Sunday, July 25, 2010

The Seeker

By: Ann H. Gabhart

Charlotte Vance is a southern belle growing up in Kentucky in 1861. It has just been her and her father since the death of her mother many years ago. She has her life all planned out and is happy until her world comes crumbling down. First the man that she has planned to marry calls of the wedding only a month before it is to take place and tells her that he wants to join a group of shakers living at Harmony Hill. Following this news her father returns from a campaign trip with a new wife. Charlotte and her new step mother do not rub very well and this creates a lot of friction in the house. Traveling with her father and his new wife is artist Adam Wade. Adam works as an artist for Harper's Weekley doing sketches and pictures to the paper of certain events. He was pushed by his sister into painting a new portrait of the new Mrs. Vance. He runs into Charlotte in her mother's garden the night of her father's welcome home party and the spark ignites. As things continue to heat up at home between Charlotte and her new stepmother she decides to leave and join the shaker group at Harmony Hill. Mix in with this a country on the brink of civil war and all her plans are lost. Pick up this novel and find out of these two can over come adversity and find love or will they be torn apart.

This book took a while for me to warm up to in the beginning but as I continued to read I found myself enjoying the story more and more. One of the things that I really liked was the idea that life is not all about you. This is a lesson that Charlotte learns as the story unfolds. Many people today face this same view point. There are a lot of people who go day to day thinking only about themselves and what they can gain for themselves. I also liked how the characters were willing and in some cases pushed outside of their comfort zones and how they handled the adversity. I also shows how you can't judge people by their outward appearance and by how things may seem. The only way to truly get to know a person or even a specific group of people is to spend time just talking to them. Don't go through life making judgements off of other people's assumptions and beliefs. Always seek out knowledge on your own as the Bible says in 2 Timothy 2:15 "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

Available July 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.