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Light Changes Everything

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  232 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 to
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Sue You probably could read it as a stand alone but I think it would be much better to read them all in order. And yes there would some spoilers. Enjoy…moreYou probably could read it as a stand alone but I think it would be much better to read them all in order. And yes there would some spoilers. Enjoy them! :)(less)

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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 arent 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.

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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 theyve 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
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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 Elliots 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
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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 ...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
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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.
Karen Kay
I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

"Full of gumption and spirit, Mary Pearls 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☆
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Beth Sponzilli
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 Pearls 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 dont think it is. ...more
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 1900s; 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
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.
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
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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
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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.
Melissa
Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I won this as a giveaway.
Pleasant surprise! More detailed review to follow.
Tami
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my third novel by Nancy E. Turner and Ive loved every one! In this newest novel, readers are introduced to Sarah Prines niece, Mary Pearl. Set in the Arizona Territory in the early 1900s, Mary Pearl reveals what life was like in those timesespecially 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 to
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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.

Its the summer of 1907 and the sun
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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
Carol lowkey.bookish
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I devoured this book in one day -- stayed up too late reading it. The tension and conflict in the story kept me reading late into the night so I could find out what happens to Mary Pearl and her family.

This book revisits the Prine family we met in These is My Words, Sarahs Quilt, and The Star Garden. I was so happy to reunite with the familiar characters of Aunt Sarah and Granny. Granny gives Mary Pearl her diaries to keep safe and write her memoirs, but she cant make them public until Granny
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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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Jennifer
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book has just about everything you could ask for in terms of a western/pioneer tale. Strong characters, plenty of trials and tribulations, family feuds, heartbreak and betrayal, gunfights and a really good horse. I really appreciated that Mary was valued for more than just a pretty face and was encouraged to go to school for something as seemingly trivial as art, especially because her father was so supportive. You don't typically see that kind of opportunity freely given in books like ...more
Stephen Power
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I got an early copy of this, and the narrator's voice blew me away. She reminds me of Mattie in Portis's "True Grit." To pull out one line that tells you all you need to know about her and her world, it's this one: "'Youll make friends there in Illinois. Its a real state, not just a territory. Theyve got
more law and order. Likely most girls dont even own a pistol.'
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Karen M
1907 and a spitfire of a girl wants to make more of her life than she possibly could living on a pecan farm in the Arizona Territories. Two gun toting and knife carrying Mary Pearl wants more from life than marriage and she convinces her family to let her go to a womens college in Wheaton, Illinois.

One thing after another happens to Mary Pearl and her family, some good and some terrible but youll have to read the book to learn what all these events are.

Mary Pearl has gumption and ambition which
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Meghan
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was received as an ARC from St Martin's Press - Thomas Dunne Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

We continuously are in the search for new Historical Fiction novels and I absolutely was ecstatic when it was reflecting on Jane Austen Novels especially Pride and Prejudice. I love the twist Nancy Turner approached this book with in the characters of Mary Pearl and Aubrey (a.k.a Elizabeth and Darcy). I also found it
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Rachel
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Light Changes Everything by Nancy E. Turner is part historical fiction part coming of age part finding what matters in life kind of novel. It begins 1907 territory of Arizona (including her stint at Wheaton College in Illinois).

I truly love the female protagonist, Mary Pearl Prine, who is around 17. I had no clue about the trilogy of books Ms Turner had written about her aunt, Sarah Agnes Prine, until after I began exploring the author and her other works. I love the whole cast of characters;
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Yvonne
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mary Pearl is a seventeen year old girl living in the Arizona Territory at the beginning of the 1900's. Living with her family in the Arizona heat is an adventure, but she yearns to find herself in the east where she can learn more about her interest in art and the ways of being a lady. After being accepted into a college in Illinois her Pa allows her dreams to be fulfilled, much to the concern of her mother. Mary Pearl finds she doesn't quite fit the fancy lifestyle and has conflicts because of ...more
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