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Elusive Dawn

(Muskoka Trilogy #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  18 reviews
It happened slowly at first. Thread by thread, the fabric of privilege and complacency enveloping the Wyndham family began to unravel. A carefree summer at their island house, disrupted by the arrival of long lost kin, ended in tragedy, betrayal, and war. Now, in the compelling sequel to the acclaimed epic, The Summer Before The Storm, Ria and her friends find themselves a ...more
Paperback, 555 pages
Published November 28th 2008 by Mindshadows (first published 2008)
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Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Back in April I reviewed "The Summer Before the Storm" by Gabriele Wills, and I was so taken with it that I couldn't wait to read the sequel, "Elusive Dawn". Since I has other review commitments at the time, I decided to wait, and I finally had the chance to pick up the second book in this series a couple of weeks ago.

"Elusive Dawn" starts off where "The Summer Before the Storm" ends. The Great War has begun in earnest, and Victoria Wyndham is overseas and determined to become an abulance driver
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Elusive Dawn is the second book of the Muskoka trilogy and it picks up where The Summer Before the Storm left off - Ria had just received some devastating news about her beloved Chas and WWI was disrupting the privileged lives that the Wyndhams and Thortons had come to cherish.

Most of this book takes place away from the lake the families love so much. Most of the action occurs either in England or in France and it is the War and its horrors that are the focus of this piece of the series. And hor
Tia Bach
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Victoria (Ria) Wyndham Thornton is a woman ahead of her time; her strength and determination forged by heartbreaking loss and betrayal. But the war has affected the lives of so many people she loves, leaving no one in her family untouched in some way. Major Chas Thornton, Ria's husband and an Ace fighter pilot, is struggling to win back her love and trust while trying to stay alive.

Determined to help others, Ria joins the Women's Ambulance and Transport Service (WATS). Although this brings a pur
Nov 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I loved The Summer Before the Storm so jumped at the chance to read book 2 in the Muskoka Trilogy, Elusive Dawn. Revisiting old friends was just part of the appeal, Gabriele Wills has once again combined impeccable research, actual events and real people with a finely embroidered story, poignant and vividly detailed.

Elusive Dawn picks up where The Summer Before the Storm finishes, focusing on the horror of the Great War, the physical & psychological cost, the loss of innocence. The
We pick up right were the story left off at the end of The Summer Before the Storm. Now if you haven’t read the first book, then some of the information in this review may be a spoiler for you! Read with caution!

Ria and Chas are on the outs. Having taken separate paths after the loss of their beloved little one, Ria decided she needs to be at the front lines, to be out doing something. Not sitting at home waiting, wondering, she needs action. I feel for these two characters, they’ve been through
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elusive Dawn by Gabiele Wills is the second book in The Muskoka Novels. This book once again follows the lives of the Wyndham family and their friends. In the first book, The Summer Before The Storm, the story ended with Ria finding out that her husband had not only had an affair but had also fathered a child with a french woman. Ria is heartbroken. Elusive Dawn picks up with Ria grieving over her husband's unfaithfulness. She's feeling restless and useless and decides to join WATS, which is the ...more
May 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
Shelves: read-in-2012
Back in 2010, I reviewed the book The Summer Before the Storm by Gabriele Wills. It was the first book in the historical fiction series called The Muskoka Novels. Elusive Dawn is the second novel in the series.

In the summer of 1916, some of the Wyndham family carry on family tradition at their cottages at Muskoka in Canada. However, many of the family members are in Europe, fighting the Great War. Ria becomes an ambulance driver in France, a very dangerous volunteer job. Her husband Chas is a fl
Donna Mcnab
Apr 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My new all-time favourite author is Gabriele Wills. This is a wonderful book, full of so much detail that you feel like you are living the life of privileged society through the terrible war, but also in Canadian and English high society. In spite of the difficult situations that occur in the book, there always seems also to be a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction. I found this, all in all, to be a Joyful book that I absolutely loved. Now I am waiting for the third installment! I have re ...more
Gisela Kretzschmar
May 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
"Monty had cleverly crafted the story to depict not only a generation, but also a society blighted by the war." This quote from "Summer Before the Storm" does very well apply to "Elusive Dawn".

Both Muskoka Novels take readers on a journey through heaven and hell and anything in between, chasing them across a rollercoaster of actions and emotions. At the same time they are providing lots of information about WWI and deep insights in the attitude towards life during those times. They are historic
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author weaves a compelling story in a series of books, this being the 2nd in the series of 3. I will have to get the 3rd one as well. (Thank you again my GR friend Lee for gifting me with the first book). The books are well researched with historical context bringing the past to life. There is an entire website devoted to this series,, as well as soundtracks created especially for the books transporting us back in time. The books are entertaining with a large cast of characte ...more
Ashley Katsuyama
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I could not put this book down! The characters, many of which won my affection in the first novel, are so vivid and real that they feel like old friends. Every page is filled with a bevy of emotions, ranging from despair and foreboding regarding the horrible war, to elation and hope for the future. Wills writing made me feel like I wasn't even reading words on a page, but actually experiencing everything along with the characters.
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Really liked the second novel - but not as much as the first. I began to get sick of Ria in some sections and liked the other character storylines much better. I Did enjoy it enough to read the 3rd book in the series.
Mar 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Very seldom have I read a sequel to a book (The Summer before the storm) that lived up to the first one, but this one certainly does. The author brings the horrific days of the World War I to life and it consequences to the families involved in a vivid way.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it liked it
These stories are very busy and have an awful lot of characters, that said, I truly enjoyed them. I tended to fall in love with certain characters and try to speed to other parts of the story to get to them, but overall not bad stories. Looking forward to number three.
Alice Carey
Apr 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

A good read, interesting insight to Worls War 1.
Do not like the way she ends her novels, but would recommend.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I'm really enjoying this series, love reading about Canadian history for a change. Really the only down side, are the amount of people you have to keep track of.
Sara Gould
El principal problema de este libro es que una se acaba cansando de tanta felicidad y de que toda desgracia eluda a los protagonistas; la primera mitad es genial pero a partir de la página 350 comienza a hacerse monótono y aunque no deja de resultar bastante interesante y tiene momentos maravillosos la lectura se hace cuesta arriba.
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Ideally I would be sitting on a dock by the lake with a cat on my lap, a glass of wine in one hand, and a good book in the other. (Don’t ask how I’d turn the pages or get the cat near the water.) Failing that, I love to recreate an era in which I can immerse myself (and readers), by weaving compelling stories around meticulously researched facts. My characters are best friends, whom others are no ...more

Other books in the series

Muskoka Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Summer Before the Storm
  • Under the Moon
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