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Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story Kindle Edition

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A stirring story of healing, hope, and home at Christmas

It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?

As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.

Join bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart for a peek into the world of the Shakers--and the world of the human heart.|Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels--The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted--as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at www.annhgabhart.com.

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She stared up at the Shaker buildings. They took in those in need. That was why she was riding into their village. But she couldn't stay here. Not forever. They divided families. She'd heard her grandmother speak harshly of the way Shakers didn't believe in marriage and had special houses where children were kept from their parents.

Heather put a hand over the swell of her baby inside her. Surely they wouldn't take a newborn from his mother's bosom. Heather's mother couldn't have imagined that happening or she'd have never told her to come . . .

Product Details

  • File Size: 1210 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800719824
  • Publisher: Revell (September 15, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CIUJWRW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,610 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ann H. Gabhart caught the writing bug at the age of ten and has been writing ever since. She's published over twenty-five books for both adults and young adults. Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as a Top Ten Christian Fiction Book by Booklist magazine. Her first Shaker book, The Outsider, was a finalist for ECPA Christian Fiction Book of the Year and was a Top Pick by Romantic Times Book Review Magazine. Ann writes about Kentucky history and small town life.

Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar. See more about her books at www.annhgabhart.com.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on September 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Gideon sends his Union Army washerwoman/wife home to Kentucky from the front. A baby should not be born on a Civil War battlefield. Heather is turned away at home--no room in her Pa's inn--blaming her for his son's Gettysburg death and 2 more family losses. Heather married the wrong side of the conflict. Her "stable" of care, a place to birth her Christmas child, becomes a Shaker community--Harmony Hill.
Wow! What an exciting "hook" for a story beginning.

Shaker life in 1864 is a unique type of historical romantic Christian book genre. It's also educational. This story offers a look at an early American faith group as fundamental & firm as Amish and steeped with love. Yes, Amish genre readers will eat this up like sugar crème pie. Men will accept the women's pioneer birthing segments because there is just as much written about the Nashville battlefield charge in the Civil War. My wife LOVED it, like me, `nough said.

Cozy up to this story with a cup of old-fashioned Christmas mulled cider. Author Ann H. Gabhart has written a true Christmas "GIFT BOOK" blessing. Order several and send it to special folks on your Christmas Card list.
My copy of this story will go in our box of Christmas books saved for reading again in all future Christmastimes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M.Fields on November 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
If you like me, are a fan of Ann's Shaker Stories then you are going to love this one.
I was so excided to go back to Harmony Hill.
Faith, Love and Hope are sprinkled though out this book. You don't want to miss this Christmas Novella.
If you have not yet read one of Ann's Shaker books then this is the very one to start with. This is a must read this Christmas season.
I gave this book 5 stars and I highly recommend it.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Kendall VINE VOICE on November 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I am a big, big fan of Ann Gabhart’s books. I always look forward to reading her stories and I was very excited that she wrote a Christmas book this year. I love a nice, cozy Christmas story during this time of year. This was a nice and cozy story, but I was not wowed by it the way I was hoping to be. One of my biggest problems with this book was that it felt very slow in some parts that really didn’t need to be slow, while other parts, especially toward the end, felt rushed when a bit more time and care would have been appreciated. I have always known Ann to be a very careful writer, one who takes her time to craft a perfect story. I didn’t feel like she took the same time and care with Christmas at Harmony Hill.

I didn’t dislike this book. It had just the type of ending that I was hoping for and I was not disappointed with that at all. I also liked the characters, especially Heather and Gideon. I could really feel their love even though they were far apart. I didn’t feel that same love and bond between Heather and Sophrena though and they were staying in the same small cabin together. The author talked about the bond forming, but I didn’t feel it. I wanted to feel it.

So, overall, Christmas at Harmony Hill was an okay Christmas story. I was hoping for more, but it was a worthwhile read. It’s cozy and has a good message, but it is certainly on Ann’s best work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Megan on November 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
It's kind of hard to describe my feelings about this book, but I'll try. I loved the beginning with Heather being in the camp with Gideon, her husband, and his fellow soldiers. I love books set during the Civil War and wasn't expecting this Shaker book to take start in the midst of a Northern Army camp - nice surprise. Some parts of the story were really hard to get through, way too many details and not enough dialogue, so that made it tedious to read at times and really slow me down. The ending was sweet, predictable, but still sweet.

If you love Shaker novels you would probably enjoy Christmas at Harmony Hill more than I did. Regardless, if you are looking for a different Christmas story and the synopsis of this book sounds interesting to you, I think you should give it a read.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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Heather and Gideon knew this day would come from the moment she told him he was to be a father. She would have to go home and he would have to finish his time in the war. Only God knew what the future would hold for both of them.

What did I like? This is a beautifully written love story, only a little different than the ones we are use to reading. This one not only is about Heathers love for Gideon but her love for her family and God. A truly remarkable love! I loved the easy way this story came across and the amazing characters.

What will you like? Even though the author lives in the general area it is apparent that she invested a lot of research in this book, you can feel it as you read. The details about the time, the civil war, and the workings of the Shaker community. These details flow off the pages as you read and fall in love with the characters.

I myself don't know much about the Shakers until I read this. The main thing that became apparent is that their main belief is about love and opening their hearts to the needs of those in need.

Through the pages you will feel the love that is shared with Heather and how that affected her in her life. I must say that I really fell in love with this family and felt all the pain they felt throughout the story. It's filled with so many emotions from the strife of the war to the blessed event of the birth of her child, to the deaths of so many during that time. The emotional upheaval that she went through with her father to the differences of the religions.

Beautifully written about the most wondrous time of the year, Christmas and the most unexpected gifts you could receive. A truly great read and highly recommended.
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