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The Edge of Light (At Home in Beldon Grove Book #1) Kindle Edition
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Happily married to Samuel, with three children, James, Franklin and Louellen with another one on the way. Molly's life is somewhat perfect in her eyes. She tends to her family and their needs and has the support of Betsy who was gifted to her when she married. They are as much friends as they are mistress and servant, master and slave for Betsy is coloured and Missouri is a state where slaves cannot be free.
On the sudden death of her husband, Samuel, Molly finds that his family do not stick together and that far from helping her, Samuel's brother forces her to take stock of her life and try and build a new one elsewhere. Molly's conscious is pricking as she believes that she could have helped save her husband if she had got a different doctor to him in time. As she leaves she also has to give up Betsy as well, but is determined to buy her freedom, for her own benefit not for Betsy's.
On the journey to build a new life in a new settlement Beldon Grove, tragedy and joy are not very far away. Upon settling Molly tries to break free of the constraints of living with her brother and starts to make her own way, with the help of her loom and the cloth that she can weave and sell for cash or barter to make ends meet. Molly starts to become the local attraction for eligible bachelors both young and old but she cannot think any further than restoring her family unit and that includes Betsy.
A beautifully written book, with a beautiful background setting. The descriptions of the settlements, the vast outback, the cattle even down to the slaves and the Red Indians are all covered in detail but at its heart this book is filled with romance. Upon reflection, it has a lot of references to religion and God but for me it was not off putting and I did not feel I was being constantly preached at from the pages of the book. It fitted in the time period of the book and the behaviour of the characters and such was an asset. Although it is a romance, and predictably you can see the outcome, it did make you think about Molly's motives and actions some of the time, especially in relation to Betsy her selfish need did not make her see the bigger picture. Are we not all guilty of that at some point in our lives?
A new genre for me to discover and now I am hooked about what happens at Beldon Grove and want to find out more.
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