18 05 2019

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This was a very good book and kept be enraptured. You have two stories entwined into one and it keeps you trying to figure out how they are going to get together. You have Darcie and Walter who move into the Shaker community in 1849 to escape the cholera epidemic. Walter dies in an accident and leaves Darcie alone. She never had the chance to tell him she was expecting and she needs to find a way to get out of there before the elders separate her from her baby.

You then have Flynn, a widow, who has a daughter, Leatrice. They are living with his father-in-law, Silas. Flynn ends up putting Leatrice in the Shaker community temporarily. But Leatrice ends up helping Sister Darcie with the baby and Flynn meets her when he comes to visit his daughter.

Will there be a way that the two get together? Will Darcie and her baby be separated? You will need to read this book to find out!

When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It’s meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, 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 . . . and family?

Ann Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She’s published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800’s, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960’s. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. Visit Ann’s website at

The Refuge became available for sale April 30, 2019.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.