Author: Jan Drexler
Genre: Amish/Historical Romance
Series: The Amish of Weaver's Creek #2
Release Date: October 1, 2019
How far will she have to go to keep a promise?
Ruby Weaver's curly red hair isn't the only thing that sets her apart from her Amish community in 1863. Twenty-eight and single, Ruby doesn't believe a woman needs to be married in order to be happy. Her ailing friend Lovinia Fischer, however, has other ideas and wants Ruby to promise to marry her husband after she dies. Never imagining she'd have to fulfill that vow, Ruby agrees. And she's not the only one. Lovinia has extracted a similar promise from her husband, Gideon.
With both Ruby and Gideon reluctant to keep their promises, a compromise must be reached. Ruby will spend her days with Gideon's family--helping to raise the children and keep the house--but her nights will be spent at her sister's neighboring house. The arrangement raises eyebrows in their conservative Amish community, and it soon becomes clear that Ruby must make a decision--marry Gideon or turn her back on her friend?
Reviewer: Nicole Wegscheider
Jan Drexler’s book, The Roll of the Drums is a moving historical romance.
Due to the the Civil War, an Amish family, the Fischers flee from their home. They pass through Weaver Creek. Gideon Fischer, the father is travelling with his sick wife, Louvina and their children. He spots an Amish woman, Ruby Weaver, a single, outspoken woman who ushers the family to her home. The Weaver family graciously offer to help with the needs of this family.
As Ruby helps the sick wife, Louvina, a friendship blossoms between the two women. During their private time together, Louvina talks about a promise with her. As Louvina spends time with her husband, she also talks to him about a promise. What is the promise? Will they keep this promise? Personally, I found this part of the story emotionally moving that it brought me to tears.
I enjoyed the theme of the Amish community helping and caring for each other. I also enjoyed Gideon Fischer’s character. He is a loving, kind, gentleman who encourages people and he is easy to talk. Gideon and Ruby had several lovely morning talks together.
Jan Drexler weaves a moving story like a colourful tapestry with secrets unravelling, friendships blossoming and danger lurking around the corner.
I would highly recommend reading the book,The Roll of the Drum.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Revell, through Interviews & Reviews.
Reviewer: Marta Aldrighetti
Ohio, the year 1863.
The story is set in Weaver's Creek, a small farm village of Amish people.
The main character is Ruby, one of the Weaver's daughters. She is full of life and curious. As her mum used to say, "Your curiosity will get you in trouble one day."
All the people make mistakes, but "Past mistakes are something we live with, but that doesn't mean we have to continue to make the same decision again. We learn from our mistakes and move on."
The people feel safe, the village is far from the main city, but the war will reach it and might destroy what the people had built with hard work.
This is a very nice book with a lovely story, where you can learn about the Amish lifestyle and good things to improve your life: trusting God, praying for all, also praying for your enemy, helping others and enjoying the small things life, forgiving sinners, being more patient with others, listening to others and enjoying nature.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, for my honest opinion.
Reviewer: Anna Bottoms
“Roll of the Drums” is a well written novel centered around an Amish family and their tight-knit community during the civil war.
Gideon has seen the evil that men do. His home and community were destroyed by war. He plans to begin again with his family in the Ohio country, but his wife Lavinia is sick, his children are hungry and he carries a burden of guilt so heavy he may never make his way from beneath it.
Ruby Weaver is past the age most young ladies marry. She’s independent, hardworking, and a ray of sunshine to those with whom she has contact. She also carries a burden of unconfessed sin and guilt.
Gideon rests his family at the Weaver farm. Because of his wife’s illness he stays, and is thankful that the Weavers have befriended them. On her deathbed Lavinia asks her husband to promise he will marry her new friend Ruby who already loves and cares for her children.
Gideon grieves his wife’s death—will he be able to open his heart to another? He lives in fear of the war coming closer to his new community, and has a crisis of faith. Can he really be forgiven and live out his beliefs? How can he be a good husband or father if he can’t keep his family safe?
Ruby grieves the death of her friend—the promise to watch over her children and husband always on her mind. She isn’t worthy to be loved by a man like Gideon. Can she find forgiveness? Will she trust the Lord, her friend’s wisdom, and her own heart?
Weaver’s Creek has been far removed from the devastation of battle, but how will this peaceful community respond when the effects of the war come knocking at their door? As the war comes closer to the community, will they be able to stand by their convictions?
This book raises the questions:
This is a great historical novel of community, hope, and love. I recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group through Interviews and Reviews. This is my honest opinion of this work.