Ann Gabhart tops today’s Buffet with her inspirational historical novel Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story.
Here’s a description:
It is 1864 and the nation is torn apart by civil war when Heather Worth discovers she is with child. With her husband at the front and nowhere else to turn, she seeks refuge in the Shaker village of Harmony Hill. Amid the tumult of the times, Heather yearns for the peace she sees in this strange community. But can this longing really be fulfilled amid these people with their peculiar beliefs about family?
As Christmas approaches, the joy of new life and the love that is born of forgiveness may hold the answer.
Ann lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. Ann loves hiking on her farm with her grandkids and her dog, Oscar.
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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 Tennessee, 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 village of Harmony 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?
While driving home in a vicious storm, Sara’s white Samoyed becomes agitated and forces Sara to pull over too quickly, which lands the car in the ditch. As soon as she opens the door, the dog takes off into the bush and forces her to follow the tracks that lead to a runaway teen, injured and terrified.
In the Deep South of the Great Depression, Sarah Jane, a strong, courageous yet vulnerable fourteen-year-old girl, battles a mentally ill mother. While enduring emotional and physical abuse, she strives to rescue, not only herself, but her four-year-old brother from a lifetime of pain. Sarah Jane’s fearless faith sets her on a hope-filled path where bliss awaits… if she will only seek… in the shadow of the cedar.
Sheila took rich history and laced it with her characters’ turmoil to create a heartbreaking story of loss and the steps one takes to love.~Moonlight Reviews
Her realistic characters draw you into the story and the twists keep you there. Well worth the read!~Linda Yezak
My wife, Sophie, lost her life four years ago. If she hadn’t, we’d both be dead now.
It’s as simple as that, but also far more complicated.
The cool October day was typical for autumn in the Midwest—a little sun, a little rain, a little wind. My parents, our kids, and their friends had gathered at my lakeside cabin to celebrate and honor Sophie…It was truly a great—stress-free—day.
And then suddenly it wasn’t.
Everything changed on the evening drive into town.
Everyone—everywhere—was dead. Animals too. There was no destruction. Just…death.
The cause was unknown until we fled back to the cabin and caught the coded message on the radio—a chemical attack.
When Shannon is called to the mall to work as a sexy elf, her billionaire boyfriend, Declan, gets roped into playing Santa. The mall mommies start tweeting pictures, and soon everyone is crashing the mall to have a seat on Santa’s lap.
Legends, the adventurers of a world filled with wonders, thrill seekers chasing the most dangerous beasts, searchers of the rarest treasures, and traders in folklore and myths. For the poverty-stricken Metropolis of Teigen, this mysterious occupation and its yearly test is the only hope citizens have in changing their station in life.
However, for the young wide-eyed Hiro and the clever Olly, the word ‘Legend’ is the matter of a childhood dream coming true. Sneaking their way into the testing center, they find themselves amongst the most skilled warriors in the entire metropolis. There, they take on the challenge of surviving a life or death game inside the brick layered confines of the most dangerous and puzzle filled land in the city, the Last Dungeon.
Aaron Pilan’s life is forever changed when he’s shot trying to rescue a drop-dead gorgeous woman on the streets of New York. Aaron is thrust into the shocking world of vampiric slavery when Michelle shares her blood to save his life.
Michelle’s existence as a solitary vampire is also altered when she accepts this naive young man into her life. Bound by her blood, Aaron is subject to her authority. He walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intense sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. She vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control.
This paranormal romance thriller is bold and evocative, infusing blood, sex, love and turmoil in an urban drama about two vampires battling evil outside and within themselves.
A Maine city has turned into a killing ground.
Is it a serial killer, someone with a penchant for the macabre and a need to destroy?
Or is it a darker force, an ancient legend from a mysterious Island come ashore to wreak havoc upon the unsuspecting?
Amid the backdrop of Portland’s burgeoning night scene, Police Lieutenant Rick Jennings discovers that no one is safe, and that evil has many faces.
TODAY’S BARGAINS……………What’s this?
An international literary sensation about an arsonist on the loose in rural Norway and the young man haunted by the story.
The first book in the Molly DeWitt Romantic Mystery Series, Hot Property introduces Molly DeWitt, a recent divorcee and single mother who recently moved from Miami to the wealthier enclave of Key Biscayne in hopes of finding a safe home for herself and her son, and far from the violence of the Miami cartels.
Rather than the peace and quiet Molly had hoped for, trouble seems to have followed her. Right after Molly moves in, she finds the body of Allan Winecroft, the highly disliked condo president, in the card-room of her new apartment complex. But Molly’s luck turns from bad to worse when the knife in Allan’s back proves to be hers and soon finds herself as the prime suspect. Molly must rely on handsome, homicide detective Michael O’Hara to clear her name. And if he can’t help her, then she’ll just have to find the killer herself. But there is an undeniable chemistry between the two, and Molly soon finds herself giving her heart to Michael O’Hara…
Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half-forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.
The people of Fellein have live with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn’t stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who had once lived there… and oft-rumored riches.
Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. “You’re a world-renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide,” people jeered. “How could you not have seen this coming?” Having intuitive abilities didn’t make her superhuman, however. Nor did it exempt her from being wounded or suffering the pain of loss and the consequences of our all-too-human traits such as anger, resentment, and pride—traits that can lead even the best of us to stray from our spiritual path.
In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 820-kilometer trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. Day after day she pushed through hunger, exhaustion, and pain to reach her destination. Eventually, mortification of the flesh gave way to spiritual renewal, and she rediscovered the gifts of humility and forgiveness that she needed to repair her world.
When Liz Hoole, a free-spirited liberal from the Midwest, marries into a conservative Quaker family, she knows that raising children in compliance with Quaker values will be challenging. Twenty-five years later, she still feels like she’s falling short of expectations. Fortunately, her faith and her friends in the small, rural North Carolina town of Cedar Branch keep her strong.
After her best friend’s politically powerful father dies, Liz stumbles upon secrets from the past that threaten to unravel the current harmony in Cedar Branch, a town with a history of racial tension. As she researches more and eavesdrops on gossip at the Quaker Café, where everyone meets each morning, Liz soon discovers the truth about an injustice that she cannot reveal to anyone—not even her husband.
Surrounded by a cast of richly drawn Southern characters, Liz learns that even good people can make bad choices. Now, she must decide whether she has the strength to bring a past wrong to light, despite the consequences.
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