The Innocent, by Ann Gabhart, is a suspenseful story overflowing with heart. It’s one of the few stories I’ve read about the shakers, and it takes place during the Civil War era.
…her eyes filled with tears. Not ones she had to pretend, but the true sorrowful tears that came to her nearly every night. ~ from chapter one
Carlyn Kearney doesn’t know what to do and has nowhere to go when her husband goes missing during the war. She decides to find shelter in the peace-loving shaker community of Harmony Hill. But things aren’t peaceful when soon after her arrival mysterious things begin to happen and she is seen as a possible suspect.
Ms. Gabhart knows how to craft a story. Her characters are flawed, yet likeable, and so relatable. They come alive and seep into your heart and head. I especially related to the main character, Carlyn Kearney (love the name Carlyn!) and sympathized with her and her plight. The romance is light, but satisfying.
First lines: When she saw the two men riding down the lane toward her house, Carlyn Kearney lifted the shotgun down off the long nails that held it over her front door. One of the men was a stranger, but the other one was not. She needed to keep a gun between her and that man.
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