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The Brightest of Dreams

(Canadian Crossings #3)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man's niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Bethany House Publishers (first published February 2020)
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Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really loved this book! Its book 3 of the series but can be read as a stand-alone. The story is about people after war. They’re trying to put their lives back together, and unforeseen circumstances have separated them. Children were shipped off to Canada and can’t be found.
The Quinten was honorable and godly and the Julia was brave and determined. I loved their story.
The writing was very good. And the side characters added a pleasant layer to the story.
The romance was wonderful, which
Nora St Laurent
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The cover drew me in, then the title, and I smiled when I saw this was written by Susan Anne Mason. I had enjoyed books by this author, so I was thrilled to read her newest novel. I read the first page in the prologue, stopped and looked at the cover of the book again. Yes, I was reading the correct book. I had read No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky last year and it had a similar beginning, I was a little confused (things were made clear in the Author notes to readers). When the prologue ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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This is the third book in this series that I have read and enjoyed, saying that I do feel that you could read this one by its self, but the others as equally good!
This story is fiction, as the author’s notes states, but it is based on fact, and it happened to so many families. This time the author focuses on a family with three sons and one daughter, while the older son is fighting in the great war, the family falls on hard times and put into an orphanage in England, only to completely lose the
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason is the third book in the Canadian Crossings series, but it can be read independently, I didn’t read the previous books and had no problems (it did mention the main characters of the other novels, and I think it would be nice to see how they all faired if I’d read the previous books). I’m now very curious after the other books and I have made reservations at the library, as there is a waiting list for all Susan’s books!

In this novel we follow Quinn and
Paula Shreckhise
First of all, the cover of The Brightest of Dreams is just perfect. The hero is shown and you can almost see into his character. He looks kind, handsome, thoughtful and there is an air of anticipation in his gaze. And that’s what Susan Anne Mason brings out in her story of Quinn Aspinall.
In this third book of the series, Canadian Crossings, we see Quinn back from the war. He is on a mission to track down his siblings who were sent to Canada to be indentured because their ill mother could not
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing third book in the Canadian Crossings series and my absolute favorite. With characters and situations that capture your heart and hold on so tight that you never want it to end. I want more. This author is captivating and I’m so thankful I discovered her books, as they never disappoint. I definitely needed tissues as my heart was torn in pieces as Quinn searches for his siblings and finds the not pleasant atrocities of being an indentured servant. I recently watched a documentary on this ...more
Susan Snodgrass
Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
After mustering out of the Great War and returning to his post as personal valet to a member of Britain's aristocracy, Quinton Aspinall learns his mother is in the workhouse and his three siblings have been shipped to Canada to work there as indentured servants. He is determined to find them and bring them home so their family can be whole again. His employer agrees to Quinton going as long as he searches for and brings him his own wayward niece who has run off with a Canadian soldier, promising ...more
Rebekah Gyger
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Susan Anne Mason is an author I like to read when I need something light-hearted and easy to read, while still having depth to the story. Though she includes characters going through hard times and living through some dark moments of history, her writing style is still buoyed with hope.

Quinten is man who has returned from war only to find his mother on death's door and his siblings shipped across sea as indentured servants. Despite this, and the frustrations of trying to find his siblings,
Denise Hershberger
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My favorite in the series!

I loved Quinn and Julia so much!

Honestly, this book has some difficult topics that were not easy to read about. I really loved how all of these concerning situations were dealt with by prayer and a lot of grace. I also loved how people always banded together to help each other and how honesty was always best in the end.

I loved the romance in this book. It wasn't over the top - but it was true and overcame hardships. I also loved the importance of family.

I think my
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've long been a fan of Susan Anne Mason's work, right from the when I read Irish Meadows and all the books following in that series! I think after thinking about all of them I've read so far, this is my favorite. Quinten, bless him, has such good intentions and such a noble heart, while struggling with a promise he made to his father and his desire to keep it. Deeply rooted in Canadian history, this story brings these events to life and helps us understand what the children shipped over from ...more
Having read Carrie Turansky's, No Ocean Too Wide, which also dealt with the British Home Children, I knew I was going to love Mason's series on this same subject. Book 3 finally brings the series to completion as Quinten Aspinall heads to Canada to try and find his 2 brothers and his sister, Cecil, Harry, and Becky, along with his employer's (Lord Bentwood) niece. Nothing goes easy finding the children or locating Julia. Beset by one problem after another, Quinten's faith is the only thing that ...more
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A family reunited

I loved this book. It tells a story of the Home Children sent from England to Canada from an orphanage. When Quinn came back from serving in the Army he found that his mother was living in a workhouse and very ill and his sister and two brothers had been placed in an orphanage because his mother could no longer care for them. When he asks his boss for the time off and an advance in wages to search for his siblings he is granted that request with a stipulation that he search for
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I didn't realize this was book 3 in the series when I requested it. It's a standalone and I didn't have any problems following the story.

Quinn comes back from the war and finds his mother in the workhouse and his younger siblings taken to Canada. Before his father died, he made Quinn promise he'd keep the family together, which Quinn feels strongly about. He asks his employer for leave and in turn the employer asks for Quinn's help bringing home his estranged niece.

At first, Julia doesn't
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ah, such a sweet conclusion to The Canadian Crossings series. Susan Anne Mason writes another fluidly moving story filled with hope, love, romance, and faith. This is book 3 in the series but can be read as a stand-alone; the three books are not sequential but simultaneous in timeline.

I really enjoyed getting to know Julia and Quinn. Julia is a strong but broken woman, trying her best to survive even when her circumstances are terrible. Quinn is a determined, loyal, and tender man who crosses
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the conclusión to the Canadian Crossings Series and it couldn’t have been a better story than this one to end a heartwrenching yet beautiful series that touched me deeply. There are three characters, Grace, Emma and Quinn, that embark on this epic journey to cross the ocean from England to Canada, all in search of family members. Grace is looking for her sister, Emma her recently discovered father, and Quinn, the hero of this story, makes this journey to find his siblings and maybe a ...more
Randi Annie Framnes
Dealing with tough and sad issues involving children, I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I ended up doing. To be fair there were parts of the plot describing appalling conditions for the children working on Canadian farms, which I found thoroughly disturbing, but other parts were about how a close relationship between Julia and Quinn got room to develop in the middle of all the drama as well as descriptions of their life in Canada. We also got to follow Julia when she dealt with ...more
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first experience with a novel by Susan Anne Mason, and I can guarantee it will not be my last. The Brightest of Dreams is a beautifully moving story that showcases the importance of faith no matter what the circumstances are, and how there's always light shining a way in the darkness.

One of my personal favorite things about reading historical fiction is learning about important parts of history that I wasn't really aware of prior. Being Canadian myself, I was intrigued by the
Feb 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason is the third book in the Canadian Crossings series and quite possibly my favourite book in this series. With returning characters from the first two books, and a closer look at the wonderful Mrs. "C" I am yearning for this series to continue as I don't want to let the characters go.

This story is very moving as Quinten Aspinall sets out to find his brothers and sister. All three were placed in the infamous Dr. Barnardo Homes that brought thousands of
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Susan Anne Mason's The Brightest of Dreams is an incredible story. With incredible odds, one young determined man, Quentin Aspinall undertakes to reunite his two brothers and sister. His goal was to restore them to his mother, who, in poor health and dire straits, gave their care temporarily over to Dr. Bernardo's Homes. Little did she know that they would be put on a boat for Canada.

I can't imagine how difficult this situation would be. Although this is a work of fiction, the children in this
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this last book of the Canadian Crossings Series, Susan Anne Mason has tied up the series with a bow. Quinten Aspinall is hired by his employer to go find his niece while he hunts for his siblings in Canada. The hunt is not as easy as it seems and he has to resort to a bit of underhandedness to find the information he wants.

The first person he finds is Julia, his employer's niece. He finds her in a less-than-safe situation and takes steps to get her into more suitable housing.

Linda Wilson
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man's niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway's
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Brightest of Dreams is a beautifully written historical, focusing heavily on the World War I era in both England and Canada. Susan Anne Mason gives rich details of the lives and surroundings of the Aspinall siblings, from the unfortunate orphanage placement of the younger siblings to the later issues facing older brother Quinten, a returning British solider, as he tries to rescue them from their forced emigration in Canada.

The author does an excellent job of presenting the challenges
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Because one way or another, he would come up with a means to persuade her."

Quinten Aspinall's future and that of his family, hangs in the balance, while his employer's lovely runaway niece decides whether or not to return to England. Providentially, Quinten found Julia Holloway living and working in Toronto, Canada under pretty dire circumstances; her original plans having gone terribly astray.

But Quinten has more to worry about than Julia Holloway, his main concen involves the welfare
Debb Hackett
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason gets five stars from me. This new-to-me author has delivered a great story on so many levels. Her book centers on Quinten Aspinall, a former valet who has returned from serving in World War One. He discovers his mother dying in the workhouse and his younger siblings sent to Canada as orphans.

Asking his employer to allow him time to go and find the children, Quinten sets off with the second task of bringing the Lord’s niece back with him.

Julia Holloway
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

[This is Book 3 in the author's Canadian Crossing series. The previous books will provide additional insights & depth to the characters, but it can readily standalone without difficulty as well]

Quinn comes back from the war only to discover that his mother is sick and his younger siblings have
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason is the third book in her Canadian Crossings series and another fantastic read. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful cover and the description of the story. Having read the first two books in the series, I knew I was in for a great tale. The settings in England and Canada in 1919 after the close of WWI are vividly drawn, and the subject matter involving British Home Children was obviously very well-researched. Mason is a master at creating ...more
Miranda Atchley
A shining voice in Christian fiction brings a heartwarming tale of faith, hope, family, and redemption.

I love sweet Christian romance. Much of my teen years were spent reading books by authors like Gilbert Morris and Melody Carlson, so reading books in this genre is always like coming home for me. That’s why I like Susan Anne Mason. I loved her debut Irish Meadows and have enjoyed other books by her. The Brightest of Dreams, while not my favorite offering, was a good read. I loved Julia and
Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Surely the hand of God had been on their lives every step of the way.

The Brightest of Dreams is such a lovely finish to this series. Mason uses a deft pen to plumb the depths of despair and heartache which brought many a tear to this reader’s eye. Emotional pain runs deep throughout the narrative and although several situations cannot be described as good, the author was careful to portray them with sensitivity and compassion.

The sub-story with the Reverend and Mrs “C” is utterly captivating
Caitlin Allen
Feb 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Thank you to Bethany House for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.

I enjoyed coming back to this series and getting to see how this new character's story went and also visiting some characters that are consistent throughout the entire series as well. I also liked how the author chose to focus on children's home history in this book. I learned a lot and was shocked by the treatment of some of the children described in this book. I think the author did a great job shining light on this
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed Susan Ann Mason's books about Canadian Crossings. Romantic and so interesting. I can't seem to put the book down once I start it. The series starts with these three strangers who meet on a ship and this is the third book and we get to find out the story of Quentin. Quentin is on a quest to find his family. After the war, he lost track of his brothers and sisters. They were given to an orphanage and he is determined to find them. Along the way he is also searching for ...more
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