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In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her paren In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart as she begins to wonder if what happened that day on the lake...might not have been an accident. When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate--and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?


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In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her paren In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart as she begins to wonder if what happened that day on the lake...might not have been an accident. When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate--and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?

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  1. 5 out of 5

    ✨ Gramy ✨

    .. This is a historically sweet Christian romance convoluted with a mystery stemming from the death of Margaret Lounsbury's parents and oldest sister in a boating accident. It is set in England and conveys the times of the era. This young woman experiences a multifaceted number of emotional challenges. She is responsible for her youngest sister, under the alleged fear of rejection again from her childhood friend, and her lack of faith in God since her parents died. Review: “Reading a Carrie Tura .. This is a historically sweet Christian romance convoluted with a mystery stemming from the death of Margaret Lounsbury's parents and oldest sister in a boating accident. It is set in England and conveys the times of the era. This young woman experiences a multifaceted number of emotional challenges. She is responsible for her youngest sister, under the alleged fear of rejection again from her childhood friend, and her lack of faith in God since her parents died. Review: “Reading a Carrie Turansky novel is the next best thing to taking a trip to England, with the added luxury of stepping back in time. Shine Like the Dawn is an Edwardian gem, layering rich spiritual truths with love, loss, secrets, and forgiveness, always showcasing God’s abundant restoration. This hope-infused story is as lovely as the cover!” —Laura Frantz, author of A Moonbow Night After the loss of her parents in a boating accident, Margaret Lounsbury became a diligent worker in her grandmother's shop, a devoted sister, and a good standing member of the community. However, she harbored serious trust issues with her childhood friend, Nate, which poisoned her relationship with him over and over again. She was definitely much too stubborn during their investigation into her parent's death, based on her assumptions. She was so headstrong that she wouldn't listen to Nate's opinions. Book blurb: When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie’s estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate—and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents’ death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts? I was extremely disappointed in this slow-moving tale. After completing half of the audiobook, I was tempted to skip the rest of the book due to the sluggishness of the speech pattern. Due to this consideration, I accelerated the rate of the reading and felt a little more comfortable with the execution of the narration after that point. I never had to do that before and I found it quite odd. However, I still felt that the story dragged on in way too many places. I didn't think it would ever come to an end. Thankfully, this is a clean and wholesome read that a H.E.A. and an epilogue that was much longer than usual, if you hang in long enough for it to be delivered. Needless to say, I liked this book, but this was not one of my favorite readings However, as usual, there are some that love it. It's the way the world turns.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future? In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet About this book: “Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future? In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart because she wonders if what happened that day on the lake...might not have been an accident. When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate--and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?” Series: As of now, no. Spiritual Content- Psalm 37:5-6 at the beginning; Many Prayers; Church going, Hymns are sung & a sermon; A bit of Witnessing; Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & talked about; Many talks about God, faiths, prayers & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Maggie is mad at and feels hurt by God & believes He doesn’t hear her prayers *Spoiler* (view spoiler)[ When she does pray, Maggie doesn’t think God wants to hear from her; Maggie does pray 2/3s in that she wants to believe and opens her heart (hide spoiler)] *End of Spoiler*; Many mentions of God; Many mentions of prayers & praying; Many mentions of churches, church going, a reverend & sermons; Mentions of Bibles, books of the Bible & Bible reading; Mentions of God’s will, forgiveness & His peace; Mentions of Heaven, faiths, spiritual awakenings & going to God; Mentions of blessings & being blessed; Mentions of missionaries; Mentions of sermons on condemning people & hellfire; Mentions of sins; A couple mentions of Thanking God; A mention of divine provision; *Note: A couple mentions of superstitions & a magician. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘Blast!’ and a form of ‘dumb’; Eye rolling; A few mentions of curses (said, not written); A couple mentions of sarcasm; Being hit, pain, blood, & stitches (up to semi-detailed); Guns aimed and shot along with blood (up to semi-detailed); A fire & smoke (up to semi-detailed); Many mentions of deaths, drownings & what could have been murders along with accusing (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of lies, threats & blackmail; Mentions of pain, being hit, blood, screams, injuries, being hit by a car & accidents (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of illnesses, dying & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the war & prisoners; Mentions of going to jail, prison or being hanged & illegal actions; Mentions of a fire & smoke; Mentions of mobs & threats of strikes and violence; Mentions of game & hunting; Mentions of gossip; A few mentions of stealing & feeling like a thief; A couple mentions of a drinking gambler; A couple mentions of pubs; A mention of a robbery; A mention of pipe smoke. Sexual Content- a hand kiss, four cheek kisses, two forehead/head kisses, two barely-above-not-detailed kisses & a semi-detail kiss; Touches, Tingles & Embraces (up to semi-detailed); Noticing; Mentions of hinted affairs & advances; Mentions of hand holding & blushes; Mentions of having feelings & being attraction for someone; A few mentions of a child born out of wedlock; A few mentions of kisses & kissing; A few mentions of reputations & chaperones; A couple mentions of looks of longing; A couple mentions of finger kisses; Love, falling in love & the emotions; *Note: A few mentions of a women’s’ figures & curves. -Margaret “Maggie” Lounsbury, age 21 -Nathaniel “Nate” Harcourt, age 24 P.O.V. switches between them & Lilly Set in 1903 {Prologue set in 1899} 320 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- Two Stars Early High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half) Older High School Teens- Four Stars (and a half) My personal Rating- Four Stars (and a half) Ahh. I just adore Carrie Turansky’s beautiful writing! Like her previous historical series, the faiths and prayers were incredible and inspiring in “Shine Like the Dawn”. Honestly, this is such a pretty book! From the stunning cover and the Scripture inspired title (Psalm 37:5-6) to the intriguing plot! I so love and appreciate how clean this talented author’s books are and have been impressed every time I pick one up. Maybe it’s because Nathaniel is one of my favorite boy names ever, but I found this Nate to be one of the best & most life-like/real heroes I’ve ever read. Maggie could be a bit too stubborn at times, but I understood where she was coming from, so it didn’t bother me. ;) {Everything that says up to semi-detailed, was truly barely over the barely-above-not-detailed scale. So, so clean.} I thought seeing one couple falling in love was neat, but I really liked the added romance of Lilly & Rob being engaged and in love by seeing her point of view. Such a neat bonus! :) Link to review: https://booksforchristiangirls.blogsp... *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Author for this honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

    This is my favorite Carrie Turansky book yet! (And I’ve enjoyed all her novels) In Shine Like the Dawn, Turansky has quite simply outdone herself with the characters, the setting, and the theme. I love Maggie as a heroine, in part because of her spirit and personality and in part because she’s not from the wealthy privileged class. She has more strength than she realizes and more faith than she thinks she does. She’s also had to face more loss than anyone should ever have to, especially one so yo This is my favorite Carrie Turansky book yet! (And I’ve enjoyed all her novels) In Shine Like the Dawn, Turansky has quite simply outdone herself with the characters, the setting, and the theme. I love Maggie as a heroine, in part because of her spirit and personality and in part because she’s not from the wealthy privileged class. She has more strength than she realizes and more faith than she thinks she does. She’s also had to face more loss than anyone should ever have to, especially one so young. Yet despite these tragedies, she remains friendly to everyone – whether wealthy or servant – and keeps a tender heart. As I’ve mentioned there is a lot of loss that the characters must deal with. But faith and romance are both woven naturally and sweetly through the pain. In fact, Maggie and Nate are my favorite romantic pairing of all of Carrie Turansky’s novels, their childhood friendship simmering into something more is truly delightful and made me smile more than once. Additional romantic subplots in the background of this novel are also quite sweet and add dimension to the supporting characters. The theme of trusting God with what hurts – with what we don’t understand – is so tenderly conveyed through Maggie’s quest to find out the truth behind her parents’ death. Her grandmother’s wisdom, Nate’s affection, and the Reverend’s insight all work together to form a thread that seamlessly supports the rest of the story with gentle but profound and important truth. Bottom Line: Shine Like the Dawn is Carrie Turansky’s best novel to date. With a vividly drawn setting, lovable characters, and even a little mystery and historical tension, you will certainly find it difficult to put down once you’ve started reading! The tender message of trusting God with even the most painful parts of our past is sweet and sincere, never preachy, and the romance will steal your breath. It’s a stand alone novel but I for one wouldn’t mind returning to Heatherton for a visit or two, should the author feel so inclined... (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.) see my review at Reading Is My SuperPower

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carole Jarvis

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2lJqtnL British drama has always been a favorite of mine and Carrie Turansky does this genre well. Of all that I’ve read by her, Shine Like the Dawn seemed to especially resonate with me and just might be my favorite so far. Northumberland of Edwardian England in 1903 is vividly conveyed, pulling me right into the setting. Characters are fleshed out and we get to journey through their spiritual development, one of the story’s strong features. Maggie an Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/2lJqtnL British drama has always been a favorite of mine and Carrie Turansky does this genre well. Of all that I’ve read by her, Shine Like the Dawn seemed to especially resonate with me and just might be my favorite so far. Northumberland of Edwardian England in 1903 is vividly conveyed, pulling me right into the setting. Characters are fleshed out and we get to journey through their spiritual development, one of the story’s strong features. Maggie and Nate are appealing characters and the romance between them is sweet, with realistic tension caused by events in their past. Two additional romances between secondary characters are a delightful bonus. Suspense comes from the mystery surrounding the death of Maggie’s parents and older sister four years earlier, and discontent over working conditions in the local factory adds interest and depth. The story thoroughly entertains and I especially loved the spiritual thread that is gently woven throughout. Letting go of hurts and doubting God’s love are things that Maggie struggled with – things that most readers can easily identify with. I loved how the title is drawn from Psalm 37:5-6 … “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” I believe Shine Like the Dawn is a standalone novel, but there’s plenty of opportunity for further development. Recommended. I was provided a free copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    A good, solid, enjoyable historical fiction! I definitely enjoyed Maggie and Nate's story and had trouble putting it down. The Edwardian setting particularly sparkles. I didn't like Maggie's sneaking around to try to gather her evidence. I get that she's feeling some unforgiveness toward the Harcourts, and that Mrs. Harcourt has been outright hostile, but I still didn't think how she obtained the journals was quite believable. Also, her strong-willed attitude bothered me several times. Her redeem A good, solid, enjoyable historical fiction! I definitely enjoyed Maggie and Nate's story and had trouble putting it down. The Edwardian setting particularly sparkles. I didn't like Maggie's sneaking around to try to gather her evidence. I get that she's feeling some unforgiveness toward the Harcourts, and that Mrs. Harcourt has been outright hostile, but I still didn't think how she obtained the journals was quite believable. Also, her strong-willed attitude bothered me several times. Her redeeming trait, though, is her great love for her family and friends. Nate seems to want to think the best of everyone, and at first he struck me as being pretty much a simple happy-go-lucky guy who rather bounces through life. But he is actually a man of deep thoughts, and his keen sense of justice pretty quickly comes into playas things begin happening in the town. Overall, a very enjoyable read and one I will be happy to recommend. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free review copy. Favorable opinion not required.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    Spoiler included... Shine Like the Dawn was a mixed book for me. I loved the beginning, but then slowly started losing interest until the very end, where I completely lost interest and found it rather boring. There simply wasn't a really good "wow" factor, ie I wasn't surprised with the results. With all the different and diverse characters, I hadn't thought that a completely random brother would be thrown in to be the villain. What I did find shocking is I ended up feeling sorry for poor Helen! Spoiler included... Shine Like the Dawn was a mixed book for me. I loved the beginning, but then slowly started losing interest until the very end, where I completely lost interest and found it rather boring. There simply wasn't a really good "wow" factor, ie I wasn't surprised with the results. With all the different and diverse characters, I hadn't thought that a completely random brother would be thrown in to be the villain. What I did find shocking is I ended up feeling sorry for poor Helen! I enjoyed her abrupt redemption arc at the ending. Overall the plot was interesting, and I liked the immediate tragedy at the beginning, but it dulled down near the end. I would rate this book 3/5 stars. I received this book from the publisher but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    Shine Like the Dawn was such a lovely story, set in the Edwardian era, with a little romance and just a dash of mystery and suspense. The faith themes were utterly beautiful - challenging and uplifting, with depth and sincerity. I love novels where the characters are on a journey closer to God, because I can relate to that! Speaking of characters, both Maggie and Nate were wonderful; with unique personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. It was amazing and satisfying to see them grow in character Shine Like the Dawn was such a lovely story, set in the Edwardian era, with a little romance and just a dash of mystery and suspense. The faith themes were utterly beautiful - challenging and uplifting, with depth and sincerity. I love novels where the characters are on a journey closer to God, because I can relate to that! Speaking of characters, both Maggie and Nate were wonderful; with unique personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. It was amazing and satisfying to see them grow in character and learn about humility and forgiveness. I loved the secondary character, Maggie's grandmother! She had such wisdom to share. It was also interesting to peek into Clara's life. I think author Carrie Turansky did a lovely job with these characters and their backstories and personal struggles. But, to be honest, I believe Nathaniel Harcourt was definitely my favorite! *smiles* I just love how he is such a man of God! He does have his faults, but he actively seeks the Lord. The romance was very sweet and gentle. A couple brief kisses are exchanged in the end ... I adore how they were waited for! Carrie Turansky unfolded this love story beautifully; her characters actually thought in depth and put up boundaries (physically and emotionally) instead of just getting caught up in a whirlwind of romantic feelings and going where it took them. It was so very meaningful to me. ^_^ Shine Like the Dawn deals with tragedy, and some parts were a little hard to read. But in this story comes healing and hope. It is truly a beautiful journey of faith. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this new novel from Carrie Turansky! She puts heart and hope and light in her stories, and I greatly look forward to reading more!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    I truly enjoyed this story more than any other I've read by Turansky. Something about the opening chapter drew me in, and I didn't want to put it down. Maggie and Violet are such wonderful characters and well developed. This was a beautifully written historical with Maggie's story being my favorite. I love following characters that are among the normal citizenry. The story is a difficult one, but a sweet and loving coming of age story with a bit of mystery/suspense as well. Nate is easy for the re I truly enjoyed this story more than any other I've read by Turansky. Something about the opening chapter drew me in, and I didn't want to put it down. Maggie and Violet are such wonderful characters and well developed. This was a beautifully written historical with Maggie's story being my favorite. I love following characters that are among the normal citizenry. The story is a difficult one, but a sweet and loving coming of age story with a bit of mystery/suspense as well. Nate is easy for the reader to love. None of the characters are perfect, and it's wonderful to read how they grow in faith through the circumstances that surround them. The faith theme was a strong one, and I really like that in Christian Fiction reads. I would have preferred that the book continue at the same pace throughout, but the ending seemed a bit rushed to me. I was actually beginning to think that the book was going to be a cliff hanger...it wasn't for which I'm thankful! I would have liked to see the ending spread out a bit, but all the loose ends are tied up nicely for the reader with a nice epilogue as well. I'm hoping to see this as a series as I really enjoyed the characters. To any historical fiction fan, I highly recommend this read. It was definitely one for my forever shelves! I received this book from the publisher. All opinions stated are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    I'm excited to share this new English historical novel with you! I loved learning about Northumberland, England, in the northeast corner near Scotland which is the setting of this novel. It was a fun challenge for me to learn how to include a mystery along with the family drama, romance, and inspirational themes. It was hard to put my characters through all the trials they faced in this story, but I hope that will make it even more meaningful for you, my wonderful readers. I hope you enjoy Shine I'm excited to share this new English historical novel with you! I loved learning about Northumberland, England, in the northeast corner near Scotland which is the setting of this novel. It was a fun challenge for me to learn how to include a mystery along with the family drama, romance, and inspirational themes. It was hard to put my characters through all the trials they faced in this story, but I hope that will make it even more meaningful for you, my wonderful readers. I hope you enjoy Shine Like the Dawn! Happy Reading!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    I admit I was a little disappointed, but not very. It was a great story. I think my enjoyment was a wee bit lessened by it being an audiobook, though. I might read it again when I can get it on Kindle or paperback and like it even better. :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Another beautifully researched and written historical fiction from Carrie Turansky. I really loved her Highland Hall series, and was excited for this new story. 'Shine Like the Dawn' lived up to my expectations and more! Set during the turn of 20th Century, it touches on the time when technological advances were bringing about big changes to the culture and society. To industry & home life. The description of the house & estate of Morningside Manor were gorgeous, so vivid and rich in detail. Seei Another beautifully researched and written historical fiction from Carrie Turansky. I really loved her Highland Hall series, and was excited for this new story. 'Shine Like the Dawn' lived up to my expectations and more! Set during the turn of 20th Century, it touches on the time when technological advances were bringing about big changes to the culture and society. To industry & home life. The description of the house & estate of Morningside Manor were gorgeous, so vivid and rich in detail. Seeing Carrie's posts of the places she used for inspiration were almost exactly like I created it in my mind. Wonderful! The opening chapter is gripping, this is just what I love in a book. Though absolutely heartbreaking, you will be immediately snatched into the story with this incredible sequence of events. It's been 4 years since the tragedy on the Lake and Nathaniel Harcourt is coming back home. He's been summoned by his step mother as his father, who owns the sprawling estate of Morningside Manor and has an operating share in Clifton Engineering is nearing the end of his life. Nate is the heir and must return and take on his inherited responsibilities. He happens into the village and comes across Maggie (Margaret) Lounsbury, who he once spent his teen years playing with on the estate. After the tragic loss of her family she seemed to disappear without a trace and despite a desperate search he gave up hope. But he didn't know she had moved back to the very village near his home, and now he realizes he may have a second chance to become acquainted once again. Stunned by her apparent distance and irritation, he sets out to discover why there is such an extent to the problems between them. They discover the apparent accident may not be what it seems and may just prove to be the thing that will divide them forever. Along the way, we are faced with more set backs, an apparent cover up, industrial unrest, despair and loss of hope and trust in those you want so badly to have faith in. I loved that we are taken through the lives of the wealthy but the regular villagers also. Seeing through the eyes of those working in service in the big house, and also the connection that Maggie brings to the relationships between them all is what brings such a diversity to the plot. In addition the struggle between the classes as Nate's half sister Clara is determined to be with the man she loves despite the obvious social divide. I was impressed by the line on page 231, which touches on a struggle many will face in their lifetimes, likely over and over again. When we find ourselves waiting for decisions or answers out of our control, and can cause so much stress as we wonder and worry. 'You don't have a choice about waiting, but you can choose if you'll worry or not'. I thoroughly loved this story, the adventure that we are taken on with Maggie & Nate, the twists and turns and the lesson of the importance and power of repentance & forgiveness woven between the pages. Many thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah & Blogging for Books for the complimentary copy. This is my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I enjoyed this book set in the early days of the Edwardian era. The tragedy in the prologue grabs your attention right away and sets the stage for a wonderful story about childhood friends whose lives were irrevocably changed by this event. When it appears that God and Nate have abandoned her in her time of greatest need, Maggie grows up struggling to believe. She's been strong for her sister, Violet, but when Nate comes back to town, can she let her guard down and learn to love and trust him ag I enjoyed this book set in the early days of the Edwardian era. The tragedy in the prologue grabs your attention right away and sets the stage for a wonderful story about childhood friends whose lives were irrevocably changed by this event. When it appears that God and Nate have abandoned her in her time of greatest need, Maggie grows up struggling to believe. She's been strong for her sister, Violet, but when Nate comes back to town, can she let her guard down and learn to love and trust him again? I liked the childhood connection Nate and Maggie have, which lays the foundation for their reconciliation and new love. And the twists and turns of the mystery surrounding her parents death and the discontent and tension among the factory workers lends an exciting edge to the story. Don't miss out - grab your copy today! :) *Thanks to CelebrateLit for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not paid or required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a beautiful story full of heartache, new beginnings, questioning God, learning to trust again, and patience. Shine Like the Dawn captured my attention immediately with its intense prologue, which set the stage for the many issues that Maggie and Nate had to overcome throughout the book. I enjoyed the mysterious thread that ran through the novel concerning whether Maggie’s family’s death was accidental or intentional. This uncertainty weighed heavily on Maggie during the story. Nate also carr What a beautiful story full of heartache, new beginnings, questioning God, learning to trust again, and patience. Shine Like the Dawn captured my attention immediately with its intense prologue, which set the stage for the many issues that Maggie and Nate had to overcome throughout the book. I enjoyed the mysterious thread that ran through the novel concerning whether Maggie’s family’s death was accidental or intentional. This uncertainty weighed heavily on Maggie during the story. Nate also carried many burdens on his shoulders, including the inheriting of his family’s company, unhappy factory workers, a difficult stepmother, and feelings for Maggie. The romance was a sweet and natural addition to the story, built upon a childhood friendship. I enjoyed watching Maggie and Nate’s feelings become more apparent. The mystery of Maggie’s family’s demise and the tension amongst the factory workers ran throughout the novel, while also keeping a good balance with the developing romance. I really enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog at: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  14. 4 out of 5

    E.F.B.

    This book was the first one I've read by Carrie Turansky. I'd heard many good things from trusted sources about her books, so I was hopeful that I would like it, and I did. It had a combination of several things I like: historical fiction (with some themes that reminded me of North and South, another book I like) with a light, sweet romance, and just a touch of mystery, all of which I felt were well done. I especially appreciated how the romance was between people who had known each other since This book was the first one I've read by Carrie Turansky. I'd heard many good things from trusted sources about her books, so I was hopeful that I would like it, and I did. It had a combination of several things I like: historical fiction (with some themes that reminded me of North and South, another book I like) with a light, sweet romance, and just a touch of mystery, all of which I felt were well done. I especially appreciated how the romance was between people who had known each other since childhood (one of my favorite romantic tropes) so there was no chance for insta-love, and even then, the love grew slowly and had reasons for it other than just physical attraction. What physical attraction there was was used sparingly, tastefully handled, and not over-descriptive, and it was refreshing how they waited to kiss until they'd decided to commit to each other, unlike in some books where they kiss twenty-five times before either person has even made a real declaration of love, much less commitment. The characters were likable, though one of them did take some warming up to. (I'll talk about that later.) I liked Maggie's family and appreciated the multi-generational relationships represented there. Maggie's grandmother was one of my favorite minor characters with her caring heart, but also how she was willing to both stand up to and encouraging Maggie to try to help Maggie let go of some of that hurt and bitterness she was experiencing. Outside of Maggie's family, my favorite character was probably Nate. I liked how patient, gentle, and understanding he was with people. He also pursued Maggie in a way that was respectful, purposeful, and not pushy or overbearing. The main reason I took off a star is because it took me longer than I would have liked to get into the story. I believe this was largely because I had some trouble relating to Maggie at the start. While I understood that she was hurting for legitimate reasons and had let bitterness creep into her life, some of the ways the bitterness made her act were frustrating to me and it made me not like her that much for about one-fourth of the story. The most frustrating thing was how she initially refused money that was owed to her family just because it was being offered by someone who had wronged her in the past and was only now, at the end of his life, trying to right some wrongs he had committed in the past so he could have some peace about those things before he died. And...apparently she felt didn't want to allow him to do that even though her family could use it the money. First of all, her reasoning didn't make sense to me (or any of the people around her, for that matter) and I also felt it was very selfish of her to think only about her own hurts, especially when she had a grandmother and younger sister to take care of. Admittedly, she did get called out on her bad attitude, but it wasn't until she started to move past some of those personal issues that I was able to like her and start enjoying the story more. Otherwise, there wasn't much else I didn't like and once the story got past that one issue, I generally was happy with how things worked out and found the ending very satisfying. I will definitely be willing in checking out other Carrie Turansky books that catch my interest in the future. Content Advisory Swearing: No profane words. "Blast" is used as an exclamation once. Violence: As stated in the book's synopsis, the main character experienced a terrible tragedy in her past. We discover at the beginning of the story that this was a (view spoiler)[ boating accident in which Maggie's father, mother, and older sister all drowned. (hide spoiler)] The scene in which this occurs is emotionally impactful, but the deaths are not actually shown/described. This tragedy is referenced many times throughout the story. A child is hit with a car hard enough to knock the child over and break their leg (barely detailed), but the child is otherwise okay. Some buildings catch fire and burn to the ground, but no people are hurt. Several people are threatened with a gun and someone is shot in the arm (not fatal). Only brief mentions of blood. A mob of angry men who are threatening a strike get threaten violence on two separate occasions, once jostling a car with people in it, and at another time, yanking at someone's clothes, shouting, and throwing things. Someone is accidentally hit in the head with a glass bottle that was being thrown someone else and is rendered unconscious. Brief mention of blood. Brief mention of pain while the wound is stitched shut by a doctor. Some men get tackled and punched. Brief mention of cuts and bruises caused by the fight. Not violent, but an older character is bedridden because of a "weak heart" and later dies. (Death not shown or described.) Sexual: There is some hand holding and occasional mention of feelings of attraction and longing and wanting to kiss someone else. There's a kiss on the hand, and several kisses on the forehead, and cheek, and loving embraces. A couple kisses on the lips are barely described and one kiss is described only a little more than the others. There's suspicion of a wife having had an affair. Spiritual: Christian spiritual themes are scattered throughout the story. The Bible is referenced and quoted a few times. The main characters believe in God, though one of them is struggling with her faith and must learn to trust God again. Characters pray, some scenes occur in church, and there is mention of a reverend preaching about salvation at a funeral. Other: A journal is taken from someone's room and read without permission. Someone is blackmailing someone else over something they did and then lied about that was against the law. Someone intends to murder two people, but is thwarted. Some townsfolk spread gossip.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Quickie review! What a sweet story and one that was the perfect way to while away a weekend of rest. I loved the descriptions of the setting - I could easily imagine some of the scenery and views as the characters experienced them. Protagonist Maggie's personality had me smiling because she is a bit quick to come to her own mind about things, and I appreciate someone who might be a little impulsive, as we all can be. Nate is also an endearing character; I found the issues of worker's rights and t Quickie review! What a sweet story and one that was the perfect way to while away a weekend of rest. I loved the descriptions of the setting - I could easily imagine some of the scenery and views as the characters experienced them. Protagonist Maggie's personality had me smiling because she is a bit quick to come to her own mind about things, and I appreciate someone who might be a little impulsive, as we all can be. Nate is also an endearing character; I found the issues of worker's rights and the threat of strike to be an intriguing one in the story and appreciate the heartfelt way he chose to handle that, even when he faced a lot of opposition. There is a light mystery, but for me, the relationship developments, as well as the historical details are what carry the story. This was my first read by Carrie Turansky, but definitely won't be my last.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Henderson

    A devastating tragedy occurs on a family trip and Maggie's life is forever changed. She misses her family members, but, she must go on with her life and protect her sister Violet. There is controversy as to what happened that fateful day. Who is to blame? Judgement and distrust cause friendships and perhaps, love, to be put aside until the truth can finally be told. The author gives twists and turns that kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. This story shows how trust and love ca A devastating tragedy occurs on a family trip and Maggie's life is forever changed. She misses her family members, but, she must go on with her life and protect her sister Violet. There is controversy as to what happened that fateful day. Who is to blame? Judgement and distrust cause friendships and perhaps, love, to be put aside until the truth can finally be told. The author gives twists and turns that kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. This story shows how trust and love can be found even after tragedy and lies. I enjoyed this story very much. I received a copy of this book from the author and this is my own personal, honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    An interesting mix of Downton Abbey and North & South with a bit of Larkrise to Candleford thrown in. :-) Love how all the classic elements blend together to make a riveting read. Turansky has created an emotional period drama that carried me away to another time and place and now that I've finished I find I'm feeling rather homesick! A sweet and tender romance between one-time friends is fraught with difficulties. Maggie's modest village life can't compare to Nathaniel's wealth and prominence. B An interesting mix of Downton Abbey and North & South with a bit of Larkrise to Candleford thrown in. :-) Love how all the classic elements blend together to make a riveting read. Turansky has created an emotional period drama that carried me away to another time and place and now that I've finished I find I'm feeling rather homesick! A sweet and tender romance between one-time friends is fraught with difficulties. Maggie's modest village life can't compare to Nathaniel's wealth and prominence. But that isn't the only thing keeping them apart. A past tragedy results in a slew of misunderstandings that seem insurmountable. Maggie is having difficulty rallying from a profound loss and she struggles with trusting God in the midst of her sorrow. Luckily she has the benefit of her grandmother's unwavering faith and wisdom. Not that Maggie always listens. She's frustratingly stubborn about nursing grudges and coddling her grief. There were times that girl had me in conniptions! Especially when it came to Nathaniel. Poor man never knows where he stands when it comes to Maggie. He'd like to get past the rift that has separated them for years. A stint as a naval officer has bought him some fresh perspective. A man of faith, dedicated to duty. Classic hero material if every there was one. But goodness, Turansky doesn't make it easy for these two! There's mystery and danger and some truly reprehensible characters determined to wreck havoc. A deliciously nerve-wracking page-turner!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Beth Erin

    Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-Bn + giveaways through March 6, 2017 Anglophiles and especially fans of Downton Abbey are sure to enjoy Shine Like the Dawn but this novel’s appeal isn’t restricted to its delightful and charming setting. The storyline is an engaging combination of tragedy, mystery, and turmoil sprinkled with sweet recollections of childhood and a budding attraction. Carrie Turansky brings these authentic characters to life and immerses readers in the culture o Full review on Faithfully Bookish http://wp.me/p7ngfE-Bn + giveaways through March 6, 2017 Anglophiles and especially fans of Downton Abbey are sure to enjoy Shine Like the Dawn but this novel’s appeal isn’t restricted to its delightful and charming setting. The storyline is an engaging combination of tragedy, mystery, and turmoil sprinkled with sweet recollections of childhood and a budding attraction. Carrie Turansky brings these authentic characters to life and immerses readers in the culture of Edwardian England’s villages and estates. A message of hope and faith shines through in this entertaining story. I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through Celebrate Lit tours. The opinions expressed are my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    I had the honor of reading this novel before it was released in order to possibly endorse it... And it was quite worth the read! Here's the endorsement you'll find in the book once it's published! "Lovers of English drama set during any era will certainly enjoy Carrie Turansky's latest novel! With a mix of themes from both Downton Abbey and North & South, Shine Like the Dawn will intrigue and enthrall readers until the very last page!" --Dawn Crandall, award winning author of The Hesitant Heires I had the honor of reading this novel before it was released in order to possibly endorse it... And it was quite worth the read! Here's the endorsement you'll find in the book once it's published! "Lovers of English drama set during any era will certainly enjoy Carrie Turansky's latest novel! With a mix of themes from both Downton Abbey and North & South, Shine Like the Dawn will intrigue and enthrall readers until the very last page!" --Dawn Crandall, award winning author of The Hesitant Heiress and The Cautious Maiden

  20. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Maggie and her family are on an outing to celebrate her older sister's birthday when the boat sprang a leak. When it became apparent that they were not going to be able to get back to shore, Maggie's father told her to swim to shore with her baby sister, Violet, who was only two years old. Maggie's mother and older sister were not able to swim, but Maggie saved herself and Violet. Four years later, Maggie and Violet are living with their grandmother making hats in her millinery shop when Violet Maggie and her family are on an outing to celebrate her older sister's birthday when the boat sprang a leak. When it became apparent that they were not going to be able to get back to shore, Maggie's father told her to swim to shore with her baby sister, Violet, who was only two years old. Maggie's mother and older sister were not able to swim, but Maggie saved herself and Violet. Four years later, Maggie and Violet are living with their grandmother making hats in her millinery shop when Violet is involved in an accident when she is hit by a motor car and breaks her leg. Even with Violet's accident, there is nothing Maggie wants more than to find out what happened when her family drowned. A face from Maggie's past shows up to help. Nate Harcourt has come home because his father is ill and Nate needs to take over his father's responsibilities. Carrie Turansky writes incredible novels with intriguing plot lines that make her novels hard to put down. In Shine Like the Dawn, Carrie has not only given us a novel with an interesting plot, but she's also given us a peek into the daily life of England near the turn of the twentieth century. She's also shown us the very real human foibles we all have, but entertained us while doing so. The romance in this novel is not over the top, but more understated--almost taking a back seat to the characters and plot lines. Her plots move seamlessly through several character points of view and bring a cohesive story to the reader. This is a five star book, with two thumbs up, and the clues to solve a serious mystery. My thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    3.5 stars Overall I liked the book but I just didn’t like the main character.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Sweet Regency with a bit of mystery.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire-Anne Cline

    In "Shine Like the Dawn," Turansky brilliantly transports readers to a picturesque village in early 1900's Edwardian England. From the start, readers are immediately pulled into the plight of Maggie Lounsbury as they witness--through her eyes--a horrific tragedy that will forever change the young heroine's life. Filled with empathy after seeing such pain and loss, Turansky's audience will easily connect with Maggie and quickly come alongside to cheer her on as she tries to rise above the ashes o In "Shine Like the Dawn," Turansky brilliantly transports readers to a picturesque village in early 1900's Edwardian England. From the start, readers are immediately pulled into the plight of Maggie Lounsbury as they witness--through her eyes--a horrific tragedy that will forever change the young heroine's life. Filled with empathy after seeing such pain and loss, Turansky's audience will easily connect with Maggie and quickly come alongside to cheer her on as she tries to rise above the ashes of her circumstances. As the story develops, Maggie finds herself in the middle of a mystery, filled with scenes from the past that she has tried to bury and forget. Now she must confront these memories head on, using all the resourcefulness she can muster, if she is to uncover the truth and find the justice she so desires for her family. Not unlike most worthy quests, Maggie's journey is not an easy one, and she will have to wade through the entanglements that distrust, suspicion, anger and resentment have conceived. And when she finally discovers the truth, will it be enough? Is justice and truth all she really needs to heal? Turansky expertly engages readers with her well-developed characters, beautifully depicted scenes and suspense-filled plot. Carefully woven throughout is the one thing that Maggie needs most, though she fails to recognize it at first--mercy. It is only when Maggie both receives and gives this beautiful gift of mercy, that her heart really begins to heal and she truly does "shine like the dawn." I thoroughly enjoyed this book and had a very hard time not reading it all in one sitting! I highly recommend "Shine Like the Dawn" to anyone who loves historical fiction, or to anyone who is looking for a beautiful story about the amazing gifts of forgiveness, mercy and second chances. *I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions I expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Ever since Maggie's parents and sister died in a horrible boating accident, Maggie's life has been hard. She and her baby sister lost their home and had to move in with their grandma. And Maggie's best friend, Nate, seemingly deserted her in her time of need. Now, years later, he's back in town just as her little family faces another hard situation. Will he come through for her this time ... if she can forgive him enough to let him back into her life? Shine Like the Dawn was a lovely historical r Ever since Maggie's parents and sister died in a horrible boating accident, Maggie's life has been hard. She and her baby sister lost their home and had to move in with their grandma. And Maggie's best friend, Nate, seemingly deserted her in her time of need. Now, years later, he's back in town just as her little family faces another hard situation. Will he come through for her this time ... if she can forgive him enough to let him back into her life? Shine Like the Dawn was a lovely historical romance. I loved Carrie Turansky's other novels and was excited to read this one. It did not disappoint. The romance was sweet and the ongoing mystery was intriguing. Maggie had a lot of hardship, bitterness, and grief to overcome before she could be fully ready to have a real relationship with Nate. And Nate had many problems to struggle through also, including communication problems, bitterness toward his parents, !and his inheritance (including workers going on strike). The characters faced many difficult things in this novel, but they struggled through them to overcome them beautifully. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to Carrie Turansky's upcoming releases. I recommend it to fans of sweet historical romance. I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lexi

    Amazing. Carrie Turanksy is amazing. If I could give this book 32 stars, I would. It was THAT GOOD. Ms. Turansky has a track record of great regency era novels (her Highland Hall books), and Shine Like the Dawn did not defy my high expectations. Maggie is an orphan who lost both of her parents and her older sister in a mysterious boating accident. Still struggling with grief, she and her younger sister move into her grandma's hat making shop and try to make a living there. Then she gets a blast Amazing. Carrie Turanksy is amazing. If I could give this book 32 stars, I would. It was THAT GOOD. Ms. Turansky has a track record of great regency era novels (her Highland Hall books), and Shine Like the Dawn did not defy my high expectations. Maggie is an orphan who lost both of her parents and her older sister in a mysterious boating accident. Still struggling with grief, she and her younger sister move into her grandma's hat making shop and try to make a living there. Then she gets a blast from the past- an old childhood crush- Nathaniel. NATHANIEL. May I just say that this character was extremely well developed. I connected the best with him and felt myself inwardly going through his struggles. Definitely swoon worthy, haha. Anyway, she meets Nathaniel and feels like he abandoned her after the boating accident. Without revealing too many spoilers, this is not the case. As they struggle to avenge Maggie's family's deaths, they realize that the flame they carried for each other never disappeared. The romance was gentle and very clean, and I appreciate that. I was so sad that this book was over and can't wait for Carrie's next release!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Shine like the Dawn is a beautiful tale of hope, secrets, forgiveness, truth, and love. Maggie lost part of her family in a boating accident that left only she and her youngest sister alive. She always felt that something was strange about the accident. She is still angry about what happened as well as the loss of her family and can't release that anger. Nate has returned to Morningside after his father's death and is now master of the estate as well as partner in his father's engineering compan Shine like the Dawn is a beautiful tale of hope, secrets, forgiveness, truth, and love. Maggie lost part of her family in a boating accident that left only she and her youngest sister alive. She always felt that something was strange about the accident. She is still angry about what happened as well as the loss of her family and can't release that anger. Nate has returned to Morningside after his father's death and is now master of the estate as well as partner in his father's engineering company. Maggie and Nate had been close friends while Maggie's dad, a landscape designer, had worked on the estate's grounds. Maggie hopes that with Nate's return that they can reestablish their friendship, but she hasn't forgiven him for not being there when her family died. Nate has now returned upon his father's death and has his plate full; but at the same time, he wants to reconnect with Maggie and help her find out what really triggered the boating accident. Turansky sweeps the reader back into the era of the early 1900's when class status, mining strikes, and arranged marriages were all part of England. The evolving mystery of what really caused the death of Maggie's family members as overheard conversations, journal musings, and suspicions along with forgotten memories all come together to lead Maggie to one suspect after another. Nate, although trying to help Maggie, is swept up in caring for his estate, a ill-tempered stepmother, a stepsister who is possibly involved in an inappropriate romance, and a potential strike at the factory. Turansky's plot was well-developed with the ever evolving mystery, and her historical detail made the small English town come alive. Maggie's inner turmoil and struggle to reconnect with God, forgive others, and find peace was felt throughout the story. Nate's strength of character, desire to do what was right both for his family and the engineering company, as well as support Maggie made him a strong hero even when he did make mistakes. Both of them had a strong wish to find the truth and bring conclusion to this old pain. In turn, they each learned that they had to trust God with the painful parts of their past. Secondary characters added to the story each playing a different role: Grandma's wisdom, Violet's bubbly joy and effervescence, and Helen's ill temper and secretiveness. Overall this novel combined mystery, romance, courage, and faith to make for a wonderful read. FAVORITE QUOTES: "I'm not defending him. I'm simply choosing NOT to be offended by him." "God hears and answers prayer. Those answers are not always the ones we'd hoped for. But I've asked Him to strengthen my faith, and He has met that need time and again. I put my trust in Him, and in return He comforts me and gives me strength to carry on." "Faith is the antidote to fear. .... I'm not talking about wishful-thinking kind of faith, but genuine trust and belief in God's goodness and love." "In the last few weeks, I've seen how wrong I was to turn my back on God. He is the only One who can heal our hurts and give us new life when we turn to Him."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Virginia

    Well,well,well I haven’t enjoyed a book so much for a very long time. This was a heart wrenching and moving story to read. It was a bundle of life,romance,and adventure rolled up into one. To me the writing itself flowed and had a wonderful way of capturing my undivided attention. I must say that when I saw the book cover I was blown away. I do have a weak spot for beautiful book covers. It’s beautiful! Both main characters pulled at my heart-strings for sure and I thought that their characters wer Well,well,well I haven’t enjoyed a book so much for a very long time. This was a heart wrenching and moving story to read. It was a bundle of life,romance,and adventure rolled up into one. To me the writing itself flowed and had a wonderful way of capturing my undivided attention. I must say that when I saw the book cover I was blown away. I do have a weak spot for beautiful book covers. It’s beautiful! Both main characters pulled at my heart-strings for sure and I thought that their characters were very well thought out. If you love Downton Abbey and that period, then you’ll definitely love reading this novel. I highly recommend this book! I was drawn to read it into the wee hours of the morning. This is probably one of the best books I’ve read so far for this year. Awesome! *I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

  28. 4 out of 5

    writer...

    Strong opening captured me from the beginning, then built characters, an intriguing plot and lovely romances providing pleasure in the telling. Narrator, Anne Flosnick created individuals in her voices that added much to the enjoyment.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    So, I'm about halfway through this book, and need to tell you how amazing it is! I have been missing Downton Abbey, and this author does such a great job of filling the void! The mystery is great, I adore this set of characters, and I love how the author is able to combine the upstairs, downstairs and village life all in one book! Can't wait to see how this one ends! **Update** wow! if there is one thing this author is fantastic at, it's character development! I loved this book, and enjoyed the n So, I'm about halfway through this book, and need to tell you how amazing it is! I have been missing Downton Abbey, and this author does such a great job of filling the void! The mystery is great, I adore this set of characters, and I love how the author is able to combine the upstairs, downstairs and village life all in one book! Can't wait to see how this one ends! **Update** wow! if there is one thing this author is fantastic at, it's character development! I loved this book, and enjoyed the nod to North and South (a recent discovery of mine!) This is a wonderful book, and I really hope this is the beginning of a series! Well done!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    One of Carrie's most finest novels written yet and my most favorite so far. Not being sure I'd like Recency novels Carrie has laid that to rest as well as Roseanna White. I now will read anything by these two wonderful writers. I felt immediately drawn into this book from page 1 and usually that is not the case even with Contemporary fiction. I generally try to advance my reading habits from historical and Amish to several different types of reading. Again so far, I am not disappointed! This book One of Carrie's most finest novels written yet and my most favorite so far. Not being sure I'd like Recency novels Carrie has laid that to rest as well as Roseanna White. I now will read anything by these two wonderful writers. I felt immediately drawn into this book from page 1 and usually that is not the case even with Contemporary fiction. I generally try to advance my reading habits from historical and Amish to several different types of reading. Again so far, I am not disappointed! This book tends to have a little mystery in it and it also has romance. Nate is definitely my hero. I love his outgoing personality and wanting to make things right with the villagers that His father had done wrong. He seems to me that he believes in God as well. I would describe him as dark haired and of about medium height. With a wonderful personality as I've said before. Maggie and Violet have gone through some hard times. Maggie is a Thomas the doubter. She's skeptical about everything her grandmother does and says. I admire her grandmother Mrs.Hays. She has a devout faith that I would sincerely love to have. I've definitely fallen of the wagon wheel so I know about where Maggie comes from. Right now, I too am a Thomas the doubter. I love the time period and I am truly fascinated with the early 1900's. Their clothing was fabulous! The hats and dresses were amazing and I admire the people who could design these outfits. (I think that if time were reversed there would be some people today including myself that would be lost as they don't know how to see or grow their own gardens). A lot of workers were at unrest with their long working hours and pay. I believe there were many strikes do to unsafe conditions. I did not however like Mrs. Harcourt. She is one who doesn't like change and cannot except it very easily. I hate to admit it, but I am not fond of change either. Even though sometimes change is for the good. So I can relate to Mrs.Harcourt in that area. I love the openness that Nate and Maggie seem to have. I believe in telling the truth so no skeletons will jump out in a relationship later on. I thought they were perfect for each other. I strongly recommend this book. I received this complimentary copy from Blogging for Books. I was in no way required to review this book and all is in my own words

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