Some dreams were meant to come true.
Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her young life, but in spite of how she loves her sisters there, she struggles to conform to the strict rules. Instead she entertains dreams of the world outside. When Tristan Cooper seems to step out of those dreams to entice her into the forbidden realm beyond the Shaker Village, her life turns upside down.
Will Jessamine be able to survive the storms of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?
Jessamine's story certainly makes for a captivating read. Gabhart captured the essence of an innocent young woman wrestling with what she's been taught in the Shaker village and the tug of her deceased Granny's sage words. Beautifully written with rich language and the lilting cadence of this unique people, The Gifted is also filled with a surprising amount of humour. It just seems to spill from Jessamine through her innocent remarks and observations that are at such odds with the Shaker lifestyle.
As Jessamine struggles to find balance, her life journey takes a surprising turn that gives the story an almost haunting feel. Gabhart is a master of words and she spins them with such delightful detail that it became impossible for me to put this book down. Thank goodness I'm on holidays! Complex and compelling, The Gifted makes for a fascinating read.
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