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The Refuge

By Ann H Gabhart


Can the power of love and the bond of family triumph in a community that cannot accept either?

With the threat of a cholera epidemic at their heels, Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be temporary, but when Walter is killed in a riverboat accident, destitute 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?

Book Takeaway:

A mother's love is powerful and the Lord honors families.

Why the author wrote this book:

I've written several books set in my fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill. I hadn't planned to write another one, but a character kept coming to mind. A widow who is a reluctant Shaker with no where to go. That character kept nudging me to tell her story. So I did.


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