Hearts to God, Hands to work – the Shakers by Eleanor Kuhns

Today on #MotiveMeansOpportunity — Historical Mystery Writer Eleanor Kuhns

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Although the Shakers are not front and center in The Devil’s Cold Dish, they are devils-coldnonetheless very important to the plot.

Lydia, my primary female protagonist, was once a Shaker and is therefore suspect in Rees’s hometown because of it. And when Rees and his family must flee for their lives, it is to the Shakers that they run to for refuge.

Who are the Shakers?

Most people now connect the Shakers with furniture but this group is so much more than that. They were probably one of the most successful communes ever: there is still an active Shaker village in Sabbathday Lake, Maine. Four living Shakers remain.

An offshoot of the Quakers (the name Shaker is derived from Shaking Quaker from their physically active form of worship), their official name is The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing.  In a sense, the Shakers were the…

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