Shine Like the Dawn

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, Violet. Several years earlier, a terrible event shattered their idyllic family life and their future prospects. When Maggie discovers her father’s journal she begins to wonder if what happened to her family might not have been an accident.

Maggie’s childhood friend, Nathaniel Harcourt, returns from serving in the Royal Navy and inherits his father’s estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father’s engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to Maggie’s family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie is uncertain if she can trust her old friend, especially when his family may be tied to the tragedy that changed the course of her life.

Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate–and being reconciled with God? Will the search for the truth about the tragedy draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?

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I really wanted to like this book. When it came in the mail, I was like, “Oh, yay! I can’t wait to read this book!” But, then I started reading it.

For some reason, I didn’t like it. I got bored with it really fast, and it took me a long time to read. The only reason that I can think of as for why I didn’t like the book is the characters. Is it bad that you don’t like the girl so much that you hope the guy does ‘get her’? Know what I mean? Maggie just flipped and flopped way too much. One moment she was opening up to Nate, and the next she was being rude to him. Seriously, girl?! You know better than that.

So, needless to say, I didn’t really enjoy reading this book.

However, I really like the cover. I like it that she is holding a hat, as she works at a millinery shop. And the color of her dress just really made the cover as a whole pop out. I am going to give this cover 4 stars.

As for the book, I am going to give it 1 star. I feel bad doing it, but I must be honest. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the rest of Carrie’s books are not enjoyable. I am still going to try to read some more of her books. I hope they are a lot better!


Title: Shine Like the Dawn

Author: Carrie Turansky

Author’s Website:

Reading Resolution: #16


I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

This review is written in my own opinions and words.


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