The Outsider, Shaker Series #1   -     By: Ann H. Gabhart
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Gabrielle Hope and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shaker community in 1807. The community promised stability and devotion that Gabrielle wholeheartedly embraced. But when a local doctor must be brought into Harmony Hill from the outside, he sets into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielles 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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800732391
ISBN-13: 9780800732394
Availability: In Stock
Series: Shaker

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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. Summerfield, FL
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 21, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Outsider, The: A Novel - eBook.
    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. 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 review was written for Outsider, The: A Novel - eBook.
    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. 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
    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. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 28, 2012
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    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. 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
    This review was written for Outsider, The: A Novel - eBook.
    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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Author/Artist Review

Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Submitted: November 13, 2008

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a country girl who has always lived on a working farm in Kentucky. Not horses. Beef cows. I started writing when I was ten and have been writing ever since. I've published eighteen books with three more scheduled to be out from Revell Books in the next couple of years.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I enjoy historical fiction and had two historical romances published by Warner Books in 1978 and 1980. At that time I researched the Shakers and wrote about them, but the time wasn't right for the book then. After a major rewrite, the time seems to be right now and The Outsider is being very well received by readers.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I always want my readers to like my characters and to be glad they read my stories. I hope they also come away with a better understanding of the Shakers and frontier days since the book also tells about the War of 1812. Last but certainly not least, I hope they are inspired by the faith journey of my characters.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  While researching the War of 1812, I saw the horrors of war in any age and my admiration grew for those men and women who have defended our country with courage through the years. I also was interested to learn more about the Shakers and what they believed.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I come from a book loving family so I've always been blessed with the availability of books. Reading has always inspired me. I like so many authors it's hard to pick out a few, but Chaim Potok opened my eyes to how a writer can make a character come to life on the pages of a book and Barbara Kingsolver is another favorite.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  I love to hear from readers so come on over to my website and tell me what you like or don't like in your reading world.

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