Ebenezer, Kentucky, 1844: Lacey Bishop’s life is a mess, she cares about very little except four year-old Rachel, who she is raising. In order to stay with Rachel she is forced to marry Preacher Palmer, but she refuses to consummate the marriage. Resentful of her rejection he decides to move them all to the nearby Shaker village, where marriage is considered a sin.
Lonely Lacey struggles to fit into this new way of life and Rachel is the only thing that keeps her there. Still she finds herself drawn to Isaac one of the men in the village, who is struggling with demons of his own. Will either find peace? Find out in The Blessed by Ann H. Gabhart.
I really enjoyed this book. The Shakers were such an interesting group of people in regards to the way they lived and some of their beliefs. I could not help but wonder if some of their practices had demonic influences with their talk about spirits and angels, which are featured prominently in this book. Some of them creped me out a bit.
The true meaning of the Beatitudes is a major theme in this book. During her time with the Shakers various ones enter Lacey’s mind and she tries to decipher what it really means to be “blessed.”
On the whole this is a fascinating book that I could not put down, I give it five out of five stars.
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Soli Deo Gloria!