The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

She longs for peace–for her land and her heart–but can it truly be found at Harmony Hill?
Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. When the war ends without further word, Carlyn finds herself penniless, in debt, and forced from her home. With nowhere else to go, she seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill.

The Shakers profess peace through simple living, but to Carlyn, the Shaker life seems anything but simple. When mysterious deaths disturb the peace of the village, Carlyn falls under intense scrutiny. Can a kind sheriff help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

The Innocent is another well-crafted tale from the pen of Ann H. Gabhart. With characters that will steal your heart, Gabhart introduces a desperate young heroine who seeks safety among the Shakers during the post-Civil War era and a sheriff determined to come to her aid. A rich and rewarding read you won’t want to miss!”Judith Miller, award-winning author of Refined by Love series

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About the Author

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, Love Comes Home, Words Spoken True, and The Heart of Hollyhill series. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Learn more at

My Thoughts

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart is simply amazing!  I read it in an afternoon because I just couldn’t put it down.  Ann H. Gabhart has well developed characters and her protagonist and antagonist dialogue is perfection. 

If you are in a rut from reading so many Amish novels that seem to have a similar plot, let me introduce you to this wonderful author and her Shaker series.  This book had a bit of everything: history, romance,  and mystery.  I assumed incorrectly that the Shakers were a sect similar to the Amish.  They are in fact very different, and you will learn so much about this fading group in The Innocent.

Ann H. Gabhart brings out emotion in the reader.  My heart just wept at Carlyn’s longing to see her missing husband, whom every assumes is dead.  I brushed tears as she read the letter penned by her husband, the one she loved above all others.  I enjoyed the chivalry of Sherriff Mitchell Brodie, and his steadfastness and calm he brings to Carlyn’s tumultuous life. I also enjoyed the Shaker character Sister Berdine, who was a bit of a rebel in the robotic Shaker system, bring audible chuckles from me as I read her outspoken thoughts.

Once you read this book, I know you will return to this author again and again.  I highly recommend The Innocent as your next book to read during your afternoon escape.

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Thank you to author Ann H. Gabhart and Revell for a free copy in exchange for my honest review.