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.
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THE REFUGE. Ann Gabhart.
They were in the Shaker community because of the cholera. My husband was a strong swimmer, died saving others. The coffin, no I will remember that I was loved by my husband. We were to leave this place, and find our own, to work with our hands. A baby he didn’t know about
The eyes were always watching in the village, an assigned position, the rules to abided by. The same rules her husband chaffed against. Marriage was a sin, and coming in, they were separated. So it will be when a child is born, Darcie will be giving it up.
Flynn a widower unable to care for his daughter sends her here, on a temporary basis.Meeting Darcie could that be an answer, and a better life
for her and child. How can a courtship be, no communication or is one taken in trust. I have the other books in this series and enjoyed them.
This was hard one to read, I am sure the author did her research and that was the way it was done, As far as the story, it was well portrayed with the deep sorrow, of losing both a husband and the coming child.
Given ARC by Net .Galley and Revell for my honest opinion and voluntary review.