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The Outsider: A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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The Outsider: A Novel

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585589531
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Shaker Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 89,452
  • File size: 307 KB

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.
Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True, as well as several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

    It's a good, quick read. Pretty predictable but I enjoyed the hi

    It's a good, quick read. Pretty predictable but I enjoyed the historical aspect.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great story

    Love the Shakers series. Great writing.... love reading anything this Author does

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Very interesting,

    Worth the read

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

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    Great read. I really liked this story.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    A great clean read. This novel is more than just a Christian rom

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2011

    Wonderful

    Really enjoyed readig this book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2011

    Kind of strange.

    This story was a little strange, but I still enjoyed it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 7, 2011

    Good book

    I enjoyed this book. I couldnt wait for the end to find out what happened.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Lovely story

    This was a very interesting book.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    Delightful Book

    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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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Good read.

    It started with burning, sizzled, and the interest in this book grew. At first i didnt think i would like this book. But once i started it perked my interest. I would liked a more in depth of the religion. I will look for more books by this author. Love to see a second book on how their lives change and the adjustments she has to go through.

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  • Posted August 12, 2011

    Excellent story

    This was the first book I read by this author. I look forwad to reading more. It was emotional, inspiring and uplifting. I couldn't put my nook down.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Really good book

    I enjoyed this book very much. Loved the storyline and the characters.

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

    Incredible, Deep, Thought Provoking, Captivating Read!

    I was captivated from start to finish. This story tells a tale that hasn't been told before that really takes you into the Shaker community and into the very soul of the leading character. You can't read this story unmarked.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Great but would change a few things

    This book was great but in the middle it was slightly depressing. I wish there was a second book,or maaybe a longer ending. But I could not put my nook down. This is definally going on my favorites shelf!

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    This is a great book. I loved the characters, storyline, and the message. The only think I would have changed is for the end of the book to be extended. I think there should be a sequel.

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  • Posted July 29, 2011

    GREAT READ!

    I enjoyed this book, the storyline was very intriguing. The characters are strong and defined. You laugh, cry, and think.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    A must read!

    I couldn't put my Nook down!! My only complaint is, that this is the only fee e-book by the author... I wish the other books were also free for the Nook.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Very Interesting

    Good book kept my interest throughout the entire story...love conquers all

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