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The Dawn of a Dream (At Home in Beldon Grove Book #3) [Kindle Edition]

Ann Shorey
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Luellen O'Connell is stunned and confused when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving--and that he has another wife. Deeply wounded by this betrayal, Luellen decides to follow the dream she had set aside of obtaining a teaching degree. But her wayward husband left something behind when he abandoned her. Can Luellen overcome the odds and achieve her dream? Can she hide her secret, or will it destroy her dreams forever?

A moving story of tenacity and perseverance in the face of opposition, The Dawn of a Dream will inspire readers to discover and follow their own dreams.

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Her dream is within her grasp--but can she leave her past behind?

Luellen O'Connell is stunned when her husband of just one month tells her he is leaving--and his reason devastates her. Deeply wounded by his betrayal, Luellen decides to follow her dream to become a teacher, a desire she had set aside when she married. But can she truly hide her past? Or will it destroy her ambitions forever?

A moving story of tenacity and perseverance, The Dawn of a Dream will inspire you to discover and follow your own dreams.

"Her best book yet! Ann Shorey's The Dawn of a Dream reminded me of a fine tapestry. A skillful blending of nineteenth-century history, intriguing facts about teachers' training, and vivid descriptions of military life form a background for the story of one woman's determination to achieve her dream, despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Readers looking for a gentle story of love and honor should not miss it."--Amanda Cabot, author of Tomorrow's Garden

About the Author

Ann Shorey is the author of The Edge of Light and The Promise of Morning. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Shorey lives with her husband, Richard, in Oregon.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream the Impossible! March 24, 2011
Even though I had not read the first two books in the Beldon Grove Series, I found The Dawn of a Dream could stand alone. It does, however, make me want to read the prior books. In this book, one woman dared to dream the impossible dream.

I'm a big fan of historical romantic fiction and feel Ann Shorey did a super job with accurate detail in this book. That aspect commanded my respect. She used the senses in such a way I felt I was on that steam locomotive and feeling the grit and smoke. Shorey's vivid descriptions allow insight into a woman's world in the nineteenth century and into current history at that time.

Empathy with the heroine begins immediately and you're in her camp from page one. Perhaps because most of us harbor memories of when we've made honest, but impulsive mistakes also. Enter the handsome military hero and we're certainly hooked. Distance apart proved no lasting barrier to their growing love. Secondary characters also claim your interest.

Heroine Luellen O'Connell had pluck and perseverance in her determination, against many odds, to achieve a teacher's certificate. I enjoyed the classroom scenes with teacher and pupil interaction and cheered Luellen on when fanciful administrators posed hurdles.

If you're looking for an intriguing love story of honor and respect, look no more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so enjoyable April 28, 2011
Luellen O'Connell is stunned, betrayed and devastated when she finds out that her husband was not the wonderful loving man she thought she had married. Instead she discovers, much to her dismay, that he is a scoundrel, willing to commit bigamy, just to bed her. Left alone she decides that she will pursue her dream of a higher education. That she will go Normal School and train to be a teacher. She will learn how to be a school teacher and give children the best education possible. Discovering just a few weeks after she enters school, that she is with child, Lulie as her family calls her pushes herself to finish school. She knows she now has a child to care for and knows she needs this education.

I absolutely loved this book, set in in the late 1850's you just know that the struggle that Luellen faced was more than just trying to educate herself. The judgemental opinions of others did not cause her to stray from her goals. I cried with her during her struggles and rejoiced as she finished her schooling, and was glad to see her allow love into her life. A wonderfully written book, a must have for any home library. 340 pages US $14.99 5 stars

This book was provided for review purposes by Revell Books, no payment was received for this review.

Available April 2011 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless Night Inducing March 25, 2011
Can I just say that Ann, you owe me some sleep!? By the time my DH comes to bed, I've usually been asleep for a good hour if not more. Not so this week. Every night he's come to bed I've heaved a huge sigh of disappointment when the light gets snapped off and I've considered moving to the couch and turning the light back on. My Administrative Assistant was glad I didn't bring the book to work to read over lunch like I do sometimes because she knew I'd be sneaking long peeks during working hours. It simply wouldn't be fair and Ann would also owe my employer some wages for my abuse of his time. See? It's all Ann Shorey's fault. :)

Fantastic read! Definitely the BEST Ann Shorey book to date. (Check out her complete listing here) Which earns her 5 solid Jaime-Reports stars in "Sleepless Night Inducing". The thing with this book is she throws in some curve balls that even an experienced writer (HA HA HA) like myself didn't see coming. Has she done that in her other books, yes, but for some reason, the curve balls in this one seemed - more curvy.

Romantic Content - wasn't off the charts. In fact, it probably wasn't the main focus however it was threaded throughout so if you're an avid romance reader, you won't get bored. The hero, Ward, was perfect. I fell in love at first read - and he wasn't a charmer by any means. He exampled quiet, inner strength. And, that's a lady-killer, my friends.

Historical Elements - like Laurie Alice Eakes from last week's review, I loved how Ann took advantage of a unique historical setting. Like a lot of heroines in historical fiction, Luellen wants to be a teacher. What I loved about this book was that it took that theme and put Luellen smack into college rather than smack in a one-room schoolhouse on the prairie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read May 23, 2014
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All three of these books in this series held my attention. The characters were very real and enjoyable. Will recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved the series. May 21, 2014
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Great finale to the series. I loved all 3books. Not once did I find any uninteresting phase of the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful, Loving Story for All! April 29, 2011
By Molly
Having only read book two in this series, The Promise of Morning, and enjoying it, I was quite excited to have the chance to return to Beldon Grove and Ms. Shorey's talented work! I was anxious to start this book and was quite pleased once I did. I was instantly captured, and taken in amongst the characters, and was not disappointed with the plot or the characters...well, except for one character that is.

Ms. Shorey's characters in this 3rd book were beautifully created and blended perfectly. Luellen, well she became a part of me through out this story. She had a dream and wanted so passionately to pursue it, but, when Brenden, her husband of just one month, drops a bombshell on her, her dreams shatter. But, through persistence and friendships, Luellen doesn't give up on that dream.

Brenden's character, well, I know that Ms. Shorey had to add him to the story (what story isn't complete with out some kind of villainous character?) but I truly didn't like him. The first time he was introduced into this story, I took an immediate dislike to him! But, because he was villainous, it really added a bit of the oomph to the story.

Sweet Belle's character, now that friend I would love to have! Ms. Shorey did a fantastic job of creating such a sweet and loving friend for Luellen. Let's not forget Ward....that's another persistent character! The first time Luellen's brother Franklin introduced Ward to Luellen, I could feel the sparks! They truly were alike in so many ways!

If you like historical novels that speak of God's shining love and of never giving up on your dreams, no matter what, then I HIGHLY recommend this novel. While this 5 star novel is 3rd in the series, it is also easily read as a stand alone. I loved this story and I know that you will, too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Very good book. so hard to put down once you start reading. you want to keep on until you are finished.
Published 2 days ago by Katherine D. King
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful!!!
Love the strong female characters who persevere. You need to have your chores done before you start this book because just like book one of this series you won't be able to put it... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Michael Troy Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
As usual Ann Shorey weaves her story picking up bits and pieces from the former books flawlessly. This book illustrates the problems of a young woman trying to obtain her... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Bonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written!
Write more of this series! Loved it!!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating.
A reader's desirable tale of life, love and determination of a young woman staged in the era when women struggled with emancipation of women's rights. Very well done.
Published 1 month ago by Faye Gerrish
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very pleased with purchase and with service…Thank you!
Published 1 month ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reading!
I love following the characters. I have. a hard time putting the book down and really don't want it to end. I look forward to seeing what the next book is about.
Published 1 month ago by mary stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars The dawn of a dream
This was a sweet book...determination and hard work always pay off. This was not a page turner but it was an enjoyable read.
Published 2 months ago by mopsofie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I truly enjoyed the Beldon Grove series. Once I began reading, I couldn't put the books down. I'm anxious to read more of Ann Shorey's books!
Published 2 months ago by Phyllis K. Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story
This is another excellent story. It is about one of Molly's daughter and her challenge to finish her schooling to become a teacher. A lot more is involved in the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Harrah
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More About the Author

ANN SHOREY has been a story collector for most of her life. Her writing has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul, and in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort anthologies. She made her fiction debut with the At Home in Beldon Grove series for Revell. The Edge of Light, released in January 2009, is the first in the series, followed by The Promise of Morning and The Dawn of a Dream. Her new Sisters at Heart series for Revell debuted on January 1, 2012, with Where Wildflowers Bloom. Book Two, When the Heart Heals, will release Feburary 1, 2013.

When Ann's not writing, she teaches classes on historical research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at regional conferences. She lives with her husband in Oregon.

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