The Roll of the Drums by Jan Drexler
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. But this 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, the children she's grown to love . . . and their father.
This is a story of God's infinite wisdom in bringing people together because of their needs. Ruby Weaver is twenty-eight and unmarried but this doesn't bother her. Her best friend Lovinia Fisher is a wife and mother but she is dying and she asks Ruby to help her family after her death. What follows is the struggle that Ruby and Gideon Fisher face as they try to honor Lovinia's wishes but still resist her efforts to make them a couple.
The Roll of the Drums is book two of The Amish of Weaver's Creek series and I loved learning how this Ohio Amish community was affected by the Civil War in 1863. I also enjoyed seeing how Ruby and Gideon grow as individuals and as two people working together to provide a sense of family for Gideon and Lovinia's children. Author Jan Drexler has been able to portray their human failings while vividly depicting their spiritual growth.
The Roll of the Drums demonstrates the power of love, acceptance, and forgiveness amidst the conflicts of man and the conflict of war. If you enjoy historical romance and Amish fiction, you will certainly want to read this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author and Revell but a favorable review was not required. These are my own opinions.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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.
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