Ann H. Gabhart Inspirational Fiction Writer

The Shaker Book Series:

by Ann H. Gabhart

The Gifted

  • As the Civil War rages, Christmas brings a time of simple celebration to the Shaker village at Harmony Hill.
  • A stirring story of healing and hope

It is 1864 and the nation is still torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. She has been working as a laundress with her husband's army unit, but when the army gets orders to march south to Tennessee, Gideon insists Heather go home to have their child under safer conditions. Heather agrees, but returns home to another kind of devastation--deaths in the family and a father who refuses to forgive her for marrying a Yankee. With nowhere else to turn, Heather seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, where her great aunt Sophrena lives. There, after many peaceful years at Harmony Hill, Sophrena is having doubts about her Shaker path. Both women are in need of love and forgiveness--whether given or received. With Christmas coming, can the miracle of new life fill their hearts with unexpected joy?

Christmas at Harmony Hill Excerpt

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THE GIFTED by Ann H. Gabhart

The 5th book in the Shaker Book SeriesThe Gifted

By 1849, Jessamine Brady has been in the Shaker Village for half her life, but in spite of how she loves her sisters there, she struggles to conform to the strict rules. Instead she entertains dreams of the world outside. When Tristan Cooper seems to step out of those dreams to entice her into the forbidden realm beyond the Shaker Village, her life turns upside down. Will Jessamine be able to survive the storms of the world? Or will she retreat back to the peace of Harmony Hill?


"Gabhart's Shaker series continues with more of the same impeccable research and moving characters who are searching for their place in the world and learning to let God guide them. Included at the beginning is a most helpful history of how the Shakers came to be."
~RT Book Reviews

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THE BLESSED by Ann H. Gabhart

The 4th book in the Shaker Book Series

  • A passionate love story within a dramatic historical backdrop

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 outstanding story involving the Shakers and their beliefs. A must read." - April Renn, My Book Addiction Reviews

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THE SEEKER by Ann H. Gabhart

  • As the country teeters on the edge of the Civil War in 1860, a young Kentucky gentlewoman must find her place in the world
  • Gabhart's first two Shaker novels have sold over 100,000 copies.
  • "Gabhart knows her Shaker history." - RT Book Reviews

Charlotte Vance is a young woman who knows what she wants. But when the The Seekerman she planned to marry joins the Shakers - a religious group that does not marry - she is left dumbfounded. And when her father brings home a new wife who is young enough to be Charlotte's sister, it is more than she can bear. With the country - and her own household - on the brink of civil war, this pampered gentlewoman hatches a plan to avoid her new stepmother and win back her man by joining the Shaker community at Harmony Hill. Little does she know that this decision will lead her down a road toward unforeseen peace - and a very unexpected love.

The Seeker brings alive the strikingly different worlds of the Southern gentry, the simple Shakers, and the ravages of war to weave a touching story of love, freedom, and forgiveness that sticks with readers long after they have turned the last page.

"Gabhart's absorbing coming-of-age Christian historical novel deftly juxtaposes Adam's and Charlotte's internal faith journeys against a backdrop of unusual settings. Also recommended for Civil War buffs and Shaker aficionados."

"The third book in Gabhart's Shaker series is an amazing read. The characters must make decisions they never thought they would have to face. Gabhart continues to surprise and treat her fans with her vast knowledge of Shaker history."
4 Star review from Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine

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THE BELIEVER by Ann H. Gabhart

  • A return to Harmony Hill Shaker Village in the year 1833
  • A romantic story of two people caught up in the storms of life
  • A well-researched look back at the Shakers in 19th Century Kentucky

Elizabeth Duncan has nowhere to turn. The BelieverIn charge of her younger brother and sister after their parents die, her options are limited. When she hears that the Shaker community in the next county takes in orphans, she presents herself and her siblings at Harmony Hill. Despite the hard work and strange new beliefs around her, Elizabeth is relieved to have a roof overhead and food to eat. But when she feels a strong attachment to a handsome young believer named Ethan, life gets complicated. Ethan has never looked on the opposite sex as anything but sisters, but he can't shake the new feelings that Elizabeth has awakened in him. Will Elizabeth be forced to leave the village to keep Ethan from stumbling? Or will Ethan's love for her change their lives forever?


Exciting news! The Believer, a CBA and ECPA bestseller, made the top twenty list of Library Journal Christian Fiction Bestseller List at number 17 in February. This list include titles most in demand by libraries and bookstores nationwide from Baker and Taylor.

"Gabhart's characters are written with depth in her latest historical..." Romantic Times Book Review Magazine

"The book rings with researched authenticity.." Publisher's Weekly

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THE OUTSIDER by Ann H. Gabhart

The Outsider was a finalist for the 2009 Christian Book Award in Fiction!

  • An unlikely love and unwanted gift threaten to destroy a quiet Shaker girl of the 1800s.
  • Well researched and brilliantly written, The Outsider is historically accurate in time and place.
  • Compelling characters and fast-paced plot will attract fans of Liz Curtis Higgs and Lorraine Snelling.

For as long as she can remember, Gabrielle Hope has had the gift of knowing - visions that warnThe Outsider of things to come. When she and her mother joined the Harmony Hill Shaker community in 1807, the community embraced her gift. But Gabrielle fears this gift, for the visions are often ones of sorrow and tragedy. When one of these visions comes to pass, a local doctor must be brought in to save the life of a young man, setting into motion a chain of events that will challenge Gabrielle's loyalty to the Shakers. As she falls deeper into a forbidden love for this man of the world, Gabrielle must make a choice. Can she experience true happiness in this simple and chaste community? Or will she abandon her brothers and sisters for a life of the unknown?

Soulful and filled with mystery, The Outsider lets readers live within a bygone time among a unique and peculiar people. This tender and thought-provoking story will leave readers wanting more.


...The Romantic Times chose The Outsider as a "Top Pick!"

...The author of Orchard of Hope and Summer of Joy offers a glimpse of a bygone era in which the Shakers lived together in chastity and faith. With an appealing heroine and an intriguing plot, Gabhart's latest novel deserves a place in all public libraries. - Library Journal Review for The Outsider, June 1, 2008.

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