Review: A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

a-note-yet-unsungA Note Yet Unsung was a wholly satisfying and deeply emotion-filled novel! I enjoyed it so very much! Even though this story is the third in a series, it is also written as a stand alone novel. I did not feel as if I missed any important information, even though I had not read the first two books that are lightly connected to it.

For me, a person who comes from a very musical background, reading a story set around the symphony was simply perfection. The author did an amazing job of making me feel as if I was experiencing and hearing the music, even though I was simply reading words on a page.

I also loved the portions of the story that were set in the Appalachians. Once again, it just felt so real, as if I was experiencing it firsthand. The romance between Tate and Rebekah was beautiful and full of difficulties that had to be overcome. I enjoyed seeing how they started as adversaries, yet grew to respect each other.

This novel also brought tears to my eyes in a couple of spots. I am not a reader who generally cries. I can count four books in the last ten years that have wrought that emotion out of me, and this is one of them. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish!

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


a-note-yet-unsungDespite her training as a master violinist, Rebekah Carrington was denied entry into the Nashville Philharmonic by young conductor Nathaniel Whitcomb, who bowed to public opinion. Now, with a reluctant muse and a recurring pain in his head, he needs her help to finish his symphony. But how can he win back her trust when he’s robbed her of her dream?

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Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers in the inspirational historical fiction genre. She and her husband live in Nashville, Tennessee, not far from the Southern mansions that serve as the backdrop for six of her award-winning novels.

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Audio Book Review: A Cliché Christmas by Nicole Deese


I was looking for a contemporary romance audio book to enjoy and decided to try this title. I am so glad I did! It was exactly what I was looking for. The narration was very good and the story was definitely swoon-worthy!

I really enjoyed being introduced to the small town of Lennox, OR, which had a host of interesting people in it. The main characters were great and had a complicated history that they had to overcome in this novel. There was fantastic romantic tenstion between Georgia and Weston and I loved the way the novel progressed.

This story was delightful from start to finish and it is one that I plan to listen to many times in the future. I am also excited to read or listen to the future books in the series, as well.

(5 stars)


a-cliche-christmas2014 American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis Award Finalist

Writing happy endings is easy. Living one is the hard part.

Georgia Cole—known in Hollywood as the “Holiday Goddess”—has made a name for herself writing heartwarming screenplays chock-full of Christmas clichés, but she has yet to experience the true magic of the season. So, when her eccentric grandmother volunteers her to direct a pageant at Georgia’s hometown community theater, she is less than thrilled. To make matters worse, she’ll be working alongside Weston James, her childhood crush and the one man she has tried desperately to forget.

Now, facing memories of a lonely childhood and the humiliation of her last onstage performance, seven years earlier, Georgia is on the verge of a complete mistletoe meltdown. As Weston attempts to thaw the frozen walls around her heart, Georgia endeavors to let go of her fears and give love a second chance. If she does, will she finally believe that Christmas can be more than a cliché?

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Nicole Deese is a full-time lover of humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled fiction. She is the author of seven inspirational romances including the Love in Lenox novels, A Cliché Christmas and A Season to Love, and The Promise of Rayne. When she’s not writing, she can usually be found reading near a window while sipping a LaCroix. She lives in small-town Idaho with her handsome hubby and two sons.

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Review: An Amish Home

by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, & Kathleen Fuller

an-amish-homeThis was an absolutely wonderful collection of Amish novellas. I have really enjoyed these collections in the past, and An Amish Home is one of the best of these groupings that I have read. Three out of the four stories began with such dire situations that it made me wonder how the author would pull off an uplifting story, but they did it remarkably well.

In A Cup Half Full, my heart really felt sad for these two newlyweds. Abram and Sarah suddenly faced challenges that neither one anticipated. Sarah was so very badly injured and it caused a devasting emotional toll. Meanwhile, Abram struggled with wanting Sarah to know how much he loved her, while also dealing with outside stresses. This was a very emotional novella. I loved it!

In Home Sweet Home, Chace and Mia were trying their hardest to help their young marraige to thrive. However, from the very beginning, things didn’t go as planned and they end up at the very bottom of hope. I loved the way the Amish family stepped in to help them. I loved Mia and Chace in this story. They sometimes did or said things in the heat of the moment, yet the reader could tell that they truly loved each other. And without fail, they would apologize and try to work things out. They both had such sweet hearts toward the other.

In A Flicker of Hope, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to like the character of Thomas. Yet, as I read the flashbacks, I began to really like him and see where things had gone wrong for him and Noreen. I ended up being very invested in these two characters and loved the direction this story moved in.

In Building Faith, there was so much tension between the two main characters! Their past relationship and break up was painful. This novella didn’t pull me in quite as much as the others, but it was still very good. I was especially touched when reading about Silas’ home situation and how all of that played into the story.

I know that this is a book I will want to re-read in the future! I definitely recommend it to Amish fiction fans.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


an-amish-homeA Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman—Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full.

Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston—Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O’Conner reluctantly take Chace’s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadihaus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is.

Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller—Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha’s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again?

A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid—Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy . . . for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope—and love—is re-ignited.

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Guest Post & Giveaway – Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman


Let’s give a warm welcome to Vannetta Chapman today! Vannetta is here to share some quotes with us that go along nicely with her newest release…AND…she is graciously giving away one copy of Raging Storm to one commenter.


Thanks so much for having me on your blog. Readers often ask me what inspires me to write the characters and stories that I write. The answer is a lot of things–sermons, music, news stories, people I know. But once I have a story in mind, I will notice quotes from things I’m reading that seem to apply, that move the story in the direction I want it to go, that speak to my heart.

“Pray for the remnant that still survives.” This is a verse from 2 Kings, Chapter 19, verse 4. In this part of the Bible, the kings are warned by the prophets, both about Jerusalem’s destruction as well as its deliverance. King Hezekiah understands what lies ahead, and he utters these words, “Pray for the remnant that still survives.” As I was envisioning a world vastly changed, I have complete faith that there will always be a remnant of Christ, those who hold to the faith and share the Gospel of Christ.

“That will not be the time for choosing: it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen.” This is a quote from C.S. Lewis in The Case for Christianity. I find it beautiful and chilling. Lewis seems to be saying that a time will come when we will find our self on one side or the other. And so, we should choose now, and choose wisely.

“We are living on the brink of the apocalypse, but the world is asleep.” This quote is by bestselling author Joel Rosenberg. There are times when I feel like we are hyper-aware of the world around us, that we allow events beyond our control to rob us of our sleep and our joy. But I also feel that we take many things for granted. We rise and work and play and sleep, and rarely take the time to prepare for the future, or to connect with one another while we can. In that sense, Raging Storm is a call to action.

“In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may not have that chance again.” ~Zig Ziglar. I saw this quote on social media, and it resonated in my heart so much that I printed it out and kept it posted beside my computer as I wrote all 3 books of this series. I know personally that life can change in a breath–for better and sometimes for worse. We have all been guilty of taking today and even tomorrow for granted. My hope is that when readers finish with these books, they’ll have a deeper appreciation of the time they have, of the people around them, and of the grace that God offers to us all.

Thanks again for sharing with us, Vannetta!


raging-stormIn the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens

When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can’t simply remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.

Shelby’s best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won’t even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to get to the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max’s search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.

You can read my review of Raging Storm here.


This giveaway is for one copy (print or ebook) of Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman and is limited to US addresses only.

To enter:

Leave a comment below, including your email address, to be entered to win.

Extra entries can be earned by sharing about this giveaway on social media and following my blog. Don’t forget to let me know where you have shared or if you are a follower.

Contest begins on 2/23/17 and ends on 2/28/17. Winner will be announced on this blog on 3/1/17 and will also receive an email.

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Review: More Than a Marriage by Amy Lillard

more-than-a-marriageMore Than a Marriage is another great addition to the Quilting Circle novella series. This story had me turning pages like crazy to see what would happen between these two characters!

Tess and Jacob had quite a few serious marital problems rising up between them. It was painful to read about the way Tess felt neglected and lonely. I have to admit that I really felt for Tess and I did not like Jacob very much. He did grow on me throughout the course of the novel, a little bit.

I thought that the author did a very good job of showing the lack of communication between Tess and Jacob, as well as problems that arose relating to the way women and men’s roles were viewed in the Amish family. This novella was a fascinating peek into an Amish marriage that needed help.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


more-than-a-marriageIn the close-knit Amish community of Wells Landing, Oklahoma, a women’s quilting circle welcomes a new member who is struggling to keep her marriage together—or let it go . . .

Quiet and unassuming Tess Smiley is new to Wells Landing. She is also newly married to Jacob Smiley. But already she is finding that married life isn’t the gentle union of contented devotion she had envisioned. Rather, the old-fashioned qualities that had endeared her to Jacob have become a source of inner confusion. As his father did with his wife, Jacob has begun treating Tess like a servant, taking her for granted, no longer surprising her with little presents. And once he began his job at the Englisch shed company, he has become more interested in his company smartphone than in spending time with Tess . . .

Jacob can’t see what Tess is upset about and continues his boorish ways, ignoring her pleas to attend marriage classes. Tess loves Jacob with all her heart, but it’s her heart that tells her she must take a stand. With surprising determination, she asks for help from her new community and is welcomed into the home of her friend Clara Rose and her husband Obie. Only then does Jacob begin to see how deeply his behavior has hurt Tess. But is he too late? He may be contrite, but he will need to show much more than that to win her love all over again . . .

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Amy Lillard


Amy is an award winning author with more than thirty novels and novellas in print. She is a member of RWA, ACFW, NINC, and the Author’s Guild. She  loves to hear from readers. You can find her on her website, Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.

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Review: Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman

raging-stormRaging Storm is book two in the Remnant Series. I definitely recommend reading book one, Deep Shadows, as it sets up the devastating situation that these characters find themselves in and gives a lot of good background information that helps the reader understand what Max, Shelby, Carter, and all of the characters in this novel are facing.

I absolutely loved Deep Shadows, yet I loved Raging Storm even more! I really appreciated that the novel covered not only the journey to Austin that Max, Shelby, and their friends were on, but also kept tabs on what was going on with Shelby’s son, Carter, back at High Fields. Both storylines were equally fascinating to me.

The author did a great job of showing the way society had broken down. The characters found themselves in multiple precarious situations, yet despair was balanced with moments of hope. Although many dangerous encounters ocurred, there were pockets of good people out there. I could easily visualize the distruction and chaos that was the new reality.

This story left me VERY, VERY anxious to know what happens next! I highly recommed Raging Storm and the entire series to those who enjoy dystopian novels.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


raging-stormIn the Darkness,
Anarchy Awakens

When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can’t simply remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.

Shelby’s best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won’t even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to get to the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.

Shelby and Max’s search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.

Purchase your own copy here.



The first thing you need to know about me is that I write Fiction full of GRACE. Every plot is different. The characters change. Some of my books are mysteries, others are novellas, and some are romances. But they all are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

Tales that whisper hope. That speak of family and community. That remind us of God and His love.

What do I write? If I had to reduce it to four words, I suppose I’d say I write Fiction full of GRACE.

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Review: Moving Target by Lynette Eason

moving-targetMoving Target was a very chilling and suspenseful tale! The tension began early on in the novel, when Quinn and Maddy found themselves captives, forced to participate in a “survival game” with a madman.

This story is book three in the series, yet it can stand alone if you have not read the other books. However, if you have read books one and two, you will know that both Maddy and Quinn recovered from life-threatening wounds in the recent past and that they have feelings for each other.

Moving Target had many dangerous situations for these characters to overcome. There was also a good bit of detective work as Quinn and Maddy tried to determine who was behind their abduction. The romantic tension between these two was also quite good. Quinn, especially, had a lot he was struggling with from his past that he needed to deal with before he could look toward the future.

Moving Target is a nice addition to the Elite Guardian series and I definitely recommend it for fans of suspense.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


moving-targetWhen Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don’t win this game, they die.

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Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series, the Deadly Reunions series, and the Hidden Identity series, as well as Always Watching, Without Warning, and Moving Target in the Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of an ACFW Carol Award, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award. She lives in South Carolina.

You can connect with Lynnette on her website, her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


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Review – Her Baby’s Protector: Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley & Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman

her-babys-protectorHer Baby’s Protector, which  is two novellas in one book, is a great choice for fans of action-packed romantic suspense. I really enjoyed that each story was focused on a woman who needed to keep a baby safe. Each novella also had a strong and confident hero who made it their mission to help protect these women and children.

The stories are slightly shorter since they are novellas. However, I still felt that the characters were fully developed emotionally and that the situations they were in had plenty of time to ramp up and then wrap up in a satisfactory way. Both Saved by the Lawman and Saved by the SEAL contained great romantic tension that felt appropriate for the situations that the various characters were in. This collection is a great choice for the romantic suspense fan.

(4 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.




Saved by the Lawman by Margaret Daley

As an unknown assailant attempts to kidnap family-court judge Kate Forster’s infant son, police officer Chase Walker thwarts the attack—and vows to keep the pair safe. But who will protect the ex-marine’s heart when the widowed mother and her little boy make him long for a permanent spot in their family?

Saved by the SEAL by Susan Sleeman

The tragedy that killed Bree Hatfield’s best friends—and left her with custody of their young daughter—has been ruled an accident. But Bree knows it was murder. Scared and alone, she turns to her ex-boyfriend, navy SEAL Clint Reed, who’ll risk everything to protect baby Ella and the woman he never stopped loving.

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Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date. Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors. Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry. On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

You can connect with Margaret on her website, her blog, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.


SUSAN SLEEMAN is a bestselling author of inspirational and clean read romantic suspense and mystery books. With over twenty-five books in print, readers love her Justice Agency, First Responders, and Agents Under Fire series for the well-drawn characters and edge-of-your-seat action. As a graduate of the FBI, city and county police academies, her research is spot on and her characters are real. Awards include Romantic Times Best Book, Swoony award winner, Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and EPIC Award finalist.

In addition to writing, Susan also hosts the popular website She currently lives in Oregon with her husband, but has lived in nine states. They have two daughters, a son-in-law, and an adorable grandson.

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Audio Book Review: Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello


Sword of Forgiveness was one action-packed novel! It was also packed with a turbulent romance, danger, intrigue, and the gospel message. The hero and heroine had to overcome many obstacles to find their happily ever after, and it was quite the journey to get there!

I thought the author did a very good job of immersing the reader in the midieval time period. I also loved the set up for the story, with the two main characters married yet unable to trust each other. There was great tension between these two. I enjoyed watching them learn to trust each other, and eventually love each other.

There were times that both Brithwin and Royce made decisions or believed lies that were fed to them. This added plenty of frustration and intrigue to the story and made me actually say, “Come on, guys! Wake up!” quite a few times in the story. These two characters had a lot to learn.

At about the halfway point of listening to this novel, I found myself hardly able to stop! I just had to know how things were going to work out and it was very hard to step away from this story at times. I really enjoyed the narration of Sword of Forgiveness. At first, I wasn’t sure that I liked the sound of this particular narrator, however, it only took about a chapter for me to change my mind and begin to appreciate her narrating style. I thought she did a great job with the character voices.

I’m hoping there will be more books coming soon in this series and I definitely recommend Sword of Forgiveness to historical fiction fans that enjoy this time period.

(4.5 stars)


the-sword-spirit-audioWhen her father died, she had promised herself no man would own her again, yet who could defy an edict of the king?

After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.

Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

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debbie-lynne-costelloDebbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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Review: Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky

shine-like-the-dawnWhat 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.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


shine-like-the-dawnSeparated 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?

Purchase your own copy here.



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 The Governess of Highland Hall, Where Two Hearts Meet, and The Daughter of Highland Hall. She lives in central 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, reading, flower arranging, and cooking healthy meals for friends and Family.

You can connect with Carrie on her website, blog, Facebook, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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