When a widower offers a marriage of convenience, Ruby Weaver wonders if it's worth sacrificing her hope for love in order to keep a promise.
The Roll of the Drums is a novel that shows that no matter how hard the Amish tried to stay neutral and peace loving, the Civil War that was tearing up our nation, was also affecting them. There was no place that was not.
Here we have a story of a preacher who was forced into service and not able to get back to his ill wife and four children. By the time Gideon returns home, his Amish town is deserted. Not knowing what else to do, he picks up his family and moves north. They end up at Weaver’s Creek and they are lovingly brought into the Weaver’s family.
After realizing that she is not getting better, Gideon’s wife makes a request of him and Ruby Weaver- that they will marry after she passes and give her children both a mother and a father. I cannot imagine how hard this was for her, or for Gideon who is in such grief and turmoil. Ruby was content enough not to marry due to some secrets from her past, so this request is not welcome. However, as the story unfolds we get to see their hearts opening up for new love and a new life together.
This was a heartfelt romance and family drama set within the backdrop of the Civil War and within the Amish lifestyle. It was heartwarming and sad and shows how we humans must keep living and moving forward.
I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.