Charlotte Vance is a young woman who knows what she wants. But when the man she planned to marry joins the Shakers--a religious group that does not marry--she is left dumbfounded. And when her father brings home a new wife who is young enough to be Charlotte's sister, it is more than she can bear. With the country--and her own household--on the brink of civil war, this pampered gentlewoman hatches a plan to avoid her new stepmother and win back her man by joining the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. Little does she know that this decision will lead her down a road toward unforeseen peace--and a very unexpected love. Ann H. Gabhart brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers, and the ravages of war to weave a touching story of love, freedom, and forgiveness that sticks with readers long after they have turned the last page.
MY THOUGHTS-I have never read anything by this author before so it was a nice change. This is also the first novel I have read about the Shakers. I have read some about Mennonites and Amish but never about the Shakers. I really did enjoy the book but one thing I did not care for was when the author changed the perspective of just letters between the two people. Otherwise, this was a very interesting book.
Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group