The Outsider - Shaker, Bk 1 Author:Ann H. Gabhart For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing -- visions that warn of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Pleasant Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pas... more »s, a local doctor must be brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle's loyalty to the Shakers.
As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown? Soulful and filled with romance, The Outsider lets readers live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will leave readers wanting more from this writer.« less
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was slightly similar to Amish fiction I've enjoyed, but then again, somewhat different, a pleasant change, by a new to me author. I'm now enjoying the 2nd in the series and looking forward to the 3rd, too!
An interesting glimpse into the Shaker lifestyle. When Gabrielle joins the Shaker community, she experiences not only the special gifts of the spirit, but one of love. She is separated by the ones she loves through war, one of those being her true love. Her faith is tested by the Shaker community for the latter. Read the book to find out the ending of the story. A well-written book by Gabhart filled with emotion, drama and suspense.