16 May 2019

The Refuge | Book Review


When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely--position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family.

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: April 30, 2019


Experience life among the Shakers with Ann H. Gabhart’s The Refuge.

In need of refuge from cholera, Darcie Goodwin and her husband, Walter, join the Shakers of Harmony Hill. When he dies in an accident, she is left alone—and pregnant—in this strange community. Still, she is not without hope as the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his young, vibrant daughter bring unexpected promise for the future.

I have no experience with the Shakers beyond Gabhart’s books, but she describes their world in vivid, fascinating detail. I could not help but be captivated by Darcie’s story with its interesting, emotional turns. I bet it will equally captivate other readers of historical fiction; I recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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