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  1. Believer, The: A Novel - eBookeBOOK
    Believer, The: A Novel - eBook
    Ann H. Gabhart
    Revell / 2009 / ePub
    $9.69 Retail: $14.99 Save 35% ($5.30)
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  1. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Fairly Good book.
    July 26, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Believer, Shaker Series #2.
    Elizabeth Duncan is at her wits end. With both her parents gone and an unsavory suiter waiting in the shadows, she feels she has no choice but to take her brother Payton and sister Hannah to the Shaker village at Harmony Hill. There they are taken in, fed and clothed and expected to behave in the Shaker way. But while Elizabeth and Hannah struggle with the strict rules and the Shaker way of life, Payton finds that he fits into the community very well.

    Raised in the Shaker community from boyhood Ethan Boyd know that the young Elizabeth will be a distraction to him. As weeks go by the pair find that they have fallen in love, something strictly forbidden at Harmony Hill.

    After reading the first book the outsider which I enjoyed, but I really wasn't sure I wanted to dive back into the Shaker world. One time was really enough for me, but the girls in my book club wanted to read it. Once I got into it I found that the story was quite good for the most part. I got through the book quite quickly. The character where engaging and well defined. The story itself was good quality and easy to follow.

    There were a couple things I found delightful about this book. Hannah was charming. Try as she might she couldnt stop being the free spirit that God made her to be. She did her best to follow the strict rules that the shakers insisted that she follow, but in the end she could help but to be herself. Elizabeth and Ethan "committing" matrimony.

    The description of the Shakers life and beliefs were interesting if in a lot of ways unbiblical. The fact that they pray the Eternal Father and one of their founders, a woman they call Mother Ann and they don't seem to acknowledge Jesus in any way. That they have appointed confessors for their sins, instead of confessing them to God. They fact that they dance and shake their sins off themselves. All contrary to biblical teaching.

    The theme that I found in this book is to be who God made you to be. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in how to live your life for God.

    All in all I found this to be a fairly good book and one that I would recommend.
  2. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Elizabeth Duncan has run out of options. With her last living parent gone, two siblings to care for, and no where to live, she turns to the last hope that remains. Remembering the Shaker village in the next county that her father told them stories about, she packs up her brother and sister and presents herself and siblings at Harmony Hill. Despite the strange beliefs that swirl around them, she is relieved that the Shakers provide a roof over their heads in exchange for the labor of their hands. Even though they are provided for, Elizabeth finds herself attracted to a young Believer named Ethan. He is beginning to see her as more than a sister, and Elizabeth fears she will be asked to leave the village in order to keep him from sin. Will she be able to leave her siblings behind forever? Or will Ethan bring himself to acknowledge the love growing in his heart?

    This was quite the tender love story, despite the oxymoron of a Shaker romance. Ethan was quite naive to anything and everything in the world, but curious, just like every normal child who knows nothing of the outside. Having grown up in the Shaker village keeps him from experiencing life as he should have, and he is very childlike even as a young adult. A good story line and an entertaining plot. I enjoyed everything about this book, and I really fell in love with all of the well written characters. I give it six stars.
  3. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 1, 2012
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Believer, Shaker Series #2.
    Elizabeth Duncan has run out of options. With her last living parent gone, two siblings to care for, and no where to live, she turns to the last hope that remains. Remembering the Shaker village in the next county that her father told them stories about, she packs up her brother and sister and presents herself and siblings at Harmony Hill. Despite the strange beliefs that swirl around them, she is relieved that the Shakers provide a roof over their heads in exchange for the labor of their hands. Even though they are provided for, Elizabeth finds herself attracted to a young Believer named Ethan. He is beginning to see her as more than a sister, and Elizabeth fears she will be asked to leave the village in order to keep him from sin. Will she be able to leave her siblings behind forever? Or will Ethan bring himself to acknowledge the love growing in his heart?

    This was quite the tender love story, despite the oxymoron of a Shaker romance. Ethan was quite naive to anything and everything in the world, but curious, just like every normal child who knows nothing of the outside. Having grown up in the Shaker village keeps him from experiencing life as he should have, and he is very childlike even as a young adult. A good story line and an entertaining plot. I enjoyed everything about this book, and I really fell in love with all of the well written characters. I give it six stars.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Delightful Story!
    January 29, 2011
    serena miller
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Believer, Shaker Series #2.
    For many years I lived near the Shaker village the author describes in her novel. It was a peaceful place and I visited often. Studying the Shakers became a hobby of mine. I can say absolutely that the author's accuracy of details and the mindset of the Shakers is very impressive. Besides that, it is a delightful story and extremely well-written. I was hooked from the first sentence.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 19, 2010
    Pam Muntz
    First time I have read anything from this author-I was very much impressed. I couldn't wait to pick it back up and read it whenever I had to put it down. I look forward to reading more of her work!!
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