Review of THE REFUGE by Ann H. Gabhart

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I found it thoroughly enjoyable. It is the story of Darcie and her husband William finding shelter from the cholera epidemic in the Shaker community. When the unexpected happens and Darcie finds herself alone and pregnant in a community that does not allow any contact between men and women, Darcie has to learn to survive alone and to plot a route to a future that includes a newborn. When widower Flynn Kelly begins to work at the Shaker village with the horses, Darcie is drawn to him and his little girl who is lonely and motherless. The plot is predictable, but it is such a lovely story, with lots of twists along the path to wholeness that it is well worth reading. I found out a lot of information that I never knew about the Shakers, especially the fact that they are celibate. I enjoyed the various Shaker characters who helped Darcie in any way possible, like making her chores easier and giving her food that will help calm her queasy stomach. What a charming story this was! I am sure that fans of Anne H. Gabhart will enjoy it, but so will new readers of her books since it is a clean and well-crafted story of God’s work in the lives of men, even after tragedy.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

This new Harmony Hill novel is available today at your local bookseller or online retailer.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.