About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Monday, November 16, 2020

Softly Blows the Bugle (The Amish of Weaver's Creek #3) by Jan Drexler

Softly Blows the Bugle (The Amish of Weaver's Creek, #3)Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan Drexler


When Elizabeth Kaufman received the news of her husband's death at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863, she felt only relief. She determined that she would never be at the mercy of any man again, even if it meant she would never have a family of her own. Then Aaron Zook comes home with her brother when the war ends two years later.

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron resolves to move West and leave the pain of the past behind him. He never imagined that the Amish way of life his grandfather had rejected long ago would be so enticing. That, and a certain widow he can't get out of his mind.

Yet, even in a simple community, life has a way of getting complicated. Aaron soon finds that while he may have left the battlefield behind, there is another fight he must win--the one for the heart of the woman he loves.

Welcome back to the Amish community at Weaver's Creek, where the bonds of family and faith bind up the brokenhearted.


There are so many layers that make up this book that is set in the Amish community of Weaver's Creek, Ohio in the year 1865. Two soldiers have returned from fighting in the Civil War but their difficulties are far from over. Elizabeth Kaufman's brother Jonas Weaver and an Englisher named Aaron Zook have adjustments to make in their return to civilian life after the trauma of war but Aaron faces the added battle of adapting to the loss of his leg . His anger is understandable but he also wants acceptance and slowly, we readers are shown the kind and thoughtful person that he truly is. An abusive relationship with her late husband had left Elizabeth wondering if she would ever enjoy a happy marriage. Will the hurt that Elizabeth experienced prevent her from trusting another man or is it possible that Aaron can break through the protective shell that she has placed around her heart ? Can this young widow avoid being manipulated a second time when another Amish gentleman sets his sights on her?

Author Jan Drexler has created some memorable characters, both good and bad, and placed them in situations that are sometimes unpleasant. In the end, however, this is a story with a strong faith message that outshines the bad. Softly Blows the Bugle is a wonderful way to conclude The Amish of Weaver's Creek series and I highly recommend it to all who enjoy Amish romance and historical Christian fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. A favorable review was never required and no monetary compensation was given. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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

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The Amish of Weaver's Creek

The Sound of Distant Thunder     The Roll of the Drums     Softly Blows the Bugle

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