I have never read a book by Ann Gabhart before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. I have read many fiction books about the Amish people, but none about the Shakers. I was curious to see what the author was going to say about this unusual group of people.
I have to admit I had an uneasy feeling as I read this book, especially the passages that described the beliefs of the Shakers. I hoped that the author would make it more clear that these are not the teachings of the Bible, but of a woman who claimed to be the second coming of Jesus. They are fascinating to read about, but it's sad that they believe what they do.
This sounds like a place I would like to visit someday. I like Shaker furniture, and though I don't agree with much of their beliefs, I admire their skills and expertise in the work that they have done. And the simple life is quite attractive.