The Refuge

The Refuge

by Ann H. Gabhart

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When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely--position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?

Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family.

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ISBN-13: 9781493417780
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 137,990
File size: 12 MB
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About the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, These Healing Hills, and River to Redemption. She and her husband live on a farm a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Ann enjoys discovering the everyday wonders of nature while hiking in her farm's fields and woods with her grandchildren and her dog, Frankie. Learn more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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The Refuge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
TheBeccaFiles 22 hours ago
One of the amazing things about historical fiction is that it takes the reader to an entirely different place and time and gives them a glimpse of what life may have been like. Instead of discovering history through a textbook, you see it through the eyes of characters, giving it a more real and personal value. I only wish that the author would have shared some of her research in an author's note to help separate some of the truth from fiction in this novel, but it was evident that she had a solid understanding of the ways of the Shakers and it flowed throughout the pages. I have always been intrigued by the Shakers. I grew up a short distance away from a living history museum that allows you to walk through the village and take a peek inside the historical lives of people. There is one home they now have dedicated to teaching about the Shakers. Speaking with some of the reenactors awakened an interest to learn more, and so I knew that after reading the description of this novel it was one I would have to pick up. Not unsurprising, but I read it in a single day. Darcie was an easy character to connect with and continue to build a deeper bond with as the story progressed. Being able to concur with her mindset only made the story come to life more and the pages continue to turn. I devoured every moment of this novel. I'm currently sitting in a book fog wondering why it had to come to an end because I'm not ready to exit their world and return to my own. I highly, highly recommend to historical fiction fans! *I received a copy of this book from Revell. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
AdventurousBookworm 1 days ago
I did not finish this book. I tried really hard to like it and ignore the content, but it was too much for me. There was a madwoman who poisons people, detailed descriptions of childbearing, many discussions with too much detail about marriage. I could not connect with the characters at all. I felt like Darcie was complaining about living the Shaker life for most of the novel and attempting to figure out which Shakers did not like the lifestyle. Honestly, the best part of this novel was Flynn's daughter. She was super sweet and full of energy and hope. We get to see a bit of Shaker life from the view of a seven-year-old child and that is priceless. Due to the content, I will not be reading any more books by this author. Rating: 1 Star Content: 1 Star *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
ARS8 2 days ago
The Refuge was an interesting historical read about a Quaker community and those who lived there and embraced the beliefs and those who sought refuge. Darcie and her husband sought refuge with the Quakers due to a cholera outbreak, hoping to escape the death that had claimed so many of their loved ones. Unfortunately Darcie ends up a pregnant widow in a strange and foreign lifestyle, not really belonging nor is she very happy. This was definitely an eye-opener on many of the strange ways of the Quakers, what they believed about marriage and how they worshiped God. I have read books with Quakers before and I am not sure this was how they all believed or if this sect was especially strict. This was interesting all the same to go deeper into their strange ways. However, they did play an important role in the surrounding communities, kind of like the monasteries of medieval age. They were a source of clean water, food, education, and hospitals when needed to be. This was a heartbreaking read at first and I found it interesting all the reasons one would choose to leave all and join the Quaker community. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
KayleesKindofWrites 2 days ago
My Review: Genre: Bologna. My Rating: 1 star. My Recommendation: None. My Favorite Character/s: Me. I’m my favorite character because I stuck with it and finished this book. My Verse for Me is Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. (King James Version.) (Yes, I erred in requesting this book.) My Thoughts: I really only have the ability to do my thoughts right now because I’m in shock at the oddness of this book and the Shaker cult, (I researched it, in 2017 there were only 2 Shakers left in America, no wonder since it’s illegal for ‘religions’ to adopt and the Shakers are against the whole marriage thing of course since not everyone follows ‘the one path’ to live right there are plenty of people to convert to Shakerisam. *insert eyeroll and heavy heavy dose of sarcasm*) anyway, since this book is the oddest in history I really have no idea what to say other than; I don’t recommend this book. And let’s not forget the whole woman poisoning her husband and getting away with it. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all the thoughts are my own.
millstreetreader 2 days ago
HE REFUGE by Ann H. Gabhart is the first novel I've read set in a Shaker community. When cholera swept the rural area Darcie and Walter Goodwin lived, they decided to flee their small farm and seek shelter in the Shaker village which seemed to be unaffected by the disease. If you know the history and basic beliefs of the Shaker communities, you realize that they lived as brothers and sisters, sharing in all the work and blessings. Marriage was not allowed, and even previously married couples like Darcie and Walter were expected to live separately while with the group. Both Darcie and her husband know they will never be able to fully accept the beliefs of this group and abandon their loving marriage. Then Walter is killed in a freak accident, Darcie finds herself pregnant, and without money or another home, forcing her to continue at Harmony Hill. Meanwhile, Flynn Keller realizes he and his aging father-in-law cannot handle his rambunctious young daughter alone after his wife's death. He knows that others have sent their children to the Shaker village for schooling, but it would mean leaving her there for weeks or months. Can he do that? Will she feel she has been rejected by those who love her most? Ann H. Gabbart's characters are always so well developed. Years after reading, ANGEL SISTER and the other novels that followed in that series, the books remain among my favorites, simply because I remember the characters. Since I am not a huge fan of the Amish/Mennonite style romances, I was not too sure about this novel. But the relationships between the "sisters" of the group was so well drawn that I soon found myself fully drawn into the story. As I finished the book, I realized there are enough loose ends left with minor characters that their stories will shine in future Harmony Hill books. Plus I just realized that this book is book 8 of her Shaker stories, not book one. I received a copy of this novel from Netgalley. All opinions are mine.
vics49548 3 days ago
What an incredible book! Author Ann Gabhart paints a story full of both pain and hope with characters that are incredibly true to life. The plot was very interesting and kept me turning the pages. Gabhart has researched her subject well and that makes a story I couldn’t put down. I was intrigued with learning about the Shaker lifestyle. There is much to learn from them as they cared so well for people and wanted to please God within a strong community. While they had a slanted view of the Bible, I still found it a very compelling read. If you enjoy historical fiction, and enjoy learning about groups of people, then you’ll enjoy The Refuge. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 days ago
The Refuge is a well-written novel that proceeds at a gentle pace. I could tell that Ann H. Gabhart has done her research into the Shakers. It was interesting to learn about the Shaker community and their beliefs. I was surprised to learn that the correct name for them is Believers in the Second Coming of Christ. It is outsiders who labeled them Shakers. It is not a religion that would suit every individual especially since men and women are kept separate and not allowed to raise their own children. They did have a strong work ethic and thriving villages. The characters were developed and realistic. I liked that there are characters who have differing viewpoints (those that embrace the Shakers and those that do not) and a variety of ages. I liked the friendships that developed between Darcie and her roommates. Faith is woven into the story making an integral part of The Refuge. The Shakers might have a different ideas, but they believe in God like all Christians. Leatrice was a delight. She was a precocious little girl who lit up the story along with the two babies. The Refuge is not a straightforward romance which I appreciated. There is intrigue, friendships, kittens, childhood drama, faith, a depressed horse, and love. The ending is sweet and heartwarming. There is one phrase from The Refuge I wanted to share. It is “take each day as it comes with the blessings and trials it brings, for the Lord only promises us this day”. The Refuge provides an insightful look into the Shakers and those who sought refuge with them.
KatrinaEpperson 5 days ago
I love books written about Kentucky and this historical immediately swept me back to the fall of 1849 in Harmony Hill. This story centers around Darcie Goodwin who is a young woman that is on a journey of survival. She married her husband Walter 4 years ago, but with the growing threat of cholera in the area they made the decision to live with the Shakers until the threat was over. Their arrival was met with changes they didn't know or hadn't expected. For one the women and men were kept completely separate, so she and Walter were unable to live as husband and wife. She was raised in a christian home, but some of the Shaker beliefs were hard for her to accept. After 3 months of living with the Shakers Walter left one day never to return leaving Darcie a young widow and a baby on the way. I really enjoyed this book!! The plot immediately pulled me in. I enjoyed reading about the Shakers and must admit I was shocked at some of their beliefs. I could tell the author had researched this topic well. The engaging,secondary characters are well integrated into the story. Darcie is both kind and sweet, but she shows a survivor instinct throughout the story. Flynn Keller is a widow and the father of an inquisitive, young daughter. He's not ready to move on with his life in a romantic sense, but he knows he needs to put his daughters needs first. The author adds an artful touch to the story by adding a small mystery into the plot. It was not something I expected, but enjoyed because it enriched the story. This captivating story has elements of faith, second chances, quirky characters, romantic tension, and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone. **I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Cheryl Koch 6 days ago
I have read several books by this author. One of the things I like about this author and her books is the Amish lifestyle that some of the books are focused around. Thus the reason that I wanted to read this book. Darcie was fine. In fact, she is probably the one I enjoyed the most. The location is also another good aspect about this book. Yet, everything else did not impress me. The other characters as well as the storyline. I struggled right away to find my footing with this book. It moved slowly and it was made only worse by the fact that I was not connecting with the other characters. My reading style with this book was more of a skimming method. While, I was not such a fan of this book, I would read another one by this author.
LittleMissBookworm 6 days ago
Title: The Refuge Author: Ann H. Gabhart Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Publisher: Revell Publishing Publication date: April 30, 2019 Page #: 400 Star rating: 4 out of 5. Back Cover Copy: “When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely--position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family? Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family” My Review: In The Refuge you are introduced to two characters, Darcie and Flynn. Darcie came to the Shaker Village with her husband Walter to find a safe haven from the Cholera epidemic. When Darcie finds herself pregnant and alone, she’s faced with an uncertain future. Widower Flynn longs for stability for he and his daughter. Is it possible that these two could find love in a celebite community? I really enjoyed the book, and thought that Ms. Gabhart did a wonderful job in giving the reader a small history lesson about the beliefs of the Shakers and how their community works. The story is intertwined with the history of the Shakers, so you learn something as you find out more about the characters pitfalls and triumphs. I recommend the book, and really enjoyed all the little unexpected surprises in the story. I received this book from Revell Books for their online book tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
tealovingbookworm 7 days ago
Ann Gabhart has again woven a tantalizing tale of the sometimes mind-boggling Shakers and their lives in the secluded village of Harmony Hill. Using heart-warming characters, she depicts the hardships and sometimes tough decisions that some were forced to endure in the 1850’s era. “Hands to work and hearts to God” is the motto the Shakers lived by, where all are sisters and brothers, and all are expected to work. The story is about a young woman, Darcie, who feels like the Shakers are her last resort after sudden widowhood and finding herself pregnant. The Shakers openly and lovingly cared for her, even though she didn’t fully embrace the belief system. We follow her journey from loneliness to love. This is a book you won’t want to put down, and one I highly recommend. It’s in the running for one of my favorites! I received a copy from Revell Publishing and through NetGalley and was under no obligation to give a positive review. All views are my own.
amybooksy 7 days ago
The Refuge is a great read. I loved this historical involving The Shaker Village of Harmony Hill. I was heartbroken for Darcie when she lost her husband. Especially, when she was learning of her expecting a little one. When I was introduced to Flynn and his daughter, Leatrice, I instantly loved them both. Leatrice is such a cute and smart little girl. So sad she lost her mother at such an early age. When Flynn fears for her life, he turns to the Shakers for help. I give The Refuge a very well deserved five plus stars. This is overall a beautiful story of forgiveness, second chances, faith and hope. Highly recommended! I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Belovedbrat 7 days ago
Title: The Refuge Author: Ann H Gabhart Chapters: 35 plus epilogue Pages: 400 Genre: Christian Historical fiction Rating: 4 stars The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart is not my first by her, but it is my first Shaker book that I’ve read. Darcie and her husband end up at Harmony Hill the fictional Shaker village in Kentucky to ride out a Cholera epidemic when he’s killed in an accident. Leaving Darcie widowed and pregnant something that the Shaker’s don’t really know how to deal with. When she meets widower Flynn Keller and his daughter. I’m not going to lie I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I don’t read Amish fiction and for some reason that’s how I was viewing fiction books about the Shakers the same way. I was surprised but in a good way. Ann gave her characters in this book the same depth that she gives all her characters. Even though Harmony Hill is a fictional Shaker village it was easy to picture how it was set up because I’ve been to both Shaker villages in Kentucky. And I have a feeling that Ann based Harmony Hill on the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in central Kentucky. Ann brings life to her historical novels as well as the Kentucky setting, all of her books I’ve read have been set in Kentucky and I love that. My favorite character in the book wasn’t Darcie or Flynn instead it was Flynn’s young daughter whose headstrong nature reminded me a bit of myself at that age. To me she makes the whole book. The Refuge is a book about leaving to trust God and his timing not our timing. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction. As well as readers who like to read fictional stories based on real historic places. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Anonymous 8 days ago
Review by Paula Shreckhise The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart is a stand alone novel about the Shakers in the 1850’s. Reading a novel by Ann Gabhart is like sitting and talking to a treasured friend. I love the quiet way her words creep into my soul. I knew next to nothing about the Shakers except that I have long admired the simple lines of their furniture. Ms. Gabhart has opened my eyes to the often strange customs of the Shakers. I learned the reasons behind some of their actions and attitudes. The Shaker community of Harmony Hill seems quiet and orderly, but trouble can come to any place. When Darcie Goodwin seeks refuge from cholera with her husband, Walter, she never thinks she would be there forever. She is given no choice but to stay at Harmony Hill when he tragically dies. She is obedient to the strange rules but has no real desire to stay there permanently. She prays God would direct her steps. What does God have in store for Darcie? The characters in this book are truly living out their faith however diverse they may be. This is a beautifully written story. Listen to the words of Silas Cox: “ Home.That’s a fine word, but I’ve been wondering lately if home maybe has more to do with the people you love than with a place.” Ann Gabhart’s writing always calms me and causes me to ponder lots of things. To me that is a sign of a great writer. I have been a fan since I first read one of her books. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
Anonymous 8 days ago
Review by Paula Shreckhise The Refuge by Ann H. Gabhart is a stand alone novel about the Shakers in the 1850’s. Reading a novel by Ann Gabhart is like sitting and talking to a treasured friend. I love the quiet way her words creep into my soul. I knew next to nothing about the Shakers except that I have long admired the simple lines of their furniture. Ms. Gabhart has opened my eyes to the often strange customs of the Shakers. I learned the reasons behind some of their actions and attitudes. The Shaker community of Harmony Hill seems quiet and orderly, but trouble can come to any place. When Darcie Goodwin seeks refuge from cholera with her husband, Walter, she never thinks she would be there forever. She is given no choice but to stay at Harmony Hill when he tragically dies. She is obedient to the strange rules but has no real desire to stay there permanently. She prays God would direct her steps. What does God have in store for Darcie? The characters in this book are truly living out their faith however diverse they may be. This is a beautifully written story. Listen to the words of Silas Cox: “ Home.That’s a fine word, but I’ve been wondering lately if home maybe has more to do with the people you love than with a place.” Ann Gabhart’s writing always calms me and causes me to ponder lots of things. To me that is a sign of a great writer. I have been a fan since I first read one of her books. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* Paula Shreckhise
Mgt_Nelson_12 11 days ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The pace is relaxed – it didn't leave me exhausted with my stomach in knots as some other books have done recently. It still moves fast enough that I didn't lose interest in the story. The characters are well-drawn, so that even if some had attitudes and traits I didn't like, I still could understand why they acted the way they did. The description of life in a Shaker village is treated with respect, and yet with honesty that shows some of the problems outsiders encountered. The spiritual content is also handled well, with characters learning and growing in their relationship with the Lord. I received a free review copy from the author; all opinions are my own.
GrandaddyA 13 days ago
I enjoyed the way Ann Gabhart alternately shared the stories of Flynn Keller, a widower with a young daughter, and Sister Darcie, a widow expecting her first baby while living with the Shakers. Both of their lives had been tossed upside down by different tragedies, including cholera, a fall off a horse, and a riverboat explosion. Flynn’s father-in-law, Silas, was one of my favorite characters. I forgot his exact words for describing himself but I would call him a loose cannon. Although he had some good ideas, some of his worst ones involved his attempts to provide a woman to take care of his granddaughter, as well as to find someone who could cook better than him and Flynn. Sister Darcie and her husband had gone to Harmony Hill to avoid the risk of cholera, but his death on a riverboat before she could tell him they were having a baby threw her for a loop. The descriptions of life in the Shaker village were quite interesting. I would have had a very difficult time accepting their beliefs, but some of their ways, such as never turning anyone away hungry, were quite admirable. After Sister Darcie gave birth to her daughter, she could not imagine staying at Harmony Hill where her baby girl would get moved to the Children’s House to be raised by other sisters, and they would be considered sisters rather than mother and daughter. You should read the book to see if Silas ever finds the right solution, and if Sister Darcie is able to keep her baby girl. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Mauri 13 days ago
Darcie and her husband Walter take refuge at Harmony Hill, a Shaker village, to avoid a cholera epidemic. For some reason, cholera didn't seem to strike there. Though Darcie and Walter didn't embrace the Shaker beliefs, they did have to follow the rules, which required them to live apart. Marriage was considered sinful to the Shakers. An experienced riverman, Walter went with some of the Shaker men on a trip and was killed when the boat boilers exploded. Though their stay at Harmony Hill was meant to be temporary, Darcie has no where else to go, especially after she discovers she is pregnant. She appreciates the shelter and companionship of the "sisters" she lives and works with, but doesn't agree with many of the Shaker beliefs, especially the ones that dictate children live separately from their parents, and husbands from wives. She befriended a young girl, Leatrice, who was also there temporarily for school and began to look forward to seeing Flynn, the girl's father, when he visited. I had sympathy for Darcie and her situation and for a couple of her "sisters" who also did not embrace the Shaker beliefs. Darcie had to learn to trust God to make a way for her. I enjoyed the rhythm of the story that alternated between Darcie's first person and third person from the perspective of Flynn or Leatrice. Ann H. Gabhart is such a talented storyteller. Her books are a delight to read. I did receive a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are honest and my own.
Kakinn 14 days ago
Although I thought the plot got a little slow and boring at times, it was kind of interesting to learn about a group of people, the Shakers, that I had never heard of before reading The Refuge. I did like how, even though the whole book was about a Shaker village, they weren't portrayed as these God-fearing Christians, like how, for example, the Amish are normally described in most Christian fiction books while, in reality, the majority are not and are being led astray in their desire for a better life. However, the main characters, Darcie and Flynn, are actually Christians, and in this book we see the Shakers through their eyes. The main theme of The Refuge is the importance of and God's design for marriage, even though the Shakers prohibit it. In conclusion, this was a good book and perfect if you just want to sit down and read a sweet story!
honeychile 15 days ago
What an intriguing read! I was fascinated to learn about the kind-but-cultish Shakers, and author Gabhart did a masterful job placing her main character Darcie among them, taking refuge with her husband after a cholera outbreak. Unexpected tragedy strikes and Darcie finds herself alone and pregnant among people who believe that sex is sinful even within the constraints of marriage. It would have been easy to make the Shaker community a dark place, but Gabhart reveals her consummate writing and plotting skill as she paints a captivating picture of the Shaker world, revealing both their strengths and their faults. I especially admired the way Gabhart created individual and genuine Shaker characters, some of whom did not totally embrace the Shaker way of life and others who did. Giving Darcie a way out of her situation was something I certainly saw coming, but was delighted to wait for it to unfold. Gabhart also chose to make Christian faith an important part of the novel, and I was thrilled to read about elders in the lives of both Darcie and her love-interest who planted and watered the seeds of growing Christian faith. Adversity drew these characters into active faith and the lessons they learned were not forgotten. Another theme in the book is taking in those in need, something that Darcie experienced herself and later came to emulate. Five solid stars on this fine novel from me!
Deana0326 17 days ago
I didn’t realize how strict the Shakers were until I read this book. It was forbidden to be married which seems like it goes against what the Bible says. Darcie lost her husband in an accident and is taken in by the Shakers, I know she was unsure if she belonged there. What would they say when it was discovered she was with child? The sins kept building up for Darcie but she prayed they would allow her to stay. She had no one and was desperate for a place to lay her head at night. How hard would it be for you to stay somewhere you felt uncomfortable so you would have shelter and food? I’m not sure everyone was happy with her being there. Some seemed unwelcoming and was very strict about rules. Flynn and his daughter are in a bad position when they run out of food. Flynn knows the Shakers are near by and strikes up a deal with them for food. Maybe Flynn and Darcie can make some kind of agreement to help each other out. Is it possible for them to trust each other? The author gives us details about Shaker life that I enjoyed reading about. I didn’t know some of the rules they followed and how the women and children stayed to themselves a lot. The women did all the household chores including watching any children. I hurt for the women who couldn’t tell their own children that they were their mother. The work to keep their community going was hard, but I did find good in many of the characters. They were always willing to help strangers and never turned anyone away. I wonder if they hoped the people would stay and be part of them? I loved reading how the characters were faithful and how they knew they would need to leave at some point. It was refreshing to see how much Darcie knew about the Bible and how much God loved her. It’s a great story of trust, protecting your children and standing up for what you believe in. I received a copy of this book from Revell Blogger Program. The review is my own opinion.
Virginiaw 19 days ago
This is one of those books where I wish I could give more than five stars. I learned a lot about the Shakers in this story. It was one of those religions where you wonder how it expected to survive with the types of rules it had. Darcie , Flynn, Leatrice and Mona were great characters. I also loved the “sisters” in the Shaker village. I did not want to put this book down but I also did not want it to end. I wanted to keep being a part of all these people’s lives. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Ellen-oceanside 19 days ago
THE REFUGE. Ann Gabhart. They were in the Shaker community because of the cholera. My husband was a strong swimmer, died saving others. The coffin, no I will remember that I was loved by my husband. We were to leave this place, and find our own, to work with our hands. A baby he didn’t know about The eyes were always watching in the village, an assigned position, the rules to abided by. The same rules her husband chaffed against. Marriage was a sin, and coming in, they were separated. So it will be when a child is born, Darcie will be giving it up. Flynn a widower unable to care for his daughter sends her here, on a temporary basis.Meeting Darcie could that be an answer, and a better life for her and child. How can a courtship be, no communication or is one taken in trust. I have the other books in this series and enjoyed them. This was hard one to read, I am sure the author did her research and that was the way it was done, As far as the story, it was well portrayed with the deep sorrow, of losing both a husband and the coming child. Given ARC by Net .Galley and Revell for my honest opinion and voluntary review.
Sheliass 19 days ago
This book was so interesting as it shared insight into the Shaker culture. I love how the author wove romance into a community that required celibacy. The characters have depth and strength as the overcome losses. An intriguing story.
Christianfictionandmore 20 days ago
Ann H. Gabhart's books never fail to provide a pleasurable reading experience. The Refuge revolves around a Shaker village in the mid-1800s. There were those living among the earnest Shakers who were there simply because they had no place else to go. Among those was a young widow, Sister Darcie, who had come with her husband to escape a cholera epidemic. After her husband was killed in an accident, Sister Darcie learned that she was with child. A deep longing to be mother rather than sister to her child weighed heavily on Darcie's heart and mind. Leatrice, daughter of widower Flynn Keller, came to temporarily live among the Shakers in order to provide for her safety and education. Her father visited her often, and he couldn't help but ponder the situation Sister Darcie appeared to be in, that and her beautiful smile. Might there be a way to solve both of their problems? I learned a great many things about the Shaker lifestyle and beliefs while reading this book. This added to the enjoyment of the story itself. It makes me want to plan a day trip to the Shaker village at Pleasant Hill near Lexington, Kentucky. I am sure Gabhart's characters will fill the walkways and staircases there, at least in my mind's eye. I highly recommend The Refuge to fans of historical fiction. I appreciate having received a copy from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to write a positive review and received no monetary compensation.