Image of Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story


Image of Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story

Gabhart has created two protagonists to root for while poignantly capturing the anxious heartache combat soldiers and their wives have suffered throughout history. The novel’s depiction of Shaker spirituality and communal lifestyle provides a fascinating glimpse into a vanished sect.

Disowned by her Confederate father after she marries a Yankee soldier, pregnant Heather Worth seeks refuge with her great aunt Sophrena, a devout member of a small Kentucky Shaker community. Despite her struggle to understand the Shakers’ unorthodox modes of living and worship, she finds comfort in the community’s quiet, orderly habits, knowing full well that her husband’s prayed-for return will mean exile from the celibate society. For Sophrena, the presence of Heather and her baby reawakens long-buried, forbidden yearnings in her increasingly unsettled heart. (REVELL, Sep., 208 pp., $15.99)
Reviewed by: 
Kerry Sutherland