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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (157 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ann H. Gabhart Narrator: Renee Ertl Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Shaker Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781608146765
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Trapped by obligation, one woman longs for the freedom of true love. It is 1844 and Lacey Bishop’s life is a tangled mess. When circumstances move Lacey to a nearby Shaker village, she is not prepared for the new life that awaits her. In the midst of her deep loneliness, Lacey works to fit in with this odd group. But everything shifts when she finds herself drawn to a Shaker man in a village where such relationships are forbidden. Can Lacey ever find true happiness in this mysterious place?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ann H. Gabhart takes us on a remarkable journey into the lives of the Shakers and their community. With a compelling style, she weaves a story of love, compassion, and a young woman’s determination to find God’s truth. From cover to cover, The Blessed captivates and challenges—an absolutely wonderful read.” 
    —Judith Miller, author of A Bond Never Broken
  • When you step into the world of Ann Gabhart’s The Blessed, you’ll find it inhabited by a truly delightful cast of characters. Theirs is a multileveled love story . . . between a man and a woman, yes, but also between a woman and a child not her own. Certainly, a tender and inspiring read.” 
    —Ann Tatlock, award-winning novelist
  • “Ann Gabhart has written a fine and fair rendering of the Shaker ways and how the beliefs of this communal society touched the lives of those within the community and those without.” 
    —Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of The Daughter’s Walk
  • “Gabhart’s absorbing coming-of-age Christian historical novel deftly juxtaposes Adam’s and Charlotte’s internal faith journeys against a backdrop of unusual settings.”

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  • “In The Seeker, Ann H. Gabhart has penned a captivating story of love that blooms despite the desperate circumstances of the Civil War and a delicious heroine who chooses safety and seclusion among the Shakers. Gabhart’s vivid descriptions and well-drawn characters will leave you wanting more. A wonderful read!”

    Judith Miller, author of the Daughters of Amana series

  • “Ann H. Gabhart has a gift for skillfully blending research with fiction to create stories that entertain. The Seeker is a well-woven tale about a strong and determined woman who is willing to risk everything to follow her convictions. A definite can’t-put-it-down book.”

    Suzanne Woods Fisher, author of Amish ProverbsAmish Peace, and The Choice

  • “To read The Seeker is to step inside a peaceful Shaker village and experience a new world of faith, love, freedom, and forgiveness. Ann H. Gabhart brings to life a spirited southern belle in war-torn Kentucky with authenticity and grace. A page-turner to the very end!”

    Laura Frantz, author, The Frontiersman’s Daughter and Courting Morrow Little

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula-O | 2/18/2014

    " This is story by Ann Gabhart in Shaker series #3"The Seeker" I liked how Charlotte grew as a person and although she was raised as a "Lady" not having to work when she was put into a situation that work was needed she was a good worker never shirked her duty. She thought all was lost and continued in this lifestyle for some time. I was happy to see that the artist she met briefly became a big part of her life and that she never completly joined the Shakers. The author of this story did a great job of research on all the war paragraphs. I dont like to read about was very much but she seemed to list it well. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 2/17/2014

    " I liked this book. I picked it up off the new release shelf at the library because I recognized the author's name, and was pretty sure I had liked her last book. After I started getting into this book, I remembered the previous book more clearly, and found that I liked this book much better. There was a lot of good historical information in it, and more written about the civil war than the Shaker lifestyle, which I feel made for a more interesting story. And its nice to read a book with a truly happy ending every so often. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth | 1/4/2014

    " A "Christian" book which is slow developing but gave an interesting view of Plantation and Shaker life and our Civil War. The story includes the disapointment of a cancelled marriage, a father who remarries a bossy woman who takes over the plantation, our hero Charlotte, her friend and slave, Mellie, and an artist who meets Charlotte once and begins loving Charlotte. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 1/1/2014

    " This was one of my favorite Shaker books written by Ann Gabhart. I like the background story of the Civil War. I also like the story of Charlotte and the plantation and her stepmother Selena. I've enjoyed all of these books but this one is by far my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie | 12/2/2013

    " A little slow starting, but overall a good book. The pace picked up around the 3rd chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie Carlson | 11/13/2013

    " 4-star rating based upon average reviews When I read this book I will come back and give it a proper review. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 10/31/2013

    " I didn't feel as forced to read this book as I thought I was going to when I started it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 9/8/2013

    " Love reading historical novels. Good love story. Interesting to learn more about the shakers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 2/2/2013

    " The reviews were correct. Difficult to put down. I was pleasantly surprised as recently I've tended to enjoy the more nowadays settings. I learned a great deal about my current journey to becoming Plain. Very informative as well as entertaining. A pure delight. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 10/6/2012

    " This was my favorite book in the trilogy. I still find it weird to read about romance in a Shaker community, but it's all good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lugene | 6/21/2012

    " This southern bell is no Scarlett O'Hara, but she does face some similar problems in a much different way. I liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 2/11/2012

    " Typical "Snow White" story - Beautiful daughter, wicked stepmother, flee to the seven drawfs (or in this case the Shakers), arrival of handsome prince.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diamond Jones | 10/12/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. The shakers are a bit different from the Amish, but I still enjoy reading about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marnie | 3/18/2011

    " A little slow starting, but overall a good book. The pace picked up around the 3rd chapter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 2/5/2011

    " 4-star rating based upon average reviews When I read this book I will come back and give it a proper review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lugene | 9/7/2010

    " This southern bell is no Scarlett O'Hara, but she does face some similar problems in a much different way. I liked this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marg | 8/16/2010

    " very interesting novel. great characters and setting ... very enjoyable "

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About the Author
Author Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. She lives with her husband a mile from where she was born in rural Kentucky.

About the Narrator

Renee Ertl is an audiobook narrator and actress with more than a hundred voice-over, print, on-camera commercial, and corporate video projects to her credit. She started working in the industry as an actress in summer stock and dinner theater, and she has traveled extensively, performing on cruise ships and touring with “Up with People.”