Nakasero Hill Press
Linda Stevens has written a finely crafted novel which makes the reader feel kindly welcome, indeed. She renders the story with compassion and empathy in a way that gives us a clear view into the interior of a people and the impact of a world-changing event. Her focus on a specific historical Shaker community (in which many of the characters are also historical) is the product of a good deal of research, and this rigor enriches the text of the novel. She even supplies a map of the town of South Union, Kentucky, one of a number of Shaker communities that stayed linked by organizational ties and correspondence. The seamless tranquility of this settlement is nearly overwhelmed by the advent of the Civil War, simply because the village is located in a border state rife with internecine warfare and sectional hatreds. These hatreds eventually overflow into of their lives in focused and bloody violence.
"Kindly Welcome: A Novel of the Shakers in the Civil War,"
Civil War Book Review: Vol. 20
Available at: https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/cwbr/vol20/iss4/8