22 10 2019



I could not put this book down!  Jan Drexler did it again, where you continued in the story of Weaver’s Creek with the Civil War entering the Amish life.  You have main characters Ruby Weaver and Gideon Fischer.  Gideon enters Weaver’s Creek from Maryland with his 4 children and very ill wife, Lovinia.  Lovinia ends up passing away soon after, but not before she becomes close friends with Ruby.  She then asks both Ruby and Gideon to marry after her death.  With both of them grieving deeply, neither one wants to marry, but they do want the children taken care of, so that falls upon Ruby.  A short question is, will they end up getting married?  Will they end up falling in love?


On the Civil War end, there are some Confederate marauders that enter Weavers Creek.  These are not good men.  They end up shooting Abraham, Ruby’s father.  They also steal his horses.  Later they also end up burning his barn down.  The question here is, will Abraham recover from his wound?  How will the community react to this?  You will need to read the book to get the answers to the questions.


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.




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.


The Roll of the Drums became available for sale October 1, 2019.


I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and ebook from NetGalley for my honest review.


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