Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart






When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely--position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family.


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About The Author





Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann's website http://annhgabhart.com or her two blogs, One Writer's Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com, and the Hollyhill Book of the Strange, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspo.... Giveaways several times a year.


My Review




The setting of this book is the 1850’s and at the Shakers Village of Harmony Hill. I like reading about this group of believers, although they were destined to fail, they had to depend on new joiners.
While some of this book does focus on the loss of a spouse, we have hope with the arrival of new babies, but the setting for nurturing is less than ideal. A rather sterile way, where the adults live in separate buildings from the children, and of course, men and woman are living apart.
Through the words of the author we put faces to these people, and while I felt I knew how things would turn out, there are a few surprises that we find here.
I for one would be happy to journey for a longer time here, and this one kept my attention and the pages flew.

I received this book through the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

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