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Light Changes Everything

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,263 ratings  ·  371 reviews
“I adored stepping back into to the world of the Prines through tough-as-rawhide Mary Pearl. Light Changes Everything is a novel as gritty and authentic as the women of the Arizona Territory. Nancy E. Turner brings the west and its people fully to life.” –Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Bestselling author Nancy E. Turner returns t
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Wendy Yes if you want full context and understanding of the land and the characters. Not mandatory for sure but a strong recommendation.
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Angela M
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up
1907 in the Arizona Territory, a dangerous time and place to live is reflected in this story of a wonderful character and family. Seventeen year old Mary Pearl reads Jane Austen books with her sister in their room at night to keep it from their mother who believes as most people here do - that reading and learning aren’t really important for girls and that they should be concerned only about finding a husband. Mary Pearl has other ideas, though. She hopes to go east to Chicago to
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Diane S ☔
Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lor-2019
Arizona Territory, Mary is part of a close knit family who has a bigger ambition than to be a wife and mother. She wants to be an artist and her father agrees to send her to Wheaton College in Illinois. This also happens to be a place I'm very familiar with since it is relatively close to where I live. Life, however in all it's cruelty will intervene before she can realize her dream. Life was tough for women in the territory and Mary is a strong woman, who must find a way to move forward.

This wa
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Cheri
Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
As this story begins, it is summer in the Arizona Territory, and the year is 1907. Mary and Esther Pearl are reading Jane Austin novels which they’ve borrowed from their Aunt Sarah (Agnes Prine), and sharing their hopes and dreams for a husband of their very own. However, these relatively innocent dreams compared to their more serious plans for their futures.

Mary and Esther have other, older, siblings. Older brothers, Clover, and Joshua. Joshua is studying medicine, and Clover wants to run the p
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Susan's Reviews
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I'm going to rate this quaintly written story a 3.75 out of 5. I get that, at the time this novel takes place, the "west was wild" - but the plotting of this story was even wilder. The story line shot off in so many directions, then veered right back round and finished with a sweet romantic ending . These stylistic meanderings aside, I still found parts of this story quite fascinating.

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Karren  Sandercock
Summer of 1907, it's stinking hot in the Arizona Territory and Mary Pearl is feeling the heat. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther are secretly reading at night the banned Jane Austen novels they have smuggled home from their Aunt Sarah Elliot’s book shelves.

Around the same time, seventeen year old Mary Pearl meets Aubrey Hanna, he's a smooth talker, snappy dresser and rich. Has Mary Pearl discovered her own Mr Darcy and he's everything a seventeen year old girls romantic dreams are made of? He swe
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Nancy
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I just love Nancy E. Turner's writing. Her books are well written but her strength is writing a narrative with the protagonist's voice. Like her previous books, this is historical fiction that continues the story of a previous protagonist except this is her niece. I don't know how she comes up with the storylines but they are realistic and very well written. I accidentally picked up These Is My Words years ago and was immediately swallowed whole. The writing style and character development immed ...more
Heather
LIGHT CHANGES EVERYTHING is utterly amazing!!! I dearly want to give it more stars.

I fell in love with Mary Pearl right away with her ambitions to be a girl gone to school to learn the arts of photography. She's tough, independent, and yet loves her family so much she's willing to put her personal hopes and troubles aside to fight for their safety in the Arizona territory of the early 1900s. Ms. Turner's writing pulled me it, the emotions of Mary Pearl were so visceral. I don't see how this nove
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Karen KK
I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

"Full of gumption and spirit, Mary Pearl’s evocative coming of age tale is destined to be the next American classic. Light Changes Everything is the story of a resilient young feminist a century ahead of her time. Return to the world of Sarah Agnes Prine through the wide-eyes of her irrepressible young niece, Mary Pearl. "

Great story. The Prine's history of strong women is continued through Mary Pearl.

4.25☆
Laurie Holcomb
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from St. Martin's Press. This book was a breath of fresh air! I loved the character development and the gumption and spirit of the main character, Mary Pearl! Totally recommended this book! Great read.
Beth Sponzilli
Love love this author. This is a follow up to her trilogy of the Prine family, ending with The Star Garden. It actually takes up from that book a little bit but from Mary Pearl’s perspective. She goes to school in Wheaton, Illinois which is in the area where I live (thought that was interesting!) Such a great story, as is always by this author. The Arizona territory is such an awesome setting for all their adventures. So hoping this was a start of a new series but I don’t think it is.
Jaime
Nov 11, 2019 rated it did not like it
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for this free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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“I adored stepping into to the world of the Prines through tough-as-rawhide Mary Pearl. Light Changes Everything is a novel as gritty and authentic as the women of the Arizona Territory. Nancy E. Turner brings the west and its people fully to life.” –Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Bestselling author Nancy E. Turner returns to the world of
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Susan Peterson
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Light Changes Everything is such a compelling, heartfelt book! Mary Pearl is the kind of heroine I love best! She is fearless yet naive, devoted and loyal, strong and resilient with a heart full of love—-except for those that have crossed her or hurt her family! It was thrilling to read about the Arizona Territory back in the early 1900’s; rugged and unforgiving, but beautiful country! The author did a spectacular job of bringing the setting to life. I highly recommend this moving book of love, ...more
Bonnie Saleeby
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-won
Every little girl has a dream growing up and Mary Pearl is no different. She based her dreams on talent and Jane Austin books,from her Aunt's library. Travel with Mary Pearl, her family and her friends; as she goes on her quest to reach her dreams. Starting out in Arizona Territory, her acceptance to college, her many ups and downs and finally she ends up in Arizona (the state). I cried tears of joy and sorrow, when reading this book. I often had problems putting the book down. This story had me ...more
Susan Sherman
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nancy Turner is a clear, strong voice for women in 1907. Thank You
Margaret
Oh My! One of my favorites and my 2nd favorite of the Prine family saga, although the first book These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901, Arizona Territories is still my favorite. I have been trying to find the perfect shelf name of these kind of books, my favorite genre. A story that is full of feeling, rich in atmosphere and of course listening to the audiobook gave it that very kind of special touch. At first I almost abandoned the audiobook version because the narrator c ...more
Jeanette
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Egads! Was this book a disappointment.

"Gee golly, I reckon" I can no longer read Chick lit. of a 100 miseries. Not even for a friend's request to discuss. What is there to discuss?

Only giving the 2nd star for the Wheaton placement sections. All else is ridiculous stereotypes fighting to get to a YA level of expression. Few of these characters had any depth development and the ones that had some sounded like middle schoolers. AZ territory didn't get it's due either.

This author- no more for me.
Laura • lauralovestoread
I was so fascinated by this story of wild Arizona when it was still considered a Territory in 1907. I haven’t read many historical fiction novels about Arizona during this time and really enjoyed it!

*thank you St Martins Press for the gifted copy. All opinions are my own
Chelsea
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS
Lori
Oct 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
This is a wonderful book and the main character puts me in mind of Mary Call in Where the Lilies Bloom.
Mary Pearl is an amazing character because of her dedication to her family.
Mary Call is the same way in trying to protect her older sister from harm but she soon realized that nothing will stop her from loving Luther.
I loved this story because of family. Family sticks together no matter what!
I felt bad for Mary Pearl because her education was cut short. But I also admired her courage,
This bo
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Gail
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-books
I could not finish this book.

I got it free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I wanted to like a book set in the U.S. Southwest and Illinois in the early 1900s, but I could not. I felt like the author told us too much, not enough showing us Mary Pearl's life. Mary Pearl's voice is very strong, she speaks often in cliches, which makes Mary Pearl feel more like a caricature than a real character. I think I laughed at things that should have made me feel sad (or maybe I should have la
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Kristi
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This isn't my usual genre but I've been expanding my horizons and I'm so glad I did because I really enjoyed this book!

Set in the early 1900's Arizona Territory, Light Changes Everything is a step into the past and while there is a great amount of joy it also examines the strife and hardships life imposed daily, especially for women.
17-year-old Mary Pearl gives a touching narrative of life on her Pa's Pecan farm all the way to Wheaton College. Mary Pearl is a wonderful main character, her stren
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claudia
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-s
Have loved the Nancy Turner books set in the AZ territory. This is number 4 and did not disappoint.

Love the strength of the women (and men) she writes about. Love hearing about the challenges of living in the Southwest desert. The struggle of being a woman at during that time period.

Only thing that would have made it better—if I had been sitting out on a porch on a spring evening listening to these stories.
Great quarantine listen!

One disappointment—-listening to mispronunciation of words. I’m
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Melissa
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this as a giveaway.
Pleasant surprise! More detailed review to follow.
Heather Bennett
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Light Changes Everything is a fantastic historical fiction novel. Nancy Turner is a brilliant author and brings her stories to life. A wonderful read.
Lynn
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those novels where I welcomed the inclusion of an epilogue. Just like wanting to find out what old friends have been up to since the last time I saw them, I wanted to know how things worked out for the extended Prine family. The epilogue was very satisfying.

Even though this book is filled with life being lived to the hilt, with more than its share of excitement and drama, I would still call this a quiet book. By quiet I mean “a character-driven novel”, which is my favorite kind of
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Glenda
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

It’s the summer of 1907 and the sun is scorching down on Mary Pearl in the Arizona Territory. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther take their minds off the heat by sneaking banned Jane Austen novels from Aunt Sarah’s bookshelf. Whispered read alouds preoccupy their nights, and ideas of getting hitched to their own Mr. Darcy à la Pride and Prejudice swirl through their day dreams.

In walks old-fashioned old-money suitor Aubrey Hanna, here to whisk seventeen year old Mary Pearl off her feet wi
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Tami
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my third novel by Nancy E. Turner and I’ve loved every one! In this newest novel, readers are introduced to Sarah Prine’s niece, Mary Pearl. Set in the Arizona Territory in the early 1900’s, Mary Pearl reveals what life was like in those times—especially for a young woman.

I found the story a bit predictable at times, but there was such a sense of adventure throughout that had I been able, I would have read this straight through without stopping.

The story begins with Mary Pearl planning t
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Barred Owl Books
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“I adored stepping into to the world of the Prines through tough-as-rawhide Mary Pearl. Light Changes Everything is a novel as gritty and authentic as the women of the Arizona Territory. Nancy E. Turner brings the west and its people fully to life.” –Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

Bestselling author Nancy E. Turner returns to the world of Sarah Agnes Prine through the wide-eyes of her irrepressible young niece, Mary Pearl.

It’s the summer of 1907 and the
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Linda
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful read in the Sarah Prine series. This revolves around her feisty niece Mary Pearl. Loved it!
Lori
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this advance reader copy as part of a Goodreads giveaway and was thrilled because I loved the other books, and had post-series depression after The Star Garden. At first, I had a tough time adjusting to the fact that Mary Pearl was our narrator instead of Sarah, because I adore Sarah and had spent so much time with her that I already had a connection. It took me some time to build that connection with Mary Pearl. And to be fair, the Sarah of Star Garden has so much wisdom - wisdom and ...more
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