The Edge of Light

Written by Ann Shorey
Review by B. J. Sedlock


“No matter what I prepare for, life sends me something else.” Fate is not kind to Molly McGarvie in 1838 Missouri. She is heavily pregnant, her husband dies unexpectedly from cholera, and her unscrupulous brother-in-law steals their brickyard business out from under her. He forces Molly and the children out of their home, and claims her servant, Betsy, as his own. Molly has nowhere else to go but her brother’s home in Illinois. On the road, disaster visits again when one of the children is missing after a tricky river crossing. Despite everyone’s assumption he must be dead, Molly is determined to find her son. And she is also determined to find a way for a single mother on the frontier to make a living and feed her family.

The religious content is on the light side in this first volume of the At Home in Beldon Grove series. Shorey finds a believable way to create tension in the romance, as Molly’s eventual suitor, Dr. Karl, was in charge of the boys at the river crossing. Shorey’s dialogue flows smoothly, and she handles the slaves’ dialect well. I plan to watch for the next volume in the series.