Shine Like the Dawn

Dana Kamstra

5 Stars

March 6, 2017

I sure do enjoy a novel that lets me really escape to another time and place. Carrie Turansky's latest novel, Shine Like the Dawn, does just that as the prose carries readers into Edwardian England. While the town feels idyllic at times, there is a cord of tension that runs through this novel. Workers are unhappy with conditions at a company and things aren't quite what they seem in regards to an accident that claimed the lives of Maggie's family.

From early on, I was drawn into this story. The characters were wonderfully developed. Everyone from the neighbor with a crush, a wise grandmother, and a rambunctious sister. Maggie's stubbornness and Nate's desire to be logical made an interesting pairing in this book. But the plot is what I truly enjoyed. I loved the small hint of mystery surrounding the accident that drastically altered Maggie's life and how many things in this book weren't quite what they seemed.

The other shining aspect of this book were the themes within the pages. Pride becomes a focus as well as themes of forgiveness and honesty. While forgiveness is a common theme in fiction, it isn't very often that pride becomes a major one as well.

If you enjoy historical fiction, I would recommend this novel.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**