Ann Gabhart is a good friend of mine and so are all her books, so I think this book review still fits my “Fridays with Friends” category!
Ann has written seven Shaker books now, including Christmas at Harmony Hill. Her latest book set in Shakertown is Innocent. Her heroine is innocent, but this book includes murder, mayhem and more!
Ann dedicates this book to her son-in-law who gave her the idea of writing a book about a Shaker lady who meets a sheriff. I think this is one of the best Shaker-setting books I have read, and has a little more drama than most.
Carlyn Kearney, the heroine, is maybe a widow, but no one knows for sure since her husband went missing before the end of the Civil War. So, Sheriff Mitchell Brodie tries to talk himself out of falling for her, but that is hard to do when a dog and other things going on at Shaker Village keep putting them in each other’s paths.
The author has done a great job of writing another romance set among the Shakers who believe romance and marriage are sinful. This series of books are all set at Harmony Hill, but are stand-alones each with their own hero and heroine’s love story, although there are some carry-over or minor characters in all the stories. So, you can read the books out of order, but I suggest you read them all, plus Ann’s other books, especially my favorite, Anger Sister, a story loosely based on her mother and her mom’s sisters. I finished reading this book in front of our fireplace on a snowy day, so hope you will order this book and others by Ann Gabhart–a fine way to spend a chilly winter’s day. This love story will warm your heart!
PS. I just realized I failed to announce the winner of my Home for Christmas giveaway, although I did draw a winner and send it to her–Media Witten!