Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Review: Shine Like the Dawn by:Carrie Turansky
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?"
First of all, love the setting of the story. Very "Englishy" and yes that is a word. But all funny aside. Carrie Turansky knocked tis one out of the ballpark. She takes such simple times and creates a snowstorm of cause and effect enough to keep you hanging on for all 352 pages.
The story of Maggie and Nate was a timeless love story but there are so many obstacles in the way for these two to finally join together. Poor Maggie she is raising her sister after a terrible tragic even took place that basically destoryed their lives as they knew it. Maggie is beginning to think that what took her parents away may not be an accident and this haunts her like a bad dream.
Nate has returned to the scene after the death of his father and even though he had a vast fortune that he inherited life is still not so simple and he is fighting his own demons. Maggie hasn't seen Nate in years and she has never forgiven him even to this day. Will Maggie and Nate discover what really happened to her parents and will the to of them be able to get past their differences with each other?
I like how the author made Maggie completely vulnerable, at least to the reader. It shows me that she is a lot like most of us. She is easy to like, too!
Giveaway for the book, here.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author. All opinions are my own.