Monday, November 18, 2013

Christmas at Harmony Hill by Ann H. Gabhart

About the book:

A stirring story of healing, hope, and home at Christmas

She stared up at the Shaker buildings. They took in those in need. That was why she was riding into their village. But she couldn't stay here. Not forever. They divided families. She'd heard her grandmother speak harshly of the way Shakers didn't believe in marriage and had special houses where children were kept from their parents.

Heather put a hand over the swell of her baby inside her. Surely they wouldn't take a newborn from his mother's bosom. Heather's mother couldn't have imagined that happening or she'd have never told her to come . . .

It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?

As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.

Join bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart for a peek into the world of the Shakers--and the world of the human heart.

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My review of Christmas at Harmony Hill:

I am a big, big fan of Ann Gabhart’s books.  I always look forward to reading her stories and I was very excited that she wrote a Christmas book this year.  I love a nice, cozy Christmas story during this time of year.  This was a nice and cozy story, but I was not wowed by it the way I was hoping to be. One of my biggest problems with this book was that it felt very slow in some parts that really didn’t need to be slow, while other parts, especially toward the end, felt rushed when a bit more time and care would have been appreciated.  I have always known Ann to be a very careful writer, one who takes her time to craft a perfect story.  I didn’t feel like she took the same time and care with Christmas at Harmony Hill.

I didn’t dislike this book.  It had just the type of ending that I was hoping for and I was not disappointed with that at all.  I also liked the characters, especially Heather and Gideon.  I could really feel their love even though they were far apart.  I didn’t feel that same love and bond between Heather and Sophrena though and they were staying in the same small cabin together.  The author talked about the bond forming, but I didn’t feel it.  I wanted to feel it.

So, overall, Christmas at Harmony Hill was an okay Christmas story.  I was hoping for more, but it was a worthwhile read.  It’s cozy and has a good message, but it is certainly on Ann’s best work.

Available November 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

This book was provided for review by Revell.

1 comment:

Martha A. said...

It looks like a novella, I find those tend to not be as satisfying!