|The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart
She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at 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. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff 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.
“The Innocent is another well-crafted tale from the pen of Ann H. Gabhart. With characters that will steal your heart, Gabhart introduces a desperate young heroine who seeks safety among the Shakers during the post-Civil War era and a sheriff determined to come to her aid. A rich and rewarding read you won’t want to miss!”—Judith Miller, award-winning author of Refined by Love series
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 Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at http://www.annhgabhart.com.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK
After hearing that her husband was missing in action, Carlyn Kearney had no where to turn but to the Shaker community for help. Her house was being taken away because of non payment, she had no idea when here husband would be home, or if he would. But in the shaker community, Carlyn finds out that things are not just as they seem in this community of people who are bound to their belief’s.
Every time I read about the Shaker’s, I find it hard to believe that people would actually believe as they do. But in Carlyn’s case in this story, I can understand why she would turn to this group of people. She had no choice. She had no one, no money, and no way to make any money to pay for her land, and upkeep her house. Or for that matter, to feed herself. She did go in with the right attitude though, only going through the motions of their belief’s. Sounds just like something I would do in that situation.
This is a really wonderful read. Ann Gabhart is a master storyteller and her books are full of interesting characters, storylines and detailed information. Just as it is in The Innocent. As I was reading this story, I felt like the characters were so real, I would get aggravated at some, cry at times, feel the tensions as the scenes unfolded, and laughed at times as the details were so vivid and real. And no one writes about the Shakers like Ann Gabhart. She knows their ways and knows how to write them in a story that makes it happen! I don’t want to say a lot more about the storyline, because it will give too much info, and ruin it for you. Just know that this is a book that you don’t want to miss!
I received this book from Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.