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July 31, 2013

THE OUTSIDER by Ann H. Gabhart

THE OUTSIDER                                                        4 STARS
Shaker Series, Book 1
A Novel
by Ann H. Gabhart

For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing--visions that warn of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor must be brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle's loyalty to the Shakers. As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?

Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets readers live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will leave readers wanting more from this writer.

The setting for this book is in the 1800's in Pleasant Hill,Kentucky, a Shaker community. The author, Ms. Gabhart wrote a wonderful historical novel.  She is a Kentuckian herself.
The main character is Gabrielle, a young Shaker woman.  She lives with her brothers and sisters in the life of hardwork and pure actions and thoughts. Enter the doctor, Brice Scott, who makes Gabrielle feel different.  I felt like the Shaker life was so real that I thought I was there among friends. The author has made the book so real as to the way the Shakers lived.

The author also takes you on a journey outside the Shaker village for a view of the war. She also goes into some historical medical issues. Their lifestyle is quite disciplined, hard work and some rather strange religious services.

I felt THE OUTSIDER was a beautiful, well written historical novel. Ms. Gabhart had you caught within the first couple of pages. She takes us on a journey of Gabrielle's changes from the quiet, shy girl into a beautiful woman. She takes us with Gabrielle when she "sees things". She has a  gift from God. I hadn't read anything on the Shaker's before, although I love Amish reads a lot.  This book was wonderful. It kept my interest until the end.  I couldn't put it down.  I love books like that.  The ones where you don't have to struggle to understand what's going on.  The ones that almost turn the pages themselves. I loved the historic part of the book. The book warms the heart as I find the Amish books do.  We need that warmth sometimes. I can't wait to read another Shaker book.   Ms. Gabhart did not fail to deliver a wonderful read that was full of history, love, Shaker beliefs and changes.
I would recommend this book to everyone who likes historical reads and other beliefs.
Pick up a copy and enjoy.  Let yourself go into the Shaker community and involve yourself in their different ways of living.

I would give this book a solid 4 STARS.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE OUTSIDER from the author, Ann H. Gabhart for this unbiased review.

I loved the cover also, I'd give it a 4 STARS.

Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. She's published over twenty-five books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Books in Christian Fiction by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine.
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.

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1 comment:

Ann H Gabhart said...

Thanks so much for the review, Gayle. I looked through some of your other reviews. Very impressive reading list. I admire readers like you who can tell what you like about books without spoiling the story for other readers in a few short paragraphs. Not an easy task. So thank you, Gayle. Oh, and I really liked the bright look of your background too.