Gabhart's characters are written with depth in her latest historical; they are not one-dimensional. Gabhart knows her Amish and Shaker history. There is an informational note in the front of the book, explaining the beliefs the Shakers had and why they all but disappeared.
It also does not help her situation when she starts to have feelings for Ethan Boyd, who also came there as an orphan. Ethan thought he would be a believer for the rest of his days -- until Elizabeth. He starts to questions the teachings and wonders if he truly belongs here or in the outside world. These two lost souls will need to find their way in their beliefs and their feelings for each other in order to figure out where they belong. (REVELL, Aug., 352 pp., $13.99)