Christmas at Harmony Hill

November 27th, 2013. Filed under: Wednesday's Wonders.


Christmas at Harmony Hill

A Shaker Story


by: Ann H. Gabhart

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 . . .

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

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.


Because she had nowhere else to turn, Heather went to the Shaker community for shelter for herself and her unborn babe. She knew she wouldn’t stay since they would separate her from her baby.

She had faith that her husband would return from the war and rescue her. But when?

Heather was separated from her father and siblings, but getting to know an aunt who was a Shaker helped ease that pain. Still, her heart ached from the coldness of her father.

Could the season of love and newness of life give her peace and happiness amid all the separations in her life?

As always, Ann H. Gabhart touches the heart.

***A special thank you to Lanette Haskins for providing a review copy.***

6306  Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several Shaker novels–The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted–as well as other historical novels, including Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Words Spoken True. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky. Find out more at

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

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