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Posted December 26, 2011
Enjoyed this book to the very last page. Keeps your interest till the end. Great Author ....... love the stories. Keep up the great work !!!!
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Posted April 12, 2011
Posted October 10, 2010
Highly Recommended for Historians
This book has a huge amount of historical fact contained within its fictional pages. Ann Gabhart really went above and beyond in piquing the curiosity of a novice historian. She incorporates a love for the humanity of the American slaves and brings forth an unlikely heroine who brings a change in the lives of a few of her own slaves in a place and time precarious to slave owners. Along the way this young woman learns how to leave the plans of her world in God's hands and trust that His plans are far better than hers ever could have been. In addition, Ann Gabhart, incorporates the beginning of the civil war and the role of the Shakers at that time into the lives of her subjects in such a way as to entice the reader into searching for other books about that particular time in history. This is the third in Ann Gabhart's Shaker series and, after reading all three, this is the one I liked the best. It can be read as a stand-alone even though it is about the same Shaker village as the others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2010
Third in Shakers series is epic story of love and faith during the Civil War
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 but no marriage. He invites her to join the community as well, and Charlotte is forced to accept before Selena ships her off to boarding school. Before she leaves, newspaper artist Adam Wade tempts her with a kiss in the garden, a kiss that will carry them both through the trying years to come. Gabhart is an extraordinarily talented writer who perfectly renders a tumultuous time in American history. Charlotte and Adam's meeting in the garden is equal to that of Scarlett and Rhett in Gone with the Wind: a feisty heroine who has just been embarrassed by a man, and a mustached gentleman with a devilish grin who is unafraid to tease her and steal a kiss. As the nation is headed toward Civil War, Charlotte and Adam are both caught up in events bigger than they are. Charlotte is a strong-willed and intelligent heroine (who actually looks like the cover model) and readers will enjoy reading about her growth in character and faith. Adam begins as a bit of a rake, but as the book and war progress, he becomes worthy of Charlotte and finds faith of his own. Gabhart's books feel like so much more than just a romance; she packs in history, suspense, drama, and faith all with a powerful punch. I can't wait to read whatever she does next.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2010
INSPIRING STORY OF LOVE AND SACRIFICE!
THE SEEKER by Ann H. Gabhart is an Inspirational historical fiction set in 1861 Mercer County, Kentucky. It is an inspiring story of love and sacrifice. It is well written with details and depth. It has faith, devotion, courage, sacrifice, betrayal, forgiveness, grace, freedom, slavery, and love that blooms despite the circumstances.The characters are selfish, strong, and will draw you into the story and keep you wanting more. It is a fast paced, page turning story. The heroine, Charlotte, is a true Southern Belle thrust into the world of the Shakers for her safety and seclusion. The hero, Adam, does illustrations for a newspaper, he is brought into Charlotte's life by her new stepmother. He and Charlotte will become close through their trials and tribulation. This is a wonderful love story even through the ravages of war in 1860 Kentucky, it weaves forgiveness, freedom,love, the different worlds between the simple Shaker world and the world of the Southern belle. I would highly recommend this story for it is truly in inspiring story, gives some insight into the Shaker world, and shows how love can overcome the atrocities around us. This book was received for review and details can be found at Revell and My Book Addiction and More.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2010
The Seeker is an excellent story of a Southern belle whose life is forever changed by the beliefs of the Shakers, the conflict of the Civil War, and love.
The Seeker is a book that grabbed my interest and held me until the end. I remember getting about halfway through it and looking at the whole book thinking it was not long enough because I was so involved in the characters. Charlotte Vance is a strong, Southern Belle who appreciates the benefits of her pre-Civil War life without being insensitive to its effects on others. As an only child, she formulates a plan for her life at a young age and intends to maintain that path if through determination alone. But her plan is interrupted by the influence of the Shaker's peaceful way of life on the man expected to help her achieve her goals. As she begins to face this problem, her world is thrown into turmoil with family issues and the approach of the Civil War. This story is an inspiring tale of a never-beaten spirit who learns about peace and the simple pleasures in spite of her indulgent upbringing. The history of the War and the Shakers weave throughout the story of Charlotte's life giving you a window into her world. The detailed situations brought to mind similar situations in my own life and touched my heart in an unexpected way. This was the first I have read of this series, but, as I write this, The Outsider has been purchased and is now waiting for me to begin.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.