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Shine Like the Dawn - Carrie Turansky (Review + TWO Giveaways!)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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About the Book

Book: Shine Like the Dawn  
Author: Carrie Turansky  
Genre: Historical

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 tragedy reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. But 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 and 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 Nathaniel, who is Maggie’s estranged childhood friend, 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 their search for the truth about her parents’ death draw them closer or will it leave them both with broken hearts?

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My Thoughts

Happy Book Birthday to Carrie!!! I have not read many of Carrie's books yet, but I love the settings she has chosen. Shine Like the Dawn takes place in 1903, at the beginning of the Edwardian Era we see so many new inventions and exciting contraptions, like motor vehicles!

This story starts with tragedy and through the difficult lessons and circumstances that both Nathaniel and Maggie find themselves in, it was so good to see them act and react as normal human beings. And through it all, they learn and grow. Maggie is full of questions and is determined to seek justice, no matter the risk or cost. Nate is such a protector, of the ones he loves and the ones that he is responsible for. 

Filled with unanswered questions, Maggie dives into an investigation. With Nate's help will she be able to solve a tragic mystery that is now years since past? Will she learn how to trust God to give her the answers she NEEDS, even if they aren't the answers she WANTS? Be swept back in time to solve the crime and bring justice to Heatherton alongside Margaret Lounsbury.

I received a complimentary uncorrected proof of Shine Like the Dawn from the publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. 

About the Author

CARRIE TURANSKY is an award-winning author of more than a dozen novels and novellas. She has been the winner of the ACFW Carol Award, the Crystal Globe Award, and the International Digital Award, and a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and the Maggie Award of Excellence. A prolific writer of contemporary and historical romance, women’s fiction, short stories, articles, and devotionals, Carrie lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five adult children and four grandchildren.

Guest Post from Carrie Turansky

Hats, Glorious Hats!

By Carrie Turansky

One fun part of my research for Shine Like the Dawn was learning about hat making in the early 1900s. My heroine, Maggie Lounsbury is a milliner who designs women’s hats. She learned this skill from her grandmother who owns a small shop in the village of Heatherton. Maggie has an artistic eye and she enjoys making stylish hats, but she doesn’t like the overdone designs some of their customers request, so that creates some humorous conflict in the story.

Hats in the Edwardian era were large and often covered with feathers, flowers, lace, netting, berries and bows. The “bird nests,” as Coco Chanel called them, were held on with large hat pins stuck through piles of hair on the crown. These hats were called Gainsborough or Picture hats because of the way they framed a lady’s face. They often featured huge dried flower arrangements and sometimes included real leaves and twigs! No doubt the Garden hat was a fitting name. 1907 The Merry Window hat became very popular after the leading lady in the play by that same name wore a hat that was even taller and wider than usual. Some people complained these hats were too big and obtrusive in public places like the theater or picture shows. But English women loved them and wore them to all kinds of events.

The popularity of using large feathers and stuffed birds on hats caused concern for the welfare of birds. Many protective laws took effect and milliners had to use more ribbon and tulle and only large ostrich feathers to decorate hats. Those ostrich feathers came from birds that were raised on farms and their feathers were collected as they fell out naturally. The movement toward smaller hats began around 1913 when hats still had high crowns but smaller brims. Straw boaters, small top hats, and mini versions of picture hats were very common.

Motion pictures had the greatest influence on Edwardian hat fashion. After the release of The Three Musketeers many ladies wanted to wear tricorne and bicorne shaped hats. They were still very large but now had shapes other than just round. Hat brims were folded up on the side, at an angle, or all around to create drama. Veils disappeared in the early 1900s only to come back again as a long scarf that wrapped over the hat and under the chin for the new sport called motoring.

I’ve had fun dressing Edwardian style for book launch tea parties and other book events. It made me feel very special to wear these lovely hats. What do you think of Edwardian Hats? Would you like to wear one?

Thanks to friends at the Vintage Dancer website for some of this information.

Stop by Carrie’s Facebook author page and view her live videos February 21 – 25, 3:00 pm Eastern. She’ll be talking about the story behind Shine Like the Dawn and giving away a fun prize each day to one person who leaves a comment. Even if you can’t catch the live video you can still enter for 24 hours after it’s posted. She is also hosting a book launch celebration and giveaway on her blog February 25 – March 6.
Link to my Book Launch Blog Post:

Blog Stops

February 21: New Horizon Reviews

February 21: Bookworm Mama

February 22: Tell Tale Book Reviews

February 22: Book by Book

February 23: Bibliophile Reviews

February 23: Smiling Book Reviews

February 23: A Readers Brain

February 23: Faithfully Bookish

February 23: Lane Hill House

February 24: Back Porch Reads

February 24: The Scribbler

February 24: I Hope You Dance

February 25: Stuff & Nonsense

February 25: The Power of Words

February 25: A Greater Yes

February 26: cherylbbookblog

February 26: Moments Dipped in Ink

February 26: Splashes of Joy

February 27: Genesis 5020

February 27: inklings and notions

February 27: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS

February 28: Karen Sue Hadley

February 28: Neverending Stories

March 3: Pause for Tales

March 3: Mary Hake

March 4: Radiant Light

March 6: Baker Kella

Giveaway #1

To celebrate her tour, Carrie is giving away all 4 books: Shine Like the Dawn, The Governess of Highland Hall, The Daughter of Highland Hall, and A Refuge at Highland Hall.! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

Giveaway #2

I am excited to be able to host a second giveaway! This one is for a print copy of Shine Like the Dawn. This is an UNCORRECTED PROOF. Giveaway copy courtesy of Multnomah Publishing.
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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

    1. Hi Lisa, thanks for stopping by! This is my first Celebrate Lit blog tour, and I'm excited to connect with new reading friends!

  2. Replies
    1. Hi Beth Erin, thanks for your encouraging words! Glad you enjoyed Shine Like the Dawn!

    2. Yay! Excited to see your thoughts in a couple days!

  3. I love the way Carrie writes. So inviting!

    1. Yes, I agree Michelle! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Thanks for this lovely post, Rachel! I loved meeting you at CFRR and following your blog and Facebook posts. I appreciate you helping me spread the word about Shine Like the Dawn.

  5. It is a very lovely post, love the old pics and your review !!! I can't wait to read this one, I have read the others in this series !
    Thank you all for the giveaway !
    Linda Marie Finn

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for stopping by. I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed The Edwardian Brides Series. Those will always be special stories to me. I listened to them on audio recently. It was fun to hear someone reading them aloud. It's a whole new experience, even though I knew the stories well. Blessings and Happy Reading!

  6. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my book today!!! I have read all of Carrie's books! My only issue is that they just can't be published quickly enough!!!!!!! Keep on keeping on for the Lord! God bless!!!!

  7. Love this post! Your review, needless to say, and of course that AMAZING Guest post on HATS!! Hats I adore! ahhahaha. =)

  8. Congrats on your new release. Love the cover and synopsis of the book. Can't wait to read.

  9. Thanks for the review, Rachel. Carrie, your new book looks and sounds fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading it. Congratulations and good luck on your tour!

  10. I love Carrie's books! Hope I win 😁

  11. CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS, Carrie, on the release of your newest book, Shine Like the Dawn!!!
    I LOVE your books! So excited to read this new one. Your post about hats was so fun to read. Thanks for the opportunity of this giveaway!!! ~Alison

  12. Rachel, thanks for the delightful book review and the extra giveaway. I am looking forward to reading this book and I have already added it to my TBR pile. Congrats on your new book release and the book tour Carrie!

  13. I can't wait to follow along on the tour! Congrats on your new release, Carrie, and I can't wait to see what mind of mystery/suspense that you put into Shine Like the Dawn!

  14. Wow, it's so encouraging to read all these wonderful comments! Thank you, Rachel and friends! I hope you enjoy reading Shine Like the Dawn. Rachel, will I see you at CFRR in August?

    1. Isn't it so much fun! And YES! I will be at CFRR again this year! SO SO SO excited!

  15. CARRIE, I'm so excited to read Shine Like The Dawn! These hat photos are incredible!

  16. I love Carrie's books. This sounds especially good. Excited to read it!!

  17. Would love to win , I always love to read Carrie's books.


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