Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Another Well Crafted Tale by Ann H. Gabhart

      " The Innocent"
      By Ann H. Gabhart

She longs for peace for her land and her heart!! Can she find it in Harmony Hill??

Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. The war ends without further word. Now penniless, in debt, and forced from her home, Carlyn seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, only to discover that they will not allow her to keep her beloved dog, an animal that has been her faithful companion since her husband went off to war. Sheriff Mitchell Brodie has pity on the lovely young woman and agrees to take the dog. Carlyn is just settling into life as a sister in the Shaker village when she receives a devastating letter confirming her worst fears. As she wrestles with whether to commit herself fully to the Shaker life, mysterious deaths begin to occur, and Carlyn comes under suspicion. Can Sheriff Mitchell help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

I have always had a curiosity about the Shaker faith and their beliefs. After reading many Amish and Mennonite novels, questions arose about the Shakers. They may appear similar in their emphasis on dress, however , after reading several of Ann's books, I was made aware of major differences. This author has researched thoroughly, making the characters, setting and plot believable and realistic. The traditions and way of life are accurately described in such a way that you imagine yourself there. Carolyn becomes a friend with whom it is easy to identify. You feel her every heartache, sorrow and worry. Her problems become your's . I felt her confusion as she attempted to deal with her challenges in her daily life, trying to adapt to the Shaker way of life. 

The plot is realistic and well developed with just enough twists and turns to keep the reader 's attention. I did NOT want to put this book down until I had finished it. The surprising events appeared around every corner. The story moved quickly. You just think you have the problems figured out when another 
blockade appears in the way.

I was very impressed with the accurate and detailed description of the daily life in a Shaker community. This book not only entertained me but educated me as well. Ann, you have taught me many things about a very different faith. This is a book that I highly recommend, definitely worthy of five stars. 

This book was supplied by Revell House and Graff Martin Communications in exchange for a fair and honest review. Now available from your local bookseller.

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