A review by library_of_kindredspirits
Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky


* "I can't believe this got published!"
** "Mediocre."
*** "It was still missing something."
**** "Good. It satisfied."
***** "Impeccable."

Usually I can tell whether or not I like a book by how long it takes to read. But in this case, I don't think it affected my overall opinion too much. It took me a while to get into the story, and overall it's very slow-paced, but as I got towards the middle I found it easier to sit down and read. I found that once I got used to the pace, I found it refreshing. After reading a couple of fast-paced reads it felt good to slow down and just appreciate the dialogue, and the natural progression of change in the characters.

Carrie Turansky has become a favorite of mine over the last couple of years and I certainly enjoyed this addition to her growing list of novels. The characters underwent changes throughout the story, and the sweet romance plots wrapped up nicely at the end.

Overall, I don't have much to say about the book, however there is one question I have that I think is important to ask. Why is it called Shine Like the Dawn? It's a beautiful title, but after reading the novel, I'm still not sure what the significance of it is. Usually, as I read a book, I will go back to the title, and even the book cover blurb, and I will start to see how they correlate with the actual story. This helps me to make connections in my brain about the story. But even after reading the book, I'm still having a hard time seeing what connects Shine Like the Dawn to the story. If anyone has any ideas on this subject, I'd love to hear them.

In the end, I'm pretty neutral about this book. I definitely preferred some of Carrie's others, but there are no outstanding flaws in the writing, which leads me to believe that someone else might enjoy this as much as, if not more than, the Edwardian Brides series.