Saturday, July 4, 2015

Shakers or Quakers? More like Shaking Quakers

The Innocent

Ann H. Gabhart

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. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.

The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?


    When I finished the book I learned that the Innocent is actually one of those sequel-ish kind of books that occur when the book is set in the same place as earlier ones, but perhaps with slightly different driving characters. I didn't feel like I was missing anything, but if you really have to read in order...

     When I started the book I didn't really know what Shakers were. I assumed (incorrectly) that Shaker was just another term for Quaker. In reality the Shakers were a group that splintered off of the Quakers and earned their name because of all the movement they did while worshiping. This background information is really everything you need because you experience all of the different eccentricities with newcomer Carlyn Kearney. The author does a fantastic job teaching about the Shakers without feeling preachy (except for intended).

     The suspense of the action didn't really kick in until the latter half of the book when things really started going wrong and all emotions were being pumped up. The first half isn't slow, and is very interesting, but the book (and you heartrate) really pick up near the end. 

    There is only one really sensitive topic in the book: a nasty man who owns Carlyn's  home tries to recruit her as his mistress in exchange for payment of her debt. He pursues her, begins attacking her, but is ultimately thwarted before he can do any harm. 

     I really enjoyed reading about the Shakers and Carlyn and would happily read more by Ann H. Gabhart. I highly recommend it!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Enjoy Reading! Don't forget to click on the cover to read an excerpt. 

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