Monday, August 06, 2012

Ann Gahbart's The Gifted ~ Reviewed

The Gifted, Shaker Series #5
By: Ann H. Gabhart
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 0800734556


It's 1849, and Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her life. Yet she still struggles to conform to the strict rules, entertaining dreams of the world outside. When she meets Tristan Cooper, she steps beyond the borders of the Shaker Village. Will Jessamine be able to survive the storms of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?

The thousands of loyal fans of Gabhart's Shaker novels will love this entrancing story of learning to trust the gifts God gives us and let him guide us through life.


The Gifted is about a young woman named Jessamine Brady.  She has been living in the Shaker Village for 10 years, since the passing of her grandmother.  Though they are a loving people, Jessamine has trouble conforming to all of their rules, constantly feeling a pull towards “the world” outside of the village.  Her curiosity heightens when she is wandering in the woods and finds Tristan Cooper, a man of the world who is hurt and unconscious.  She is forced to become very close to this man for the sake of helping him, which awakens more curiosities in her heart. 

This was a very interesting book.  I didn’t know anything about the Shakers until reading it and found their beliefs very interesting.  Several times, though, I wished I could jump in the book and pull out my Bible to show scripture to them.  I felt bad for poor Jessamine, being told the natural desires God put in her were sins that she constantly had to confess.  I was glad when she was able to step out for herself to see the other side of things.

Reviewed by: Sarah Meyers

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