Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Innocent

GIVEAWAY

GABHART, ANN H.
THE INNOCENT

Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. The war ends without further word. Now penniless, in debt, and forced from her home, Carlyn seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, only to discover that they will not allow her to keep her beloved dog, an animal that has been her faithful companion since her husband went off to war. Sheriff Mitchell Brodie has pity on the lovely young woman and agrees to take the dog. Carlyn is just settling into life as a sister in the Shaker village when she receives a devastating letter confirming her worst fears. As she wrestles with whether to commit herself fully to the Shaker life, mysterious deaths begin to occur, and Carlyn comes under suspicion. Can Sheriff Mitchell help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

My Review:

My emotions were engaged from the very first page. Carlyn's predicament is heartbreaking and infuriating and so typical of the times. A woman with very little rights facing a bleak, unfathomable future. Thank goodness for the nearby Shaker village which will happily take her in -- in exchange for her body and soul.

As in all of Gabhart's Shaker books, the details of this Christian sect both fascinate and appall me. A people rich in the wisdom of the gospel in so many ways yet they also hold to some glaring biblical misconceptions.

Carlyn has a mind of her own and her clashes with an older Shaker sister are invigorating and often humorous because it's just not in her nature to accept without understanding. And there is a lot that Carlyn doesn't understand. Like why marriage should be considered sinful. And why she's considered to be the one at fault if her God-given beauty should catch a brother's eye. Though she tries to be subservient and blend in, her keen intelligence pushes her to challenge the Shaker way of living.

Trying to fit in at Harmony Hill is difficult enough but when Carlyn uncovers a mystery among the Shakers she unwittingly becomes embroiled in something sinister. I love the unexpected suspense twist to this story. Especially since it brings Mitchell and Carlyn together.

And the mammoth dog -- Asher -- wins best heroic dog in a historical romance as far as I'm concerned. He's my true hero though I'll admit Mitchell comes in at a close second. :-)

This book has it all -- intrigue, romance, and plenty of action. A spellbinding read.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Innocent please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 2 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

25 comments:

  1. I've enjoyed several of Ann's Shaker novels, I'm sure this will be no different!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I think this is the best so far. Good luck, Patty.

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  2. I have followed along and read all the other Shaker books by this author. I enjoyed them alot. I am looking forward to reading this. I just know it'll be excellent !
    Deanne
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    1. It's such a unique back drop for a story, isn't it? Good luck, Deanne.

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  3. I've read quite a few of Ann's Shaker novels and loved them all. Want to read this one too. rralter34ATgmailDOTcom

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  4. Have yet to read any of her books need to add to my to read file. kamundsen44(at)yahoo(dot)com. Kim

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    1. Yes you do, Kim. She's an awesome writer and has written tons of books -- not just Shaker stories. Good luck.

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  5. Oh Ann is always a good writer. Just reading the little bits I think I want too read more.

    oh dot hello dot hiya at gmail dot com

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    1. It really captured my interest, Danie. Good luck.

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  6. Sounds like such a great book! Thanks for the chance to read this!
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, susanlulu. Good luck.

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  7. A beautiful review, Kav - thanks!! I love Ann's books and love visiting Pleasant Hill (a couple hours drive from me), on which her Shaker books are based - so interesting. I think she is now writing a mystery series. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of The Innocent - can't wait to read it!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Bonnie. How cool that you have been able to visit the Shaker settlement. A fascinating time in history when so many fringe religions started up. Good luck.

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  8. I've never read Shaker fiction books only Amish. I've seen this book out recently and looks like one that would be a great read! Love your review & I know I'd enjoy this one. Thank you for the chance to win.
    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. You're welcome, Trixi. Good luck!

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  9. I have been excited abut this book since I read the synopsis while it was on pre-order. Your review was helpful in confirming my suspicions.

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    2. It's worth the read for sure. Good luck, trosado.

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  10. I have never read any of Ann's books - would love to though!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. She's an amazing author. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  11. New author to me but you make her book sound like one I need to read!
    dkstevensAToutlook(DOT) Com

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    1. You'll love her, Deanna. Good luck.

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  12. Ann's books are good. Never heard of the Shakers before reading one of her books. Interesting tho. But sorta weird too.
    Thanks for your review. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. I hadn't heard of them either, Maxie...just knew the term Shaker furniture. Isn't it fun when reading fiction is also educational? Good luck.

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