Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky book review



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?


This was such a beautiful historical fiction tale. This book covers so many valuable lessons. Turansky puts these characters through so many trials. Can one really learn what it means to forgive? What it means to love someone? And what it means to come out and shine like the dawn?

The setting for this book was beautiful and you can tell the writer really did her research for this book. She poured out love, pain, romance, forgiveness, grace and learning to trust all while set in the beautiful back drop of  Northumberland, England. This is my first book by Turansky and it will not be my last. The characters are wonderfully written and develop through the book. The scenes and backdrop are blended beautifully and you can almost touch and see the beautiful countryside. You grow to love the characters in this book and swoon over a rekindled romance.

Thank you BFB’s for sending me this book in exchange for my honest review. 5 stars from me.

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