Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Innocent ~ Ann H. Gabhart

  • File Size: 8687 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800723414
  • Publisher: Revell (June 30, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 30, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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?

My take on this book:
I love reading anything by Ann Gabhart, she has a way of drawing you right into the lives of the characters she writes about, making you feel that you actually become them for a short while. With The Innocent we get the story of Carlyn Kearney a woman who takes refuge at a Shaker village when her husband doesn't return from the civil war. 

I have read several of Ms. Gabhart's books about the Shakers and I must say while they are works of fiction she provides plenty of information about the Shaker community making me feel like I am learning something while reading. The writing allows the setting to come to life making me feel like I have stepped right into the community. I find the characters very easy to connect to, and the time period of  right after the civil war is a favorite of mine to read. The inspirational slant is well done, and the romance is light yet satisfying. Ms. Gabhart even weaves in a bit of suspense and mystery to make for a well rounded read. Easily a stand alone read, but if you are like me you are going to want to read everything that Ms. Gabhart has written about this Shaker community.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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