Ann Gabhart's novels are works of art, and The Gifted is a masterpiece. The Shaker setting adds to the suspense of the plot. This is one of those books that you can't put down. The characters are so authentic that you almost feel as if you are there and a part of the action. I grew up near a abandoned Shaker village and can testify to the accuracy of the author's description of the setting. Buildings with two entrances and two staircases to keep men and women separate at all times. Read The Gifted and you will be shopping for other Gabhart books.