Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story - Ann H Gabhart

4 Stars!

It is 1864 and the nation is still torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. She has been working as a laundress with her husband's army unit, but when the army gets orders to march south to Tennessee, Gideon insists Heather go home to have their child under safer conditions. Heather agrees, but returns home to another kind of devastation--deaths in the family and a father who refuses to forgive her for marrying a Yankee. With nowhere else to turn, Heather seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, where her great aunt Sophrena lives. There, after many peaceful years at Harmony Hill, Sophrena is having doubts about her Shaker path. Both women are in need of love and forgiveness--whether given or received. With Christmas coming, can the miracle of new life fill their hearts with unexpected joy?
Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. An award winning author, she's published many books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Christian Fiction Book by Booklist magazine. Her Shaker novel, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. Love Comes Home won the Selah Book of the Year award. Ann writes about Kentucky history and small town life and as A.H. Gabhart is the author of the Hidden Springs mysteries.

Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. 
See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com 
Facebook page, www.facebook.com/anngabhart.

I have always been very interested in the Shakers. I have read quite a few books about them. This is my second book by Ann and I liked this one much better! Maybe because it was at Christmas time!

This story was very interesting and went into a lot of depth about the shakers. If you don't know anything about them, you will after this. I loved the characters, great character development.
"Why do you hang chairs upside down on the wall?"
Sophrena turned back to Heather. "Upside down, a chair will not collect dust soil one's clothes when one sits upon it. We hang chairs and other things on the pegs out-of-the-way to make cleaning a room easier. Good spirits won't stay where there is dirt."

"What is the purpose of the dances?" Heather asked.
"To move closer to the Lord and read oneself of sin."
And - to top it all off - Great ending!

I received this book as a gift from a friend and have been wanting to read it!

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