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The Edge of Light by Ann Shorey

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The Edge of Light by Ann Shorey

Reviewed by Vickie McDonough

"Ms. Shorey has penned a captivating tale of life of 19th century life on the frontier..."

A young widow is determined to prove that she doesn’t need a man to support her family

Molly McGarvie thought losing her husband was the worse that could happen to her, but she was wrong. Samuel’s death was only the beginning of a chain of problems and tragedies that would befall her. But for the sake of her children, Molly hikes her chin and handles each discouraging event as it comes her way—until one of her children is lost. Folks think she’s crazy when she says her boy is still alive, so she learns to keep those thoughts to herself and plod through each day. People tell her to trust in God, but Molly doesn’t believe He cares for her.

She settles in a new home in a new town and strives to find a way to support her family. Skilled at weaving, she makes blankets to sell and starts weaving for her neighbors. The single men in town line up at her door, even though she’s not interested in remarrying. When a tragic accident happens to James, her oldest son, the doctor is called to help—the very same doctor responsible for losing her younger son in the wilderness. Can she forgive the man and allow him to help James? Can Molly stop blaming God for her troubles enough to see how He has guided her steps all along?

The Edge of Light is an interesting women’s fiction story with a slight twist of romance. Molly grows and changes from a woman who relies on her husband and servant to a self-supporting woman responsible for providing for her children. Her faith walk takes the same journey as she learns to trust God.

The intricate details of weaving and dying flax is fascinating, as well as the unusual setting of life in 1830s Missouri and Illinois. Ann Shorey does an excellent job crafting her debut novel and sending pitfalls galore Molly’s way. Readers will like her spunkiness, yet feel the depth of her pain and loss. Ms. Shorey has penned a captivating tale of life of 19th century life on the frontier in The Edge of Light, Book One in her At Home in Beldon Grove series.

Vickie McDonough is an award-winning inspirational romance author. She has written four Heartsong novels and five novellas. Her stories have placed first in several prestigious contests, such as the ACFW Noble Theme, the Inspirational Readers Choice Contest, and the Texas Gold contest. She has also written books reviews for nearly five years and enjoys mentoring new writers. Vickie is a wife of thirty-one years, mother to four sons, and a new grandma. When she’s not writing, Vickie enjoys reading, gardening, watching movies, and traveling. Vickie loves hearing from her readers via e-mail.