The Believers Author:Janice Holt Giles Rebecca Fower is only seventeen when she marries Richard Cooper. At first they are very happy but when their child is stillborn, Richard feels it is God's punishment. The Shaker missionaries find Richard an easy convert. When he joins, Rebecca goes with him. — But Rebecca suffers in the strange world of the Shakers-where husbands and wives liv... more »e apart. As time passes, Richard's love fades and Rebecca must choose between obedience to a hateful doctrine-or the demands of her own heart.« less
I've visited several Shaker villages and read much about their lifestyle and work, but this is the first thing I've read from this perspective. All Shakers weren't in the villages voluntarily. This is a very interesting fictional account of this period in Kentucky. I also enjoyed the other two books in this series (which are not about the Shakers).