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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Book Review - Christmas At Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story by Ann H. Gabhart

About The Book:

A stirring story of healing, hope, and home at Christmas
She stared up at the Shaker buildings. They took in those in need. That was why she was riding into their village. But she couldn't stay here. Not forever. They divided families. She'd heard her grandmother speak harshly of the way Shakers didn't believe in marriage and had special houses where children were kept from their parents.

Heather put a hand over the swell of her baby inside her. Surely they wouldn't take a newborn from his mother's bosom. Heather's mother couldn't have imagined that happening or she'd have never told her to come . . .

It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?

As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.

Join bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart for a peek into the world of the Shakers--and the world of the human heart.

My Thoughts:

Author Ann Gabhart has combined two fascinating cultural aspects to her new holiday book, "Christmas At Harmony Hill" - she sets her story during the era of the ending of the Civil War and places most of the tale at the Shaker community of Harmony Hill. I find both of these subject to be very interesting, and when you add in Ann's wonderfully warm and inspiring story of a young couple's struggle to find love and acceptance - well, you just have a winner of a book!

I loved the characters in this story - the young pregnant wife Heather, who just wants to deliver her baby in peace and to have her husband back home; Sister Sophrena, Heather's aunt who is a member of the Shaker community and longs to reunited with her "world" family; and Gideon, Heather's young solider husband who does everything in his might to get back home to his wife and family. 

This is a heartwarming story that will inspire and touch the heart of all readers. It's a perfect holiday tale to enjoy this season!

Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About The Author:

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels—The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted—as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.

My thanks to Revell Books for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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