Outsider, The: A Novel

Outsider, The: A Novel

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by Ann H. Gabhart
     
 

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For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing--visions that warn of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor must be…  See more details below

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For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing--visions that warn of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor must be brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle's loyalty to the Shakers. As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?
Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets readers live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will leave readers wanting more from this writer.

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Publishers Weekly

"Shaker romance" might seem like an oxymoron, but Gabhart (Summer of Joy) pens an interesting if emotionally lukewarm historical tale that explores the fascinating world of a religious Shaker community. The predictable story line is less compelling than the details about the Shakers and their stringent religious beliefs, with celibacy key to the plot. Set amid the War of 1812, the point of view shifts between the two romantic leads. Twenty-year-old Sister Gabrielle Hope's spiritual visions enable her to see future events. Although she's committed to the Shaker community of Harmony Hill (based on Kentucky's real-life Pleasant Hill), a few words and a kiss from the widowed outsider Dr. Brice Scott cause her to question the life she and her mother have chosen. More uncertainty follows as the strict rules of the community separate mothers from their children. Disappointingly, the romance never tingles, and even the novel's darker scenes of suicide and military execution are emotionally flat. But fans of Beverly Lewis's Amish novels may find Gabhart's well-researched historical fiction to their liking. (Aug.)

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Library Journal

Set in Kentucky in the early 1800s, this novel centers on Gabrielle Hope, whose family falls apart following the death of her brother. She and her mother join a Shaker community, but her loyalty to the Shakers and their chaste way of life is challenged when she meets an outsider, a doctor brought in to save the life of a young man. The author of Orchard of Hope and Summer of Joy offers a glimpse of a bygone era in which the Shakers lived together in chastity and faith. With an appealing heroine and an intriguing plot, Gabhart's latest novel deserves a place in all public libraries. The writer lives in Kentucky.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800732394
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Shaker Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
547,215
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the author of The Scent of Lilacs, Orchard of Hope, and Summer of Joy. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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Outsider, The: A Novel 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 83 reviews.
TLJo More than 1 year ago
It's a good, quick read. Pretty predictable but I enjoyed the historical aspect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the Shakers series. Great writing.... love reading anything this Author does
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Great read. I really liked this story.
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NickyDuvyrda More than 1 year ago
A great clean read. This novel is more than just a Christian romance. It also brings you into a society that not many think about. The Shaker lifestyle is well brought out in this novel. You can understand the heroine's struggles as life happens to her village. The side story about the war of 1812 gives an interesting perspective also. It shows how just one regiment views the war as a whole. These stories are tied together by two characters destined to be with each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth the read
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Stephanie214 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I couldnt wait for the end to find out what happened.
WandaFG More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book.
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WrightOutdoors More than 1 year ago
How refreshing to read a book that deals with some weighty subject material and have the pages free from profanity as well as "in your face" descriptions of love and death. It's nice to be able to use our imaginations as we contemplate what the author has written. The book also carries several important messages which encourage a good deal of thought. I'm looking forward to reading more.
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