Softly blows the bugle

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion leader



Softly blows the bugle (The Amish of Weaver’s Creek)


Jan Drexler




October 2020




313 pages


Elizabeth Kaufman is an Amish woman who has seen sorrow in her young life. Her marriage to an abusive miserable man was enough to make her never desire marriage again. After her husband dies in the Battle of Vicksburg, she decides to never be at the mercy of any man, ever.

Aaron feels like half a man at times. Losing his leg in the Civil War has left him with a handicap physically but one that is unseen also. He has no desire to become Amish, is only staying for a while with his friend Jonas, who he served with in the War between the States. Even when he meets Jonas’ beautiful sister, Elizabeth, he does not entertain any thought that there might be a future for them. What would she want with a man like him, English and handicapped as well.

But life in what seems as a very uncomplicated community, often gets very complicated indeed. Solomon Mast enters the picture. Is he friend or foe? Hero of villain? Will he steal Elizabeth’s heart? Is all as it seems with him? Who can Elizabeth trust? And can she trust her own heart?

Fans of Amish fiction will enjoy Elizabeth’s story as she struggles with problems of the heart, not just romantically but also as she comes to terms with her God and His workings in her life.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Fans of Christian fiction, historical fiction, Amish fiction

Christian Impact:

A major theme is that God is here for us and He forgives us.

Other Notes :

-also includes an excerpt from Book 1 in the Journey to Pleasant Prairie Series

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

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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