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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  313 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop's life is a tangled mess. Estranged from her own family, at age 16 she went to work for a preacher and his wife. When his wife died, the preacher convinced Lacey that the only decent thing to do was to marry him. That way she could continue to act as mother to the little girl who was left on his doorstop. But Lacey never expected he would decide ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published June 1st 2011)
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Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ve heard of the group of people who were known as the “Shakers” before. My curiosity was instantly aroused—who were the Shakers? While The Blessed is Ann Gabhart’s fourth Shaker book, it’s the first one I’ve read by her. The story inside this thick book was simply amazing. It’s not your typical romance, which I was very happy about. (It’s nice to take a break from the heated romances that are out on the market nowadays.) I just about devoured the book in my quest to find out more about the Sha ...more
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lacey Bishop has been living with Preacher Palmer and his wife since she was thirteen. Her father brought her to them so that she could help take care of the preachers sickly wife Miss Mona, while staying there a baby who they named Rachel was dropped on the preachers doorstep and Miss Mona and Lacey had raised her as their own. When Miss Mona dies the community thinks its improper for a twenty one year old girl to live under the same roof as the preacher. The preacher who is much older than Lac ...more
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who like historical fiction
The Blessed adds to the author’s collection of novels dealing heavily with a Shaker theme. This is the first novel I’ve read by Gabhart, and the first that features Shaker characters.

I appreciated the author’s brief history of the society before reading the book. The Blessed takes place in the mid nineteenth century in a small rural community at the home of the local Baptist preacher and his ailing wife. As a teenager, Lacey Bishop was sent to be the hired girl for Miss Mona. During this time,
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Blessed is the fourth book in Gabhart’s Shaker Book Series and is well researched, as are all of the books in her Shaker series. Ann lives close to a restored Shaker village in Kentucky and has had the opportunity to see and walk through the same type of village written about in her books.

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I am a HUGE fan of historical fiction because I learn something just about every time I sit down to read. For example, many people think that the Shakers and the Amish a
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is about Lacey - a motherless woman who came to live with a preacher and his wife as a youngster. After her father re-married, her new stepmother didn't want her living with them. Lacey has a strange relationship with her new "parents" and as an adult, her and the preacher seldom speak, but she's extremely close to Miss Mona, the preacher's wife. Miss Mona is kind and she teaches Lacey a lot about faith and Christianity. Lacey's life changes for the worse when Miss Mona dies, leaving 2 ...more
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Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Review by AmieLou: When I got the notice to review The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart, I have to admit that I was overly excited to read a novel—said to be a romance—about the Shakers. For those who don’t know, the Shakers were a religious sect formed in the eighteenth century. I say “were” because the Shakers didn’t believe in marriage or sexual relations for any reason. They didn’t have families nor children born into their communities. Consequently,their beliefs died out with them. And so I was ve ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it liked it
These days it's hard to find any kind of romance be it Christian, general market or otherwise, that has such an original and complex setting as Ann H. Gabart's Shakers series. Where Amish fiction seems to have flooded the market it's nice to pick up a "bonnet" book that doesn't quite fit the mold. I'm not the biggest fan of slower paced novels like this one but Ms. Gabhart definitely catches the oddities and strangeness of the Shaker religious sect.

That said it was a little too much for me. I f
At first I was just furious with this book and originally thought that no way was I ever going to give it a higher rating than two or three stars. I then realized that if a book could get my feelings so worked up I had better give it a full five. I knew about the Shakers but it wasn't until I read this book that I realized what a strange cult they were.I alternated between being angry and amused at their ridiculous rules. I was shocked at their deception since I wasn't expecting such weird and f ...more
Abbie Riddle
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellently written. I enjoyed it from the very first page.

Young Lacy Bishop's life was a web of sticky mess that had her tangled in obligations she wanted nothing to do with. Would the Shaker Village be a way out of this mess?

As a young girl Lacy Bishop is sent to live with Mona and Preacher Palmer. There words of truth are spoken into her life and the scripture becomes her strong foundation. However, Mona dies just as Lacy is becoming a young woman and she and the orphaned girl (a
Aug 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading Ann H. Gabhart's books on The Shakers, I was intrigued. Then I was surprised that a cult like this existed way back then. Who says you can't learn anything from novels?

It is 1844 and The Blessed follows Lacey Bishop, who due to circumstances beyond her control, finds herself living in a Shaker village. The Shakers are an odd bunch. They believe marriage is a sin and that children should be separated from their parents (no matter the age). So they take Rachel, Lacey's
I can't help vacillating in my thoughts on this book, but the bottom line is I simply didn't like it. Some parts were interesting, like the whole odd Shaker culture and the era the novel was written in. Some parts were very dull and I found myself skimming a lot. I finally decided I couldn't finish the story even though I ended up reading to page 216 or so. It was too drawn out and the pacing lagged. Plus, it was kind of depressing. I'm thinking this is just not an author I plan to read. I start ...more
Sep 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ann Gabhart has done it again with "The Blessed", the 4th book in her series. At a glance this is a thick book, but once a reader becomes acquainted with Lacey and Isaac the pages fly by. You want to finish the story but not the friendships made with the characters. Gabhart's style of writing draws me in and I become emotionally invested with the characters. I laugh and cry with them. Situations become hopeless and I feel for them. She stays true to the Shakers and gives readers an interesting h ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This books was OK, nothing really wrong with it. As I read it, I felt pretty sure I have read at least one other in this series before. It just didn't have really deep messages in it for me, nor did it give me very much to think about later.
So I will remind myself not to read more in this series, since I have so many other books I would like to read.
Aug 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Interesting historical romance centered around the Shaker faith and tradition. I enjoyed it!
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars. I realized about halfway through that I had actually read this book before; so that should say something about how memorable it is. Disregarding that, I think there was some unmet potential in "The Blessed." The basic premise intrigued me, it sounded more unique than many Christian books. However, the execution fell short of my expectations. I can't really speak as to the predictability of the work, but the characters weren't all that believable, and acted in ways that more often work ...more
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, listened
Better than book 2, but not as good as book 1.
Jennifer Bowers
Apr 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Who isn't just a bit fascinated by the Shakers? This was a good story that also gave me some insight to this strange group.
I did enjoy The Blessed; I did get drawn into it, I have to say that much. Isaac and Lacey shared a sweet romance, and the mother/daughter relationship between Lacey and Rachel was tenderly beautiful. I must admit, I did relish in the two main characters’ “rebellious”—or whatever they called it—natures. Not the fact that they rebelled against rules, but the fact that they stood up to the Shakers and looked them straight in the eye as they challenged their strange beliefs. There was plenty of dr ...more
Jul 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The novel is set in 1844 and was filled with such precise emotion to the point I could almost feel what the characters were feeling. Lacey especially had a big impact on me. As a mother I could feel her crushing pain and aching heart at being separated from her four-year-old daughter, Rachel. She was unhappy in the Shaker village but her arrival there was beyond her control. Lacey had no choice but to follow her preacher husband to the Shaker village after two peo ...more
Shari Larsen
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This story takes place in Kentucky, in 1844. Estranged from her own family at the age of 16, Lacey Bishop goes to work for the preacher and his wife, and also cares for their little girl, Rachel, who was left at their doorstep when she was an infant.

Lacey is pretty content with her life, helping Mona, the preachers wife, and helping to raise Rachel. But her life takes a radical turn when Mona dies after a long illness, and the preacher convinces that the only decent thing to do is to marry him.
THE BLESSED by Ann H. Gabhart is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in 1844 Harmony Hill,Kentucky. This is the 4th in this author's Shaker Novels,but can be read alone. See "The Outsider",The Believer", and "The Seeker".The story is well written with depth and details.The characters will capture your heart.It has a little romance,love, forgiveness,redemption,conflict,
deception,secrets,a little mystery,a little intrigue,choices,and a community.Trapped by obligations and circumstance
Jul 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian Fiction
Lacey Bishop hasn't had an easy life and things get even more difficult when she marries Pastor Elwood Palmer in order to continue caring for Rachel. Though she did not give birth to Rachel, Lacey considers Rachel to be her daughter and would do anything to stay with her. As tensions in the parsonage mount, a move to the Shaker community, where all marital relationships are dissolved, seems like a relief. Unfortunately, the Shakers also believe in dissolving parent-child relationships. Lacey is ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Blessed by Ann Gabhart is the fourth book in her Shaker series. The story covers two people, Lacey and Isaac, each trapped between a rock and a hard place, and living life without hope. Lacey's family was shattered with the death of her mother, and after her father married an abusive woman, she was sent to help out Preacher Palmer's family in another town. Lacey grew to see his wife, Miss Mona, as a mother figure, and when an infant girl was dropped off at their doorstep, the two women raise ...more
Jul 14, 2011 rated it liked it
I was very interested in reading this book because I wanted to learn more about the Shakers. However, I found it very hard to get into this book. I found it depressing, what with Isaac at a loss after losing his wife and Lacey not wanting to be married to the preacher but not having a choice. But on the other hand, this just shows how proficient the author is at setting the tone of helplessness that the two main authors are facing when we meet them. The Shaker village seems to be the only answer ...more
Jan 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lacey Bishop was taken in by Preacher Elwood Palmer to care for his wife Mona and later baby Rachel when she was left on their doorstep. When Mona died the ladies of the Ebenezer Church didn't think it was right that Lacey and Rachel live with Preacher Palmer unless they were married. Lacey didn't love him, really didn't even care for him but she did love Rachel and she knew that if she didn't marry Preacher Palmer she would lose Rachel. They agreed to be married and Lacey would have some time b ...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having worked in the home of a preacher for many years and being very close to his wife and caring for the child left on his doorstep, Lacey is unprepared when Preacher Palmer pressures her into marriage after the death of his wife. Her love for young Rachel pushes her into accepting his offer. When the preacher suddenly moves them all to a Shaker village, Lacey has no choice but to go along.

As she struggles to understand this new faith and what might have drawn the preacher into it, she meets o
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
July 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3454-1
Genre: Inspirational/historical/shakers

Lacey is an orphaned sent to live with Preacher Palmer and his wife. Later a baby is abandoned on the preacher’s steps and his wife and Lacey took care of Rachel, until the preacher’s wife passed on. Then the preacher insisted that Lacey and he marry. Lacey didn’t want to, but it was the only way she’d be allowed to care for Rachel.

Isaac’s wife died and Isaac left the
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Lacey Bishop's life is in tatters. Alone in the world, she goes to work for a preacher and his wife, and so remains in their employ until the wife passes, her dear Miss Mona. Having no where else to go, she stays with the preacher and the little girl, Rachel that had been left on his doorstep years before. When the women in the parish raise a protest about the improper living conditions of a 20-year-old single girl living with the widowed preacher, Lacey is convinced that she has no other recour ...more
Dec 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Before I picked up this novel, I thought that the Shakers were pretty much the same as the Amish, only with more enthusiastic worship services. I had never studied or researched anything about them. So, before I started reading, I went to the place I go on the Web when I want semi-useful information: Wikipedia.

Wow, was I wrong about the Shakers (and my apologies to the Amish). One thing in particular that was especially surprising to me was that the Shakers thought that marriage was evil and liv
Jun 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart is the engaging story of a young girl trying to make her way in the world of 1844, sometimes with the love and support of those around her and sometimes in spite of their skewed advice. Lacey Bishop is cast out from her home at age 16, when her father forsakes her in favor of an abusive stepmother. Fortunately, Miss Mona, the preacher’s wife, takes her in. Miss Mona lovingly guides Lacey and gives her the care of baby Rachel, another unwanted child Miss Mona finds ...more
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