Monday, April 25, 2011
Book Review - "The Dawn of a Dream"
The third book in Ann Shorey's At Home in Beldon Grove, "The Dawn of a Dream," is my favorite book in the series! I have read and enjoyed all three books, but this third one is the best in my opinion!
Luellen McGarvie is a young girl in the first book in this series when her family moves after her father has passed away. Now Luellen is a young lady and has been married for a month to a man, Brendan O'Connell, when he suddenly tells her he is leaving Beldon Grove to return to Chicago to his wife! Luellen cannot believe how she fell for Brendan's charm and married in haste. Luellen still has a letter that she follows through on - going to school to be a teacher. Luellen decides to follow her dream; however this proves to be more difficult as Brendan left her with more than a broken heart and determination to not fall for a man's charm again.
I really enjoyed this book as it has all the characters from the first two books in the series, but the story is really now focusing on Molly's children. I loved reading about the directions that Luellen, James, Franklin and Lily have all taken with their lives. The new characters, Belle, Dr. Alexander, Mrs. Hawks, Leah and Ward are all well-developed characters and all are great additions as well. Although it is set in the mid 1800's, the message is still applicable to readers today - do not give up on your dreams even if there are some obstacles that may arise.
“Available April 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”