Book Review | The Seeker
Title: Seeker, The: A Novel
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Incredibly well written. Poor Charlotte… Charlotte Vance is the beloved daughter of a Kentucky senator and engaged to be married… Well, that’s what she thinks, her father returns home from a trip North with a new wife and stepson. Then, the same night, her fiance takes her aside and tells her he’s going to become a Shaker, a Â religious order that doesn’t believe in marriage. What’s a girl to do? With her life falling down around her, Charlotte meets Adam, an artist for Harper’s magazine. With Civil War breaking out and her stepmother doing everything she can to erase her mother’s existence in her home, Charlotte follows her fiance to the Shakers.
This book gives you a beautifully descriptive picture of the Shaker way of life, their beliefs and their work ethic. They believe their founder “Mother Ann” was the second coming of Christ in female form. They believe that God wants them to give up carnal love and devote their lives to worship through work and peaceful living. They keep the genders separated, addressing each other as brother and sister, shunning physical love and accepting any who come to them seeking what the call the “true way”.
She also covers the aspects of the war. The complete opposite of the Shakers way of life, Adam follows both armies to draw scenes from the war for his employer. The author certainly did her research on both topics and created a beautiful story of faith, love, war and desperation.
Charlotte’s journey through despair and self-discovery through faith is a beautiful and sometimes heart-wrenching story. Well-written and a joy to read, I definitely recommend this book.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*