It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop’s life is a tangled mess. The BlessedEstranged from her own family, at age 16 she started working for a preacher and his wife. All is fine until the wife dies a few years later and the preacher convinces Lacey the only decent thing to do is marry him. That way she can continue to act as mother to the little girl who was left on his doorstep. But Lacey never expected him to take them all off to a Shaker village. There she’s still married but living in a community that believes marriage is a sin. And to make matters worse, she finds herself drawn to Isaac Kingston, a man who came to the Shakers after his young bride died. But of course any notion of love between them is only a forbidden dream. How will Lacey ever find true happiness?
“Gabhart has clearly done extensive research on the Shakers, and makes them come alive for readers, detailing their culture and strict rules that ultimately caused them to cease to be. Her characters’ self-doubts and longings are palpable.” – Patsy Glans, 4 Star Review by Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine
“…a fast paced story of love, redemption, faith, triumphs…a heartrending story…an outstanding story involving the Shakers and their beliefs. A must read.” – April Renn, My Book Addiction Reviews