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It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop's life is a tangled mess. Estranged from her own family, at age 16 she went to work for a preacher and his wife. When his wife died, the preacher convinced Lacey that the only decent thing to do was to marry him. That way she could continue to act as mother to the little girl who was left on his doorstop. But Lacey never expected he would decide to take them all off to a Shaker village.
There she's still married but living in a community that believes marriage is a sin. And to make matters worse, she finds herself drawn to Isaac Kingston, a man who came to the Shakers after his young bride died. But of course any notion of love between them is only a forbidden dream. How will Lacey ever find true happiness?
Readers will find themselves engrossed in this heartrending tale of commitment and forgiveness, the latest from popular author Ann H. Gabhart.
The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart was published by Baker in August 2011 and is our 29047th best seller. The ISBN for The Blessed is 9780800734541.
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The BlessedAlice Collins, via The Good Book Stall
I found this a fascinating, if at times uncomfortable read of a spiritual movement that was formed in the eighteenth century. I want to applaud the author, Ann Gabhart, for bringing to public attention a little-known way of life. Firstly, those flocking to the book for Christian guidance, please rest assured that the book is not religious in that respect - at least, from a sound theological viewpoint. The religious heresy it discusses, mocks, and explores, is that of the Shaker group, a cult who became prevalent in eighteenth century America. This book is very well-researched on all aspects of Shaker life, I did look up the Shaker movement on the internet, and was interested to learn that several villages remain as historical sites in the USA (enter Shaker Village into a search engine, for Shaker history click on link shown Editor)
One of my comments is that this book isn't really a piece of fiction as such. I felt that really it should have remained just that – a historical account of Shaker life. I wasn’t convinced by the characterisation, and found the plot extremely thin and predictable. It was really frustrating that the book couldn’t seem to quite work out in which genre it should be, and that did halt my general enjoyment of it. I would recommend this novel entirely on a historical basis. I learned also that it’s the fourth in the series, and after finishing this, would still be interested in acquiring others by the same author.
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Details for The Blessed
|Page last updated||28th July 2016|
|Author / Artist||Ann H. Gabhart|
|Publisher||Baker (August 2011)|
|Number of Pages||416|