Item description for The Edge of Light (At Home in Beldon Grove, Book 1) by Ann Shorey...
Overview It is the summer of 1838 in St. Lawrenceville, Missouri, and Molly McGarvie's life is about to change forever. When her beloved Samuel succumbs to cholera, Molly is heartbroken but determined to take care of herself and her children. But when Samuel's unscrupulous brother takes over the family business and leaves Molly to fend for herself, she knows she must head out on her own. It is a dangerous journey and Molly has to leave her old life behind. Somehow she must find a way to make a living, keep her family together, and fend off some over-eager suitors.
Publishers Description It is the summer of 1838 in St. Lawrenceville, Missouri, and Molly McGarvie's life is about to change forever. When her beloved Samuel succumbs to cholera, Molly is heartbroken but determined to take care of herself and her children. But when Samuel's unscrupulous brother takes over the family business and leaves Molly to fend for herself, she knows she must head out on her own. It is a dangerous journey and Molly has to leave her old life behind. Somehow she must find a way to make a living, keep her family together, and fend off some over-eager suitors. Book one in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, "The Edge of Light "will captivate readers with the true-to-life emotions of one woman's struggle to survive.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 1" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2009
Publisher Baker Pub Group/Baker Books
Series At Home In Beldon Grove
Series Number 1
ISBN 0800733304 ISBN13 9780800733308
Availability 0 units.
More About Ann Shorey
Ann Shorey is the author of Where Wildflowers Bloom, The Edge of Light, The Promise of Morning, and The Dawn of a Dream. She has also published selections in the Cup of Comfort series and in Chicken Soup for the Grandma's Soul. Ann and her husband make their home in southwestern Oregon.
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Edge of Light (At Home in Beldon Grove, Book 1)?
The West Can Be Hard Jun 2, 2009
Life has suddenly been put on hold for Molly McGarvie. Her husband has passed away due to a bout of cholera and now she is faced with the sole responsibility of raising their children. To make things more difficult, she is pregnant and her brother in law has decided he wants her gone from the property. Faced with nowhere else to go, she contacts her brother who decides to bring her out West to where he lives. The journey however is difficult and Molly is faced with many challenges which test her strength and sanity. Meanwhile the town doctor finds himself trying to protect Molly and keep himself from falling for her at the same time.
Molly's story gives a glimpse of how difficult living in the West must have been. When her husband died, many would have just given up but she kept going strong for her children. Even though things kept going downhill, she never stopped because it got too hard. Frontier life was very hard and she somehow managed to survive and take care of her family by herself. It's a very inspiring and motivating story. I would have been so angry and bitter towards her brother in law and would have wanted to wish a thousand deaths on him. She however learns not to give in to vengeance and while she is angry, she moves on and does not let it consume her. It was also an interesting aspect of the story to focus also on slavery during the time period. Usually Western stories and slavery don't usually mix so it was a nice change to see them integrated. There was one scene that made me want to gag as it involves a stick and an eyeball. That was the first time I've read something like that in a book and it caught me off guard and made me shiver.
While I enjoyed the book very much, there were times when I felt the story to be cliched and a bit predictable. I felt like I had read the plot before in other historical Christian fiction novels and that I knew what was going to happen. The way some of the characters acted felt like I had seen them before. Also the way the how Westward experience was portrayed such as the portrayal of Native Americans, slavery, and just Western frontier life in general seem to play up the "myth of the West". There's nothing wrong with how it was portrayed, it just seem like there was nothing new to add and it just added to the stereotype of Western life. I just didn't feel that anything new or innovative added to the subject. However, as I said, I did enjoy this book. Even though the story was familiar, it was comforting. Molly is a strong women and I enjoyed reading her story. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series.
Mature Novel, Mature Writer May 29, 2009
In 1828 Missouri, Molly McGarvie's husband dies suddenly, leaving her with three children to care for while expecting a fourth. Her situation is made intolerable by her husband's envious brother, Brody, who inherits the brickyard that had provided Molly's family a living. Molly refuses to return to her father's home in Kentucky because she wants to free her slave girl, Betsy, who has been with her since they were children. So she sends for her own brother in Illinois to help her move to that state. At the last moment, though, Brody claims Betsy as part of the property he inherited. During the move, Molly's younger boy wanders off and can't be found. So Molly settles her remaining family in the new location, determined to support them through her own talent for weaving. From there, the novel chronicles her struggles against a merciless environment to provide for her family while avoiding all pressures to remarry, always hoping to find her lost son and raise enough money to buy Betsy back and bring her to freedom. In this historical novel, Ann Shorey has created a believable pre-Civil War world peopled with well-motivated characters struggling with realistically portrayed practical and spiritual problems. Highlights of the book include well-researched descriptions of weaving and other details of rural life in that era. But the book's most outstanding characteristic is the fully mature mind and writing style of its author. It will be received with pleasure by readers hungry for a mature product.
A Debut Novel? You're Kidding! Apr 17, 2009
What a wonderful debut novel from author Ann Shorey! "The Edge of Light" is the story of a young pregnant widow, Molly McGarvie, living in Missouri in 1838. Through circumstances beyond her control,she must take her children and find a future in the wilds of Illinois. Loss and disappointment continue to follow her as surely as her shadow. Molly must deal with issues of trust, hope, forgiveness, and mercy.
I enjoy reading about women in the frontier during the 1800's, but find a lot of books tell the same basic story. In this novel, though, things I thought would happen didn't, and events surprised me as they unfolded. Ann Shorey spun a tale that kept me reading until midnight for several nights. Part of me wanted to speed read to find out how the story ended, but the saner part of me desired to slow down and savor the rich words and concepts that the author wove throughout the book. I can't wait for the next book in the series to be published. Write faster, Ann!
Well-Written Historical Mar 23, 2009
Ann Shorey has a good handle on historical research! Her first novel is chockfull of researched nuggets. Her description of bloodletting is especially realistic and made me a little glad I'd been spared this full understanding (and vivid description) previously. ;-)
Her heroine survives plenty of trials, triumphing with strength and determination, the death of her husband and disappearance of her son, not to mention losing a dear friend because of racial tension in 1830s Missouri. Molly McGarvie's husband has died of cholera and she's forced to move with her children, including the baby in her womb, to live with family in another state. The same man responsible for her son's disappearance (i.e. he wasn't watching over him well enough) is the doctor who must deliver Molly's breech baby. With all the tension of unforgiveness and mourning losses, yet believing her son is still alive, Molly pushes onward. Her conflict with this doctor character is a fantastic backdrop for a potential relationship to spring up. And it does. Molly's strong spirit is inspiring. But, the number of obstacles in Molly's life seemed a bit over the top. And though craft books on writing teach this idea of "give your character a goal, put obstacles in the way, then when the character falls, kick them when they try to stand; repeat," in this story, it felt a bit forced as we watched Molly's struggles.
That said, I love that Ann was specifically inspired by her own research, and I love how well she used it. How exciting she's fulfilling her family's dream (passed down through the generations) of putting these stories into print and though some of the story elements are fabricated, the stories are now coming to light.
I believe readers who enjoy historical fiction and/or romantic fiction will enjoy this well-researched and well written story.
Engrossing story Mar 16, 2009
The Edge of Light is an engrossing story about a strong woman whose faith and stamina are both tested by the tragic events in her life. Told with skill, compassion and strong emotions, the story also has many interesting details about life in the 1830s. There is also a touching subplot about a slave with an important lesson for the heroine about the real meaning of freedom. I'm looking forward to more books about Beldon Grove.