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March 2011


Genre City Review: The Seeker by Ann H. Gabhart

The Seeker by Ann GabhartTitle: The Seeker
Author:Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
Genre: Historical / Shaker
Date:July 2010
ISBN: 978-0800733636
Reviewed by: Laura Hilton

 

Charlotte is a realistic heroine, strong and courageous, willing to face difficulty for the sake of those she loves.

Charlotte Vance is a southern belle used to slaves, a plantation, and being the apple of her father’s eye. But when her senator father comes home with his new wife, Selena, Charlotte quickly feels unwelcome. Selena makes it clear Grayson is her home now, and she will be ruling it.

Charlotte has long planned to marry Edwin, a neighbor boy, but when Edwin joins the Shakers, Charlotte isn’t quite sure what to do. Especially when a man, commissioned to paint her stepmother’s portrait, waylays her in the garden and steals a kiss.

When Selena makes it plain all the slaves will be sold down river and replaced with new slaves, Charlotte takes her personal slave and runs away to the Shakers. She plans to give Melly her freedom and talk Edwin into marrying her and giving up his foolish ideas. But things change, quickly. And with the country at the beginning of the War Between the States, Charlotte’s actions have unforeseen consequences.

The Seeker is the first book I’ve read in Ann Gabbart’s Shaker series. It is the third book in the series, preceded by The Outsider and The Believer, though it can stand on its own. I wasn’t sure what to expect fromThe Seeker, since it is a historical romance set in a community that believes marriage is a sin. So I was interested to see how this would work out.

The story does drag at times, but there was enough happening to keep my interest. Charlotte is a realistic heroine, strong and courageous, willing to face difficulty for the sake of those she loves. The Seeker is an excellent story with a sweet ending.

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