Book Review of The Refuge

The Refuge by [Gabhart, Ann H.]

About: 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:

Genre: Bologna.

My Rating: 1 star.

My Recommendation: None.

My Favorite Character/s: Me. I’m my favorite character because I stuck with it and finished this book.

My Verse for Me is Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will hold my tongue: and cause me to understand wherein I have erred. (King James Version.) (Yes, I erred in requesting this book.)

My Thoughts: I really only have the ability to do my thoughts right now because I’m in shock at the oddness of this book and the Shaker cult, (I researched it, in 2017 there were only 2 Shakers left in America, no wonder since it’s illegal for ‘religions’ to adopt and the Shakers are against the whole marriage thing of course since not everyone follows ‘the one path’ to live right there are plenty of people to convert to Shakerisam. *insert eyeroll and heavy heavy dose of sarcasm*) anyway, since this book is the oddest in history I really have no idea what to say other than; I don’t recommend this book.

And let’s not forget the whole woman poisoning her husband and getting away with it.

I received an ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it — all the thoughts are my own.



  1. Aw, it’s a shame this book wasn’t good! The only other book I’ve ever seen about the Shaker community is “Dear America: Like the Willow Tree.” It’s written for tweens (although I still adore the Dear America books) and I remember thinking it was interesting and well done when I read it as a young teen.

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    1. Don’t go off of only one review. I really enjoyed this book. I shared my review over the weekend as well. The author doesn’t imply that the Shakers are right in their living… in fact what you see on several occasions is characters finding freedom through leaving. It’s definitely worth looking at more reviews for determining if it’s for you or not

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      1. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Those are your thoughts and that is fine, I just feel that the book focused more on the Shakers than need be but I always check more than one review when considering reading a book. And there was also the fact that there ware no natural consequences for the attempted murder, it was quite the opposite as a matter of fact.


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