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Shine Like the Dawn

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  590 ratings  ·  188 reviews
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 paren ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Multnomah Books (first published February 2017)
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✨ Gramy ✨
This is a historically sweet Christian romance convoluted with a mystery stemming from the death of Margaret Lounsbury's parents and oldest sister in a boating accident. It is set in England and conveys the times of the era. This young woman experiences a multifaceted number of emotional challenges. She is responsible for her youngest sister, under the alleged fear of rejection again from her childhood friend, and her lack of faith in God since her parents died.

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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“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
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
This is my favorite Carrie Turansky book yet! (And I’ve enjoyed all her novels) In Shine Like the Dawn, Turansky has quite simply outdone herself with the characters, the setting, and the theme.

I love Maggie as a heroine, in part because of her spirit and personality and in part because she’s not from the wealthy privileged class. She has more strength than she realizes and more faith than she thinks she does. She’s also had to face more loss than anyone should ever have to, especially one so yo
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

British drama has always been a favorite of mine and Carrie Turansky does this genre well. Of all that I’ve read by her, Shine Like the Dawn seemed to especially resonate with me and just might be my favorite so far.

Northumberland of Edwardian England in 1903 is vividly conveyed, pulling me right into the setting. Characters are fleshed out and we get to journey through their spiritual development, one of the story’s strong features.

Maggie an
A good, solid, enjoyable historical fiction! I definitely enjoyed Maggie and Nate's story and had trouble putting it down. The Edwardian setting particularly sparkles.

I didn't like Maggie's sneaking around to try to gather her evidence. I get that she's feeling some unforgiveness toward the Harcourts, and that Mrs. Harcourt has been outright hostile, but I still didn't think how she obtained the journals was quite believable. Also, her strong-willed attitude bothered me several times. Her redeem
Diane Estrella
Mar 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Spoiler included...

Shine Like the Dawn was a mixed book for me. I loved the beginning, but then slowly started losing interest until the very end, where I completely lost interest and found it rather boring. There simply wasn't a really good "wow" factor, ie I wasn't surprised with the results. With all the different and diverse characters, I hadn't thought that a completely random brother would be thrown in to be the villain. What I did find shocking is I ended up feeling sorry for poor Helen!
Shine Like the Dawn was such a lovely story, set in the Edwardian era, with a little romance and just a dash of mystery and suspense. The faith themes were utterly beautiful - challenging and uplifting, with depth and sincerity. I love novels where the characters are on a journey closer to God, because I can relate to that!

Speaking of characters, both Maggie and Nate were wonderful; with unique personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. It was amazing and satisfying to see them grow in character
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this story more than any other I've read by Turansky. Something about the opening chapter drew me in, and I didn't want to put it down. Maggie and Violet are such wonderful characters and well developed.

This was a beautifully written historical with Maggie's story being my favorite. I love following characters that are among the normal citizenry. The story is a difficult one, but a sweet and loving coming of age story with a bit of mystery/suspense as well.

Nate is easy for the re
Carrie Turansky
Feb 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm excited to share this new English historical novel with you! I loved learning about Northumberland, England, in the northeast corner near Scotland which is the setting of this novel. It was a fun challenge for me to learn how to include a mystery along with the family drama, romance, and inspirational themes. It was hard to put my characters through all the trials they faced in this story, but I hope that will make it even more meaningful for you, my wonderful readers. I hope you enjoy Shine ...more
Kellyn Roth
I admit I was a little disappointed, but not very. It was a great story. I think my enjoyment was a wee bit lessened by it being an audiobook, though. I might read it again when I can get it on Kindle or paperback and like it even better. :)
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another beautifully researched and written historical fiction from Carrie Turansky. I really loved her Highland Hall series, and was excited for this new story. 'Shine Like the Dawn' lived up to my expectations and more!

Set during the turn of 20th Century, it touches on the time when technological advances were bringing about big changes to the culture and society. To industry & home life. The description of the house & estate of Morningside Manor were gorgeous, so vivid and rich in detail. Seei
I enjoyed this book set in the early days of the Edwardian era. The tragedy in the prologue grabs your attention right away and sets the stage for a wonderful story about childhood friends whose lives were irrevocably changed by this event. When it appears that God and Nate have abandoned her in her time of greatest need, Maggie grows up struggling to believe. She's been strong for her sister, Violet, but when Nate comes back to town, can she let her guard down and learn to love and trust him ag ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story full of heartache, new beginnings, questioning God, learning to trust again, and patience. Shine Like the Dawn captured my attention immediately with its intense prologue, which set the stage for the many issues that Maggie and Nate had to overcome throughout the book.

I enjoyed the mysterious thread that ran through the novel concerning whether Maggie’s family’s death was accidental or intentional. This uncertainty weighed heavily on Maggie during the story. Nate also carr
This book was the first one I've read by Carrie Turansky. I'd heard many good things from trusted sources about her books, so I was hopeful that I would like it, and I did. It had a combination of several things I like: historical fiction (with some themes that reminded me of North and South, another book I like) with a light, sweet romance, and just a touch of mystery, all of which I felt were well done. I especially appreciated how the romance was between people who had known each other since ...more
Quickie review!

What a sweet story and one that was the perfect way to while away a weekend of rest. I loved the descriptions of the setting - I could easily imagine some of the scenery and views as the characters experienced them. Protagonist Maggie's personality had me smiling because she is a bit quick to come to her own mind about things, and I appreciate someone who might be a little impulsive, as we all can be. Nate is also an endearing character; I found the issues of worker's rights and t
Melissa Henderson
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A devastating tragedy occurs on a family trip and Maggie's life is forever changed. She misses her family members, but, she must go on with her life and protect her sister Violet. There is controversy as to what happened that fateful day. Who is to blame? Judgement and distrust cause friendships and perhaps, love, to be put aside until the truth can finally be told. The author gives twists and turns that kept me reading and not wanting to put the book down. This story shows how trust and love ca ...more
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An 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. B
Beth Erin
Feb 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Full review on Faithfully Bookish + giveaways through March 6, 2017

Anglophiles and especially fans of Downton Abbey are sure to enjoy Shine Like the Dawn but this novel’s appeal isn’t restricted to its delightful and charming setting. The storyline is an engaging combination of tragedy, mystery, and turmoil sprinkled with sweet recollections of childhood and a budding attraction.

Carrie Turansky brings these authentic characters to life and immerses readers in the culture o
Nov 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I had the honor of reading this novel before it was released in order to possibly endorse it... And it was quite worth the read! Here's the endorsement you'll find in the book once it's published!

"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 & South, Shine Like the Dawn will intrigue and enthrall readers until the very last page!" --Dawn Crandall, award winning author of The Hesitant Heires
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Maggie and her family are on an outing to celebrate her older sister's birthday when the boat sprang a leak. When it became apparent that they were not going to be able to get back to shore, Maggie's father told her to swim to shore with her baby sister, Violet, who was only two years old. Maggie's mother and older sister were not able to swim, but Maggie saved herself and Violet. Four years later, Maggie and Violet are living with their grandmother making hats in her millinery shop when Violet ...more
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5 stars
Overall I liked the book but I just didn’t like the main character.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet Regency with a bit of mystery.
Claire-Anne Cline
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In "Shine Like the Dawn," Turansky brilliantly transports readers to a picturesque village in early 1900's Edwardian England. From the start, readers are immediately pulled into the plight of Maggie Lounsbury as they witness--through her eyes--a horrific tragedy that will forever change the young heroine's life. Filled with empathy after seeing such pain and loss, Turansky's audience will easily connect with Maggie and quickly come alongside to cheer her on as she tries to rise above the ashes o ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ever 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 r
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Carrie Turanksy is amazing. If I could give this book 32 stars, I would. It was THAT GOOD. Ms. Turansky has a track record of great regency era novels (her Highland Hall books), and Shine Like the Dawn did not defy my high expectations.
Maggie is an orphan who lost both of her parents and her older sister in a mysterious boating accident. Still struggling with grief, she and her younger sister move into her grandma's hat making shop and try to make a living there. Then she gets a blast
Virginia Winfield
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I believe that this will be one of my favorite books of this year. I loved it. I loved Maggie and Nate. This made me laugh and cry. There was a wonderful mix of romance and suspense. I think this has been my favorite book by Carrie Turansky. There were a few twists and turns and both characters learned to believe more in God. I received this book from blogging for books for an honest opinion that I gave of my free will.
Shine like the Dawn is a beautiful tale of hope, secrets, forgiveness, truth, and love. Maggie lost part of her family in a boating accident that left only she and her youngest sister alive. She always felt that something was strange about the accident. She is still angry about what happened as well as the loss of her family and can't release that anger. Nate has returned to Morningside after his father's death and is now master of the estate as well as partner in his father's engineering compan ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well,well,well I haven’t enjoyed a book so much for a very long time. This was a heart wrenching and moving story to read. It was a bundle of life,romance,and adventure rolled up into one.

To me the writing itself flowed and had a wonderful way of capturing my undivided attention.

I must say that when I saw the book cover I was blown away. I do have a weak spot for beautiful book covers. It’s beautiful!

Both main characters pulled at my heart-strings for sure and I thought that their characters wer
Strong opening captured me from the beginning, then built characters, an intriguing plot and lovely romances providing pleasure in the telling. Narrator, Anne Flosnick created individuals in her voices that added much to the enjoyment.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, I'm about halfway through this book, and need to tell you how amazing it is! I have been missing Downton Abbey, and this author does such a great job of filling the void! The mystery is great, I adore this set of characters, and I love how the author is able to combine the upstairs, downstairs and village life all in one book! Can't wait to see how this one ends!

**Update** wow! if there is one thing this author is fantastic at, it's character development! I loved this book, and enjoyed the n
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Bestselling Inspirational Romance Author Carrie Turansky writes historical and contemporary novels and novellas set in England and the US. She has won the ACFW Carol Award, the Holt Medallion, and the International Digital Award. Readers say her stories are: "Heartwarming and inspiring! I couldn't put it down!" . . . "Touching love story. It captured me from the first page! Rich characters, beauti ...more

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