|The Shaker Series|
Our first book (2009)
Our second book (2010)
The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky was a marvellous place in the 1830s. Located in the central Bluegrass Region, not far from Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucy, and home to almost 500, it had the combined attributes of a small town and a large family. It was a uniquely successful utopian community, and one of the longest-lived communities of this sort in the United States.
It was also one of the best possible places in the world for women and girls to live at that time. That's because the Shakers were very progressive in their thinking and very innovative in finding better ways to work more efficiently, traits which helped them be financially successful. Individual Shakers weren't rich, and they certainly didn't live in luxury, but their communities were very prosperous and everyone benefitted from that success.
Socially and politically, they treated everyone equally. - Shakers even granted freedom to any slaves who were brought to the village by their masters. - And, the Shakers educated girls which wasn’t a common practice at that time. They were also able to avoid many of the most serious diseases of that time, including cholera, because they were very careful about personal hygiene.
However, like any community, the Shakers had to face problems, and everyone was not happy all the time. Sometimes the unhappiness was a result of how the Shakers lived. Sometimes it was just a case of people being people and getting on one another's nerves.
All of these elements of Shaker life, especially those that set the Shakers apart from the rest of the world, provide the setting in which the ten-year old orphan, Betsy Johnson, and her younger brother Tad come to live. Join them as they meet new friends and problems in the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
But, don't expect these books to tell you everything there is to know about the Shakers. That's not their purpose. They're not textbooks or history books. They're adventure stories about young girls written especially for young girls. That means they're meant to be fun to read.