The Promise of Morning....

At Home in Beldon Grove 2
Ann Shorey

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Life is hard in Illinois in 1846.  Ellie and Matthew Craig have been hit especially hard, harder than most folks.  They have buried three babies here in cold Illinois.  And now they are burying a fourth baby.  Ellie just cannot fathom the possibility of loosing another child and pulls away from her husband.  Matthew is grieving and really isn't sure how to reach out to his wife.  New things, new people come to town, threatening to tear the little town apart.  Matthew has taken a stand against some of it, and it is tearing up the church he pastors.  Along with little snippets of gossip being tossed about, it would seem that Matthew's time at Beldon Grove church is finished.  Ellie is devastated to find out her father had been alive for twenty five years after she thought he had died already.  She is hoping that he had family and she will at last have family to rely on.  Surprises are in store there. 
This book was a wonderful book, a second book in a series, but it totally will stand alone without reading the first book.  A story of hurt, betrayal, anguish and redemption.  Most definitely a book to read.  Ann Shorey shows her wonderful gift of story telling in this book.  324 pages  US $14.99 5 stars

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

Available March 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group


  1. Hi, Cindy! Thank you so much for reviewing The Promise of Morning. I'm so pleased that you liked it.
    (You have my deepest sympathies at the loss of your dear son. My heart grieves with you.)

  2. 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.