THE DAWN OF A DREAM
Paperback, 342 pages
Ann’s mother always wanted to write a book about her ancestors. She felt there was enough material in her collection of family memoirs, which dated back to the 1600’s, to make fascinating reading.When Ann’s mother died in 1994, she passed those memoirs on to Ann. Over the next several years Ann put stream-of-consciousness reminiscences into chronological order and followed up each “remembered fact” with necessary research.
Thanks to the computer age, she wrote the book her mother had envisioned and in the late 1990’s distributed it to family and interested historians.
In the process of researching her family history, Ann discovered that all of the collected memoirs had been written by men. Memories of the American Revolution, the Mexican and Civil Wars, and the westward migration were all told from the male perspective. What was life like for the women who maintained the homes, reared the children, and followed their husbands from place to place? That question sparked her interest in writing fiction to fill in the gaps. Over the next several years Ann learned her craft by attending classes, reading books, and, yes, collecting a few rejections.
On a research trip to Kentucky in 1997, Ann and her husband, Richard, were fortunate enough to locate the graves of her great-great-great grandparents on the land they had settled in 1800. Standing in front of her great-times-three grandmother’s resting place, Ann promised that grandmother she would not be forgotten.
The At Home in Beldon Grove series honors that promise. The first volume, titled The Edge of Light, was released in January, 2009. The second book in the series, The Promise of Morning, released in March 2010.
One of the best things Ann learned about fiction is that it’s okay to make stuff up! Thus, although these novels are inspired by her courageous female ancestors, the largest percentage of their adventures are fictional. Ann leaves it to her readers to separate truth from “it could have happened like this.”
Ann is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of Hartline Literary Agency, and is an active member of several writer’s organizations, among them American Christian Fiction Writers, Oregon Christian Writers, Willamette Writers, and Women Writing the West. As such, she is enthusiastic about the benefits of attending workshops and conferences. Ann is available to teach workshops on research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals to writer’s groups.
In addition to writing, Ann has won many prizes for for her culinary skills. Her recipes have appeared in Country Woman magazine, and in several national cookbooks, including Taste of Country and Taste of Home. Recently author Patti Hill included one of Ann’s recipes in her Garden Gates Cookbook, available on Patti’s web site. Ann has been privileged to present cooking demonstrations to young women from her church as part of the Apples of Gold mentoring program.
Ann and Richard share their home with a loveable Belgian Shepherd named Amber.
Ann is a new author to me, and she sent me this book to read and review. I am so glad she did, she is a great author.
Beldon Grove, Illinois, August 14, 1857 as the book begins Luellen O'Connell was married to Brendan who was from Chicago, as she was waiting for him to get home for supper she was so excited and had everything fixed up really nice as this was their first month anniversary. After they had eaten and Brendan wiped the cake from his mouth, he told her he had something to tell her. She thought that he had lost his job but what a jolt when he told her he was going back to Chicago and that he already had a wife. He had married her just so her would have a woman in this town when he came through working on the railroad.
She felt so alone and lost that she just wanted to hide somewhere as she knew everyone would talk. But she had always wanted to go to college, so that is what she did. But while in her first semester she begin to realize she was going to have a baby. She kept this a secret as long as she could, but was determined to finish and get her teaching certificate.
I really enjoyed this book and would have loved to have been able to have read the first two in the series. This book was sent to my by the author Ann Shorey for my honest review.