The Gifted by Ann Gabhart
|July 2, 2012||Filed under Reviews|
This was my first Ann Gabhart novel, and admittedly, I knew very little about the Shakers, so it was an educational read for me. I love to read both Amish and historical fiction and this seemed to be a great way to branch out. Jessamine is taken to live with her grandmother when her mother dies giving birth to her and later, her grandmother’s death leads her to the Shaker village. Being almost 21, she is struggling with a major decision in her life, which is to sign the covenant that would make her an official member of this secluded community. She is lured by the wonders of the outside world. She’s also conflicted because her inquisitive nature has her teetering on disobedience.
She eventually ventures into the outside world. Part of her mission has something to do with the injured man who stumbled onto Shaker territory. Then there’s also the letter written by her father. Will Jessamine adopt the segregated ways of the Shakers? Pick up a copy to find out!
I found this book to be a great introduction to the Shakers. I may not agree with their beliefs, but they are fascinating nonetheless. If you’ve ever been in a position where your faith/worldview has been challenged, this book will definitely resonate with you.
Disclosure: I was provided a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!