by Coralie Hughes Jensen
Published: August 15, 2012
The Shakers, a sect founded in the 1700s, assumed that sexual abstinence, hard work, and charity, would help them create heaven on earth.
Teenage member Lucy Hammond befriends Sarah Bishop, newly indentured to the community. Sarah’s contempt for the strict rules becomes apparent to all except Lucy, but a murder and Lucy’s attraction to a bank detective unsettle the peaceful yet industrious sect.