Tuesday, July 3, 2012
By 1849, Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her life, but in spite of how she loves her sisters there, she struggles to conform to the strict rules. Instead she entertains dreams of the world outside. When Tristan Cooper seems to step out of those dreams to entice her into the forbidden realm beyond the Shaker Village, her life turns upside down. Will Jessamine be able to survive the storms of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Ann H. Gabhart. And The Gifted is just as terrific as Ann's previous Harmony Hill books. Jessamine is a spunky young woman dreaming of what might be outside Harmony Hill. When the opportunity to leave Harmony Hill is presented to her and when her lost past returns, Jessamine wonders if she will be able to live in the outside world.
The Shaker religion is fascinating and once again, I appreciate Ann's fair portrayal of the Shaker life. While her heroines usually, eventually leave the Shaker life for the outside world, she is never critical of the Shakers. Rather, she is able to write about their faith respectfully, even as characters leave the Shaker world for something else.
Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Ann H. Gabhart here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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