Saturday, May 7, 2011

Revell's blog tour for THE DAWN OF A DREAM--A few more reviews

I'm so grateful to Revell for sponsoring this blog tour. It's been fun visiting these and other blogs. Be sure you follow the links. You could find a new blogger you'll enjoy following.

From Lulu at Knitsandreads:

Loved this book . . .a new story line instead of just husband leaves, wife is sad and finds new man! This book had some depth and adventure. Luellen is one woman who simply is NOT going to give up her dreams and fights for herself even when the odds are against her. Luellen is definitely not a weak character but one who has gumption and I think you will like her, as well as the other characters, although she does have a rather silly sister, but then again if everyone in the book had the same personality it would make for a pretty boring book! This book does have a few different stories going on at once but they are all intermixed and make for a very good read. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended!

From Pam at Daysong Reflections:


Although I had read the first two books in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, I found that The Dawn of a Dream quite easily stands alone. Returning characters are only incidental to the story and it is not necessary to know their history to understand and enjoy this book.

This tale begins with a bang and continues with one surprise after another. This is definitely not your typical historical romance novel. In fact, romance almost takes the background against the trials encountered by Luellen's determination to earn her teaching degree no matter what. Throughout most of the book, her brother's friend Ward is a constant and sympathetic support to Luellen as she struggles to hold her head up in society after her disgrace. It is only later that she realizes how important he really is to her but sees no way to overcome the obstacles between them. Although Luellen is the primary focus of this story, a secondary romance is sure to delight the reader.

The historical setting and details of The Dawn of a Dream added a rich backdrop to an already intriguing storyline. Characters were well thought out and dialogue was natural. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would recommend any and all of Ann Shorey’s novels to historical fiction fans.

From Jennifer:

If you want a really good book that will keep you so intrigued until the very end, get this book! Lullen is a woman after my own heart. She goes through so much to achieve her dream–regardless of all the opposition she must face from every angle. People tell her she can’t because she is a woman, but she shows them that she can because of her determination and her desire to rise above what others think.

You cannot help but fall in love with a true gentleman, and that is what you get when you meet Ward. I immediately fell in love with his sweet and charming gestures, especially after he finds out what all Lullen has been through. Most men during this time would have turned their noses up at a woman like her, but not Ward. If you read this, you will see what I mean!

This is definitely a book you will not want to miss!

From Brenda:

While this is the third book in the Beldon Grove series it can easily be read as a stand alone work, I hadn't read the first two books in the series but had no problems jumping right into this story. Luellen was a character that was very easy to relate to, she seemed very realistic, she even wore eyeglasses When Brendan so easily tells her of his betrayal my heart broke for her. Deciding to divorce and get on with her life by going on to school, showed just how strong she really was. I enjoyed learning about college during that time period.
I love reading historical fiction and this one certainly didn't disappoint, with a few interesting topics that we don't normally see during this time period. There are a few plot twists that kept me interested. There is an inspirational message woven into the story, but the story doesn't come off as preachy, instead I felt like it was inspiring. Because I enjoyed this story so well, I intend to go back and read the first two books in the series.


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