Saturday, March 18, 2017

Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky



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?


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


Carrie Turansky
Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of more than a dozen inspirational romance novels and novellas. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the International Digital Award, and the Crystal Globe Award. Her most recent releases are A Refuge at Highland Hall, Moonlight Over Manhattan, and Mountain Christmas Brides. Shine Like the Dawn releases 2/21/17. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five adult children and four grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family. Connect with Carrie on her website:, GoodReads, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

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