Outsider, The: A Novel - eBook  -     By: Ann H. Gabhart
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Product Information

Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9781585589531
ISBN-13: 9781585589531
Availability: In Stock
Series: Shaker

Publisher's Description

For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing--visions that warn of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor must be brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle's loyalty to the Shakers. As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?
Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets readers live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will leave readers wanting more from this writer.

Author Bio

Ann H. Gabhart is the author of The Scent of Lilacs, Orchard of Hope, and Summer of Joy. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

Publisher's Weekly

“Shaker romance” might seem like an oxymoron, but Gabhart (Summer of Joy) pens an interesting if emotionally lukewarm historical tale that explores the fascinating world of a religious Shaker community. The predictable story line is less compelling than the details about the Shakers and their stringent religious beliefs, with celibacy key to the plot. Set amid the War of 1812, the point of view shifts between the two romantic leads. Twenty-year-old Sister Gabrielle Hope's spiritual visions enable her to see future events. Although she's committed to the Shaker community of Harmony Hill (based on Kentucky's real-life Pleasant Hill), a few words and a kiss from the widowed outsider Dr. Brice Scott cause her to question the life she and her mother have chosen. More uncertainty follows as the strict rules of the community separate mothers from their children. Disappointingly, the romance never tingles, and even the novel's darker scenes of suicide and military execution are emotionally flat. But fans of Beverly Lewis's Amish novels may find Gabhart's well-researched historical fiction to their liking. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. debwilson
    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
    Since she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the unique ability to see visions that warn of things to come. So when she and her mother, Martha join the Shaker community on Harmony Hill in 1807, her visions are embraced as a gift from Mother Ann. But when her gift enables her to see an event that comes to pass, a doctor must be brought from the outside world to the one where the Believers strive to be separate in order to save a life. Suddenly, everything Gabrielle knows to be good, pure, and true is in question. Will she be able to turn her back on her brothers and sisters that she has found in the Shakers, or will the pull of the world tear her from the peace and celibacy she has promised to live?

    This was quite the contradiction in a novel; a Shaker romance? Oh, but it is. In this unique, strange world the members of the community take a vow of celibacy, which clearly means that no children are ever born into the faith. Living a simple life of peace and harmony, using their hands for work, and giving their hearts to God is the foundation of the way they live. Despite the strangeness of these "shaking Quakers", Gabhart weaves a story unlike any other. You will be captivated by every emotion and situation the characters find themselves in, and spellbound by every word as I was. I highly recommend you buy the whole series, because having to wait for the next book is going to be impossible.
  2. CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting
    November 9, 2013
    CurledUpWithaBook
    The Maritimes
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is the first I had heard about the Shakers and their beliefs and although I don't agree with what they believe this was an interesting and well written story. There was lots of variety to hold my interest. It's hard to understand someone else's religion when it's so different from one's own. The part of children being permanently separated from their mothers was especially troubling for me. The other thing I couldn't comprehend was the Shakers belief that marriage and romantic love is sinful - that goes entirely against what the Bible teaches. This means that the Shaker sect cannot grow from within - only from outsiders coming in. Nevertheless, the author wrote a great story surrounding the Shakers and I did find it quite interesting and eye opening.
  3. debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 30, 2012
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Outsider, Shaker Series #1.
    Since she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the unique ability to see visions that warn of things to come. So when she and her mother, Martha join the Shaker community on Harmony Hill in 1807, her visions are embraced as a gift from Mother Ann. But when her gift enables her to see an event that comes to pass, a doctor must be brought from the outside world to the one where the Believers strive to be separate in order to save a life. Suddenly, everything Gabrielle knows to be good, pure, and true is in question. Will she be able to turn her back on her brothers and sisters that she has found in the Shakers, or will the pull of the world tear her from the peace and celibacy she has promised to live?

    This was quite the contradiction in a novel; a Shaker romance? Oh, but it is. In this unique, strange world the members of the community take a vow of celibacy, which clearly means that no children are ever born into the faith. Living a simple life of peace and harmony, using their hands for work, and giving their hearts to God is the foundation of the way they live. Despite the strangeness of these "shaking Quakers", Gabhart weaves a story unlike any other. You will be captivated by every emotion and situation the characters find themselves in, and spellbound by every word as I was. I highly recommend you buy the whole series, because having to wait for the next book is going to be impossible.
  4. Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 27, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for The Outsider, Shaker Series #1.
    I had to really think about how I felt about this book. My first impression was I thought it was just ok, but the more I thought about it while driving back and forth to work, I began to think it was a really good book after all.

    Gabrielle Hope has lived by a very strict set of rules and guidelines for a very long time. She is content until God's grace shows it's self through the local "wordly" doctor. As she begins to question her life, she begins to slowly come to the conclusion that God is really can set us free to live for Him, when we walk with Him.

    I enjoyed reading about the shakers the war of 1812. The writing was good and I didn't find any plot holes or glaring errors.
  5. SilverComet
    Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Christian Read
    October 27, 2011
    SilverComet
    Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Historical novel. Easy to get lost in. I will certainly buy more of this author. This book is one in a series about the Shaker sect of Christianity. They basically believed that to remain pure was required for admittance to Heaven. This included no intimacy with the opposite sex. Period. The novel is deep on several levels and one that was hard to put down.
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