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3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  172 Ratings  ·  52 Reviews
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 ...more
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Published July 1st 2012 by Revell
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The Gifted is full of a lot of detail about the Shaker lifestyle and I found that very interesting. I learned quite a lot about it and that was very nice! However, the story seemed too long and drawn out. I think the book would have been more enjoyable to me had it been about 100 pages shorter. Some books can be over 400 pages and just fly by leaving you wanting more, while other ones can take forever to get through. This book definitely falls into the latter category, as it took me over a month ...more
Jul 06, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
A book that comes with food for thought.

Jessamine is a young Shaker woman, who has seen little of the world outside the Shaker's little sect. She cannot help but question the many rules that she is forced to obey. Her thirst for knowledge of the world grows, and one day she happens upon a wounded young man in the forest. Will Jessamine stay with the gentle Shakers, or will she go into the outside world?

The Gifted is a fascinating tale, from which I learned so much about the Shakers. I had thoug
Jul 20, 2012 Ann rated it it was amazing

“Torn between duty and desire” is a hackneyed phrase, but there’s nothing hackneyed about Ann Gabhart’s newest Shaker novel, The Gifted. The compelling plot had me reading until I could no longer hold my eyes open.
Jessamine Brady has lived in a Shaker village since she was ten years old. She embraces their beliefs and ways of love, but as she approaches twenty-one, the age of decision, she longs to learn more about the world before she turns her back on it forever. Shakers believe in duty to G
Jul 07, 2012 Angelc rated it it was amazing

4.5 Stars

I always enjoy Ann H. Gabhart's Shaker novels, and this one is no exception. I may have liked this one even more than the others that I have read previously.

Jessamine was a great heroine, she definitely had her own mind even though she lived in the restricted Shaker community. I think this was very realistic because the Shaker lifestyle did have a lot of positives and benefits, which Jessamine acknowledged and appreciated. The Shakers took her in when she was only 10 and her grandmother
Vera Godley
Jul 02, 2012 Vera Godley rated it really liked it
This is my first encounter with a novel based on Shaker life. The Shakers like the Amish hold a fascination with folks today because their beliefs and life styles are so vastly different from that which we are accustomed. I was vaguely familiar with the beliefs of the Shakers and their strict separation of men and women. But this book with it's authentically researched storyline was a true eye opener.

I found it difficult to read because of my feelings that it was just so wrong for people to give
Barb Klein
Aug 14, 2012 Barb Klein rated it it was amazing
I love to read novels about the Amish and Mennonites. I think it brings a sense of peace to me to share in the simple way of life that these two communities of people live. I had not read anything about the Shakers, however, until I read “The Gifted” by Ann H. Gabhart. My husband and I had visited Pleasant Hill, Kentucky for a week one night. Yes, that’s what I said and I meant it. The sidewalks rolled up at 6:00 pm. It wasn’t the most exciting trip we’d ever taken. I couldn’t wait to leave the ...more
Jul 02, 2012 Louise rated it really liked it
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Baker Publishing Group|July 1, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-3455-8

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
Lisa Johnson
Jul 04, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it really liked it
Title: The Gifted
Author: Ann Gabhart
Pages: 426
Year: 2012
Publisher: Revell
Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. Follow my other reviews at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... and on twitter @lcjohnson1988

In the beginning of the book, the author gives the reader a brief history of a group that existed in the 18th century known as the Shakers. Basically, there was a woman who believed that she was Christ at his second coming in female form. Throughout the nove
Christy Lockstein
Jul 08, 2012 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it
The Gifted by Ann Gabhart is the fifth book in her popular Shaker series about the unusual religious group of the 19th century. Jessamine Brady is a true innocent in the world. The first half of her of life was spent living with her granny, isolated in the woods and listening to the old woman's fairy tales and stories about the Lord. The last half of her life has been spent among the Shakers. When Jessamine was just ten, her granny died, leaving her alone in the world, so she was taken in by the ...more
Jul 07, 2012 TAMMY CUEVAS rated it really liked it
Jessamine was left with Granny when her mother died soon after childbirth. Raised the first ten years of her life in a secluded cabin in the woods, she was taken to the Shakers at Harmony Hill when Granny stopped breathing one day. At the beginning of the novel, she has been with them for nine years absorbing their teaching, but as she approaches the time to sign her Covenant, she has more questions of which the Shakers do not approve.

When she finds an injured man and brings him back to Harmony
Sep 10, 2012 Paula-O rated it really liked it
"The Gifted" by Ann Gabhart

This is the last book if the Shakers, a group that chose to close the world out and live a celibate life- Hands to work and Hearts to God...

I loved the character Jessamine who always seem to be wanting to find out things and had not completly accepted the Shaker world. She had been brought to the community when just a young girl under 12 yrs of age. Granny had died and she had no family so a preacher man took her to the Shakers that lived nearby knowing she would have
Pathway Midland
Jul 03, 2012 Pathway Midland rated it really liked it
Jessamine Brady was brought to the Shaker village of Harmony Hill in central Kentucky at ten years of age when her grandmother died. The Shakers lived celibate lives and adhered to strict rules to keep them from worldly influences. In their village, she received love and care but struggled against the constraints on her free spirit and the squelching of her love of writing. Now in the year 1849 at age 20, she is approaching the time when she must decide if she will stay and take the covenant to ...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
The Gifted is a book that called to me to be read, because never before have I read a novel about the Shakers - and their beliefs are fascinating indeed! It is clear that Gabhart has done careful research into their simple ways of living, their beliefs against the "sin" of marriage, their manner of speech and dress. The novels has an air of authenticity, and I felt like I had been immersed back into time and truly entered a Shaker village. Jessamine's character is an original one, with her free ...more
Jul 31, 2012 Katie rated it really liked it
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

Ann Gabhart has done another fabulous job with the fourth book in her Shaker Series, The Gifted. I've only read one other book from the series, The Blessed, and while that one was good, I enjoyed The Gifted even more. And I never expected the bit of suspense and action that happened near the end—nice bonus that kept me glued to the pages.

Dear, sweet Jessamine was such a beautiful character—both inwardly and outwardly. She had such an innocence and comp
Jul 03, 2012 Charity rated it liked it
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!

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
Jul 05, 2012 Melanie rated it really liked it
Jessamine lived her first 10 years 'in the World" with her Christian grandmother. When her Grandmother dies, the town has no choice but to leave Jessamine in the care of the Shakers, a simple religious group, set apart from the world.

Jessamine has a gift for words and story telling, hearing fairy tales and stories by her grandmother's side. She desires to write down her stories and words, but it is not allowed by the Shakers. She must learn to abide by their rules.

Her curiosity leads her beyond
Aug 13, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Jessamine Brady tries to be a good Shaker. She really does, but she often misses the mark, as questions constantly tug at her. Obedience among believers at Harmony Hill is expected, and curiosity, particularly about the outside world, is discouraged. There are, after all, many dangers in 1849 to pull believers from the right path. Yet Jessamine aches for a glimpse of the forbidden life. Unable to quell her interest, she stretches for a peek, thinking it might satisfy her restless heart.

Andrea Norton
Aug 21, 2012 Andrea Norton rated it really liked it
Ann Gabhart delivers another beautifully written story. The Gifted tells the story of Jessamine, a young woman who was sent to live in a Shaker community at the age of 10 after the grandmother who had raised her died. Jessamine's vivid imagination and curiosity about the world outside the Shaker community are a continual source of problems. The strict rules of the community and the Shaker belief that the world is sinful contradict the early teachings of Jessamine's grandmother who told her stori ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Jessamine Brady has spent the majority of her life in the quiet Shaker village. Her natural curiosity about life and the things of the world are considered sinful. When she happens to save the life of a man of the world, her entire foundation is questioned. Tristan Cooper is running from a future he's not sure of when he wakes up in the Shaker village. Drawn by their quiet ways, he uses the time to think about his life and the direction it's taking. A startling revelation from a forgotten letter ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
Jessamine Brady has lived in Harmony Hill Village. Although, she loves her Amish brothers and sisters, Jessamine has never felt like she really belonged. Jessamine's world gets turned upside down when she and Sister Annie go marching through the woods for berries. They hear a gun shot and then they see a man lying in the road. The man has amensia and is an outsider. Jessamine convinces Sister Annie to allow them to bring back the man to their world. AS time passes, Jessamine becomes attracted to ...more
Melmac MacDonald
Jul 05, 2012 Melmac MacDonald rated it liked it
Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her young 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?

Ann Gabhart is an au
Sandra Stiles
Jul 14, 2015 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
I received a copy to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Imagine growing up in a world where you can see God’s beauty all around you and follow your heart. Now imagine that world is crushed by the death of a loved one. Jessamine Brady lived in that world with her grandmother until the age of 10. When her grandmother died the Shaker community took her in. This is where I really had to pay attention. I’d heard of the Shakers but really didn’t know anything about them. I th
Jul 01, 2012 Laura added it
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
July 2012
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3455-8
Genre: Inspirational/Historical romance

Jassamine Brady has lived with the Shakers for over half of her life, but even though she loves her "sisters" there, she is intrigued by the the idea of the world. She struggles to obey the strict rules, and her curiosity often gets her into trouble.

When sent into the woods to pick wild raspberries, Jassamine keeps leading her "sister" Annie deeper into the woods, in s
Jun 26, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Jessamine Brady knows her identity only as a young girl in her grandmother's cabin the Kentucky woods until the age of ten, when her grandmother passed away. From there, she is taken to the Shaker village in Harmony Hill. For the next ten years, Jessamine is brought up as a Shaker Sister, loving her brethren equally as taught by the Ministry. Curious about the world around her, Jessamine is often found to be in transgression when her disregard of the strict rules land her in trouble. On one such ...more
Jul 03, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it
Jessamine Brady was brought to live at the Shaker Village after her granny died, she has tried to be a compliant and good Shaker. However she is curious about so many things. Things that most people take for granted, love, men, life in general away from the village. Hearing about the resort nearby where the young ladies walk about the lawn with parasols, Jessamine really wants to see that, and offers to look for berries in the woods. This whole escapade will change her life forever. Finding an i ...more
Lynne Young
Jul 08, 2012 Lynne Young rated it it was amazing
There is only one word to describe this book. Rich. Rich in history, rich in description, rich in story line. I have always been a fan of Ms. Gabhart's Shaker books but this one was especially outstanding. I love how she moved the story from the Shaker world to the outside world with such ease. I truly enjoyed this story. It kept me reading long into the night.

Jessamine Brady was taken to the Shakers upon the death of her Grandmother when she was 10 years old. She doesn't remember much of the ou
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Jul 29, 2012 Ibjoy1953 Hannabass rated it really liked it

Having reading some of Ann’s books on the Shakers, I knew what to expect about their beliefs, though I don’t support what they believe at all! How can people actually believe this stuff, and live by it is beyond me.

And such were the struggles of Jassamine Brady. Growing up in the shaker neighborhood and loving her family and friends there didn’t draw Jassamine to their way of life at all. She found herself very interested in the ways of the world and she sought those way
Jul 01, 2012 Kate rated it it was amazing
The people of White Oak Springs, a town of parasols and ruffled dresses, are in contrast, so different from the Shakers who inhabit Harmony Hill.
Jessamine notices quickly and is warned of the strange ways of the outsiders, but she is drawn to a world unlike the one she grew up in.
Annie is practical and is not at all curious about the people who lie on the other side of hers.
When Jessamine and Annie find an injured man in the woods while hunting berries, they discover that he brings reality to th
Maureen Timerman
Aug 20, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Ann H. Gabhart has again gifted us with another book about living with the Shakers. When I read about their lives, the work ethic is marvelous, but the idea of living without married love is not for me.
Young Jassamine Brady has lived with the Shakers since before she turned 10 years of age. She had been living with her Grandmother in the Mountains, and became a God loving free spirit. Now she has a hard time keeping fairy tales out of her mind, and just living the Shaker life.
She actually made m
May 20, 2015 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her young 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 storm of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?
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Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shak ...more
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