Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky

While I am a big fan of Carrie Turansky books, I was a little disappointed that I didn’t connect with the characters more. Maggie experiences some extreme swings in how she sees a friend. It seemed a little unrealistic to me. People who really know and care about someone should give him/her the benefit of the doubt or at least be willing to listen and try to understand. Maggie eventually comes around but she kind of irritated me with her actions and expectations of others through much of the book. The most likeable, believable characters in the book were Clara and Lily and they had more minor roles.

That said, I did enjoy the story. Nate comes home when his father dies and must face trying to take over household and business responsibilities from those who don’t want to relinquish them. He is reacquainted with Maggie who is still dealing with the deaths of several family members years earlier. When another tragedy strikes, Nate vows to stand by Maggie through her trouble. But family and friendship loyalties tend to collide and make things all the more confusing and tricky.

Thank you to Blogging for Books for providing me with a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

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