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The Dawn of a Dream (At Home in Beldon Grove Series #3)

The Dawn of a Dream (At Home in Beldon Grove Series #3)

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by Ann Shorey
     
 

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Her dream is within her grasp--but can she leave her past behind?

Luellen O'Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving--and his reason devastates her. Deeply wounded by his betrayal, Luellen decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, a desire she had set aside when she married. But can she truly hide her past? Or

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Her dream is within her grasp--but can she leave her past behind?

Luellen O'Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving--and his reason devastates her. Deeply wounded by his betrayal, Luellen decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, a desire she had set aside when she married. But can she truly hide her past? Or will it destroy her ambitions forever?

A moving story of tenacity and perseverance, The Dawn of a Dream will inspire you to discover and follow your own dreams.

"Her best book yet! Ann Shorey's The Dawn of a Dream reminded me of a fine tapestry. A skillful blending of nineteenth-century history, intriguing facts about teachers' training, and vivid descriptions of military life form a background for the story of one woman's determination to achieve her dream, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Readers looking for a gentle story of love and honor should not miss it."--Amanda Cabot, author of Tomorrow's Garden

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800733346
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Series:
At Home in Beldon Grove Series, #3
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Shorey is the author of The Edge of Light and The Promise of Morning. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Shorey lives with her husband, Richard, in Oregon.

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Dawn of a Dream 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Luellen O'Connell is stunned, betrayed and devastated when she finds out that her husband was not the wonderful loving man she thought she had married. Instead she discovers, much to her dismay, that he is a scoundrel, willing to commit bigamy, just to bed her. Left alone she decides that she will pursue her dream of a higher education. That she will go Normal School and train to be a teacher. She will learn how to be a school teacher and give children the best education possible. Discovering just a few weeks after she enters school, that she is with child, Lulie as her family calls her pushes herself to finish school. She knows she now has a child to care for and knows she needs this education. I absolutely loved this book, set in in the late 1850's you just know that the struggle that Luellen faced was more than just trying to educate herself. The judgemental opinions of others did not cause her to stray from her goals. I cried with her during her struggles and rejoiced as she finished her schooling, and was glad to see her allow love into her life. A wonderfully written book, a must have for any home library. 340 pages US $14.99 5 stars This book was provided for review purposes by Revell Books, no payment was received for this review. Available April 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
luluLM More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: (Taken From Back Cover) Her Dream is within her grasp-but can she leaver her past behind? Luellen O'Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving-and his reason devastate her. Deeply wounded by his betrayal, Luellen decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, a desire she had set aside when she married. But can she truly hide her past? Or will it destroy her ambitions forever? MY THOUGHTS: I enjoyed this true grit of the main character, Harriet. This is one woman who has some spunk, a strong will power and the desire to succeed. Most people who find them selves just missing their goal over and over would give up, not Harriet. She bravely faces those living in her town, with a little help from her new friend Ward, as well as the girls in her college. I loved how she kept going against the odds, and the only thing that I didn't like was when the book ended because I really wanted to read on and learn how Harriet's new life went! This is one of those fun reads, not a lot of thinking involved, not too intense, just plain fun. Great for a road trip, or a lazy day summer read.
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AAR More than 1 year ago
THE DAWN OF A DREAM by Ann Shorey is an exciting inspirational historical fiction set in 1857 Beldon Grove,Illinois.While it is the third in the "AT HOME IN BELDON GROVE, it can be read as a stand alone. Book One,"The Edge of Light",Book Two, "The Promise of Morning".This is a fast paced story of love,betrayal,deception,love, family,romance,moving on with life after difficult circumstances.and finding happiness.Luellen wants a happy marriage,children,wanted to be able to touch children,but all changed when she decided to elope with a freight driver. After only a month of marriage Luellen is not only stunned by her husband's announcement that he is leaving but why is what devastates her. While wounded by his betrayal she decides to make a new life for herself,by following her dream of becoming the teacher she always wanted to be. But in order to do this she must be single,she hides her past,seeks a divorce,and goes to school in a town without her family. This story is full of facts about the early training of teacher's,vivid descriptions of military life,perseverance, tenacity,ones woman struggles determination to follow and achieve her dream despite all the obstaclesThis is also the story of faith,family,love,honor and is told with such simplicity that it will leave the reader wanting more. A great read for all historical, inspirational,romance,western readers.This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell Books,a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey in her new book, "The Dawn Of A Dream" Book Three in the At Home In Beldon Grove series published by Revell takes us back to the town of Beldon Grove. Though it is the third book in this series, you can read this one alone without missing anything. Beldon Grove, Illinois 1857 and Luellen O'Connell is waiting for her husband, Brendan, to come home from work. This very day is their one month wedding anniversary and she has made a very special evening for them. However, after dinner Brendan has a surprise of his own. Thus begins the dawn of a dream for Luellen. See she has always had a desire to become a teacher but she has no formal training. So she takes it upon herself to enroll in a school and there she meets Ward Calder. How do we handle the trials and setbacks that occur in our lives? Jesus told us that they would come so we shouldn't be surprised when they do. Yet, somehow we are and they exhaust us. The only way we can continue on is by constantly going to Jesus and seeking His strength. Luellen faces many hardships but she weathers them all by the grace of God. Ms. Shorey is an excellent writer and makes all her characters believable and you care deeply for them as she deftly unfolds the plot before us. This is a nice romance with great themes. While this is the third book in the series if you just pick this one up you will not be disappointed nor feel that you have missed so much by not knowing what happened in the previous two. Ms. Shorey has given us a neat ending to a wonderful series. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
ReviewsByMolly More than 1 year ago
Having only read book two in this series, The Promise of Morning, and enjoying it, I was quite excited to have the chance to return to Beldon Grove and Ms. Shorey's talented work! I was anxious to start this book and was quite pleased once I did. I was instantly captured, and taken in amongst the characters, and was not disappointed with the plot or the characters...well, except for one character that is. Ms. Shorey's characters in this 3rd book were beautifully created and blended perfectly. Luellen, well she became a part of me through out this story. She had a dream and wanted so passionately to pursue it, but, when Brenden, her husband of just one month, drops a bombshell on her, her dreams shatter. But, through persistence and friendships, Luellen doesn't give up on that dream. Brenden's character, well, I know that Ms. Shorey had to add him to the story (what story isn't complete with out some kind of villainous character?) but I truly didn't like him. The first time he was introduced into this story, I took an immediate dislike to him! But, because he was villainous, it really added a bit of the oomph to the story. Sweet Belle's character, now that friend I would love to have! Ms. Shorey did a fantastic job of creating such a sweet and loving friend for Luellen. Let's not forget Ward....that's another persistent character! The first time Luellen's brother Franklin introduced Ward to Luellen, I could feel the sparks! They truly were alike in so many ways! If you like historical novels that speak of God's shining love and of never giving up on your dreams, no matter what, then I HIGHLY recommend this novel. While this 5 star novel is 3rd in the series, it is also easily read as a stand alone. I loved this story and I know that you will, too! I can't wait for another release from Ms. Shorey, possibly a 4th installment to Beldon Grove????