Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Review: The Innocent by:Ann H. Gabhart
About the Book:
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. The war ends without further word. Now penniless, in debt, and forced from her home, Carlyn seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, only to discover that they will not allow her to keep her beloved dog, an animal that has been her faithful companion since her husband went off to war. Sheriff Mitchell Brodie has pity on the lovely young woman and agrees to take the dog. Carlyn is just settling into life as a sister in the Shaker village when she receives a devastating letter confirming her worst fears. As she wrestles with whether to commit herself fully to the Shaker life, mysterious deaths begin to occur, and Carlyn comes under suspicion. Can Sheriff Mitchell help her expose the true culprit?
The Civil War marked a time in history that should and does stand out to others especially fellow Americans. Many families lost their love ones all in the name of the war between the states. The nation was fighting against itself, with that thought in mind it can never be a good outcome. To the fate of many lives lost slavery was abolished. This was good BUT it still caused many to lose their loved ones. No one was spared from that grief, no one.
Carlyn Kearney was always looking for the day that her husband Ambrose would return to her and they could move on with their lives, but now according to the Union Army that day was never going to happen. Her husband is now missing.
Carlyn is now forced out of her home because of the inability to pay for that or the mounting debt given to her. She seeks refuge in a Shaker village, it seems harmless enough. Carlyn is again thrown another stone to the already growing pile on top of her. When a mystery that she gets pulled into may threaten her existence in the Shaker village as well.
Ann Gabhart is an excellent writer. she takes a simple story line and can expand it beyond your wildest expectations. She does it so subtly that before you even realize what is happen you have come to the last page of the story. The story is one that pulls you in and causes you to look for God in every situation just like the main character.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.