Book Review: 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. 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?

It seems like 2017 is a year for Christian Fiction firsts. I read my first Colleen Coble book, and now I’m finally reading my first Carrie Turansky book. I got this book as an ARC from Waterbrook Multnomah through bloggingforbooks.com .

As most of you know, I have some trouble with reading physical book because I find it hard to concentrate. However (!!) I have gotten glasses, so I actually find it a lot easier to read this and concentrate with them.

This book was a cute slow burning romance with a twist a mystery. The regency era is definitely not something I read a lot of, but I always enjoy the books I read about it.

One pitfall of this book was that it felt like a lot of Christian Fiction books out there, especially parts like the romance between Owen and Clara. This also reminded me a lot of Dawn Crandall’s Everstone Chronicles? It was super similar, in a lot of ways.

HOWEVER I did really enjoy the characters and the tapestry and mystery that they had to unwind. It was a fun story and the twists and turns definitely kept me reading, even if I did guess some of them.

The romance was adorable but slow burning in a way that was kind of annoying. I spent most of the book annoyed at it because it didn’t happen until literally FOURTEEN pages from the end. Like what even. I’m a girl who likes a ton of romance, but I’m not mad when there’s none. But it does annoy me when I’m promised romance and I don’t get it until fourteen freaking pages from the end. What even.

However, the scene right before the big romance scene was really touching and well written. The writing in this book was well cultivated. The plot wasn’t amazing, but still enjoyable. The story was fun and delved into grief and mystery.

CONTENT GUIDE –

Sexual – squeaky clean. Almost no kissing.

Violence – the climax of the book is mildly violent, but barely

Cussing – none

Drugs/drinking – almost none.

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