Monday, April 29, 2019

The Refuge

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 thoughts: Wow, the history of this one! I have looked at the Shakers faith and often wondered how people wound up joining, since it is one where all members agree to be celibate and so is in need of constant converts. After reading this book, I can see how it was a haven for some people. Ann brings the time period to life through the struggles of Darcie and some of the others living among the Shakers. This is a fascinating historical read with a dash of romance.
I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.

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