Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Seeker by Ann H. Gabhart*Book Review


Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3363-6
ISBN-10: 0-8007-3363-0
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
Number of pages: 416
Carton Quantity: 40
Publication Date: Jul. 10
Formats: Paperback

Author Ann H. Gabhart weaves a striking story about life, love and fateful decisions in her new book The Seeker.

Set during the 1860s, The Seeker introduces readers to Charlotte Vance, a pampered Kentucky gentlewoman who knows what she wants. But when the man she planned to marry joins the Shakers—a religious group that does not allow marriage—she is left dumbfounded. And when her father brings home a new wife who is young enough to be Charlotte’s sister, it is more than she can bear.

With the country—and her own household—on the brink of civil war, Charlotte hatches a plan to avoid her new stepmother and win back her man by joining the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. Little does she know that this decision will lead her down a road of unforeseen consequences.
In this moving and well-researched story, Gabhart brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers, and the ravages of war during the 1860s to deliver a touching story of love, freedom, and forgiveness.

She joined the Shakers to escape her troubles …
But unforeseen consequences threaten all she holds dear

Living just thirty miles from a restored Shaker village in Kentucky, Ann H. Gabhart has walked the same paths that her characters might have walked in generations past. Her thorough research provides a convincing and colorful backdrop for her Shaker novels. Gabhart is the author of several novels, including The Outsider and The Believer.

The Seeker by Ann H. Gabhart is a very sweet love story. Even though Charlotte and Adam don’t spend much time together in the story it is full of sweetness and love. I really loved the part of The Seeker where Charlotte and Adam wrote letters to each other for a year. She was in the Shaker village and Adam was away drawing pictures of the war. The Shakers don’t allow any kind of love or sharing sweet words in letters. The only reason Charlotte was allowed to receive his letters were so the Shakers would know how the war was going. Even though I saw the love shining through in the letters. Another part I really liked was how Charlotte showed love to her young step brother.
I also like how Charlotte loved the slaves in her home as family. She did many things for them and helped them in any way she could.
This book is full of freedom, slavery, love faith, loyalty, valor, sacrifice and forgiveness. A book that tells of the Civil War, that will open your eyes to what war is really about. Death and life, sadness and love.
This is a good book and I recommend it. It is very long, over 400 pages, but that’s what I love. So buy yourself a copy or go to the library, but it would be so nice to have your own.

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“Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received my free copy from Donna Hausler from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group for my review.

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