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Softly Blows the Bugle: Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Softly Blows the Bugle Review by Susan Scott Ferrell

Softly Blows the Bugle – A Satisfying Final Treat

I’m baack! After a bit of a sabbatical from doing book reviews, I’m finally in the swing of things again. Getting things kicked off with a couple of great novels really did the trick! My latest find is Softly Blows the Bugle, Book Three in Jan Drexler’s The Amish of Weaver’s Creek series. What an accomplishment!

Readers are transported back to Civil War-era Weaver’s Creek. This time, Drexler digs deep into the story of Elizabeth Kaufman – a war-time widow with a very dark past. She seems to finally be setting things right when her plans of singlehood are turned upside down. Everyone thinks it is high time she remarried.

Not-Amish Aaron Zook is visiting Weaver’s Creek after the war. He fought for the rebs and nearly lost his life. He’s hoping to go west to make a new start – but that Elizabeth Kaufman – there’s something about her…

Mischief and deceit come to Weaver’s Creek in the form of a mystery person. Will Elizabeth’s dream of having a family every come true? Poor woman – will she EVER catch a break? Can Aaron find his way in the strange Amish community?

Read and find out!

Softly Blows the Bugle had me hook, line, and sinker – in one chapter. Drexler has an amazing ability to give the reader a vivid image of the landscape. The storylines are well-thought out and keep you guessing until the end. Although this is the third in the series, it may easily be read as a stand-alone.

Add this to your To Be Read pile!

I was given Softly Blows the Bugle in exchange for my honest review.

Softly Blows the Bugle by Jan DrexlerWelcome 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 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.


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