When a young Amish man from Weaver's Creek takes his brother's place in the Civil war draft of 1862, the sacrifice may take everything he holds dear—including his sweetheart's love.
This was a unique Amish story for me, as it dealt with a young couple, their families, their community, and their state as the Civil War grows ever closer to intruding upon their lives. Both Katie and Jonas are the youngest in their families and both have family issues in which their parents feel that they are just too young to make big decisions- like getting married. Jonas is almost 21 and Katie is 17, but both are mature for their age and I did feel bad for them at the way their parents and older siblings have seemed to forgotten that they are no longer babies.
It was curious to see how the Amish dealt with the Civil War, that their religion forbade them from fighting in war, however the American government needed men. The draft was happening and there would be repercussions if those rules were not followed. How long do you sit back and do nothing before you decide you need to step up and become involved was a major theme of this story.
The title fit so well as the war was so close to them and was going to affect them no matter what, like distant thunder. It is far off yet but the storm is approaching. This was a good beginning to another Amish family saga.
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