Christmas at Harmony Hill

Christmas at Harmony Hill It is 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 order

  • Title: Christmas at Harmony Hill
  • Author: Ann H. Gabhart
  • ISBN: 9780800719821
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 deaIt 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 Ann H Gabhart s many fans will be thrilled to return to Harmony Hill at Christmastime for this stirring story of healing and hope.

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    1. 'Tis the gift to be simple'Tis the gift to be free'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be… _ Shaker hymn by Elder Joseph Brackett, 1848Christmas at Harmony Hill. It sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But the year is 1864, and the states are anything but united. Heather defied her father’s wishes by marrying Yankee Gideon Worth; then she left her family to accompany her husband when he marched off to fight “the Rebs” in the South. She became a washerwoman in his army unit so that she c [...]

    2. I enjoyed the writing in this story, but the story itself sometimes felt slow. It's not a long book, but I think it could have been shorter, since some of the character's thoughts and feelings seemed to repeat in several chapters.I enjoyed the details about the Civil War, and Heather and Gideon's relationship, rather than her time at Harmony Hill. For being a supposedly peaceful people, many of the characters seemed quick to judge and holier-than-thou. I think perhaps they were supposed to come [...]

    3. So I have read Ann's other books in this story, and while she is an excellent writer, they just didn't stir me. I think it was more about the dislike of the Shaker's beliefs than anything else. HOWEVER, this book was a different story. I liked it from the first page to the ending. I know it was because of the aunt, Sophrena. It was a wonderful story, forgiveness being the theme, but also seeking truth would be another theme you could connect with this book. Over all I have to say this has been o [...]

    4. Will Love Prevail?Christmas at Harmony Hill is another great read by this author. I was immediately drawn into the storyline from the beginning. My heart ached for both Gideon and Heather. I worried about their future. Would Gideon survive the war and would Heather survive being turned away from her family home in her time of need.As this story goes back and forth between what is happening with Gideon and what is going on with Heather the reader begins to wonder if a happy ending is possible.War [...]

    5. An interesting story set during the Civil War in a Shaker village. I enjoyed learning of the Shakers and their different culture. It is a slow moving story, but that rather fits it. A sweet Christmas Story of love and family.

    6. When I first saw the opportunity to review this Christmas story from Ann I was curious and uncertain, but jumped at the chance anyway. I have read some historicals by Ann and absolutely loved them page front to story end. However, I have not read any of her novels that have been set in a Shaker village, so I was a bit uncertain. According to Ann, while all of her Shaker books are set in Harmony Hill, they do read as stand alone novels very easily. She has an entire page dedicated to her Shaker b [...]

    7. The Civil War has divided not only the country, but families as well. Heather has fallen in love and married Gideon, a young man from Ohio. Heather lives in Kentucky and her brother has been killed fighting for the South. Gideon is serving in the Union Army and Heather has been with his division as a washerwomen. When it becomes too difficult to continue her duties due to her pregnancy she returns home to await the birth of her baby. Upon returning she learns of the death of her mother and young [...]

    8. ceceliadowdy/blog/2013/11/Heather is a washer woman for the Union. She took this job so that she could remain with her husband, Gideon, during the war. Heather is pregnant, and as she advances in her pregnancy, Gideon feels it’s no longer safe for her to remain with the troops. So he sends her father’s house – when she arrives, all sorts of calamaties await her arrival. As a result, she finds herself at the Shaker Village. Heather’s Aunt Sophronia is a Shaker, and she hopes the Shaker pe [...]

    9. 4.5 StarsThis book is a difficult one to review. It was actually a difficult one to read, so much turmoil happens in the book, and there is an overall tone of melancholy. However, I found myself telling my fiance the entire plot of the book, so I think I must have enjoyed it more than I realized. The plot itself was quite exciting, and I found myself intrigued at the way that all of the pieces to the puzzle fit together by the end.The end portion of the book really had me turning the pages as fa [...]

    10. This is the second Shaker book I have read and it will be my last. I have no trouble understanding how the Shaker religion died out. I find it most unsettling and actually quite ridiculous. The writing style of this author is quite drawn out; almost meandering and pondering way too long on almost everything except what is important. The first three chapters lured me in and then dropped me and I was not picked back up until the last chapter when everything finally happened and we were all free of [...]

    11. This simply told story of love, forgiveness, and helping hands during the struggles of the Civil War was an excellent read for after Christmas. Settling down after all the hustle and bustle, Christmas at Harmony Hill brought back the true spirit of Christmas. The rich characters of Heather and Sophrena are enhanced in the surroundings of the peaceful Shaker Village. I will definitely read more of Ann Gabhart's books.

    12. Most unusual book. I knew nothing about the Shakers and found this background interesting. Ann Gabhart is a very good novelist and her ability to tell a story made this story intriguing.

    13. The setting for this story is the Civil War. Heather Lou, a Kentuckian, has fallen in love and married Gideon Worth who is fighting for the Union. She follows the troops as a washerwoman in order to stay with Gideon and because her father has disowned her for marrying a Union soldier. With a baby soon to be born near Christmas and the troops on the move, Gideon sends her back home where her father turns her away. Her sister sends her to her Aunt Sophrena who is a Shaker. This book left me very c [...]

    14. Heather married and went as a camp follower with her new husband Gideon who is in the Union Army. Heather is estranged from her family as her father and brother are Confederaate supporters and her brother was killed in the war. Heather is a washer woman for the army but finds herself pregnant and her husband going into battle so he sends her home. Heather expects to find her bother there and her mother would have been happy to see her but finds instead that her mother has died and her father has [...]

    15. This is the first Shaker book I have ever read. I found this book to be very educational as it was set during the civil war and based on the Shaker religion. It was full of love, forgiveness, prayer, worship and family; many of the things we think of especially at Christmas. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters especially Heather. And absolutely loved the ending!

    16. This book helped me imagine what it was like to live in Civil War torn Kentucky, where families split between fighting for the north and the south. "Strange how both sides looked at free from different eyes. And how free was just a word that meant nothing when shells started exploding. On a battlefield, nobody was free."

    17. Enjoyable read!I do recommend this book. I have never read this author before but I will be on the lookout for more by this author.

    18. Christmas is a time of miracles and Ann H. Gabharts Christmas gift book set during the Civil War is about the miracle of life. Set in Harmony Hill, a Shaker village in Kentucky, this book has all the makings of a great Christmas story. Gabhart's simple, yet elegant writing style, coupled with amazing research and a heart for stories of God's love and faith make this a must read for this Christmas season. As Heather prepares to have her baby, the war divides her from her husband Gideon. When she [...]

    19. Ann H. Gabhart in her new book, “Christmas At Harmony Hill” published by Revell lets us experience Christmas with Heather Worth.From the back cover: A stirring story of healing, hope, and home at ChristmasIt 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 st [...]

    20. Story Description:Baker Publishing Group|September 15, 2013|Hardcover|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1982-1It 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 fat [...]

    21. Title: Christmas at Harmony Hill (A Shaker Story)Author: Ann H. GabhartPages: 208Year: 2013Publisher: RevellAnn H. Gabhart is an established as well as prolific writer whose stories cross a wide field of venues. I enjoy the tales written for audiences to read and enjoy every time the opportunity presents itself. Here is another short, but poignant, writing set near the end of the Civil War. Woven into the story is a Shaker community.I am not well versed on the beliefs of the Shaker community. My [...]

    22. I love Ann Gabhart's prose. When I start one of her books, it's like time-traveling right back to the era that she so richly describes. When you begin one of her stories, you know your heart is in good hands. You may get tears in your eyes as you read, you may feel the character's fear, yet you know that you will also feel their love for each other and feel God's love for all of His children, and you will find hope right along with the characters.In this case, I was transported to a Shaker villa [...]

    23. I was happy to win this book as a GoodReads First Read because I love Christmas stories, and the idea of it being a Shaker story intrigued me. I have to say I was disappointed to find that the Shaker community at Harmony Hill depicted in Ann Gabhart's book seemed full of unpleasant and self-righteous characters. There is much to admire in the Shaker's industry, their inventiveness, their practical and aesthetic designs for everyday objects, and their equality of community life at a time when mos [...]

    24. This is a heart warming story about a dark time in our history.The Civil War is going on and the brutality of that is brought home to the reader.Heather is a washer woman with a company of Union soldiers. Her husband Gideon is a soldier in the unit and she is washing clothes for soldiers in order to travel with him. But, now she is pregnant, and as her time draws near, Gideon wants her to go home to her family.When Heather arrives at her family's farm in Kentucky, she finds that her brother, Sim [...]

    25. Christmas at Harmony HillVery enjoyable read! I was fascinated with Gideon and Heather's tender, yet very strong love that was read to withstand all and sacrifice even more. Have you met that person in life that is absolutely everything for you and an answer to all your prayers?I felt for Heather's father, who was so battled by death and inside war as well as the one outside. the pain of losing your child is liable to rip you in pieces and harden your heart harder than steel glad God touches his [...]

    26. Title: CHRISTMAS AT HARMONY HILLAuthor: Ann H. GabhartPublisher: RevellSeptember 2013ISBN: 978-0800719821Genre: Historical ChristmasA stirring story of healing, hope, and home at ChristmasIt 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 [...]

    27. Not Your Typical Christmas Story (4 Stars)Christmas at Harmony Hill: A Shaker Story by Ann GabhartThis is the story of Heather Worth who married a man her father did not approve of because he was a Yankee and was fighting on the wrong side, according to her father. Heather went with her husband, Gideon, traveling with him as the company’s laundress. She was not happy with the war, but she was happy that she was with Gideon. But this was no place for a woman to have a baby, so Gideon talked Hea [...]

    28. A war in the heart, what is God's plan for me? Heather and Gideon knew this day would come from the moment she told him he was to be a father. She would have to go home and he would have to finish his time in the war. Only God knew what the future would hold for both of them.What did I like? This is a beautifully written love story, only a little different than the ones we are use to reading. This one not only is about Heathers love for Gideon but her love for her family and God. A truly remarka [...]

    29. Christmas at Harmony Hill, although just under two hundred pages, reads like a much longer book. Heather Worth has to face the holiday season and the birth of her first child without her husband who is fighting in the Civil War.With no where else to turn, Heather visits the Shaker village, Harmony Hill in hopes of finding her aunt who is a member of the society. She meets her aunt Sophrena and discovers the miracles of the Christmas season, all where she least expected it.As with her previous Sh [...]

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