Revell Blog Tour&Review: The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart

Posted 16 July, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
Trapped by obligation, one woman longs for the freedom of true love.

It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop’s life is a tangled mess. When circumstances move Lacey to a nearby Shaker village, she is not prepared for the new life that awaits her. In the midst of her deep loneliness, Lacey works to fit in with this odd group. But everything shifts when she finds herself drawn to a Shaker man in a village where such relationships are forbidden.

Can Lacey ever find true happiness in this mysterious place?

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

My Review:
I loved this book. There isn’t one simple thing that is my favorite. I just loved the book in all it’s entirety. Ann H. Gabhart has outdone herself with this Shaker novel. I enjoyed her other novels centering around Shakers, but, like I said, this is one that I loved the most. Her writing style is still the wonderful same, her characters still created with a powerful passion, but this novel about being truly blessed with what you have or don’t have, was truly moving.

Lacey Bishop was a cast away and moved to the home of Miss Mona and her preacher husband. Along side Lacey comes another cast away…sweet little Rachel. Upon the death of Miss Mona, Lacey is given the care of Rachel, but to fulfill this and still have a home, Lacey is also forced to marry the Preacher. Something Lacey refuses to fulfill in every sense. Soon Lacey finds herself among the Shakers in a village where they live as brother and sister. But, will God ever bless her with TRUE love???

Isaac Kensington lost his true love, and he blames himself. Cast out by his in-laws, he sets in search of “true happiness” and his baby sister, among the Shaker village. When he meets Lacey, things start to stir in his heart. He feels unworthy of her love when he can’t quit blaming himself for the death of Ella, his first wife. Can God forgive him, and bless him with a new love?

Reading Lacey and Isaac’s story was beautiful. It was emotional and moving. I fell in love with Rueben, Rachel, Isaac and Lacey instantly, and didn’t want this tender story to end! I highly recommend this with high 5 star praise to everyone looking for a wonderfully written, passionate story of God’s love, grace and blessings to those seeking Him!

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

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*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

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