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The Promise of Morning (At Home in Beldon Grove Series #2)
     

The Promise of Morning (At Home in Beldon Grove Series #2)

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by Ann Shorey
 

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"Through vivid characters and a story that keeps us turning pages, we are assured that God keeps his promises. A fine read."--Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of All Together in One Place and A Flickering Light

Life in Beldon Grove on the Illinois frontier in the 1840s isn't easy. For Ellie Craig, the graves of her three infant children

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"Through vivid characters and a story that keeps us turning pages, we are assured that God keeps his promises. A fine read."--Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning author of All Together in One Place and A Flickering Light

Life in Beldon Grove on the Illinois frontier in the 1840s isn't easy. For Ellie Craig, the graves of her three infant children make it unbearably lonely, despite the love of her husband Matthew. When she uncovers a family secret that suggests she may not be as alone as she thought, Ellie is determined to find the truth.

Meanwhile, Matthew Craig faces controversy in the church he pastors when a man arrives in town claiming to be both a minister and the son of the town's founder. Will Matthew find the courage to reclaim his church? Or will he return to itinerant preaching, leaving Ellie even more alone than before?

Book 2 in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, The Promise of Morning will touch your soul with themes of overcoming tragedy, finding strength to meet daunting challenges, and trusting your heart to love again.

"Ann Shorey at her best. You'll be captivated from the heartrending opening until the final courageous scenes of this true-to-life story about heartache, hope, and trust."--Bonnie Leon, author of the Sydney Cove series

"A compelling novel dealing with timeless issues of pride, trust, love, and tragedy, The Promise of Morning is a redemptive story where true love and forgiveness conquer all."--Maggie Brendan, author of the Heart of the West series

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Library Journal
In 1840s Beldon Grove, IL, Ellie Craig and her minister husband mourn the loss of three children who died in infancy. While Ellie struggles with sadness and loneliness, Matthew faces a challenge to his authority in the church. As secrets from Ellie's past are revealed, she discovers she is not as alone in the world as she once thought, and Matthew defends his right to the ministry. VERDICT Shorey's second historical series title (after The Edge of Light) focuses on the themes of overcoming loss and triumphing over tragedy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800733339
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/2010
Series:
At Home in Beldon Grove Series , #2
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Shorey is the author of The Edge of Light and has published selections in the CUP OF COMFORT series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul.

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Promise of Morning 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I read The Edge of Light, I wondered how Ann Shorey would follow up such a lovely story. I'm very excited that she has continued her Beldon Grove series and am very touched by The Promise of Morning's gentle story of grace. A good historical fiction novel should have a touch of romance, a sense of adventure and characters that are tough enough to make it through hardship, but tender enough to be human. I found all of these qualities in The Promise of Morning and now am looking forward to the next installment. I am not at all surprised that the respected Jane Kirkpatrick endorsed The Promise of Morning. It is a beautiful story of how God's hand worked in Ellie's and Matthew's life. I highly recommend it for historical fiction lovers and anyone who wants a true-to-life story that inspires
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed the Spring fiction releases from Revell this year, while The Promise of Morning by Ann Shorey was not my favorite, I can still say that I liked it. For me it was a little too depressing and it seemed like everything was "happening" in the first few chapters of the book but thankfully it all wrapped up nicely in the end! As far as the characters in this story go they are far from perfect which definitely makes them easy to relate to, even Matthew, Ellie's preacher husband is "real." I could really see how easy it would have been to become discouraged despite his faith. I can safely say that this is a better book than The Edge of Light, the first book in the series. Ms. Shorey is improving with each book so I look forward to reading Luellen's story in To Number the Stars, the conclusion to this series. I received my free review copy from the publisher.
Prolificreader More than 1 year ago
THE PROMISE OF MORNING is a tale of sorrow and heartache, but also one of forgiveness and the joy of overcoming trials. The story starts on a sad note at the grave of the child of Ellie and Matthew. And the tragedies haven't ended there, but to avoid spoilers I won't say what they are. Now while some might think this is a sad and depressing book, I did not find it so. The story line is much the same as Kim Vogel Sawyer's Waiting for Summer's Return. A young woman and her husband struggling to understand their place in God's plan. A prairie romance between a young married couple is a nice change from the normal romance of boy meets girl and marry by the end. The added complications of a traveling theatre group and a pastor losing his church added depth and interest to the story. What I enjoyed the most about the story was the discovery of family. Never taking anyone or anything for granted. Standing up for what is right and letting God have complete control of your life. I think fans of Janette Oke and Kim Vogel Sawyer will find enjoyment within THE PROMISE OF MORNING's pages. Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna at Revell for my copy of this book to review.
Haggar More than 1 year ago
I now find myself looking for Ann Shorey books! She has great development of characters and story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful book. It is the second in the series. Keeps all the same characters and continues the story of book one. Quick easy read. Very enjoyable.
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ilovemy5kids More than 1 year ago
When I first received this book, I got to tell you I was excited. The cover was just beautiful. The back of the book explained that it was about a lady named Ellie Craig. She had lost three of her babies. Her husband is a pastor in a little church and there seems to be some trouble brewing by a new man in town. Ellie's family also seems to be falling apart. The book starts off so slow and sad. I really had to make myself continue reading. The book just made me so sad. It really didn't offer much hope or encouragement. I was surprised at where the author chose to go with her story. It was not the exact ending that I thought would happen. This would not be one of my favorite reads. Even though it was not one of my favorite stories, it was a pretty simple read. There seems to be some unfinished stories in the book, so maybe book three in the series would help and complete the book. I was given a complimentary book to review by Revell. I was not paid for writing this review. "Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group." Blessings to you!!! You are loved!!!
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
My Synopsis: The Promise of Morning (At Home In Beldon Grove series -Book 2) by Ann Shorey Ellie Craig has endured a parents worst nightmare with the deaths of three young children and a loneliness that even her husband cannot seem to fill. Finding out that the father she barely remembers has recently died gives her hope that she may have other siblings in far off Texas. Against her families better judgement she enlists the help of a man with less than scrupulous morals. Matthew Craig, Ellie's husband has problems of his own, in the church he pastors. A controversy over a Shakespearean performance puts Matthew at odds with his congregation and most of the town. When a man claiming to be the son of the town founder appears on the scene with sophistication and elegance, Matthew must decide whether he should fight to reclaim his church or let this man take over. Will Ellie find the family she longs for? Will Matthew find the courage to fight for what he believes? My Thoughts: This is a book about overcoming tragedy and moving forward. It's about finding the strength within in yourself to live again even when you think it's impossible. During the time period of this novel is was not uncommon to loose children at a young age, either from accidents or infectious diseases. Doctors were usually not close at hand and children could suffer just from picking up something off the ground. I felt a lot of sympathy for Ellie. I could not imagine what it would be like to bury not one but three small children. During my grandfathers time, he lost 4 siblings to Measles all under the age of 5 years old. But, this book isn't about loss, it's about finding the courage to go on and not just survive but really live and enjoy life. Matthew has a struggle of a different kind. But he still has to have the courage to face down opposition in his life. It's easy to see how he would be intimidated by Mr. Beldon, who obviously has more wealth and sophistication than Matthew and makes him feel like he is less of a person. It is always hard to stand up for what you believe in. But, this book shows that if you stand, others will stand with you. But, even if they don't, doing what is right is more important than the consequences. I liked this book a lot. I give it 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag and look forward to the next installment in the series.
WendyAK More than 1 year ago
THE PROMISE OF MORNING BY Ann Shorey is an Inspirational historical set in the 1840's frontier. It is the second in the At Home In Beldon Grove but can be read as a stand alone. It is very emotional with loss, regrets and tragedy. It is well written with depth and detail. The characters are emotional, strong in faith with trials and struggles. The secondary characters are also strong and carry the story along. You will be drawn into their struggles and joys. I would highly recommend this story. If you have not read the first in the series(The Edge of Night) I would recommend you pick one up. You will not regret reading this series or this author's work. 4.5 *book was recieved for review from the publisher* full review at www.mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com
VicG More than 1 year ago
Ann Shorey in her new book, "The Promise Of Morning" Book Two in the At Home In Beldon Grove series published by Revell takes us back to the town of Beldon Grove. Though it is the second book in this series, you can read this one alone without missing anything. Ellie Craig starts the story at the grave of her three infant children finding it hard that they have all died and have been taken from her. Now she has to begin the painstaking process of accepting and healing. Ah but wait, there's more! Ellie's husband, Matthew Craig, is the pastor of Beldon Grove but a challenger comes to usurp his position. Will Matthew stay and be the pastor he was appointed to be or will he go back to itinerant preaching and leave Ellie alone when she needs him the most? These are the challenges that are facing the hero and heroine in this series placed in the Illinois frontier in the 1840's When couples are married they take a vow for better or for worse and this book tests that vow of Matthew and Ellie. God said that marriage is a three-fold cord not easily broken with God as the middle strand. 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. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org 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 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.