My husband and I recently took a trip to Kentucky. It's a beautiful state, filled with rolling hills, trees, and horses. One of the most interesting places we visited was the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. We discovered a beautiful historic village nestled in the hills outside of Lexington.
|Shaker Building--note the straight front, big windows, multiple chimneys|
|This huge building had four stories. Two massive stair cases--one for men & one for women.|
Mother Ann died at age 48 in 1784. Her followers took over and, in 1787, established the New Lebanon Shaker Village, southeast of Albany. It became the mother colony and the residence of the governing mother or father, the final authority and the maker and dispenser of laws.
|Hand-woven towels displayed on wooden racks|
|Shaker buildings have pegs on most walls on which they hang their tools,|
clothing, lighting, and even furniture they want to get off the floors.
|A beautiful free-standing staircase.|
|Note that this building has two sets of doors so that men and women have their own entrances.|
|There were pretty gardens all over the property|
SABOTAGE AT ANGELFIRE RANCH
Jackson Durant would go to any lengths to protect his young daughter and his ranch. He knows the puzzling incidents on his homestead are no accidents. Someone is after him…but who? And why? Reporter Mariah Reyes is determined to find out. She never expected her pursuit of a story on the once high profile pro-football-quarterback-turned-reclusive-rancher would endanger her life—nor that she’d fall for the cowboy. But when Jackson’s daughter is kidnapped, she’ll do anything to help save the little girl—even if it means becoming a target herself.
Rancher Under Fire, released Sept. 2nd
Bestselling author Vickie McDonough grew up wanting to marry a rancher, but instead she married a computer geek who is scared of horses. She now lives out her dreams in her fictional stories about ranchers, cowboys, lawmen, and others living in the Old West during the 1800s. Vickie is the award-winning author of over thirty published books and novellas. Her books include the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series, and End of the Trail, which was the OWFI 2013 Best Fiction Novel winner. Whispers on the Prairie was a Romantic Times Recommended Inspirational Book for July 2013.
Vickie has been married thirty-eight years to Robert. They have four grown sons, one of whom is married, and a precocious eight-year-old granddaughter. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, antiquing, watching movies, and traveling. To learn more about Vickie’s books or to sign up for her newsletter, visit her website: www.vickiemcdonough.com
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