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Against the fast-changing backdrop of Edwardian England, wealthy industrialist William Harcourt moves into a new class and his troubles follow him up the social ladder. When his son Nathan comes of age, he inherits Morningside Manor, the family's engineering firm, and a terrible secret. Can Nathan repay his father's debt and clear his name?
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's MooringCarrie Fancett PagelsBarbour Publishing / 2017 / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 75 Reviews
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In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmothers 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 Maggies estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his fathers vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his fathers 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 Nateand 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?
"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
"From the first compelling page to the last heart-lifting moment, Shine Like the Dawn drew me in, made me smile then cry-all while keeping me on the edge of my seat. Turansky's latest English historical romance, rich in mystery and intrigue, brings to life warm and memorable characters nestled between a charming Edwardian village and its local grand estate. Uplifting and highly recommended." - CATHY GOHLKE, Christy-award winning author of Secrets She Kept and Saving Amelie
"With her trademark heart and attention to historical detail, Carrie Turansky paints a picture of loss, inner torment, and-ultimately-healing. Set against a backdrop of Edwardian England, Shine Like the Dawn is aptly named because it shows the illumination that floods the soul when forgiveness replaces bitterness and a hurting heart finds its way back to the Maker of Light. A moving, life-impacting, engrossing story." - KIM VOGEL SAWYER, best-selling author of Guide Me Home
"Enter a world of innovations, mysterious manor houses, sweet romances, and whispers of suspense, all wrapped within a novel that gives off Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South vibes. In typical sweeping style, Carrie Turansky takes us on a journey to another time and place with added intrigue to keep us wondering to the very end-a story worth adding to your reading list." - PEPPER D. BASHAM, award-winning author of the Penned in Time series and A Twist of Faith
"In this charming novel-filled with mystery, surprise, romance, and courage Carrie Turansky skillfully transports us to Edwardian England. Readers will root for our heroine as she faces the shocking loss which dominates her life and reaches toward a future filled with faith, hope, and perhaps love. Captivating." - SANDRA BYRD, author of A Lady in Disguise
"With a vivid setting in beautiful but tumultuous Edwardian England, Carrie Turansky masterfully tells a tale of family, love, trust, and betrayal. A charming story for every lover of historical romance!" - ROSEANNA M. WHITE, best-selling author of the Ladies of the Manor series
"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 and 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
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Shine Like the DawnJuly 11, 2017MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3For the most part, I liked this story. There were some interesting twists to the plot and most of the characters were likable. Little Violet was sweet and Grandmother Hays added wisdom. Nate was an admirable hero who had strength of character. Maggie was the one I had trouble with. Though she had tragedies in her life that would certainly affect her, she continued to hang on to bitterness, pride, and just plain stubbornness. She would finally make some progress, then something else would happen and she'd be right back in the stubborn, prideful thinking. I confess I got really annoyed with her. Thankfully, she makes much character growth by the end of the book.
I received a complementary copy of the book from the publisher, but this did not affect my review.
EmilyAnne284 Stars Out Of 5Sweet Historical RomanceJuly 10, 2017EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Ever 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.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Lovely historical, Christian novel!June 16, 2017The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky sweeps readers back in time to 1903 Heatherton, England. In 1899 the Lounsbury family (Daniel, Abigail, Olivia, Maggie, and Violet) are enjoying Olivias birthday by taking a picnic across the lake. They are far into the lake when the boat starts taking on water. Unable to row the boat back to shore in time, they start swimming to shore. Unfortunately, only Maggie and Violet make it back alive. Four years later, Maggie and Violet are living with their Grandmother Hayes above her millinery shop. Nate Harcourt is returning home to Morningside Manor after a four years absence to see his father before he passes away. Maggie and Nate used to be good friends before she lost her family. She has not forgiven him for not being there for her when they died. Nate inherits his fathers estate and Clifton Engineering Works. Nate promised his father that he would care for his stepmother, Helen and stepsister, Clare. Helen, though, does not make this task easy. Maggie received her fathers journal after his death, but just recently started reading it. She finds out that someone had reason to harm him and he was threatened shortly before his death. Could the boat have been sabotaged? After a fire destroys the millinery, Nate invites Maggie, Violet and Grandmother Hayes to stays at Morningside Manor. This could be Maggies opportunity to find the evidence she needs. Nate is grateful to spend time with Maggie and, hopefully, repair their old friendship. Will Nate help Maggie with her quest?
Shine Like the Dawn is a well-written and researched novel. Carrie Turanky captured the setting and the historical period. The author brought the characters to life and gave them real personalities. We are given characters to love and a couple to dislike. The book had a good pace, but I thought it was slightly too long. Shine Like the Dawn captured and held my attention. The Christian element is light (not preachy). Maggie had closed her heart to God and let in anger and hurt instead. She does not understand how God can let good people die and suffer (something I struggle with myself). One of the main messages in the novel is to let God in to heal your heart and comfort you. I give Shine Like the Dawn 4 out of 5 stars. I appreciated the mystery element that was present in the story. It enhanced the novel. There are other issues in the story (I could not describe everything in my summary). Nate learning to run his fathers company, workers wanting to strike, Maggie struggling to forgive Nate (she only knows her side of the story, romance between Nate and Maggie, Violet injuring her leg, the rebuilding of the millinery, and Lillys romance with Rob are some of the other storylines. The novel has a lovely and fulfilling conclusion. Shine Like the Dawn is a good book for readers who enjoy Christian, historical books (set in the Edwardian period). This was the first book I have read by Carrie Turansky, and it is not my last.
JeanRussell, PAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Story by Carrie TuranskyApril 13, 2017JeanRussell, PAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Shine Like The Dawn" is a wonderful story. Carrie does thorough research and has a wonderful talent for creating her stories. I have read many of her books and love them all.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The kind of story that sweeps you away to another time and placeMarch 30, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An 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!