The Sound of Distant Thunder

series: Amish of Weaver's Creek, The

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For two hopeless romantics, the Civil War will be the ultimate test . . .

Seventeen-year-old Katie Stuckey is starry-eyed, in love with the idea of being in love, and does not want to wait until she is eighteen to marry Jonas Weaver as her parents insist. Twenty-year-old Jonas knows war is at odds with the teachings of the church, yet he can't help being taken in by the romance of the soldiering life, especially for the abolitionist cause.

When his married brother's name comes up in the draft list, Jonas volunteers to take his brother's place. But can the commitment Katie and Jonas have made to each other survive the separation?

"The Sound of Distant Thunder combines historical research with compelling characters to create a memorable story of love in the time of war."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of Anna's Crossing

"In The Sound of Distant Thunder, the sweetness of young love, the conflict and sorrow of the War Between the States, the wisdom of couples long married, and the cost of making a stand for what one believes are blended into a story that kept me turning pages."--Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of These Healing Hills


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 Hannah's Choice, Mattie's Pledge (a 2017 Holt Medallion finalist), and Naomi's Hope.


Endorsements

"Twenty-year-old Jonas Weaver can't resist fighting the evil of slavery by joining the War Between the States. Off to the army he goes, despite strong objections by his family, his Amish church, and his sweetheart, Katie Stuckey. When Jonas's letters stop coming, Katie has to face something from her past she has tried to ignore. Jan Drexler's The Sound of Distant Thunder combines historical research with compelling characters to create a memorable story of love in the time of war."

Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of Anna's Crossing

"In The Sound of Distant Thunder, the sweetness of young love, the conflict and sorrow of the War Between the States, the wisdom of couples long married, and the cost of making a stand for what one believes are blended into a story that kept me turning pages. The way Jan Drexler's Amish characters spring to life off the page will leave readers wanting to know more about the people in this Amish community. For sure and certain."

Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of These Healing Hills

"Faith, family, and freedom are tested by the crucible of war in this haunting love story of a gentle people whose lives--and hearts--are disrupted by the sound of distant thunder. Historically rich and rare, this is a unique glimpse into a nation divided that both captures the mind and nourishes the soul."

Julie Lessman, award-winning author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Isle of Hope series

"In a beautifully woven story, Jan Drexler once again gives her readers a true look at the struggles of faith, hope, and love facing families, churches, communities, and a nation during a time of turbulence . . . and love."

Ruth Logan Herne, award-winning author


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    Jan Drexler

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