
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
THE SOUND OF DISTANT THUNDER is the first book in Ms. Drexler's Weaver's Creek series. Ms. Drexler is a talented author, who knows her craft and has a lovely voice, but I felt somewhat lost as I read and realized there were irrational fears that all men who like her or are attracted to her die. Except Jonas. I'm not sure why she does have that fear about him. The fears never did play out as I thought they might and really weren't explained (unless I missed it). The ending also seemed really rushed to me. Katie is seventeen and Jonas is twenty and he wants to marry Katie but has to wait for her to turn eighteen and not only that but he is fascinated by the idea of war and when the opportunity comes up to go in his brother's place, he's on it. Most of the story takes place with them separated. They write really sweet letters, but war isn't as romantic as Jonas thought and not only that but he's taken captive and imprisoned, and presumed dead. There is a lot of civil war history in here, information on how an Amish person would serve in war (which I knew, because my Amish great (something) grandfather was drafted and served in the Civil War. It was interesting reading what my ancestor might have experienced.) This book might appeal to fans of both Amish fiction and historical fiction. Probably more the Civil War era readers than other time periods. I enjoyed Ms. Drexler's first Amish series, and maybe the second one in this series will be better (the is a sample at the end of the book which I didn't read) and a letter from the author which I did read talking about how she got interested in this time period. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
PinkGranny More than 1 year ago
If you have followed Jan Drexler's writing you find this book a bit different. Set during the Civil War in 1862, this story is compelling because of the role the war will play within the Amish community. The Amish people do not fight, choosing pacifism instead. When Jonas chose to take his brother's place in the Army, the war had a profound effect on him. He was a true believer and his faith was a light in his actions. HIs love for God, Katie and his family were as much a part of him whether he was home in the cornfields or along the battlefield in Fredericksburg. I was inspired by Jonas. He was definitely a young man who wanted to marry young but he was willing to work hard to show was ready to marry Katie. Rather than get upset when Katie's father asked them to wait a year, he decided to take that time to clear land and build the home they would settle in. I wasn't as sure about Katie. She was sure she was ready to marry at seventeen and it took Jonas to make her realize that the wait would make no difference, they would just be better prepared with their home. As the time passes and Jonas leaves for training, she began to change. She began to see how her actions could help others. She gained new understanding of her mother's dark moods and did what she could to ease the pain of old memories. Her love for Jonas never faltered and she grew into a formidable young woman whose strength stood difficult times. In the course of the story my admiration for her grew. I received a copy of this book with no obligation to review it. I am happy to recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Distant Thunder started out fairly slowly for me. There were lots of interesting characters in this novel and for awhile I wondered if these characters were connected to any other books that the author has written. I don’t think they are, but the author did reference people and events from the past which made me question that. I felt that the story sped up about halfway through the book and I became more engaged in what was going on. I think the author has established an interesting community and a cast of characters that I will want to return to in future books. While there was some conclusion by the end of the novel, I felt that the ending overall left a lot open and unfinished in order to lead into future books. (3.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Distant Thunder is the beginning of a new series called The Amish of Weaver's Creek. I enjoyed the combination of Civil War era historical and Amish fiction. Jonas and Katie are a sweet couple but with war keeping the apart, can they stay committed to one another? I look forward to the next installment of The Amish of Weaver's Creek to see what happens next. I give The Sound of Distant Thunder three and a half stars. Recommended. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Deanne-Patterson More than 1 year ago
The author is at the top of her game in this book, the first in a new series taking place in Ohio. A fascinating historical Civil War times Amish book. This is the first Amish book I've read about the civil war and it was vividly described which I enjoyed a lot. The plot was well thought out and written and kept me interested and wanting to turn the pages quickly. A tumultuous time in history, it's obvious the author has a passion for history and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. #TheSoundofDistantThunder! Pub Date 18 Sep 2018 I was given a complimentary copy through the RevellReads program. Thank you. All opinions are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
What a journey you are about to begin as you begin this story, and how I loved being in this Amish settlement, but the times are scary, the Civil War has begun, and sides are divided here in Ohio. There are several other happenings here, and we learn more about the Amish Faith and touch on what was going on in the 1860’s. There is also a sweet love story budding and with all that is happening you will wonder if they will ever be able to marry. I found this historical story quite interesting on many facets and look forward to the next book in this series. I received this book through the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.
sandralb More than 1 year ago
Jan Drexler is one of the best writers of the Amish Romance stories. Due to her Amish ancestry, she has knowledge of their traditions and beliefs. Ms. Drexler does such a wonderful job of bringing them to life, you will find yourself genuinely caring . There are several great characters in The Sound Of Distant Thunder, but Katie Stuckey and Jonas Weaver are the two protagonist. They have grown up together, with their families farms right next door. Jonas at twenty and Katie at seventeen are hopeless romantics. Jonas has started building a house for them and they plan to get married that fall. Katie's father gets word and does not believe she is old enough, he convinces them to wait until she turns eighteen. But a lot of changes can happen in a years time. The timeline of this novel takes place at the beginning of the Civil War. The military needed soldiers. Although the Amish are conscientious objectors, at that time there was a draft list. Jonas ends up going off to war to save his older brother Samuel, who's number was chosen. Samuel has a wife and children. Jonas experiences the devastation and horrors of war. A quote from one of his letters to Katie “The battle....what a small word to name this horrible evil. For it is evil, dear Katie. Have no doubt of that,” Within the first few pages of the book, Ms. Drexler will take you on an unforgettable journey. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalleys. The opinions expressed in this book are my own.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
The Sound of Distant Thunder by Jan Drexler What I liked: The characters! Jan Drexler created characters that become real people with real lives in my mind. I found myself caring about the community of Weaver's Creek. I've read many Amish books over the years and admire their lifestyle and principles; their sense of community is strong and family ties are tight. What one family may go through, the whole community does and you can see this in the story. When the threat of the Civil War comes knocking on their back door, they must decide what the right thing to do is. Being Old Order Amish, fighting goes against their very beliefs and way of separating themselves from the world. I watched this play out in each of the characters; how they felt, thought and acted. Secondly, I loved watching the love story unfold between Jonas Weaver and Katie Stuckey. Already committed to each other and ready to marry once they join the church. I also saw Jonas struggle with both wanting to stay true to his roots and wanting to fight in the war to free slaves. Sometimes wanting to do the right thing or making the right choice never comes easy. Katie is ready to settle down and be a wife and someday a mother. She has a bright future in front of her but with Jonas's increasing talk of wanting to join the army, she struggles too. There's just a whole lot of other elements to keep the reader interested! What I didn't like: For me, the story started slow. The characters were introduced at a rapid fire pace and I had a hard time (at first) keeping them straight. But press on I did because I've read many great reviews on Drexler's writing, and I'm glad I stuck it out! Lastly, I really dislike how this ended. There was not a satisfying enough conclusion to me. It brought up more questions than answers and had too many loose strings for my taste. Yes, it leads me to want to read the next book, of course! It's just frustrating to me as a reader to get to the end of a great story and be left hanging on some important elements. In conclusion: It's a great story on how a person struggles with his or her own principles, beliefs and how these shape their lives. It's also about how, even in those struggles and uncertainties, we need to leave things in God's hand and trust Him to work things out in His own timing and way. A lesson each of the characters learn and great reminders to apply to our own lives. In spite of the things I didn't like, I will be reading the rest of this series. Jan deeply involved me in her characters lives and there are questions yet to be answered! *I received a complimentary copy from Revell and Netgalley and was under no obligation to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own. *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. This covers a topic that I've never even considered...the Amish in the Civil War. Knowing that the Amish are pacifists, I've always assumed they have an easy-out from fighting, but it would appear otherwise. The main character really steps up and shows his character when he takes his brother's place in the draft, and this can't be an easy decision because this was already an ugly war by then. The main female character stays behind and she embodies all of the worries and hardships that most women faced during this ear. She has to be so much stronger than those around her to keep them all afloat. The author describes war without going too graphic; she makes the characters both likable and believable; and she brings to life an aspect that few have known about before.