In Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky, Margaret Lounsbury is a lovely young woman working with her grandmother in their millinery shop in a little town in Northern England. Despite the tragic events surrounding her parent's death several years earlier, Maggie is strong and confident as she is caring for her younger sister, Violet. Maggie is flustered when Nathaniel Harcourt of Morningside Manor returns from his military service and is given control of his late father's estate and business. Maggie and Nate had been childhood friends, but separated by class and time, they struggle to rekindle their friendship. Maggie is not ready to accept Nate back into her life especially since he extended a generous offer to her as directed by his father. When a turn of events bring Maggie and Nate together, she cautiously decides to accept his friendship. The night before a fire destroys Maggie's business, she discovers some journals from her father implicating Nate's step mother, Helen Harcourt, in the crime of her parent's death. Maggie is shocked and afraid. She then embarks on a mission to know the truth and hopefully clear up the mystery that surrounds her parents. She apprehensively confides in Nate and he begins his own investigation. Meanwhile, the company that Nate's father owned has disgruntled workers and a possible strike might bring everything to an uncomfortable compromise. Nate and Maggie are caught between tension in the village and their own private research. Will what they discover bring them closer together or threaten to tear apart their budding romance?
This novel was a delight to read and devour. The setting of Edwardian England in early 1900's is the perfect backdrop to this mystery romance. I loved the character of Maggie Lounsbury. She was very independent and strong willed, but she was also able to have compassion and think of others before herself. The friendship turned romance between Maggie and Nate was slow and sweet, but also filled with questions and many fun moments. There were a lot of characters and stories within the main story, but they all flowed together well and gave the novel a well rounded plot. I really liked the hint of mystery and how the characters interacted with one another. This is another great novel by Carrie Turansky that is sure to bring you many hours of delightful reading.
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*I was given a copy of this book for review from the author. All opinions are my own.*