Thursday, July 14, 2011

THE BLESSED (Book four in the Shaker Series) by ANN H. GABHART

Can you imagine being a young girl leaving your family filled with troubles only to meet new sorrows? We see the heart of a young girl as she leaves her family and moves in with Pastor Elwood Palmer and his wife? This is what happens to Lacey Bishop in the year of 1844. Lacey was caring for the pastor's children, when he loses his wife. The only answer the pastor has is for Lacey and he to marry. Lacey loves sweet Rachel is willing to do anything to stay near her. She has formed a bond with this child and although not her mother, they have a close relationship that connects them together forever.

More heartache seems to come, and Lacey is left with her heart being fond of another, Isaac Kingston. Forbidden love is what Lacey is facing. She is trying to fit into this community, kind of like us trying to fit in and feel accepted in everyday life. We see her heart filled with loneliness. All she wants is to be accepted and loved. Don't we all want that? We get to follow the life of Lacey as she is searching for God's truth. This book is filled with hope. We see the battle that goes on in the heart. We see the love and compassion that Lacey is willing to offer. Lacey is selfless. I admire her character and how she places others before herself.

This is book four of the series. They seem to just keep getting better. Ann H. Gabhart has brought the Shaker community to life for us. These people and their ways are so different and distinct. Can you imagine marriage being a sin? So many things are hard to understand about this community, but Ann gives us a glimpse into understanding a people often misunderstood. I loved this book just as I did the others. Ann brings joy and hope out of sadness and despair. The detail she brings to her writing style is unmatched. If you love Historical Fiction you will love Ann H. Gabhart and all she brings to the pages.

This book was a gift from Revell for it's review.

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, and The Blessed. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Kentucky.


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