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The Dawn of a Dream (At Home in Beldon Grove #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  270 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
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? Ca ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Revell (first published February 26th 2011)
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Jun 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Marry in haste, repent at leisure has never been more truthful than for Luellen O'Connell. Stunned at the sudden departure of her husband of one month, she has no choice but to try and make a life for herself on her own. Upon yet another stunning revelation her life as a student at the Allenwood Normal School and her future as a teacher are in jeopardy. With her faith and some newfound friends Luellen discovers that dreams still can come true.

As a follower of this series I'll admit that I wasn't
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical
I've been trying to read this one for a while and it was just a struggle. Ann Shorey is a great author; I do enjoy her writing style; so this low rating is due to the exhausting story line in The Dawn of a Dream. Luellen was most aggravating to read about which made every decision she made trying for me. I couldn't relate to her indecisive behavior or why she would choose each daunting and almost selfish path she took. Needless to say I didn't like her. I adore her family and I have enjoyed them ...more
Amber Stokes
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
With an abrupt first chapter, The Dawn of a Dream didn't charm me the first time I tried to jump in. But once I came back to it and really settled in for the ride, I found this book to be a gentle, well-written story that contains elements that alternately won me over and frustrated me.

Intrigued yet?

Honestly, I think The Dawn of a Dream is a great book. Luellen is a heroine most people who pick up this book will understand and admire. She's a determined young woman who doesn't let anything get h
Victor Gentile
Apr 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ann Shorey in her new book, "The Dawn Of A Dream" Book Three in the At Home In Beldon Grove series published by Revell takes us back to the town of Beldon Grove. Though it is the third book in this series, you can read this one alone without missing anything.

Beldon Grove, Illinois 1857 and Luellen O'Connell is waiting for her husband, Brendan, to come home from work. This very day is their one month wedding anniversary and she has made a very special evening for them. However, after dinner Brend
Margaret Chind
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
When I read the first book in this At home in Beldon Grove series I found it to be great writing but quite depressing, then the second book started on a sad note, but got much better and ended well. This is a series, but could easily be read as stand alone. The Dawn of a Dream is the third and absolute best in the series. Every friend that I have talked to has agreed. Yes there is a sadness, but it brings out more of an anger rather than a depression. Watching the characters grow through out the ...more
Sarah Sundin
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In The Dawn of a Dream, Ann Shorey takes the familiar story of a young frontier woman who wants to become a teacher and gives it a twist. Several twists actually. The Dawn of a Dream is a touching story with an intriguing heroine. Nothing is easy for Luellen, but she forges ahead. This is the final book in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, but it stands alone. This was my favorite book in the series, and I highly recommend it.
Sep 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ann Shorey's best so far! I loved this story. Ann's engaging style of writing and attention to detail drew me into every page. I fell in love with Luellen, a woman unwilling to give up on a dream. I rooted for her from the very first page to the last. I highly recommend this book!
Sep 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ann Shorey fans and Amish story lovers
Shelves: amish
Excellent story. Each book she writes gets better and better. I could not put this book now finishing very late at night.
Chere Weaver
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Book #3 and the last book in the Beldon Grove series. A really good read. As in the other two books, some of the other characters interact with the main characters in this book, but it can be read as a stand alone. All three books are worth reading but I warn you....get all three in your hands at once. You won't be able to stand it, waiting to find the next one. LOL
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book and thought Luellen was a delightful character. Many simple mom's have today go through her struggles. Wish there could always be such happy endings.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Having read the second book in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, Promise of Morning, I knew to expect something different and unique in Ann’s historical fiction. I was not disappointed. She’s crafted together a wonderful story that will warm the hearts of many historical fiction fans out there.

It’s been a while since I read Promise of Morning, so maybe I was just a little too rusty in remembering the characters, but I had a hard time reconnecting with old characters and connecting with new one
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: revell, 2011
Luellen has always dreamt of being a teacher, but when she is swept off her feet by Brendan O'Connell she puts her dreams behind her to become a wife and a mother; or so she thinks. When Brendan leaves her only weeks after their nuptials telling her that he has another wife, she is devastated and wonders how both she and her family will recover from her tarnished reputation. With her heart in shambles she decides to return to her dream of becoming a teacher after pursuing a divorce, but she is f ...more
THE DAWN OF A DREAM by Ann Shorey is an exciting inspirational historical fiction set in 1857 Beldon Grove,Illinois.While it is the third in the "AT HOME IN BELDON GROVE, it can be read as a stand alone. Book One,"The Edge of Light",Book Two, "The Promise of Morning".This is a fast paced story of love,betrayal,deception,love,family,romance,moving on with life after difficult circumstances.and finding happiness.Luellen wants a happy marriage,children,wanted to be able to touch children,but all ch ...more
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Author: Ann Shorey
Publisher: Revell
April 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3334-6
Genre: Inspirational/historical/women’s fiction

Luellen O’Connell has given up her dream of attending teacher’s college, when she met Brenden. They had a whirlwind romance and married, despite her mother’s warning, “marry in haste, repent at leisure.” Now just married a month, Luellen is preparing for a special celebration with her husband, when he comes home with stunning news.

Deeply wounded, Luellen t
Mar 30, 2011 added it
Sunday, April 24, 2011Dawn of A Dream by Ann Shorey

If you love a good Christian, Historical Fiction you are going to love this book. Ann Shorey is one of the best authors in this genre, that I have ever read!

The setting is in 1857 when newlywed Luellen O'Connell settles in her new house, and prepares to start her life with her new husband of one month. Having not even completely unpacked her Hope Chest, she is shocked to hear her new husbands words, he is leaving her and moving to Chicago. Whil
Apr 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing

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 ju
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
My mom received this book from Bethany House, to review and give her opinion on the book. In turn, she handed it to me to read. I now understand why she found it so hard to put down. I found it intriguing and it kept my attention. Many times I found it difficult to have to put it aside to take care of other things more pressing.

The Dawn of a Dream is about a young woman who has been married all of one month. Her husband leaves her, and she then must pick up the pieces of her life. She choses to
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ah yes, historical fiction. One of my favorites and The Dawn of a Dream is exactly why this genre is one of my favorites. I like historicals so much because they tend to be much more relaxing and the settings are usually quiet, small towns with good people. The Dawn of a Dream had all the elements that I love about historical fiction. There is a good story, perhaps a little predictable. But, in my mind, predictable is not a criticism. All I mean by that is simply that the book did not disappoint ...more
Janalyn Voigt
May 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
After betrayal ruins her reputation, Luellen O'Connell revives a dream she discarded, the opportunity to earn a teacher's certificate. Financial difficulties, family opposition, sickness and even prospects of romance challenge her determination to finish her schooling. As each crisis comes, Luellen draws upon a reserve of strength instilled in her by a wholesome upbringing.

Can anything make her surrender her dream?

The Dawn of a Dream is a gentle story of courage in a time gone by. With fine his
Martha Groeber
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Luellen McGarvie is recovering from the biggest mistake of her life...impulsively marrying Brendan O'Connell, who leaves her after only one month of marriage. Luellen picks up the pieces of her life to follow her interrupted dream - obtaining a teaching certificate. She enters Allenwood Normal School and tries to keep the details of her life private - until it is impossible for her to do so any longer. Her friendship with Ward Calder, an Army friend of her brother's, helps her to keep her chin u ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of us have dreams. When Luellen marries she is ready to put her dreams on hold. But she learns a secret her husband has kept from her and moves ahead with her dream.
Part way through her College Career to earn her teaching career she discovers she is pregnant. She tries to hide it so she can continue toward her certificate of teaching. Married women were not allowed a teaching certificate in the 1800s. However she is soon found out. But she still fights for her right to continue.
About the tim
Regina Spiker
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Luellen O'Connell, against the wishes of her parents, eloped with a man who drove freight for the railroad. When she finds that he has another wife in Chicago, Luellen is forced to move back home with her parents and soon to be married sister. Applying for a scandalous divorce, but determined to attend Allenwood Normal School for teaching several hours away by train, Luellen buckles down to classes and seems to making headway until she discovers she is with child. How will Luellen finish her sch ...more
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Luellen's life is turned upside down one day when her husband comes home and announces he is going to Chicago to work on the railroad and she is not going with him because he already has wife, and she is there waiting for him! Her sister's wedding is fast approaching and she is definitely not looking forward to it. When she met Brenden she was planning on being a school teacher, and he wooed her and she married him, disregarding that dream. Now that her marriage was over would she pursue that dr ...more
Apr 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is book 3 in the Beldon Grove Series. It’s Luellen’s story. If you’ve read the others you know about her dream of someday becoming a small town teacher. Because there were so many things children needed to be taught she didn’t want to be ‘rote and rule’ teacher. She embarks upon this journey in The Dawn of a Dream.

Luellen must overcome ‘ defy the odds’ obstacles which during this time period seem impossible and will have you wondering through the end if she will graduate. Her perniciousnes
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for Luellen. I found her very selfish and a dislikable character. Besides that the love story was barely there. It was more a story of her overcoming a bad situation and achieving her goals. I just didn't care how she was willing to do anything to achieve that goal no matter the costs. Wasn't for me and it didn't help that I also had a hard time with the 2nd book in the series. To find another book where I didn't enjoy the people in the story (Luellen in this one and the townspeopl ...more
Trudy E
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Luellen finds shortly after her hasty marriage that she does not know her new husband at all. Left alone and devastated that she has been played a fool, life in the small town becomes unbearable as she becomes the latest gossip fodder. Determined to get back to pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher, she leaves her family and sets off, hoping that no one will know she's been married and now divorced and disqualify her. This book is the third in the series, and frankly, I would enjoy reading mo ...more
Judith Mullett
The best of the 3 book series. Starts off with Luellen Craig, married to Brendan O'Connell for one month when he announces he is leaving her to return to his wife in Chicago. Only married her to get her in bed. She returns to her dream to get a Teacher's Certificate (2 yr school) and discovers soon after she is pregnant. Well done and well worth ther read.
mary stevens
Jul 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great reading!

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.
Amber Swafford
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully written

I loved all 3 books in the Nelson Grove series....they kept me enraptured all the way through. I devoured each one, and became fully enamored by the characters...cheering each heroine on as she fought her way through her obstacles.
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YES
Shelves: fiction
No a mushy rommace, but there is love in this story. Unfaithfulness, hard work, sacrfice, giving, suffering...all the things that make the up and downs in life. Yet you see how persistance pays off and you enjoy the tears and laughter that come with a good read.
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