Debut Amish Author Jan Drexler & Grandma was a Fighter — 25 Comments

  1. What a wonderful story, Jan! Isn’t it amazing how things turn out?

    I shared my grandmother’s story here on Lyn’s blog a year or so ago. Her father (my great-grandfather) died in the 1918 flu epidemic. My grandmother worked to keep the family together.

  2. didn’t get by day of post but reading today am in awe of this feisty lady who lived her life and in the end got a chance at that first love again. I have not read this author but your story looks great and will be looking for it. thanks for sharing about your Grandma…
    Paula O

  3. What an inspiring story! I love to hear the history behind book ideas. Especially when it’s a true story. Love your cover! Congrats on your new book, Jan!

  4. Hi Melanie!

    I’d love to write Grandma’s story. What a good idea! It would be a great tribute to a wonderful woman.

  5. Orphanages at that time could be terrible places for children. My grandfather’s orphanage was also harsh, and even though the boys were sent to work on area farms during the summers, life wasn’t any better there.

    Your grandfather must have been an interesting man. Don’t you wish we could still hear their stories?

  6. Thanks, Kathy!

    And what a story about your Grandma! It would be scary during those blackouts with unscrupulous men taking advantage of the darkness….

    Um, are you going to be using that in a book? Because if not….

  7. What a legacy your grandma left you, Jan! I absolutely loved her story–maybe you should write hers one of these days, as hers alone? And your book sounds wonderful, too! Would love to win a copy so I could read it and then pass it on to our daughter who loves Amish fiction. 🙂

    Congratulations on your debut!


  8. Thank you for sharing your grandmother’s story Jan! She sounds like such a wonderful and strong woman, and I love the way the Lord gave her a second chance with her first love.

    My great grandparents both died in the flu epidemics, and my grandfather was put in a very harsh orphanage, so harsh that he ran away and found work on a farm, aged 11.

  9. Wow, Jan, what a wonderful story about your grandma! I love it! It’s exciting to know that years later she was reunited with her sweetheart from high school.How precious.
    I remember my Grandma telling stories about their life in Oregon during WW2. Because they lived on the coast they often had blackouts and Grandma often talked about keeping her small sons quiet as “tramps” as she put it wandered around their home trying to rob or steal from them. Grandma was a fighter. She fought insecurities as well as physical illness.
    Congratulations to you Jan on your first LI Historical! I would love to read it!

  10. Hey Piper, thanks for stopping by!

    I can hardly wait to read your story (award finalist that it is!) – actually, I can hardly wait to read all of your stories.

    But the time will come soon. I can feel it 🙂

  11. Jan,

    I love hearing about your Grandma! And I’m with Judy, I teared up when hearing about her reunion with her college sweetheart. How sweet.

    I don’t have any real life stories about this time period–but I appreciate you as a role model for writing in this time period so that my stories set in this same part of the 20th century might see the light of day! Thank you, Jan for this great post and thank you, Lyn for continuing to feature Strong Women!


  12. That aunt sounds like a dedicated woman. I can just see the romance story now – many suitors, but she won’t accept any of them because of her dedication to the children. But in fiction, I’d have that one, perfect man come along…the one who loves the children as much as she does.


    Too bad real life doesn’t turn out that way.

    Thanks for adding my book to your wish list!

  13. Hi Jane!

    What a story! Your grandmother was one strong lady! Now I see where you get it 🙂

  14. I’m an Amish book junkie, too, Cheryl!

    Our grandparents didn’t have life easy, did they? Their lives are such an inspiration for me.

  15. *shhh – I almost yelled Kim’s college nick-name!*

    Hey, Kim! So good to see you here!

    And we won’t talk about how long it’s been since we met 🙂

    I hope you enjoy the book!

  16. My husband’s great grandparents both passed away during the flu epidemic in 1918. His great great aunt raised his grandmother and siblings. She had many suitors during the years but would not give up the children to many any of them.
    Jan’s story sounds fascinating. Will have to add to my wish list.

  17. Jan,
    My grandmother was a fighter too. Thanks for making me think about it. She lived in Ky, but moved to Detroit for her husband to work. She became widowed with one child (my mom.) She moved back home and became first women Deputy Sheriff in our county and started a business from nothing. She became successful in business, having two retail stores. Women of that era. Wow! Mine, too passed legacy along. Told me of her grandmother who hid soldier during war (Civil) under wool carding. What examples! Thanks for the reminder.

  18. Connie, my father-in-law often made the same comment. He was a teenager during the Great Depression, and he often commented that even though they didn’t have any cash (and no one did), they always had plenty of food to eat because of living on a farm. He pitied his cousins from the city who would spend summers on the farm so they would have enough to eat.

    We just can’t imagine life like that, can we?

  19. Thanks for putting my book on your wish list, Judy! I hope you enjoy it.

    My Grandma was one of the strongest people I’ve ever met, and nearly everything she did was with others in mind. Her goal in life was to be useful in Christian Service, as she termed it, and she certainly achieved that goal 🙂

  20. What a wonderful post! Very touching! Made me stop and think about my grandparents and all they had been through growing up. And all the troubles the endured. Thank you for sharing. I would love to read your book!
    I am an Amish book junkie!

  21. My father was very young during the Great Depression. He was the youngest child in a family of 10 but my grandparents were farmers so they were able to feed their family with their garden produce, the meat from their own hogs and the milk and butter from their cows. My dad often remarked that even, as he grew older, he didn’t feel like he was poor because everyone else was in the same boat!!

  22. I am really looking forward to reading Jan’s book. We met our freshman year in college, and I am so glad we have reconnected. I love stories set in the Amish community and can’t wait to read this one. Looking forward to more books by Jan. New author to me…but old time friends. 🙂

  23. I loved this post. Reading how Grandma was a fighter thrilled me. Tears sprang to my eyes when I read she married her college sweetheart at the age of 74….never under estimate the plans God has for us!
    Jan is a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading, The Prodigal Son Returns. This book definitely is going on my wish list!
    Now, to answer your question. No, I don’t have any stories about the Depression, WWI or the Spanish flu. Looking forward to checking back and reading other comments that might. 🙂

    Judy B

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