The seeker : a novel

by Ann H. Gabhart

Paperback, 2010



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Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, 2010.

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LibraryThing member tarenn
THE SEEKER by Ann H. Gabhart is an Inspirational historical fiction set in 1861 Mercer County, Kentucky. It is an inspiring story of love and sacrifice. It is well written with details and depth. It has faith, devotion, courage, sacrifice, betrayal, forgiveness, grace, freedom, slavery, and love that blooms despite the circumstances.The characters are selfish, strong, and will draw you into the story and keep you wanting more. It is a fast paced, page turning story. The heroine, Charlotte, is a true Southern Belle thrust into the world of the Shakers for her safety and seclusion. The hero, Adam, does illustrations for a newspaper, he is brought into Charlotte's life by her new stepmother. He and Charlotte will become close through their trials and tribulation. This is a wonderful love story even through the ravages of war in 1860 Kentucky, it weaves forgiveness, freedom,love, the different worlds between the simple Shaker world and the world of the Southern belle. I would highly recommend this story for it is truly in inspiring story, gives some insight into the Shaker world, and shows how love can overcome the atrocities around us. This book was received for review and details can be found at Revell and My Book Addiction and More.… (more)
LibraryThing member DLester
The Seeker (The Shaker Book series - Book 3) by Ann H. Gabhart

(For review from Revell)


When well-laid plans go awry, can she still make her dreams come true?

Charlotte Vance is a young woman who knows what she wants. But when the man she planned to marry joins the Shakers—a religious group that does not allow marriage—she is left dumbfounded. And when her father brings home a new wife who is young enough to be Charlotte's sister, it is more than she can bear. With the country—and her own household—on the brink of civil war, this pampered gentlewoman hatches a plan to avoid her new stepmother and win back her man by joining the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. Little does she know that this decision will lead her down a road of unforeseen consequences.

Ann H. Gabhart brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers, and the ravages of war in 1860s Kentucky to weave a touching story of love, freedom, and forgiveness.


As many of you know, I live in Kentucky and when I find a book that has Kentucky as it's setting, I'm very interested in it. This is Ann Gabhart's third book about The Shakers of Kentucky. It is set in the 1860's when the war had literally destroyed families as well as homes and businesses. The Shakers during that time were a voice of reason, the believed in simple living and quiet harmony and that appealed to many people during this time in Kentucky's history.

The problem with the Shakers came into existence with their own belief system. Because they did not believe in marriage they had to gather their followers from the general population. Eventually that meant that the Shakers died out, but their legacy lives on. Gabhart certainly did her research. She captures the daily like of the Shakers in great detail and lets the reader see what life in a Shaker community might have been like.

Charlotte Vance's character reminds me somewhat of my aunt. She was tenacious and she didn't give up. When circumstances didn't go her way, she found a new way. Charlotte was forced to change the plan of her life when the man she intended to marry joined the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. Her father married again and what was she to do? She joined the Shakers with the intent to get her man back, but what she found was totally unexpected. I liked her character a lot. She was able to make a way where there didn't seem to be one. She learned so much about what she believed. It was a journey of self discovery.

“Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I am giving this book 5 out of 5 apples from my book bag!
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LibraryThing member dawnymae
Charlotte Grayson is cheated out of a wedding by her fiance as he has decided to go and live with the shakers, a very devote village of believers who live nearby. Her father is a senator who brings his new wife Selena home who is changing the whole plantation. Throw in the beginning of the civil war, an illustration artist for Harper's Weekly, slaves running north to freedom and you have a very well-done book! It tells the civil war, and what the Shakers did living so close to the fighting as a peace-keeping people. Interesting history about tihngs the Shakers invented, beliefs they have, what there role was during this period of time, and why they were called the Shakers. Lots of historical facts woven into ficiton.… (more)
LibraryThing member lauriehere
4-star rating based upon average rating. When I read this book, I will come back and write a proper review.
LibraryThing member debs4jc
Charlotte is a Southern belle living on a plantation in Kentucky just before the outbreak of the Civil war. Her world is turned upside down when her father remarries and her new Stepmother arrives--with an agenda that seeks to exclude Charlotte from her beloved home. Charlotte had hoped to marry a neighboring plantation heir and so secure her future, but he decides to join the Shaker community which forbids marriage. Frustrated Charlotte is forced to take drastic actions to protect her interests--and those she cares for--all the while wondering about the sudden attraction a visiting artist has shown in her.
While enjoyable enough, I found parts of this historical tale to be implausible, which annoyed me as I was reading it. I'm sure the description of the Shaker community was accurate enough, but the behavior of it's members, and even Charlotte and her father seemed unlikely. Read this one for a sweet romance that will take you away from reality for a while--just don't expect to feel like it's entirely authentic.
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