Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Promise of Morning

Author: Ann Shorey
Publisher: Revell
March 2010
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3333-9
Genre: Inspirational/historical/women’s fiction

Ellie Craig is mourning the loss of three of her children, and being over protective of her ten-month old baby to the point of neglecting her older children. Her pastor husband, Matthew, is trying to make her understand that their other children are suffering, but Ellie is refusing to see beyond her loss.

Matthew is facing controversy in the church when he decides to preach against a traveling theatre group that plans to come to their town. Suddenly he finds the town divided, with most believing that Shakespearean plays are culture, and disagreeing with Matthew. Not only that, but a newcomer to town proves to be the son of the town’s founder and he wants to take Matthew’s church.

With Ellie suffering from abandonment issues resulting from her childhood, if Matthew returns to being a itinerant preaching then Ellie will lose him as well. Will he even attempt to keep his church? When Ellie receives a letter suggesting that she might not be as alone as she thought, Ellie is determined to discover the truth.

THE PROMISE OF MORNING is the second book in the At Home in Beldon Grove series. The book has a rather sad beginning with Ellie at the cemetery mourning her children. I do understand that infant deaths were common back in historical times, so it is realistic, just depressing. But once I got past the beginning the story did start to grab my interest.

THE PROMISE OF MORNING is a book that takes you through heartache to find hope, trust, and forgiveness. If you like historical fiction, then THE PROMISE OF MORNING is a book to consider. $14.99. 322 pages.


New historical romance set on the Illinois frontier in 1840s:

When loss breaks her heart, can she find the courage to go on?

The Promise of Morning from Ann Shorey takes readers to Beldon Grove on the Illinois frontier in the 1840s. Life isn’t easy here. 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.

The Promise of Morning by Ann Shorey
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3333-9
$14.99, March 2010

"It's human nature to make promises we hope to keep. But sometimes life intervenes: community rhythms bump us into places we hadn't planned; families disagree and fracture; our bodies break. The Promise of Morning is a story with all those interruptions gracefully portrayed by author Ann Shorey. Through vivid characters we care about (or love to detest) and a story that keeps us turning pages, we are assured that God keeps promises in the morning, noon, and night, and loves us even when we don't. A fine read."--Jane Kirkpatrick, award-winning 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.

For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.


Ann Shorey said...

Thank you so much for reviewing The Promise of Morning! I'm so pleased you liked it.
Many blessings,

tracysbooknook.com said...

Although I love Ann Shorey, I found that "A Promise of Morning" to be emotionally difficult.

Being a Pastor’s wife myself, I find myself overly sensitive to the depiction of Pastors and their families. I did not enjoy the character of Pastor Matthew and did not like how he was such a “bull in a china shelf” and created judgements of others so quickly.

If you're interested, I have more to say on my site at www.tracysbooknook.com.