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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)|
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
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!
ReginaF5 Stars Out Of 5Faith, love, and mystery are interwoven in a wonderful historal novel!March 20, 2017ReginaFQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Shine Like Dawn by Carrie Turansky
Maggie Lounsbury lost her family four years prior to a terrible drowning accident. She raises her youngest sister. She has a lot riding on her shoulders, including supporting her sister and grandmother. Maggie deals with a lot of emotions bitterness, grief, sadness. Which a lot of us can relate to if we suddenly lost our loved ones instantly and had no way to save them.
Nathaniel Harcourt comes home to make things right with his ailing father. He stayed away from Morningside Manor for several reasons, one of them, his stepmother. His stepmother is very controlling. Nathaniel also has a half-sister who he tries to develop a relationship with.
When Maggie and Nathaniel are reacquainted, he senses her disdain towards him and he doesnt understand why. Nathaniel and Maggie have a lot to overcome, they have a lot of bridges which need to be healed, and shrouding them is a mystery of Maggies fathers death. This mystery draws the two of them closer. They find that the feelings they had previously are being sparked again. Can they overcome everything and move on? Can love be the bridge to heal all wounds?
Carrie Turansky has weaved a remarkable story of faith, forgiveness, wisdom, and love. She shares with her readers a story of hope, a hope that will shine with a new dawn with a new day. This was a very profound story with so many elements, that any reader will fall in love with this novel. Shine Like the Dawn is one of Carries best novels yet!
There were so many life lessons in this book that I loved. I am going to share the quotes that I found truly meaningful, especially as I have been going through my own difficulties in my life.
You must never let fear stop you from doing what the Lord call you to do.
Overcoming evil with good was a high calling and one he would need to make a matter of prayer. It would certainly take Gods grace and strength to apply it in his present situation.
It would take Gods intervention to change mens hearts and the power of the Spirit, working in and through him, to see good come out of these painful times.
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SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful tale!!March 17, 2017SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This author always has such a beautiful voice in her stories! I felt like I was in the era and could see the details of the land, clothing, etc, that she describes. The story pulled at my heart strings and drew me in from first page of the prologue! Danger lurks throughout and keeps the pages turning. I loved the mystery! Margaret is a strong and lovable character that has her reasons for not wanting to be friends with Nate anymore. Nate is just trying to figure out his place in life while dealing with family that isnt very supportive! So many secrets and hurting people who need to sort out their lives. Great reminders to me of Gods grace and forgiveness. I highly recommend this story!
I was given the book by Celebration Lit. These opinions are my own.