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Archived Group Reads - 2017 > October's Book of the Month - Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky

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message 1: by Beth, Head Librarian (new) - rated it 4 stars

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Here is our Group Read for October! Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky!

GR Summary:
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 parents weighs heavily on her heart as she begins to wonder if what happened that day on the lake...might not have been an accident.

When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend.

Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate--and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?

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Chime in if you think you will join in!


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Andrea Cox (andreacox) | 1911 comments Mod
I don't think I'll have time to reread this one. I loved it when I copyedited it. Hope y'all enjoy it!


Patricia | 16 comments I plan on joining!!


Rebekah Brown | 43 comments I'll be picking up my copy from the library this week :)


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Friends, I'm so happy to see you'll be reading Shine Like the Dawn this month! I loved traveling to England to research this story and the setting it in Northumberland. That's way up on the northeast coast right blow the boarder to Scotland. It's rugged and beautiful there! I have a Pinterest board for the book if you'd like to click over and see the characters and the setting! I'll be popping in to join the discussion. Happy Reading! Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/carrieturan...


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Rebekah wrote: "I'll be picking up my copy from the library this week :)"

Patricia wrote: "I plan on joining!!"

Wonderful! Glad to hear it, ladies! :)


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Carrie wrote: "Hi Friends, I'm so happy to see you'll be reading Shine Like the Dawn this month! I loved traveling to England to research this story and the setting it in Northumberland. That's way up on the nort..."

Thank you for popping in, Carrie! :) I can't wait to check out the Pinterest board!


Kate (liahonagirl) | 390 comments A copy is waiting for me at the library, which I'll probably be able to pick up tomorrow evening, so once I'm finished my current read, I'll dive right into this one!


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Kate wrote: "A copy is waiting for me at the library, which I'll probably be able to pick up tomorrow evening, so once I'm finished my current read, I'll dive right into this one!"

Awesome!


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I'm about halfway through my current read, but once I finish it, this is up next for me. :)


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Just started Shine Like the Dawn!

Waves to Carrie! Thank you for joining this thread.


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Staci, that's great to hear you're reading along with us this month! I hope you enjoy Maggie and Nate's story. I had fun learning how to weave a mystery into my stories. I hope it makes the story even more enjoyable for reading friends.


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Adding mystery to historical romance seems to be a new craze. I like it!


Susan | 48 comments I had the pleasure of reading an ARC of this book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did:)


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Just finished. I liked it!


message 16: by Beth, Head Librarian (last edited Oct 08, 2017 03:15PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

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I finished Shine Like the Dawn - what a sweet story! Even more so than the mystery, I enjoyed the details of the natural setting (I wanted to admire some of those beautiful views!), as well as the issues at Clifton engineering. I won't go into more at the moment since others are probably still reading. :)

I want to read the Edwardian Brides books for sure!

Has anyone else read them or any of Carrie's other books? If so, do you have a favorite so far?


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I've read the Edwardian Brides series and my favorite was A Refuge at Highland Hall. I loved the WWI influence!

A Refuge at Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides #3) by Carrie Turansky


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I'm having way too much fun looking through SLtD's Pinterest page!


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Beth, so glad you enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn and took a look at the Pinterest page. I'm a visual person, so those images really help me visualize my characters and the setting.

Here's the link in case others would like to take a look: https://www.pinterest.com/carrieturan...


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Kate (liahonagirl) | 390 comments I just finished this book a few days ago, and really enjoyed it. This is the first full-length historical novel I've read by Carrie, and I love how the details were pulled together so it felt like I was really there with Nate and Maggie and the others in the story! After seeing the Pinterest board for the book, I'm not surprised at the attention to detail! How fun was that?! :)


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Thanks for those kind words, Kate! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story. The research into the area and time period was fun for me. In fact, sometimes I have to tell myself to stop researching and get busy writing. But weaving in those historical details makes it very enjoyable for me. My next book, Across the Blue, has even more history woven in and secondary characters who are real people. It focuses on early aviation and the race to be the first to fly across the English Channel. Happy reading!


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 945 comments Carrie, what are some of your favorite sources for English WW1 history? I'm trying to do some research myself and would love some recommendations for places to look.

I'm hoping to get a chance to read and join in with the group read this month. :)


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Hannah, I really enjoyed researching WW1 for my novel, A Refuge at Highland Hall. The best sources are actual diaries or articles written at that time. When I traveled to England in 2014 I found some wonderful books there including My War Diary by Ethel M. Bilbrough. I also used the biography of Rex Warnford, VC by Mary Gibson. VC stand for Victoria Cross, one of the highest military honors. World War I, The Definitive Visual History by the Smithsonian was helpful too. You'll find links to several articles by clicking on images on my Refuge at Highland Hall and my World War 1 Pinterest Board. https://www.pinterest.com/carrieturan....


Marguerite Gray (margueritemartingray) | 1 comments I enjoyed this book immensely. I will join in as I have time. Excellent choice.


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Marguerite wrote: "I enjoyed this book immensely. I will join in as I have time. Excellent choice."

So glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for joining in. :)


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
Carrie wrote: "Hi Hannah, I really enjoyed researching WW1 for my novel, A Refuge at Highland Hall. The best sources are actual diaries or articles written at that time. When I traveled to England in 2014 I found..."

Carrie I have my grandfather's World War I Diary that he kept while serving with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces. He was gassed with mustard gas and suffered from heart issues the rest of his life. I copied it for one of my cousin's daughters who teaches high school history and she used it with her class. Said it really brought WWI to life for them.


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Loraine, that's so interesting! What a great idea to share it with students. History comes alive when you read how events impacted individual people.


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
Some of it was really funny as my grandfather was British. His dry wit definitely came shining through as he poked fun at some of the officers. But he also gave vivid descriptions of ship movements as he traveled from Canada to England with convoy. And then there were his thoughts about missing his beloved "Kitty," my grandmother.


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 945 comments Loraine wrote: "Some of it was really funny as my grandfather was British. His dry wit definitely came shining through as he poked fun as some of the officers. But he also gave vivid descriptions of ship movements..."

What a sweet heritage, Loraine!


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 945 comments Carrie wrote: "Hi Hannah, I really enjoyed researching WW1 for my novel, A Refuge at Highland Hall. The best sources are actual diaries or articles written at that time. When I traveled to England in 2014 I found..."

Thank you, Carrie!!


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Hannah wrote: "Loraine wrote: "Some of it was really funny as my grandfather was British. His dry wit definitely came shining through as he poked fun as some of the officers. But he also gave vivid descriptions o..."

Thanks Hannah. It will definitely be passed down to my son and grandson.


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Just got it in on ILL so will be reading it soon.


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments For those of you reading Shine Like the Dawn, I thought you might enjoy this blog post about Cragside ~ Morningside Manor, the inspiration for the setting for Shine Like the Dawn. It includes a video tour of the gardens, which are so lovely! http://carrieturansky.com/index.php/c...


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 945 comments Oh, nice link! Cragside looks so...craggy and Scottish. It makes me want to go visit and explore those gardens!


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments I found a second video that shows the interior of Cragside as well as the garden. I agree, Hannah, I'd love to see it in person! Maybe we'll have to organize a trip to England for reading friends like Julie Klassen did last month. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCBIA...


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Good evening, everyone! I thought I would post a few discussion questions this evening since we're mid-month. I'll post half now and the rest in a few more days.

1. Grief can have a profound impact on people. How did Maggie deal with her grief following the death of her parents and sister? How was that different than the way her grandmother dealt with their deaths? What have you found to be helpful for you or those who you now when they are going through a time of grief?

2. Maggie's suspicions led her toward several assumptions. Some were true, but some were false and hurtful to those she loved. What can we learn from that part of Maggie's journey?

3. After her father's death, Nate inherited Morningside Manor and his father's part ownership in Clifton Engineering. How did this change his life? What did you think of the way he handled those changes? If you were his friend at the time, what advice would you have given him?

4. Helen went to great lengths to hide her past from everyone. Why was this so important to her? What impact did her desire to keep her past secret have on others? How did it change the course of her life?

5. Grandmother Hayes loved Maggie and Violet and often shared advice and wisdom with them. What's one of your favorite bits of advice or wisdom from Grandmother Hayes?

6. Maggie felt a great responsibility for Violet and had a deep love for her. What did you think of Violet? What did she add to the story?


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1. Maggie was angry and wanted vengeance while her grandmother was more accepting of their deaths. People go through different stages of grief and grief impacts people in different ways. I think denial is a fairly common mechanism initially.

3. Nate handled the changes he wanted at Clifton Engineering well. He tried to get support from the board. As a friend, I would have advised him to focus on one change in particular and start there.

Question from me...I don't remember learning about the woman in New York. Does anyone recall about those details being revealed?


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
Just got this book finally on ILL and will start it this evening.


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Stacie asked: "Question from me...I don't remember learning about the woman in New York. Does anyone recall about those details being revealed?"

Ah, this is a good question! Several readers have asked me about that woman. Nate's father was involved with an actress in New York after Nate's mother died and they had a daughter. Nate's father sent money to help support her. I'd originally planned to write a series, and this young woman from America was going to come to England searching for her father and family in book 2. But my editor wanted me to write Shine Like the Dawn as a stand alone novel. So . . . I had Helen tell Nate that his father was involved with the actress and had a daughter. But I can tell from the questions I've received that I didn't connect those facts well enough in the story. I hope this bit of information solves that mystery! Thanks for asking.


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Thank you for tying up that loose end!!


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
Finished it last night and absolutely loved it.

#5 I particularly liked this quote from Grandmother: "I am not defending him. I'm simply choosing NOT to be offended by him."

This really struck me as my Women's Bible Study group is now doing Joyce Meyer's series "Dealing with Offense." And this is exactly what she is trying to teach us.


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Lorraine, so glad you enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn. That's so interesting to hear you're Bible study is looking at that the concept of offenses. So many people take offense at so many things today, and it can really hinder their relationships with God and others. Giving the benefit of the doubt and forgiveness can open doors and break down walls. Maggie allowed her hurt to shadow her view of people and their actions. It's a good lesson to consider. I loved giving her Grandmother the role of mentoring her and helping her see some of these issues.


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
I agree Carrie. Taking offense with the least little thing is so prevalent in our society today, and it causes so much trouble that is unnecessary. I absolutely loved Grandmother's many wisdom gems.


Rebekah Brown | 43 comments The beginning of the story was very engaging, Maggie's heartbreaking story and how she provides for her sister and grandmother is a great testament of devotion and loyalty. I also enjoyed Maggie's spiritual journey of forgiveness and drawing closer to God for healing. I would have liked to read more about Lilly and Rob, their journey intrigued me.

2. Maggie made several assumptions throughout the novel, several including Helen's motives and actions as well Nate's father's involvement in her parent's and sister's deaths. In the case of Maggie suspecting Helen of taking part in tampering with the boat, Maggie was bent on reading Helen's journals. I really disliked that!
I was upset that Maggie asked Lilly to retrieve the journals, and therefore asking her to jeopardize her position. Thankfully she did not get caught, which would have caused even more heartache and financial burdens for her and Rob. I feel that in the case of Nate's father being a suspect in Maggie's Parents deaths, both Maggie and Nate had faults in how the responded and acted to the news. Maggie jumped the gun and immediately pointed fingers at Nate's dad, and in return Nate never considered his father's likelihood of involvement...even though he mentions several times throughout the books he did not have a close relationship with his father. Even though they both initially responded poorly, they both realized their faults and parts in the matter, and made things right in the end!


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
Rebekah I so agree with your take on Maggie asking Lilly to retrieve the journals. She basically was asking her to commit a crime and felt the end justified the means.


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Loraine wrote: "Finished it last night and absolutely loved it.

#5 I particularly liked this quote from Grandmother: "I am not defending him. I'm simply choosing NOT to be offended by him."

This really struck m..."


That line stayed with me as well - I think there is always a choice there, and that line states the idea so eloquently!


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Carrie wrote: "Stacie asked: "Question from me...I don't remember learning about the woman in New York. Does anyone recall about those details being revealed?"

Ah, this is a good question! Several readers have a..."


I love these little tidbits! Thanks, Carrie!

Any chance you might develop any of these ideas further one day?

Also, can you share anything about what you're currently working on and what's up next for you? :)


Carrie Turansky (carrieturansky) | 15 comments Hi Beth, thanks for asking me what's next! I have a Civil War Christmas novella, Waiting for His Return, coming out November 7. Waiting for His Return features a British born special artist who travels with the Union troops, drawing scenes that are sent back to the newspapers to illustrate camp life and battle scenes for those on the home front. When he's injured he is taken in by a doctor's family outside of Nashville. The doctor's daughter is attracted to him, but she has already lost one man to the war, and she is determined not to fall in love with another soldier. I loved visiting Nashville and learning more about the Civil War when I was working on this story.

February 20th is release day for Across the Blue, which is set in Edwardian England in 1909 and is about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him. He's trying to build an airplane and be the first to fly across the English Channel. She is an aspiring journalist who longs to cover that story, but her parents want her to focus on finding a husband who will help them move up in society. High-flying adventure, romance, and inspiration!


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Loraine (librarydiva) | 3079 comments Mod
Both sound like wonderful books Carrie. I look forward to reading them.


Hannah (bookwormhannah) | 945 comments Will your Christmas novella be published in print also, Carrie?


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