Monday, November 18, 2013
CHRISTMAS AT HARMONY HILL
She stared up at the Shaker buildings. They took in those in need. That was why she was riding into their village. But she couldn't stay here. Not forever. They divided families. She'd heard her grandmother speak harshly of the way Shakers didn't believe in marriage and had special houses where children were kept from their parents.
Heather put a hand over the swell of her baby inside her. Surely they wouldn't take a newborn from his mother's bosom. Heather's mother couldn't have imagined that happening or she'd have never told her to come . . .
It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?
As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.
I loved loved loved this book! Wonderfully talented Gabhart has written a real Christmas story. I found the Shakers interesting and the setting is beautifully described. An abusive husband, a birth, a hard life in war time and the power of forgiveness make this an excellent novel.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
“Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”