Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky


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 shattered their idyllic family 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 as she begins to wonder 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?

My Thoughts:

This latest work by Carrie Turansky is a mixture of mystery, romance and a journey to forgiveness all packed into one story!  The heroine, Maggie Lounsbury, is opinionated, stubborn, and still very much grieving the loss of her parents and sister.  She is headstrong and continually jumping to conclusions about people and situations.  The tragedy she has suffered has truly affected her relationship with God and her ability to trust the people in her life.  She is holding on to deep hurts and it drives her thoughts and actions.  Nate Harcourt is a hero that is easy to love.  In this story, he time and time again comes alongside Maggie in times of need and shows kindness, dependability and understanding for what she has gone through.  It was a slow and steady process to prove himself to Maggie and win her admiration and friendship back.  He was kind when kindness wasn’t deserved. I selfishly wanted Maggie’s walls of bitterness to break down so much sooner in this story, however, as in life, it is not always the easiest road to reconciliation and forgiveness.  I found myself drawn to Maggie’s Grandmother, who was a constant source of spiritual wisdom and advice.  She never faltered in her faith and was vocal at any opportunity to share with Maggie in an attempt to reconcile her to Christ.  For me, Maggie wasn’t an easy heroine to love, however her acknowledgment of wrongdoing and plea for forgiveness in the end allowed me to see her journey come full circle.  I do feel like her response to tragedy was genuine and likely how a lot of people would respond, especially if they are not strong in thier faith.  The mystery woven into this story adds another level of interest that I enjoyed!  It kept me guessing!  Was it an accident? Was it intentional?  Who is involved? So many questions that are all wrapped up at the end!  The last few chapters are tense and full of answers!  

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Amazon: Shine Like the Dawn


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