The Refuge

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.

My Review

I have read several books by this author. One of the things I like about this author and her books is the Amish lifestyle that some of the books are focused around. Thus the reason that I wanted to read this book. 

Darcie was fine. In fact, she is probably the one I enjoyed the most. The location is also another good aspect about this book. Yet, everything else did not impress me. The other characters as well as the storyline. I struggled right away to find my footing with this book. It moved slowly and it was made only worse by the fact that I was not connecting with the other characters.

My reading style with this book was more of a skimming method. While, I was not such a fan of this book, I would read another one by this author.


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