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.
It was such a touching story of Ellie’s sorrow in losing her children. I can’t imagine the feeling of not knowing if your child would ever live to reach adulthood. It goes to show you how hard life was back then for our ancestors. Along with reading about Ellie’s struggles and trials, her husband is also drawn into the main plot of the story. While his wife is enduring her own trails, Matthew is also experiencing hard times as he travels through a wavering faith in his capabilities to minister as a Pastor to the people of Beldon Grove.
As far as the plot goes, I was enthralled in the book and I never felt like the story lagged. The twists and turns that popped up during the book kept me guessing! I was continually hoping for a good ending for Ellie and Matthew’s troubles – and I was extremely satisfied!
The story was clean, sweet, true, and touching for any teen who enjoys reading historical fiction. Ann Shorey is a very talented author, mixing together a complex story about a character whose faith is wavering. But, with the help and guidance of the Lord, the hero/heroine learns and understands the way the Lord works, and by the end of the book their faith is stronger than ever! I love a book that leaves me with a lasting impression, and The Promise of Morning is just that kind of book! I can’t wait until her next book is released!