Friday, 2 April 2010

The Promise of Morning by Ann Shorey


Ellie Craig grieves the loss of three infant children, and when long-hidden secrets are brought to light, she must find a way to contact the family of her long-lost father. Meanwhile her husband, Matthew, faces controversy in his church and competition from a new arrival in Beldon Grove, who claims to be both a minister and the son of the town's founder. Will Matthew find the courage to reclaim his church? And will his unexpected travel companion help Ellie's heart mend?

My take:~

Ann Shorey's second At Home in Beldon Grove novel again delves deeply into grief, shattered hopes and lives driven by insecurity and fear. Don't expect a sweet prairie romance with The Promise of Morning as realism is the driving force in this series. Based loosely on the author's own great-great grandparents, Ellie and Matthew's painful journey through the loss of three of their children and the destructive force of a stranger determined to insinuate himself upon their marriage and Matthew's pastorate, is thought provoking and emotional. Readers wanting real insight into the struggle that was living in the 1840s, Ann Shorey's books will be more than satisfying.

With thanks to Revell for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras

Character spotlight on Ellie & Matthew

Review of The Edge of Light

Character spotlight on Molly

Visit Ann's website and blog

Buy Ann's book at Amazon or Koorong


scrappy quilter said...

Can't wait to read this second book.

CherryBlossomMJ said...

I liked The Promise of Morning much better that The Edge of Light.

Ann Shorey said...

Thank you for the thoughtful review, Rel! And thanks to Cherry Blossom who liked The Promise of Morning even better than The Edge of Light. :-)

Ann Shorey said...

The Promise of Morning is loosely based on my great-great-grandparents. I'm not quite that old--getting there, though! :-)

Rel said...

Oops! Sorry about missing the extra great! I'll fix that right away :)

Ann Shorey said...

Thanks, Rel! All those "greats" can be confusing. Sometimes I have to stop and count backwards to keep them straight. 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


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