Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart



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. 


This book was so very good that I couldn't put it down!! I'd give it 10 stars if I could!!
Once you open this book you'll be taken back to Harmony Hill in 1850. I love to time travel like this!! 
Ann is a wonderful writer and I always look forward to what she will write next! 
Prayer is certainly powerful my friends. God always answers just not the way we want him to. His ways are not ours. 
I love talking to God. I don't always do it on a daily basis but I do try before my day starts and when my day ends. Sometimes I even pray for my coworkers and the customers that sometimes come through with their attitude. Does this remind you of a certain someone in the story?
I have no idea why people bully others or just want to torment them. But even bullies can change. It's like praying for your enemy. 
I learned quite a bit from the Shakers. I don't like some of their ways. I won't name some of them because that will be giving away some of the story. But, it's a wonder!! 
In some ways they remind me of the Amish. Wanting to be in the world but not of it. 
I loved Sister Darcie although I just called her plain Darcie. She's patient even when she doesn't feel like it sometimes (like me) and is always willing to work with people. Darcie is special. 
Eldress Maria is a character unlike any other. When you read this book you'll see what I"m talking about!! But, in the end I ended up loving her too. 
Sister Genna the ever practical sister. I think I liked her the most because of her no nonsense attitude. I loved her support for Darcie when she first came to the village. 
And then there's Sister Ellie!! Lord, I felt like she was my big sister. The sister I always wanted! I felt like I could come to her and tell her anything.
Shakertown is one of my most favorite places in Kentucky to visit. I recommend y'all to visit this author's blog to get a tour of this wonderful place or even just to come to Kentucky to visit the place itself!! 
I recommend this book very strongly. You will learn some wonderful things about these people of the past. 
I received a copy from Netgalley and all opinions are my own!! 


Ann H. GabhartAnn H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann's website http://annhgabhart.com or her two blogs, One Writer's Journal, www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com, and the Hollyhill Book of the Strange, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspo.... Giveaways several times a year. 

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