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.
ABOUT THE 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?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.