Ann H. Gabhart

The Refuge

Ann H. Gabhart invites readers to return to the enigmatic world of the Shakers in her newest novel The Refuge, an emotional exploration of the power of love and the bond of familyWhen a recent outbreak of cholera sweeps through their area, Darcie and Walter Goodwin are determined to escape the epidemic by joining the Shakers whose villages seem immune to the disease.  Their stay was meant to be temporary, but the best laid plans don’t always work out. When Walter is killed in a riverboat accident, Darcie, with no family and no money, 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.

Widower Flynn Keller is struggling to raise a headstrong daughter. When things spin crazily out of control at his home, he sends Leatrice to the Shaker village to go school with the hope that having to abide by the Shakers’ strict rules she will find structure and learn discipline. As Darcie reaches out to help Leatrice and becomes acquainted with the young girl’s father, she begins to wonder if there is still hope for happiness and a family in her life.  Can love live again in spite of rules and in a community that doesn’t believe in marriage?

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of more than thirty-five novels, including River to Redemption, the 2019 Selah Historical Book of Year. For her latest release, The Refuge, she returns to her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill where all her popular Shaker novels have been set. She also writes about family life, love and mystery in small towns like the Kentucky town, Lawrenceburg, where she grew up. Her Hidden Springs mysteries are published under the author name, A. H. Gabhart. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and still enjoy country life on a farm near that small town. To find out more about Ann’s books or to read her blog, visit

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