The Innocent, by Ann H. Gabhart, follows Carlyn Kearney as she enters into the Shaker Community after losing her husband in the war and her home when she was unable to pay the man she was purchasing the property from. When the Sheriff, Mitchell Brodie, arrived at her door, she was forced to find a new home for herself and her dog, Asher. The Shaker Community of Harmony Hill, only a few miles away from her home, seemed like the best choice. They would provide food and shelter for her while the Sheriff took care of her dog. While the Shakers attempted to live a “perfect” life, there were things going on in their community that made it a dangerous place to live.
I really liked reading about the relationship between Carlyn and Sheriff Brodie, and his willingness to wait for her to move past her sadness after the death of her husband. It was also interesting to read about the Shaker Community and the different beliefs they hold. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in historical romance books.
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