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The Outsider

(Shaker #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  1,439 ratings  ·  177 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

Paperback, 345 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2008)
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Ann Gabhart
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not exactly sure what it was, but this book left me feeling very uneasy. Maybe it was the portrayal of the Shaker community and their reliance on 'Mother Ann' rather than on Christ. Maybe it was the way that Brice and Gabrielle's relationship was formed. (Side note: in my opinion, what was described was not love, but merely attraction.) But, either way, though the writing was good, the book left me feeling cold, and I will not be finishing the series, though I might try another of the author ...more
Aug 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Nora St Laurent
Aug 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Before reading The Outsider the only thing I knew about the Shakers was their popular Shaker furniture. Since reading this book I have learned a lot more. In a few words the Shakers were a strange bunch. They did not believe in marriage and thought it was a sin to “commit matrimony.” So they remained celibate and practiced communal living. The only time the men and women were together was during meals and worship.
The name Shaker comes from their strange charismatic worship style. When the “spir
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
Ugh!!! This was so lame and awful in its plot and writing!
Rating: 2 stars
Recommend: *i guess if you must * but #3 in the series is the bomb!
Warning: none
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Rachel Brand
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it

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
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
Tracy Smith
Aug 17, 2011 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
Laurie Carlson
Jan 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jenny Trout
Apr 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 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
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story on two levels. The insight and history of the Shakers was well done. I appreciated that Ann Gabhart portrayed them fairly, without demonizing or trivializing their beliefs. While decidedly odd to our modern way of thinking, and most certainly not a Christian sect, the Shakers had some redeeming qualities. It is nice that they were not portrayed as just another crazy cult.

The second level is the story itself and young Gabrielle's struggle to become the woman God would have he
Nov 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to begin. I'm usually drawn to mysteries or historical fictions. But I wanted to check out this Shaker series because I've enjoyed Ann Gabhart's other books. I was far from disappointed. Despite starting it at my busiest time of the year, I finished in a matter of days. Gabrielle had me hooked from the beginning. This story was fast-paced, full of intrigue, historical references and strong faith-based characters. I'll be reading the rest of this series soon! ...more
Sep 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Outsider, by Ann H. Gabhart, takes place in the 1800s in a small town of kentucky. 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 knowing, or having visions, but even though her community tells her its a blessing, she says that the gift is “not so kind”, because she could also see future tr ...more
Heather Bridson
This book just did not know what it wanted to be. At first I thought it would be a faith story focusing on the Shaker life. But then there was the young shaker who saw visions. Ok, well, that kinda goes along with their beliefs..kinda. Then there was the doctor who fell in love wit the shaker girl, and some of his story. Then there was the war with the English and the Indians that the doctor and an ex-shaker boy went to where most everyone died but the doc. Then of course in the shaker story was ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gabrielle loved her life in the Shaker village until an outside doctor came to heal one of her "brothers". As she slowly becomes acquainted and learned to love him she began to doubt the beliefs of the cult that she was in. This caused her lots of agony because of the punishment she faced for her "worldly" behavior and thoughts. She also desperately missed Bryce when he went off to war and worried that he might have died. Of course she would never admit it because such thoughts would have been c ...more
Jeanne (love2cook)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is about Gabrielle Hope a member of the Harmony Hill Shaker community in 1807. When her mother brought her into the Shaker life, she tried to become a loyal member of their society. When a doctor from the outside is brought in to treat a boy who has been badly burned, she begins to have doubts about whether she belongs here or out in the worldly area with the good doctor. There's a lot of information about the ways of the Shaker community and their beliefs. To say the least, it's a differen ...more
Stacy M. Patton
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
My second book by Ann H Gabhart although very different from A Murder At The Courthouse! I enjoyed this rich view of history into the early 1800's. I fell in love with the 2 main characters. I definitely learned a lot about the Shakers of which I knew nothing before reading this book. Also after reading the sad stories of the soldiers fighting back the English soldiers and the Indians, it makes you very thankful for the freedoms we have and gives me a deeper understanding of our early American h ...more
Makoto Kobayashi
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
After I've finished "The Believer", which was really a beautiful story, I wanted to try another one by Ann. H. Gabhart. But this one made me mad for many reasons. While I liked Ethan from "The Believer" and I never had a feeling that he shut off completely his common sense, I couldn't connect to Gabrielle... she seemed far too brainwashed and pathetic. I had no idea why or when Brice fell in love with her. The only thing that stood out was that she's beautiful... too shallow and incoherent ...more
Ann Boytim
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Gabrielle Hope and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shaker Community and their lives changed drastically. This simple life is something Gabrielle embraced until a local doctor came into the community to help with a burn victim. Gabrielle has visions and her outlook changes after meeting this Dr but her life must continue in the Shaker compound as they close ranks and have her watched. Is it possible to Gabrielle to fulfill her dreams?
Breeze Henke
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be free Gabrielle!

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!!
I had some difficulties with this book. I love this author, so took a chance on this book series. It is interesting to go within the Shaker sect and learn more about this cult. There are a lot of other reviews that cover what happens in the book. I am just going to say that I got a little tired of reading it and didn't find that it drew me in as many stories do. ...more
Ina Gayle Mundt
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The outsider review

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
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this as much as I'd hoped to. I actually found the Shakers to be very scary. The love story was too fast and undeveloped. The war parts were far too long and graphic for my tastes. The author seems talented, so I'll give another book of hers a try. ...more
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Too real!

The Shakers beliefs were too real. They couldn’t know real joy or true love. God does not call everyone to celibacy. Their convictions seemed real, and actually gave me some sleepless nights.
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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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