Publication Order of Hollyhill Books
|The Scent of Lilacs||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Orchard of Hope||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Summer of Joy||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Shaker Books
|The Outsider||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Believer||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Seeker||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Blessed||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Gifted||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Christmas at Harmony Hill||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Innocent||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Rosey Corner Books
|Angel Sister||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Small Town Girl||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Love Comes Home||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Hidden Springs Mystery Books
|Murder at the Courthouse||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Murder Comes by Mail||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Murder Is No Accident||(2017)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Standalone Novels
|A Forbidden Yearning||(1978)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Heart Divided||(1980)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Wish Come True||(1988)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Only in Sunshine||(1989)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|For Sheila||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Discovery At Coyote Point||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Two of a Kind||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Bridge to Courage||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Secrets to Tell||(1994)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Words Spoken True||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Non Fiction Books
Ann H. Gabhart is an award winning cozy mystery author who has written an impressive number of novels. The themes that are most central to her works include Christianity, family, tragedy and love. Her books are generally slow paced, but they also command the attention of a reader and stir their imagination in a great way. She possesses the gift of bring places and people alive within the pages of her books. Her stories are woven seamlessly, which is the trademark of every gifted author.
Who is Ann Gabhart?
Ann H Gabhart was born and raised on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten years old, she knew that she wanted to become a writer. Her talent as a writer was self- evident at such a tender age. She is married and is blessed with three children. She still lives in a farm that is not far from her home. She also has nine grandchildren whose company she really cherishes. In fact, one of her hobbies is playing with her grandchildren. She also has a dog that she likes taking for walks. She loves to read works by other people, and is living proof of the saying that all great writers are great readers too. But of course her greatest love is writing.
Books by Ann H Gabhart
Many of the books by Ann assume a small town setting, which comes as no surprise because she was brought up and lives in a small town herself. It is therefore exceptionally easy for her to create stories about small town life in a plausible and relatable way. Her books also capture with amazing clarity the lives of the Shakers, and one has to admire just how simple and chaste the life they lead is. Additionally, this Christian writer also explores themes of family, and the struggles and strife that members of a family go through. Although her stories often take place in small towns, you will be amazed at the twists and turns in her books. Despite the fact that most people expect such books to be laid back and relaxed, the books by Ann often have savory and unexpected turns that keep readers glued to the pages. Often, there will be cases of mysterious murders and havoc in those apparently peaceful towns.
Ann H Gabhart Awards
The literary world celebrates the flair and talent for writing that Ann possesses, and several of her books have been nominated for and won numerous prestigious awards. Her book, Love Comes Home, won the Selah Book Award. Her other book, Scents of Lilacs, was listed among the Top Ten Christian Fiction Books by the Booklist Magazine. The Outsider was also shortlisted for the ECPA Christian Fiction book of the year, in addition to being a top pick for the Romantic Times Book Reviews Magazine.
Books by Ann H Gabhart
The central character in this series is a young lady by the name of Gabrielle Hope. Gabrielle and her mother joined the Shaker Community at Harmony Hill in 1807. The two join the community in the hope of finding some stability and devotion in their lives. The simple lifestyle of the Shaker community is indeed very alluring for the young Gabrielle, and she is happy to oblige to all the strict rules by which the brothers and sisters of the community live. All is well until a doctor, who is not a shaker, is called upon to help the community. Gabrielle gets inexplicably attracted to this doctor. It is then that Gabrielle has to decide whether or not to follow her heart, and accept that she loves the outsider, or to stay behind and preserve her ties with her brothers and sister. She is certainly in the very horns of dilemma, as she has to decide whether or not to leave the community and go away with the man she loves, or stay behind and forgo her love.
This is yet another thought- provoking and emotional book by Ann that will bring tears to the eyes of even the most hardened of readers. The main character is this series is a strong, level headed, young girl by the name of Kate Merritt. Kate is neither the first born nor the last born in her family, but the amount of responsibility she shoulders should warrant the position of being a first born. The story unfolds during the great depression, when the times are tough and the long days endless. Kate’s father, Victor, is a fairly successful businessman, who deals in the business of horseshoes. All is well until he goes to war. Upon his return, he starts seeking solace in alcohol in a bid to erase the memories and horrors of the dreadful war. It is only a matter of time before his alcohol consumption spins out of control and he becomes an alcoholic.
Kate’s mother, Nadine, is an otherwise lovely woman save for the fact that in the face of disaster, she flinches. When her husband’s problem with alcohol becomes unbearable, Nadine is unable to cope or offer her family any of the emotional support they desperately need. It is then that Kate steps up and accepts to bear the emotional burden that is tearing her family apart. She does so in a very heroic and admirable way, and readers can’t help but get attached to this young girl.
There are some rather shocking revelations that are made later on in the book. The introduction of the destitute and dying young girl Lorena Birdsong is one of the most shocking and intriguing occurrences in the book. Hers is an attention grabbing story, and one that makes readers question the fairness of the legal system of Kate’s time. The book also explores the dark path of family tragedies and the strife and struggle that breaking family loyalties can bring with it. The book doesn’t however just stop at the tragedies- it also offers hope and illustrates just how powerful forgiveness is.
Ann H Gabhart is one of the best Christian writers of all time. Her books inspire and impact on the readers. Her works will undoubtedly far outlive her memory, as she is one author who has left her mark in the literary world.