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Can the power of love and the bond of family triumph in a community that cannot accept either?
With the threat of a cholera epidemic at their heels, Darcie and Walter Goodwin join the Shakers, whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be temporary, but when Walter is killed in a riverboat accident, destitute 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?
This was my first read from Gabhart so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised though, so it definitely won’t be my last. It offers a steady pace and did a good job at keeping my attention. The story line was predictable, but the characters made up for that. The characters are well developed and unique. I also learned quite a bit of the shaker lifestyle while reading this book, which added to the enjoyment. I’d recommend this book to others.
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