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
The name Shaker comes from their strange charismatic worship style. When the “spir ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The second level is the story itself and young Gabrielle's struggle to become the woman God would have he ...more
At times I felt the pace was slow and I was rushing thr ...more
Ann’s books always pull me in so quickly! This was no exception. The people and story grabbed me. I just wish it continued a bit longer! Or many had a sequel. I keep wishing that in her books. Lol. This series with the Shakers is so very interesting. I hadn’t really known a thing about them before Ann’s books but have read up a bit now. Love the way history is brought to life here!!
What an excellent read. One of history, love, understanding of faith, trust and loyalty. You could feel the sadness, the defeat and the love of the little sister. She went through so much she needed to come thru it all with love abounding really enjoyed