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The Outsider (Shaker Series #1)

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,064 Ratings  ·  144 Reviews
She thought she was content—until a love from the outside world turned hers upside down. Gabrielle Hope and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shaker community in 1807. The community promised stability and devotion that Gabrielle wholeheartedly embraced. But when a local doctor must be brought into Harmony Hill from the outside, he sets into motion a chain of events that w ...more
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Published July 9th 2009 by Oasis Audio (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ann Gabhart
Aug 31, 2010 Ann Gabhart rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
This is my first book set in my Shaker Village of Harmony Hill and based on my research of the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in a neighboring county. This story is set in 1812 and besides my Shaker heroine, Gabrielle, also tells the story of a frontier doctor who goes to war with a Kentucky Militia group. I actually wrote this story a long time ago when I published my first historical romances but then I pulled it out and rewrote it for the inspirational market in 2007. Gabrielle's story has c ...more
Aug 09, 2008 Virginia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes historicals set in the early 1800's, or who like Amish novels
Recommended to Virginia by: The author is a friend
A beautiful historical novel, set in the 1800's in a Shaker community located near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. The main character is a young Shaker woman who is completely happy living with her Shaker sisters and brethren, until an outsider intrudes on their lives and her thoughts. The Shaker culture and society are so realistic I felt like I was there, like I knew these people. There are a gazillion Amish novels out there, but this is the first Shaker book I've read and I really enjoyed it. (Read it ...more
3.5 Stars

Gabrielle is happy being a Shaker. She has a gift of seeing future events and one night she for see’s a friend getting hurt. Because of this accident she meets the local doctor Brice. She finds herself having feeling for him but that is a major sin in the Shakers way of life. She soon finders herself in a battle with both the Shakers and herself.

Brice does not understand the Shaker’s ideas on things but he tries to get along with them so he can help those who are sick. Once he meets Gab
Nora St Laurent
Jul 09, 2015 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quickly looking at The Outside’s, book cover, one might think this is a sweet Amish story, where people are wearing a little different kind of dress. The Shakers are not even close to the Amish religion—in any stretch of the imagination. I’d never heard about Shakers before reading this. The author, Ann H. Gabhart, lives just thirty miles from a restored Shaker village in Kentucky. She has walked the same paths her characters might have walked. Ann shares fascinating details woven into this comp ...more
Laurie Carlson
The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart
This book is about the Shakers. It is about a young woman by the name of Gabrielle, is the main character, in the prime of her life at the young age of 20. She had no choice but to join the Shakers because her mother decided to join with her other daughter, Becca, age 7, after her husband who was missing was pronounced dead.
I also wanted to learn more about the Shakers since my knowledge of their religion was almost none. The most interesting thing I learned was the
Shari Larsen
This story is set in a Shaker community in Kentucky in 1812. Gabrielle and her mother have lived with the Shakers since 1807, when Gabrielle was around 13 years old. For as long as she has remembered, Gabrielle has had the gift of knowing; being able to see visions of events yet to come. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor is brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events which causes Gabrielle to question her faith, and she must make a choi ...more
Tracy Smith
Aug 27, 2011 Tracy Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of following your faith in matters of the heart creates the tale of "The Outsider."

Living life in the 1800's in a Shaker community, Gabrielle, a young believer, is blessed with the gift of seeing into the future. With these visions, she saves her good friend's life from a fire by guiding Dr. Brice Scott to him to save him in time. Spending time with the good dr., feelings start to develop and thoughts that the Shakers don't believe in, start to bring turmoil to this young woman's mind
Rachel Brand
Having joined the Shaker community of Harmony Hill as a child, Gabrielle has always felt content with her lifestyle and never questioned returning to the outside world. According to her Sisters and Brothers, Gabrielle has been blessed with the gift of visions, which often give her disturbing and chilling foresight into events that have yet to happen. When one of these visions helps her to locate a Brother who has been harmed in a barn fire, a doctor is required to visit the community on a regula ...more
May 28, 2011 Cecelia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Outsider by Ann H. Gabhart

I enjoyed this novel. I enjoyed it as much as Gabhart's other Shaker novels. Since I've reviewed her other Shaker books, I'm not going to go off on a tangent about my negative opinions about the cultic (although peaceful) traits of the Shakers.

Gabrielle has a prophetic gift of seeing events before they occur - she'll know when something has happened. This gift has been with her during her entire life and having this gift ca
Sarah Beth
This novel is about a young woman living in a Shaker community who has to make the decision to stay with the believers or leave to be with the man she loves. I liked the overall plot of this novel and the Shaker element but I was really disappointed with the execution of it all. I've read a good bit about the Shakers, and I doubt they were the villains as described by Gabhart. If you're going to give your main character a big decision to make, make it a difficult decision. Gabrielle choosing bet ...more
Jenny Trout
Apr 28, 2010 Jenny Trout rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Usually, when you read a romance, you know exactly how it's going to turn out. This one managed to keep me guessing, as the author constantly put legitimate obstacles in the paths of the hero and heroine. And for an inspirational novel, I never felt the message beating me over the head. It never felt forced or as though the characters came to their faith too quickly or in an unlikely circumstance. The characters were real, and the harsh realities of life in early 19th century America were never ...more
Nov 13, 2011 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book a while back and it got me interested in reading more about the Shakers, I had heard of them but didn't know a lot about their "religion". I found this way of life very strange.
Gabrielle was pretty much raised as a Believer, that is what they call themselves. Gabrielle always had visions which the community embraced, but she was afraid of, as they were not always happy visions. After one particular vision, they have to call in a 'worldly' doctor, he even has to stay in their com
Nov 01, 2010 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out expecting something different from this novel, but after finishing it I grew to like it better. It was an interesting examination about religious faith and practice (early 1800's Shakers)and coming to doubt what you want to believe because deep in your core you know it isn't the truth. It gave me some insight into what people might feel when confronted with new religious ideas but are afraid to leave what they have been taught.

At times I felt the pace was slow and I was rushing thr
Nice to learn something new about a religion I'm not familiar with, the Shakers. Not sure if it's just the way of the religion but I felt they were portrayed in a fairly negative light. This is the second book by this author that I've read and the other book also portrayed the Shakers in a negative light. It's subtle, but it feels like a slight "preachiness" that mainstream Christianity is better than being a Shaker. Fairly predictable plot, expected ending. But it was still a sweet book.
Sep 26, 2010 AJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, fiction
This was another free book for Kindle.

I read it because I am interested in sect religions of the 1800s. This one was about the Shakers. Of course, since it is a novel it wasn't really about the Shakers, but about some people that lived in a Shaker society. I found that aspect to be very interesting, and the author did attempt to keep that realistic.

It was definitely not great, but it was short and easy to read. If there were a sequel available, and for free, I may read it.
Cathy Cramer
My mom recommended this author, but had not read this particular book. I don't usually read romance novels, but we've visited the Pleasant Ridge Shaker Community. It was interesting to see some of the Shaker beliefs fleshed out in the characters and plot in their separation from the rest of the world.

One other reviewer compared their structure to brainwashing, and it is true that one cannot dictate and enforce belief with external pressures. The "warring gift" and "constant supervision" sounded
Brooke Barenfanger
A glimpse into the Shaker way of life is truly fascinating. Ann H. Gabhart did her research before writing this book. I simply love the way Gabrielle and Dr. Brice Scott fell in love. It was predictable. But I believe that this can be forgiven since this is a romance and the two characters almost always get together in the end. Gabhart uses skillful and beautiful wording to write this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Frances Hampton
I have heard of The Shakers but knew very little of the religion. The author did an amazing job of introducing me to this religion. She wrote of Shakers beliefs and lifestyle in a vivid way. Actually the entire novel is vividly written. I was drawn in and could clearly picture every scene. The Shakers lifestyle fascinated me being so different from anything I know. One thing I do know is, fascinated or not, I could never have been a Shaker. I read a variety of genres so I was not looking for a " ...more
Jun 19, 2013 Mhines11 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting, easy read. I knew nothing about the Shakers. I'm hoping her depiction is accurate. Also, being a fan of historical fiction, I'm glad she pulled in the War of 1812. I ended up doing some research of the battle at River Raisen. Pretty accurate. Some things were not too believable, but acceptable, since it was necessary to the story. I'd recommend it.
Aug 15, 2011 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting look into a Shaker village. I remember visiting one or two during vacations before and being so confused at how there were ever children in the villages if they considered marriage and marital relations a sin? Either way, nice little romance, if not too aggravating at times.
Sep 08, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always been interested in Shakers & their communities. This work of fiction was interesting as it gave glimpses of life within a Shaker group & tied it into the War of 1812. An enjoyable (& quick read) while I'm in the midst of a heavier book.
Nov 19, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-book-shelf
2.5 stars. I picked this book up at the library on a whim. Some parts are terribly sad and really make you angry. I was also bored of the Civil War talk. One review on the back of the book said "full of romance" and I think that is going a bit too far.
Jen Heinze
Jun 08, 2012 Jen Heinze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
The first book in this series is amazing. It was so neat to be introduced to the shakers. The rest of the books in the series are basically the same story as the first book and they got kind of boring, but they are an entertaining series and worth a read.
Sep 14, 2014 Patsy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabrielle Hope and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shakers community in 1807 in Kentucky. This is based on a true story. The local doctor was brought into Harmony Hill from the outside world. Gabrielle begins to fall into forbidden love with the doctor. Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters in the community for a life unknown to her in the outside world?

Soulful and filled with romance, 'The Outsid
Feb 11, 2016 Carman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion Gabrielle was too concerned about what the other Shakers would think about her behaviour, she wasn't focused on what God would want her to do. I was glad that by the end of the book she is making her own decisions.

The Shakers were very odd in some of their beliefs, and in other beliefs they were completely going against what the Bible says. Yet, in some areas they had very good ideas.

I think the author portrayed the Shakers and their beliefs in a very open way, left it to the read
Public library copy. This is the first in the Shaker series by Ann Gabhart. I have read others of her books and loved them. She is one of my top authors, new to me in 2014.

But this subject is hard. I knew nothing about the Shakers before reading The Outsider. I find it difficult to read stories about religious communities, even when it's fiction, where the leaders are exposed to be ungodly and domineering in their behavior. This group sounds almost pagan in their worship. This is the third such
As much as I wanted to like this one, I feel compelled to give it only two stars, because I really couldn't recommend it unless it was a free or 99c ebook (I think I got it as a Kindle freebie).

On the plus side:

- The unique focus on the Shaker sect. The descriptions of the worship/prayer practices and day-to-day life were vivid and kept me reading to the end. The author treated this misunderstood faith community with respect, never devolving into a movie-of-the-week treatment. The emotional and
Apr 13, 2012 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2011 Gail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book 4 stars because it was well written and kept my interest! But I had a hard time with it because it was so intense!

It's about the Shakers and for those who don't know what or who The Shakers are - They are as religious group who follow their God called Mother Ann! They promote celibacy, communal living! Their name comes from the way they worship which is partly by shaking all over because they believe it is a direct communication with Mother Ann! My problem being this question -
Dec 08, 2010 Leigh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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Shaker Series (6 books)
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