Saturday, July 16, 2011

Book Review - "The Blessed"

The fourth book in Ann H. Gabhart's Shaker series "The Blessed" tells the story of Lacey, a 16 year-old girl who has not had an easy life at all and it continues to be tough and confusing.

Lacey's father chose her step-mother over her and Lacey was taken in by a pastor's wife, Miss Mona. However, when Miss Mona passes away the only thing to do it seems is to marry Preacher Palmer. At 16 years of age, Lacey is still finding her place in the world and when they suddenly move to a Shaker community, Lacey finds her world being turned over. Marriage is not allowed in this community, however Lacey is already technically married and yet she has also fallen for a young man in the community. Is this really the place for Lacey to be?

Gabhart ties in so many details into the story in regards to the Shaker community. It is obvious that she has done much research about this sect. The characters are easy to love or easy to hate as the reader will quickly form opinions while reading and rooting for Lacey along the way! This book is full of historical detail, love, hurt and finding one's way in the world.
This is a fourth book in the series, but could be read as a stand-alone novel as well.

“Available July 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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