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The Seeker (Shaker Series #3)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  243 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Trapped by obligation, one woman longs for the freedom of true love. It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop’s life is a tangled mess. When circumstances move Lacey to a nearby Shaker village, she is not prepared for the new life that awaits her. In the midst of her deep loneliness, Lacey works to fit in with this odd group. But everything shifts when she finds herself drawn to a Shak ...more
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Ann Gabhart
Aug 31, 2010 Ann Gabhart rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
The Seeker is my most romantic Shaker book to date. It's not easy writing a romantic Shaker book since the Shakers were celibate. But neither Charlotte nor Adam are actually Shakers although Charlotte lives with the Shakers for part of the book and learns their ways. This story is set during the first years of the Civil War and Adam is an artist/illustrator who covers the war for Harpers' Weekly. That was very interesting research and I really liked Adam's character in the story.
From the first page, this story swept me off my feet. While not a book I devoured in several sittings, each time I settled in to enjoy the story, I found myself swept into the world of the 19th century Shakers.

The setting against the backdrop of the Civil War was rich in authenticity and flavor. Each nuance of the Shaker cultural played an intricate part in the story and I learned a great deal about their belief system.

The love story was endearing and heart pounding. The first scene in the gard
This southern bell is no Scarlett O'Hara, but she does face some similar problems in a much different way. I liked this book.
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My Superpower)
Let’s start with the characters. A couple of people in The Seeker will bring out so much irritation in you that you will want to reach into the pages and slap them silly. Or at least I did. One of them redeemed herself; one of them did not. Some of the characters just made me smile any time they shared page-time with my eyes. Sister Martha, Landon, and Aunt Tish were some of those characters.

Now for the romance (because that can honestly make or break a book for me). Here on Goodreads, the auth
Charlotte is a Southern belle living on a plantation in Kentucky just before the outbreak of the Civil war. Her world is turned upside down when her father remarries and her new Stepmother arrives--with an agenda that seeks to exclude Charlotte from her beloved home. Charlotte had hoped to marry a neighboring plantation heir and so secure her future, but he decides to join the Shaker community which forbids marriage. Frustrated Charlotte is forced to take drastic actions to protect her interests ...more
I'm always happy when I can pick up a book set during the Civil War so it was natural for me to grab this book when it came up for review. I really enjoyed it especially since it wasn't centered around "traditional" Christian beliefs but rather those of the Shakers. I believe that Ms. Gabhart really knows what she's writing about because I really felt as if I were in the midst of the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. On top of that the few scenes on the battle front were pretty realistic but tas ...more
Aug 02, 2010 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: Revell
I've always heard good things about Ann H. Gabhart and her books. In fact, I have The Outsider here waiting to read. I read about The Seeker on the Revell website and it sounded extremely interesting and full of history, which I love. Not only that, it was about the Shakers, a group of people very, very different from the world, and ones I wanted to learn more about. So, when The Seeker became a blog tour, I jumped on it, but when I sat down to read it, I was slightly disappointed at how slow th ...more
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
July 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2363-6
Genre: Inspirational/historical/Shaker

Charlotte Vance is a southern belle used to slaves, a plantation, and being the apple of her father’s eye. But then when her Senator father came home with his new wife, Selena, Charlotte quickly feels unwelcomed. Selena makes it clear that Grayson is her home now, and that she would be ruling it.

Charlotte had long planned to marry Edwin, a neighboring boy, but when Edwi
Clockstein Lockstein
The Seeker by Ann Gabhart is the third in The Shakers series. Charlotte Vance has long been used to running her family estate, Grayson, in Kentucky until her father brings home a new wife, Selena, who is young enough to be his daughter and who has her own ideas on how Grayson should be cared for. Charlotte's fiance, who would have been her escape from her Selena's reign of terror, but he's broken their engagement to join the Shakers, a religious community nearby that believes in communal living ...more
Ruth Hill
I knew nothing about this book when I first picked it up. I knew that at some point it had been recommended to me online, but I just didn't remember. I looked at the front cover and read the back of the book before reading it, and I thought, "This sounds like my kind of book," and I got pretty excited.

I began by reading the little 2-page history on the Shakers that the author wrote. I barely remembered learning about the Shakers in American History in high school. I always put them in the same c
Trinity Rose
The Seeker by Ann H. Gabhart is a very sweet love story. Even though Charlotte and Adam don’t spend much time together in the story it is full of sweetness and love. I really loved the part of The Seeker where Charlotte and Adam wrote letters to each other for a year. She was in the Shaker village and Adam was away drawing pictures of the war. The Shakers don’t allow any kind of love or sharing sweet words in letters. The only reason Charlotte was allowed to receive his letters were so the Shake ...more
Charlotte Mayda Vance is the only daughter of Charles Vance, a prominent Kentucky Senator. Raised in a life of luxury and leisure, she has been the head of the Grayson household since her father became more preoccupied with politics and her mother died. However, her entire world is flipped upside down when her powerful hold over the plantation is threatened by her new stepmother, Selena. As her betrothal goes awry, and her plans begin to slip through her fingers, Charlotte takes matters into her ...more
Charlotte Vance is a southern belle that has everything she ever wanted. Money, position, a beautiful plantation full of servants, and a fiance that fulfills all her dreams. But that loving fiance lets her down when instead of marrying her, he joins the Shaker community. As if that wasn't bad enough, her politician father brings home a wife young enough to be Charlotte's sister, and that is more than she can bear. Frustrated by how her life is spinning out of control, she follows her fiance to t ...more
The Seeker, by Ann Gabhart, is a story with three subjects going on at the same time. The main theme was the life of Charlotte, an 1860's pampered young Kentucky woman who is suddenly made the second woman of the plantation when her father brings home a new bride. The new bride is nearly the same age as Charlotte and quickly asserts her new power and takes all control from Charlotte who has, up until the step-mother's arrival, been running the household herself. Her new step-mother is a mean man ...more
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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 allow marriage – 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 t
Charlotte Vance had everything, she was a Southern Belle, her Father was Senator Charles Vance of Kentucky. She had lost her Mother at a young age but as she grew up she became the matriarch of Grayson, she would one day inherit Grayson, land owned by her Mother's family for many years, she was engaged to Edwin and preparing for her wedding, and loved by her Father and their slaves as she treated them kindly. Little did she know that her world would soon be falling apart. Edwin is thinking about ...more
Good and bad; right and wrong; they don’t always go together as we think they should.

The Seeker by Ann Gabhart is romance, and romance lovers won’t mind the cheesiness that creeps in very occasionally. Fans of Gone with the Wind will eat up the opening party scene on the verge of the American Civil War. The female lead, Charlotte Vance, daughter of a Kentucky state senator, has all the spunk of Scarlet O’Hare as well as her love for the land. There is even a Rhet Butler character who steals pass
I found this book in the new fiction section of the public library and thought I would give it a shot since it's outside of the type of book I normally read. This author writes fiction that focuses on the life of Shakers, a religious group I was not very familiar with. My hope was to learn a bit about the group while reading a historical fiction book in the process.

Unfortunately, this was one of those books I just trudged through because I got past that point of quitting. I don't like to not fin
Ann Gabhart is an exceptional author, and her book "The Seeker" is no different. I love, love the theme of Christian Fictions that date back into the 1800-1900's and this book is just that, awesome!

The Setting:
Charlotte Vance is the only daughter of Charles Vance, a prominent Kentucky Senator. Having had a higher class up bring, she has been the head of the Grayson household since her father became more preoccupied with politics and the death of her mother. Her world changes when her new stepm
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
The setting is the early years of the Civil War. Charlotte Vance's new stepmother does all she can to force Charlotte out of her home. After her fiance's desertion and with the threat of the servants she loves being sold off, Charlotte decides that leaving Grayson plantation is her only choice. She and her slave Mellie join the Shakers, as Charlotte wants a place to hide and a way to convince Edwin that he should marry her. When Adam Wade, illustrator for Harper's Weekly reenters her life, she m ...more
Love is everything. From the love between the two romance seeking main characters. To the man who couldn't love a woman and found his escape in a Shaker colony. The love of a father, a brother, and a daughter. The love of strangers for soldiers on both sides of the Civil War was powerful enough to keep the meals coming, at the risk of starving a whole colony through the winter.

I loved the character Charlotte. When she ran away from her Southern Plantation to a Shaker colony, I thought she was a
The Seeker by Ann H. Gabhart is a book centered around the Shaker community at the brink of the Civil War. Charlotte is a young woman who had her life planned out perfectly. One thing after another happened which muddled her perfectly constructed life. She ended up joining a Shaker community and learned to let go. Although she realizes the Shakers have God misconstrued, she discovers authentic faith and learns to lean on Him for her life.

This book was really, really long. And I’m not talking abo
I got this book during a special sale, not realizing it was actually the third book in a trilogy; but I had no problems because it read like a stand-alone novel. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it as the genre is a little different from my usual fare. However,it was very good. It held my interest throughout - both via the historical perspective (Civil War) and the excellent character development. Even if you're not "into" historical fiction, this is a good read.
Michelle Robinson
I absolutely loved Charlotte Vance. She was a well developed character and felt absolutely real. I found the shaker storyline to be interesting and informative. It made me interested to learn more about these interesting people.

i also found Adam to be an interesting and sympathetic character. While I would have liked to understand more about what motivated his grandfather to behave the way that he did, I loved reading about his wartime experiences.

The people in this novel felt real and not like
Brooke Barenfanger
The Seeker did not meet my expectations, unfortunately. I have always enjoyed Ann H. Gabhart, but this book just seemed redundant. I kept having moments of deja vu while I read it. I believe I have read it before but I have no recollection of doing so. This might just show you how impressionable this book is on a reader's mind.

I felt that the book expounded more upon the Civil War and Shaker life than anything. I found the Shaker life interesting, but the scenes with the Civil War seemed to dra
Ann H. GabhartI admire the author's impeccable research for this book. We are immersed in the simple life of a Shaker village, yet also see the pampered life of the spirited young daughter of southern gentry. Charlotte Vance is the young woman who leaves her home when her father re-marries and seeks truth and asylum in the village. The dialog is elegant and inspiring. As I read I could hear and feel the faith of the community of "Believers" who are called Shakers. Charlotte cannot totally accept ...more
Patricia Hullet
This was a very good book. So much information about the Shakers and good storyline of the civil war. I just got a bit disappointed in the ending as it seemed to be rushed, I would have liked to see the main character meet up with her step-mother. But all-in-all a very good book.
This book surprised me. I don't often pick a book from the library shelf that hasn't been recommended to me, but I did this one. It sounded good, and it had a "Christian" sticker on it, so I felt safe that it would be clean. It turned out to be a really, really good book. I'd never read a "Christian" book. It was good. It was not "preachy" in any way, which I really appreciated. It was able to get accross to its readers good, wholesome values, with-out, again, being "preachy." The story alone wa ...more
wonderful read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From beginning to end. Great story line, kept my interest throughout the book from beginning to end. Very interesting and entertaining even at the very sad moments
A sweet Christian love story. Simple, pleasant and positive message, although perhaps a bit contrived. I don't particularly enjoy reading stories of how slave-owners truly loved their slaves and thought of them as family. It carries a false air to me. As if somehow we are trying to make slavery seem less disgusting. It's too often that I read authors trying to be apologetic about slavery while writing about the Civil War as a means to endear their characters to the reader.
It was a bit dry at ti
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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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