My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When Darcie and Walter Goodwin hear of a new cholera epidemic sweeping the area, they join the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease. It's meant to be a temporary stay, but Walter is killed in a riverboat accident. With no family and no money, Darcie has little choice but to stay with the Shakers. To complicate matters, she is expecting a baby conceived before she and her husband came to the Shaker village. Marital relationships are considered sinful in this celibate community, putting Darcie in a unique--and lonely--position. Can the arrival of widower Flynn Keller and his headstrong daughter offer Darcie the hope of happiness . . . and family?
Ann H. Gabhart returns to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in this emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of family
The Refuge is a great read. I loved this historical involving The Shaker Village of Harmony Hill. I was heartbroken for Darcie when she lost her husband. Especially, when she was learning of her expecting a little one. When I was introduced to Flynn and his daughter, Leatrice, I instantly loved them both. Leatrice is such a cute and smart little girl. So sad she lost her mother at such an early age. When Flynn fears for her life, he turns to the Shakers for help.
I give The Refuge a very well deserved five plus stars. This is overall a beautiful story of forgiveness, second chances, faith and hope.
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