Jul 26, 2012

The Gifted by Ann Gabhart

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?

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Words Spoken True,Angel Sister, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky.

Visit the author's website at http://www.annhgabhart.com/

Ann Gabhart has once again written a fantastic novel that drew me into the lives of some very endearing characters.  In The Gifted, Jessamine continually strives to follow the rules and demands of the strict Shaker community, yet she can't help but wonder what's really out there in the rest of the world.

Her life changes drastically on the day she discovered a badly injured (and worldly) young man deep in the forest when she is out berry picking.  Together with another young Shaker woman, they bring the young man to their village for medical help. This is just the beginning of monumental changes in Jessamine's life, and the most life changing occurs when the ministry delivers a letter to Jessamine that has been in their possession for over ten years. Secrets from her past throw another curve ball into the life that she had always believed was her true destiny.

Not the usual and somewhat predictable story for this particular genre, this novel is filled with characters that captured my interest from the start.  I give this one a huge thumbs up!

Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of Baker Publishing/Revell Books, in exchange for my honest review.

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