'Til Morning Light

'Til Morning Light

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by Ann Moore

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Gracelin O’Malley arrives in 1850s San Francisco, the City of Gold, in the thrilling final novel of Ann Moore’s acclaimed historical trilogy 

With her two children, Gracelin O’Malley travels to post–Gold Rush San Francisco to meet the sea captain who has proposed marriage to her. But when she arrives, he is nowhere to be…  See more details below


Gracelin O’Malley arrives in 1850s San Francisco, the City of Gold, in the thrilling final novel of Ann Moore’s acclaimed historical trilogy 

With her two children, Gracelin O’Malley travels to post–Gold Rush San Francisco to meet the sea captain who has proposed marriage to her. But when she arrives, he is nowhere to be found. Destitute in a city filled with gangs, disillusioned soldiers, and professional gamblers, Grace takes a position as a cook for one of the city’s most prominent doctors—only to become caught up in a tangled web of blackmail and betrayal. Determined to make a secure life for her children and find her brother, Sean, Gracelin sets in motion a series of events that change the future of everyone around her, never dreaming that the man she thought she’d lost forever is still alive and determined to find his way back to her.

Dickensian in scope, with a full cast of riveting characters, Ann Moore’s ’Til Morning Light is the stunning conclusion to the enthralling story of Gracelin O’Malley, a heroine for the ages.

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This historical novel completes the trilogy about a feisty and beautiful Irish immigrant, and readers of the first two books will certainly want to read this to find out how Gracelin's story is resolved. It begins in San Francisco, as Gracelin's journey with her two young children across the continent ends. It's just after the Gold Rush madness is over, and San Francisco is populated by people from all over the world. Gracelin is now about 25 years old, and she has tried to accept the death of her true love, Morgan, the father of her four-year-old son Jack; so she is seeking out Capt. Reinders, hoping that he will be willing to marry her to provide security for her children. She doesn't know that Morgan is still alive and searching for her—a parallel story as Morgan, with the help of Native Americans, makes his way from the wilderness of Canada to San Francisco. Moore adds a large subplot in this novel about a family from the slave-holding South. Gracelin works as a housekeeper for a doctor, whose sister suffers from mental illness. The uncovering of family secrets eventually heals that situation. Gracelin's brother Sean, who came with her to America and had left her to cross the continent with the Mormons, eventually finds his way to San Francisco and takes refuge among the Chinese, unfortunately gambling and smoking opium. Never mind, all is resolved wonderfully in the final chapters. Brother and sister find one another; Gracelin and Morgan are reunited. No one would be satisfied with this final book in the trilogy without reading the previous ones. Together, using one family primarily, the three books provide a panorama of the Irish immigrant experience in the mid-19th century.(The Gracelin O'Malley Trilogy, Book 3). KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2005, Penguin, New American Library, 394p., Ages 15 to adult.
—Claire Rosser

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Gracelin O'Malley Trilogy , #3
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Ann Moore was born in England and grew up in the Pacific Northwest region of Washington State. An award-winning author, Moore holds a master of arts from Western Washington University. Her trilogy of historical novels—Gracelin O’Malley, Leaving Ireland, and ’Til Morning Light—has been published internationally and enjoys a wide readership of enthusiastic fans. Moore and her family live in Bellingham, Washington.

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'Til Morning Light 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the perfect conclusion to this series of books. I couldn't put this book down. I was sad to finish it because I knew this was the last book and I just didn't want it to be over. Gracelin's story is heartwarming, touching, and inspriing. She is an amazing character whose journey I enjoyed following. Highly recommended!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All three of the books in this series (Gracelin O'Malley, Leaving Ireland, and Till Morning Light) were amazing. I am an avid reader and love books, however, I have never been this wrap up in a series or a character before. I fell instantly in love with Gracelin and Morgan. Ann Moore is an amazing writer. Being of Irish decent I grew up listening to my grandmother tell stories of her family and their struggles in Ireland and coming to America; and so this book also brought back the memories of my grandmother. These books and their characters grab at my heart. I have to agree with others when by saying I laughed, cried and cheered.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Can Anne Moore write or what?!!This is one of the most moving, sensational series of books i have read in a long time. It made me laugh, cry, and cheer all at once. I would reccommend this book and the two others in the series to nayone who likes historical romances. And ones that are tastefully done without graphic sex scenes. I love Grace, Morgan, and all the characters in the books, they are human belivable and you feel like you've known them forever. I can't wait for her next book!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1852, Irish widow Gracelin O¿Malley accompanied by her daughter Mary Kate and adopted son Jack travels to San Francisco where she will wed Captain Reinders in a marriage of convenience. However, Reinders is at sea somewhere near Panama City, a place Gracelin never heard of. Reinders¿ partner Lars Darmstadt and his spouse Detra are also away.......................... Needing income, Gracelin obtains work as a housekeeper for Dr. Wakefield and his family. The job would be fine except for the machinations of her employer¿s sister Abigail, who tries to blackmail her to achieve her goals. When Reinders arrives in town, Gracelin prepares for her wedding, but a ghost arises from the dead that may put a halt to the nuptials.................... Ann Moore continues the exciting adventures of Gracelin O¿Malley who has long since left Ireland and has now journeyed across the New World continent with this story having her already arrived in San Francisco. The story line is filled with historical tidbits that enable the audience to believe they are in the middle of the nineteenth century. However, it is the deep cast that makes this a solid historical tale as the audience can taste the psychological prisons that each person uses to lock themselves up from fully enjoying life. `TIL MORNING LIGHT is a fine Americana tale.................... Harriet Klausner
Ohio-borne More than 1 year ago
It is best read not as a stand alone, but as a part of a whole with the trilogy. It brings together all of the story lines as expected. All three books could have been one large book more effectively.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Moore is a fantastic writer in her obvious historical research that resulted in this trilogy. It was my hope that by the time I had finished this third novel, she would have brought Gracelin and Morgan on to another adventure. I hope that she continues to bring her beautiful talents to share with us. I recommend this trilogy highly!
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