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The Refuge

The RefugeThe Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m a huge fan of Ann Gabhart’s Shaker books. I’ve liked them all. This one, however, might be my favorite. Ann does a great job of making the Shakers real in her stories. It would be so easy to make them cartoonish with their odd beliefs and odder ways, but she handles them with dignity and delicacy while showcasing their stories realistically.

This is historical fiction – not historical romance – but there is an undercurrent of a romantic thread in it which is touching. The Shakers believed that marriage was a sin. Yeah, I know, but they did. So the romance is all the sweeter for that background.

I enjoyed the movement and flow of the different points of view, including the young girl, Leatrice. It takes talent and attention to detail to write a child’s point of view well. Ann does. Her characters aren’t perfect (but then, who is?), but they are so realistic that you’ll be comfortable with them in minutes and involved in their lives before you even realize it.

You don’t need to have read any of Ann’s other Shaker stories to enjoy this one. But you may want to read them after!


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The Blessed

The Blessed (Shaker, #4)The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve enjoyed all of Ann Gabhart’s shaker books and couldn’t believe I’d missed one … but I had! So I grabbed a copy and read it in a couple of days. As usual, it was full of the characters who had not always experienced the best things in life, had not always made the right choices, and these characters were living through the consequences of their actions. In short, Ann Gabhart writes real-people-type characters the reader can relate to.

What I love about these Shaker books is that while they deal with a group of people we’d label as a cult today, the author treats them with the dignity and respect they deserve as people trying to do their best with what they know and believe. She never demeans them or makes them into caricatures. They are fully-rounded characters with strengths and weaknesses, beauty and warts. And into the lives of these people, the author weaves a tale of hardship and hope.

Well worth reading.


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River to Redemption

River to RedemptionRiver to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First note: Revell has this marketed as a historical romance. It’s not. It’s historical with a strong romantic element. There is a difference, so be aware if you’re picking this up expecting a formulaic romance. It’s not.

It’s better. The story dips into multiple points of view – not just the hero and heroine of the traditional romance – and it’s deeper and richer for it. As always, Ann Gabhart does a beautiful job fleshing out her characters and walking the reader alongside them.

The devastation of one town, the sole person who kept going through adversity such as most of us will never experience, and the way it impacted an entire town is truly amazing. A touching story based on a true historical event, you can’t go wrong picking up a copy of this book.


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The Scent of Lilacs

The Scent of Lilacs (The Heart of Hollyhill #1)The Scent of Lilacs by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this story! It was different than the type of story I normally gravitate to. It is historical, but not as far back in history as I typically read. It’s the story of people who face real-life issues, real-life hurts and disappointments, and are part of a real-life family. And it was told mostly through the eyes of a child. That’s different, and it was very well done. Hard to put down.


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These Healing Hills

These Healing HillsThese Healing Hills by Ann H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Ann Gabhart’s stories! This one didn’t disappoint.

Ann takes us into the backwoods of the Appalachian Mountains in 1945 with the Frontier Nursing Service. We ride along with Nurse Francine Howard as she learns to “catch babies” and bring medical assistance to people who still live a very hand-to-mouth lifestyle. Danger comes in many forms, from getting lost to swollen rivers to trigger-happy moonshiners. But the most dangerous to Francine’s heart is a very handsome mountain man come back from the war.

As with her Shaker books, Ann brings her characters to life without making them stereotypical “hillbillies.” The characters are varied, engaging, and easy to relate to. You’ll feel like you’ve known them for years by the end of the book.


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Murder is No Accident

Murder is No Accident (Hidden Springs Mystery #3)Murder is No Accident by A.H. Gabhart
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another charming tale from Hidden Springs with all the characters we’ve learned to love from Murder at the Courthouse and Murder Comes by Mail. Ann Gabhart hit a home run with this series, and I actually hope she’s not done. I’d love at least one more so that we know what happens with … oh. I can’t tell you. That would be a spoiler. 🙂

Plenty of quirky characters, an independent cat, and a funky old house to keep you turning the pages. Hidden Springs is Mayberry with a body count.



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