Ann Gabhart writes another great book! This historical novel has many twists and turns. Ann paints a vivid picture of what life was like in the Shaker community. Outside of Harmony Hill a different life exists, the real world, where the war is taking young lives. This is a real page turner. Be sure to read Ann's other books too. I hope she writes more soon.
This book should be rated a "15 stars" It was one of the best books I have ever read !!!!! I also have visited the Shaker Village and the Amish country, and I have read MANY books about the amish, and I was really excited to see a book about the Shakers. Thank you for this wonderful book!! I have ordered the second one,The Beliver, and I can hardly wait til I get it.
Looking at the cover of this book, one might think "Oh, it's another Amish book." Well then the reader is in for a surprise as the story is about another lesser known historical religious group, The Shakers. Gabrielle's story brings to life the daily life of the Shakers and gives the reader a glimpse of what life was like for someone who did not truly belong. It was interesting to see how they dealt with the outside world and how they tried to maintain a closed knit society. The story made it sound like the Shakers were not true Christians. Their beliefs incorporated practices that were not needed to become real believers of Christ. It's sad that they felt that they had to include these in order to live a fulfilled life. It was a heartbreaking way to live with mothers being separated from their children. Doing more research showed that many times it was the husband who originally chose this way of lifestyle and forced the rest of the family into joining. It's a subject well worth spending more time looking into. The story is well written. This is the author's first historical novel and a lot of research was done for the book. I learned a lot from it as I had only the basic understanding of Shakers from history class. I'll be looking forward to reading the next book in this series by Ann Gabhart.
A very interesting story about the Shakers. Its tells you of many strange practices of these people, It makes you sad it makes you angry, it makes you fret but in the end it all comes together a great story; Gabrielle is a very warm loving girl.