Blessed, The: A Novel
This is one of those books where I kept saying "Really?" The whole story highlighted the Shaker faith, a very interesting group of people.
Their obligations made the main character of the book, Lacey, have hard questions for them. It was good to see a Christian question - why they did certain things.
This book was a love story. I truly liked the way the author presented the entire book.
I would recommend this book in a heartbeat. Due to the serious issues presented, I would use extreme caution for younger eyes.
I'd love for this book to become a movie or a series. It presents a very interesting way of life or culture.
From the publisher:
It is 1844. In her twenty years, Lacey Bishop has endured hard times including the death of her mother and her father’s remarriage to a woman with no love for his children. When she was thirteen, Lacey went to live with the preacher and his wife. Upon the sudden death of the preacher’s wife, difficult times return for Lacey. The preacher convinces Lacey to marry him so she can continue to act as a mother to the little girl who was left on the preacher’s doorstop. But Lacey never expected he would decide to take all of them to a Shaker village. At the village her marriage is still legal to the outside world but living in a Shaker community, they believed marriage is a sin. Lacey finds herself drawn to Isaac Kingston, a man who came to the Shakers after his young bride died. Confused and her heart torn between right and wrong, Lacey must choose what to do. Discover how the Shakers lived in The Blessed and if truth, love and forgiveness become reality for Lacey.
Blessings to you! You are loved!
Note: I was sent complimentary copy for review purposes only. This review has not been monetarily compensated. The review was my honest opinion and views and not influenced by the sponsor in any way.
“Available July 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”