CHRISTMAS AT HARMONY HILL
By Ann H. Gabhart
Published by Revell
ABOUT BOOK: It is 1864 and the nation is still torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. She has been working as a laundress with her husband's army unit, but when the army gets orders to march south to
Gideon insists Heather go home to have their child under safer conditions.
Heather agrees, but returns home to another kind of devastation--deaths in the
family and a father who refuses to forgive her for marrying a Yankee. With
nowhere else to turn, Heather seeks refuge at the Shaker
Hill, where her great aunt Sophrena lives. There, after many peaceful years at
Harmony Hill, Sophrena is having doubts about her Shaker path. Both women are
in need of love and forgiveness--whether given or received. With Christmas
coming, can the miracle of new life fill their hearts with unexpected joy? village of Harmony
Ann H. Gabhart's many fans will be thrilled to return to Harmony Hill at Christmastime for this stirring story of healing and hope.
REVIEW: I’m thankful for the review copy of a book that plants readers in 1864 on the battle field of the Civil War. It was a turbulent time for our nation, as families were torn apart and everyone was on a quest for peace.
Heather Worth left her family to become a washerwoman for the war effort. It was the only way to be part of the war effort and be close to her husband Gideon.
Heather and Gideon are thrilled at the prospect of being parents after the war was over. Both are very surprised when this happens sooner than they’d planned.
It was time to send Heather home to await the arrival of their little one. Both agree they didn't want this innocent one to be born on the battlefield. Heather arrives home to have her baby and finds things not as she had left them. Everything was affected by the war.
Heather finds herself at the door step of her mom’s sister Sophrena. Things got more tense and intriguing as Heather learns the ways of the Shaker community. Heather is anxious as she awaits her baby’s arrival in the
. Shaker Village
Aunt Sophrena anticipates something too, the Sacrifice Day. The Shakers have a day they set aside to Forgive and make atonement's for wrongs done. It was a day spent in confession and concentrated prayer. Sophrena had struggles she hadn't expected to have. They became more complicated after the arrival of her niece.
Heather faced her fears and navigated the Shakers strange beliefs with God’s help. She was very thankful they hadn't turned her away in her hour of need. Her thought as she looked at her child, “had Mary held the Christ child close to her heart when the Wiseman came bringing their gifts and thought the same? that her own love and that of Joseph’s were better gifts than the gold, frankincense and myrrh. Then there was the love of God evidenced by a new start in heaven. Surly that was the best gift of all.”
This is a heartfelt Christmas story that is filled with family, hope, faith and love! All the elements that drive home the Christmas message that, “the greatest of these gifts is love.”
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