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Thursday, October 22, 2020

Book Review and Giveaway - Softly Blows the Bugle By Jan Drexler - on tour with JustRead


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan Drexler, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Softly Blows the Bugle
Series: The Amish of Weaver's Creek #3
Author: Jan Drexler
Publisher: Revell
Release Date: October 20, 2020
Genre: Christian Historical Amish Romance

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

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 not having a family of her own. Then along came Aaron Zook . . .

Despite the severity of his injuries, Aaron has resolved 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.

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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 The Sound of Distant ThunderThe Roll of the DrumsHannah's ChoiceMattie's Pledge (a 2017 Holt Medallion finalist), and Naomi's Hope, as well as several Love Inspired historical novels.

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My Thoughts

"Softly Blows the Bugle" by Jan Drexler is book 3 in the Amish of Weaver's Creek. I have read one of the other books, but each book can be read as a stand a lone. In this story, we meet Elizabeth Kaufman. She loses her husband to the Civil War. After this tragic event, she vows to never have to depend on a man. Then we meet Aaron Zook. His grandfather left the Amish faith - but he feels so drawn to it, and Elizabeth. Elizabeth has a choice - marry upstanding Amish man, Solomon Mast - or wait and see if Aaron settles into the Amish community. Aaron thinks that Solomon is hiding something and is not all who he seems to be - I liked this aspect of the book. The small bit of drama/tension mixed in this book helped make this a great story. There is a lot of stuff that goes on in this book. It was fun to see all the adventures, the mishaps and the dilemmas that this book had. Elizabeth's brother wants to marry the girl of his dreams, but he has to be confirmed as a church member. There is a problem. He served in the Civil War for 3 years and the Amish do not believe in war. I believe the author has done some amazing research. I felt that I was getting an Amish History lesson while reading this story. You don't think when you look back at the Civil War, what or how the Amish were involved. The author has created some well written characters. They are not perfect, they have flaws, they have issues. I enjoyed this story very much. I received a copy of this book through the JustRead tour blogging program - all thoughts are my own. 


(1) winner will receive a Softly Blows the Bugle prize package including: "The Amish of Weaver’s Creek" three-book series (The Sound of Distant Thunder, The Roll of the Drums, and Softly Blows the Bugle), Winter Mug & hot cocoa packets, Lavender Hand Lotion Bar from Fairchild Lamb & Wool (Canby, Minnesota), “One Minute with God” perpetual calendar, Thanksgiving Turkey shelf sitter, Laura Ingalls Wilder notepad, Jan Drexler sticky notes, bookmarks, and pen!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour as well as our Softly Blows the Bugle Takeover Tour (October 28-30) for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 19, 2020 and last through 11:59 PM EST on November 4, 2020. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Thank you so much! - JustRead Tours

  2. Thank you for your great review and for participating in the blog tour!

  3. Thank you for this awesome blog post!

  4. Jan is a new author for me. I'm enjoying following the tour.

  5. Sounds like a great read. I really like reading Amish fiction, looking forward to reading the book.