Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Gifted



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?

My Review:

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.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of The Gifted, 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 July 15 2012. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. I'd like to see if she can make it. There's another group that shuns when a person leaves, and it's hard not having family and many return.

    Linda at: desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. I like a book that is hard to put down! Sounds very good!

  3. Sounds like an interesting book! I've never read anything by this author before. Would love to win it!

    sunshine6892 at hotmail dot com

  4. I am very interested in the Shakers... I've not read much about them. A little here and a little there. I would be very interested in winning this book.


  5. The Shaker angle is interesting -- and it really makes the story. I can't help thinking that we'd consider them a cult if they appeared in the 21st century, but history and Christian Fiction seems to have a soft spot for them. Certainly makes for a challenge vehicle.

    Good luck everyone.

  6. I'll have to agree with you, we would consider them a cult. I've always been fascinated by them. Please enter me.

    mchapman (at) windstream (dot) net

  7. This sounds very fresh; I don't think I've ever read anything about Shakers.

  8. It's very interesting -- that's for sure. Good luck Teddy!

  9. I've read a few of Ann Gabhart's books and always enjoyed them... the whole world/idea of the Shakers is so different.


  10. i love learning about other cultures, and ways of life and would love to win this one, Kav. You have the best reads and ideas. Thanks for the chance!


  11. New author for me! I would like to win The Gifted. Kathleen


  12. Oh, I'd love to win a copy of Gabhart's latest. I read her last book and absolutely fell in love with her style (it didn't hurt that Adrianne is a writer like myself). Thanks for this excellent review and, of course, the giveaway!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. I have bought and read all of Ann's Shaker books-fascinating! I would love to win this one! Thank you, Kav!


  14. Oh I love Ann H. Gabhart's books......and I would be thrilled to win Ann's new book 'The Gifted'.....I have shared on facebook and twitter and I am a follower through feedburner.....babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

  15. Good luck everybody! It's a great read!

  16. I've read only one other book about the Shakers. It so interested me that I'd love to read a different story about them. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

    Blessed by Grace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  17. Thanks for the Review, this sounds like a great Book, love to read this kind, I just got done reading about the Quakers.
    Please add me to your Contest.
    God Bless


  18. I would love to win this book, I have the first ones in the series and really enjoyed them!


  19. would love to read ann's latest novel...thanks for the chance ;)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. I'm really curious about this one, because of the Shaker angle. I've saw it around, but didn't realize it was part of a series. I'll have to look up the other ones, too!

  21. I haven't read anything about the Shakers before so this will be very interesting to me. I'm curious about it and the book sounds quite good. Thank you for the opportunity!


  22. It's a very good book, Jo. A kind of 'awakening' story -- almost has a fairy tale feel to it. Good luck!