by Rachel Urquhart

Reviewer Rating:


In this meticulous debut novel, Polly Kimball sets fire to her home, killing her father, in order to escape his abuse.  She finds shelter in a Shaker community not yet blessed with a Visionist during the Era of Manifestations, as extraordinary visions were sweeping across Shaker communities in the Northeast.  Shortly after arriving in the City of Hope, Polly shocks her new refuge by demonstrating that she, in actuality, is a Visionist.

But Polly harbors secrets and well as mysticism, and the two additional voices in the narrative enable readers to piece together the full extent of Polly's past, and the implications of what she has done to free it.

Though at times slowly paced, this novel should nonetheless be highly recommended for book clubs and readers of historical fiction.

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