Ann H. Gabhart Inspirational Fiction Writer

Rosey Corner Series

Angel Sister, Book 1

Small Town Girl, Book 2

Love Comes Home, Book 3

ANGEL SISTER by Ann H. Gabhart, Book 1

"Like a Kentucky summer, Angel Sister starts slow and easy but by the end roars along, leaving the reader breathless and wanting more. What a jewel of a story. Reminded me of To Kill a Mockingbird." – Lauraine Snelling, bestselling author of the Red River Series

"This book will leave you changed as it Angel Sisteruncovers family secrets and draws you into the days following the first World War and the Great Depression. It will astound you how the characters persevere while making difficult decisions amidst heartache, and their determination to make it through the toughest of hard times." — RT Book Reviews, 4½ Stars Top Pick

  • Moving writing uncovers family secrets and champions enduring love.
  • Beautiful and touching story about the power of love.

It is 1936 and Kate Merritt, the middle child of Victor and Nadine, works hard to keep her family together. Her father slowly slips into alcoholism and his business suffers during the Great Depression. As her mother tries to come to grips with their situation and her sisters seem to remain blissfully oblivious to any problems, it is Kate who must shoulder the emotional load. Who could imagine that a dirty, abandoned little girl named Lorena Birdsong would be just what the Merritts need?

This richly textured novel reveals the power of true love, the freedom of forgiveness, and the strength to persevere through troubled times. Multidimensional characters face real and trenchant problems while maintaining their family bonds, all against the backdrop of a sultry Kentucky summer.

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A Night Owl Reviews Top Pick

"Angel Sister, the beautifully molded and eloquently crafted novel by author Ann H. Gabhart is worthy of more than five-stars. If I could give this a "priceless" or "epic" or "must read" I would, and I will. After the first couple of pages, I was hooked completely and drawn into this powerful novel about a family; not just a family, but a family from the Depression Era. The dry, and hot, backdrop of a Kentucky summer is wonderfully and majestically written. I felt like I needed to fan myself because of the heat permeating from the pages." - Books4Betty - read more...Night Owl Review

"Author Ann H. Gabhart has created a beautiful story, ANGEL SISTER, that promises to touch your heart. In fact, readers will be treated to an emotional roller coaster ride as we empathize with the Merritt family, especially Kate. Set in the depression years in a small town run by two stubborn men, ANGEL SISTER is sure to remain in your thoughts as you ponder its message long after the book is closed. Delight in this lovely inspirational novel written by talented Ann H. Gabhart." —


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SMALL TOWN GIRL by Ann H. Gabhart, Book 2

"Realistic to the era, this is a tender love story between a young woman adored by her community, and the charming and seemingly carefree outsider, who has no intention of putting down roots. Kate and Jay are fabulous characters, each with their own strengths and insecurities, whose journey from attraction to affection and then to love is moving, intriguing, and simply lovely!" (Relz Reviews)

"A girl on the brink of love, a nation on the brink of war."

  • Revisit the beloved characters from Angel Sister
  • in the small town of Rosey Corner during 1941, a small town girl dreams of love in the midst of trying time
  • Kate Merritt worries love's passing her by until Jay Tanner shows up to charm her hesitant heart

In the autumn of 1941, rumors of war whisper through Rosey Corner. The Angel Sistertown practically vibrates in anticipation, as if it is holding its breath. But for Kate Merritt, it seems life is letting out a prolonged sigh. As Kate watches her sister marry the man Kate has loved since she was fifteen, her heart is silently breaking. And even the attentions of Jay Tanner, the handsome best man, can’t draw her interest.

Then suddenly, Pearl Harbor changes everything. Kate's friends are rushing to get married before the boys go off to war. The newspapers talk of women making airplanes and bombs. Everyone in town begins to do whatever they can to support the war effort. When Jay decides to stick around Rosey Corner, Kate finds herself drawn to him in surprising ways. Could she truly be in love with him? But even if she is, can she trust him? And can she keep her heart from breaking after he enlists and she wonders if she will ever see him again?

Small Town Girl is a timeless story of love, sacrifice, and longing that will grip the heart and stir the spirit. Fans of Angel Sister will be thrilled to see Kate Merritt all grown up. New readers will love getting to know Rosey Corner and the Merritt family.

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"Gabhart plants enough roadblocks to make the story interesting. In dealing with Jay’s spirituality, she raises legitimate issues of faith and shows understanding of those who do not easily accept a Christian religious message. And while Kate is the undisputed protagonist, young Lorena Birdsong, an abandoned child unofficially adopted by the Merritts, certainly has her share of scene-stealing moments." (Publishers Weekly)

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LOVE COMES HOME by Ann H. Gabhart, Book 3

"In a return to Rosey Corner, Ky., Gabhart revisits the inspiring beloved characters introduced in her historical Angel Sister and continued in Small Town Girl. . . . This beautifully written story has a timely resonance, uplifting and filled with hope even as it addresses painful topics. Masterfully storytelling blends with a written love story about sisters everywhere, resulting in a novel tailor made for book clubs that can be treasured and shared with all who appreciate the beauty of love and family and the value of struggle." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)

Love Comes HomeWhen the flush of victory fades, there remains a winding road to an uncertain future.

World War II is finally over and the people of Rosey Corner are busy joyfully welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline craves a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be—a life with a man who will never come back. And Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family.

Each sister must learn to hold her plans with a loose hand, trusting that God will guide and strengthen them as they share the joys and sorrows of life in their little corner of the world.

"Gabhart gives readers a fantastic gift of another visit to Rosey Corner and the Merritt sisters, who are more like a real family than a family in a book. The author captures readers' attention and absorbs them into the concerns of a town that is seeing the return of its sons after WW II. You'll want to share the Rosey Corner series with friends and family, and this installment will leave your mouth watering for homemade brown sugar pie - and the recipe is included." (RT Book Reviews Magazine)

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Angel Sister picked as one of RT Book Review Magazines top inspirational novels of 2011.

"Gabhart writes with a grace about her. You could tell that the characters were like family to her. She wrote them with love. Angel Sister is a recommended read!" — Cheryl's Book Nook