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Can the power of love and the bond of family triumph in a community that cannot accept either?

With the threat of a cholera epidemic at their heels, Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shakers, whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be temporary, but when Walter is killed in a riverboat accident, destitute 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?

Praise for the novels of Ann H. Gabhart

"A story that shines."--RT Book Reviews on The Innocent

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

"[A] window into a different culture."--Booklist on The Gifted

Ann H. Gabhart
is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, The Innocent, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, These Healing Hills, and River to Redemption. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm's fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dog, Frankie. Learn more at

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    Ann H. Gabhart

    Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of many novels, including In the Shadow of the River, When the Meadow Blooms, Along a Storied Trail, An Appalachian Summer, River to Redemption, These Healing Hills, and...

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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