The Refuge

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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.


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  1. Ann H. Gabhart
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    Ann H. Gabhart

    Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, These...

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Reviews

Praise for The Innocent

"Once again, Gabhart creates a story that shines."--RT Book Reviews

"The Innocent is another well-crafted tale from the pen of Ann H. Gabhart. With characters that will steal your heart, Gabhart introduces a desperate young heroine who seeks safety among the Shakers during the post-Civil War era and a sheriff determined to come to her aid. A rich and rewarding read you won't want to miss!"--Judith Miller, award-winning author of Refined by Love series

"Another superbly crafted and thoroughly entertaining novel from a master storyteller."--The Midwest Book Review

Praise for
The Gifted

"Gabhart skillfully elucidates Shaker beliefs while neither proselytizing nor condemning the tradition's practices. Drawn to Gabhart's strong characters as they are pressed to make difficult choices in their lives, readers will appreciate this window onto a different culture."--Booklist

"Impeccable research and moving characters."--RT Book Reviews