Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Gifted by Ann Gabhart Book Tour

This recent book I received for review is the next book written by famous author, Ann Gabhart. I have to admit, The Gifted gave me a lot of information about the Shaker religion. Needless to say, makes me very glad I am not a member of the Shakers!

By 1849, Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her life, but in spite of how she loves her sisters there, she struggles to conform to the strict rules. Instead she entertains dreams of the world outside. When Tristan Cooper seems to step out of those dreams to entice her into the forbidden realm beyond the Shaker Village, her life turns upside down. Will Jessamine be able to survive the storms of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?

The thousands of loyal fans of Gabhart's Shaker novels will love this entrancing story of learning to trust the gifts God gives us and let him guide us through life.

MY REVIEW-The plot of this book was pretty interesting. A young girl whose father takes off and her mother dies at childbirth so she is given to the grandmother to raise. Through some different circumstances she is not given a letter from her father and when the grandmother dies, she is taken to a Shaker community. She is then raised by the Shakers for many years, all the while she has a hard time obeying their rules and directions. Then she is out picking berries with one of the other sisters and hears a gunshot. She finds a man who has been shot and then helps him, even though it is against the rules of the Shakers. The story takes a lot of turns at this point.

One thing I really found interesting was the beliefs of the Shakers. It is amazing what false doctrine is out there and how people think that their religion is all based on following the visions of a woman. This religion believes there are no marriages allowed as it is sin. I don't know how they think their religion will continue to flourish without marriage? Totally false beliefs and very interesting to read about.

Overall this was a good book. Neat to read about a different religion but I don't know if I will read another one. Just kind of weird. If you are into that type of thing, this book was very good otherwise. I liked the story of Tristan and Jessamine and the romance was pretty good. Good history as well.

Available July 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.

1 comment:

Cozy in Texas said...

I don't know much about them either and haven't read any of her books. Thanks for the detailed review.
Ann

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