The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3) by Susan Ann Mason – Review & Giveaway

TheBrightestOfDreamsSynopsis:

Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man’s niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway’s decision to come to Toronto has been met with disaster. When her uncle’s employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn’s kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. Soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.

Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise?

  The Brightest of Dreams

My Thoughts:

While this is the third book in the Canadian Crossing series, this story can easily be read on its own. With that said, fans of this series will enjoy glimpses of characters from the other two books and enjoy finding out where those characters are now.

Quinten is quite a dynamic hero, he is sure to capture your heart.  Time and again he was put in impossible situations, and faced with difficult decisions. As a youth, he is charged with the heavy responsibility of taking care of his family. Quinn takes this responsibility seriously and does his very best to fulfill the promise he made to his dying father. Little did he know the lengths he would have to go to, to ensure that he keeps that promise.  He starts out taking on responsibilities and making decisions without first taking the time to go to God in prayer. We see Quinten grow as a character throughout the course of this story, in not only his relationships with others but also with God.

This story takes place in the early 1900s, just after World War I and focus on a family that unfortunately got wrapped up in the event that came to be known as “The Canadian Home Children”. Children who were sent to Canada from Great Brittan as orphans. Children who were often treated as indentured servants at best. Fans of Carrie Turansky’s “No Ocean Too Wide”, will enjoy delving into this story and the history.

I enjoyed my time reading this story and felt pulled into the drama and the lives of the characters. Susan Ann Mason has written a beautiful story that wrapped itself around my heart.

(I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

SusanAnnMason  I have always loved to write. As a teen, I wrote my first novel, only to be politely rejected by my publisher of choice.

Life got in the way – university, marriage and children became the priority. Then once I had time to start reading again, the writing bug bit once more.

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical inspirational romances. “Romance sprinkled with faith” describes my writing style. I love themes of forgiveness and redemption!

I am a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Romance Writers of America. My association with such amazing groups of people has been the biggest asset toward learning my craft.

Home for me is Brampton, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), where I live with my husband, our two children and two cats. My day job is a part-time secretary at a local church. In my spare time, I like to read and research our family history online.

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I am giving away one (1) print copy of The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3). Due to shipping, this giveaway is open only to those who live in the continental USA. Review the policies here.  The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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The Highest of Hopes (Canadian Crossing #2)

  The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)

First Line Friday: The Brightest of Dreams

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossings #3) by Susan Anne Mason. While this book is the 3rd in the series it can easily be read on its own. This story of the Brittish Home Children is sure to wrap itself around your heart.

TheBrightestOfDreams

Nova Scotia, Canada
May 28, 1919

          Quinten strode along the Halifax sidewalk with determined intent.

 

 

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  The Brightest of Dreams

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Happy Release Day!!

Many new books hit the shelves today! I’d like to share with you 6 brand-new books that you will not want to miss out on!

Clicking on the title will take you to that book.

Two Debut Author’s Book Releases

  Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly

 Three Little Things by Patti Stockdale

One New Stand-alone Release:

  The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Book 1 in a New Series:

 Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1) by Jocelyn Green

Two books that are #3 in their series:

The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3) by Sarah Sundin

The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3) by Susan Ann Mason

 

Be sure to be watching for my book reviews on these fantastic books this month!

 

 

First Line Fridays: The Best of Intentions

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I’m excited to be featuring The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason. This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. Filled with drama and emotion, these characters leap off the page and into your imagination with ease! CLICK HERE to read my review.

TheBestOfIntentions

Toronto, Ontario
May 1919

          “Here’s your address, miss. That’ll be two dollars and fifty cents.”
     Grace paid her fair, alighted from the vehicle, then stood on the sidewalk, clutching her valise with trembling fingers.

 

Grace seems to be nervous. I wonder where exactly in Toronto she has arrived at, and what is she about to do?

To find out, you’ll have to pick up this story!

 

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

 

 

The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossing #1) by Susan Anne Mason

She Swore to Protect Her Nephew at Any Cost.
But What if That Cost is a Chance at Love?

Synopsis:

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace’s sister because of her low social status.

Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace jumps at the chance to be Christian’s nanny and observe the family up close under an assumed name. In the course of her new position, she is shocked to discover herself falling for Andrew Easton, the boy’s guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who will make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?

My Thoughts:

This story grabbed my attention from the beginning. Filled with drama and emotion, these characters leap off the page and into your imagination with ease! I was kept up late into the night, unable to put the book down, because I just had to know how it was all going to turn out!

The story takes place in Toronto, Canada shortly after World War I. Many people have lost loved ones and as a reader you are welcomed into the various stages of their grief as they seek to establish a new normal for not only themselves but for their families as well.

This story has an over-arching theme of forgiveness. Learning to not only forgive others, but yourself as well as yourself. I appreciated the treads of faith woven into the story. There are lots of layers to enjoy in this story!

While the historical details are light, I did enjoy learning about Canada’s Dominion Day. I give this story 4.5 stars. Fans of Mason’s other stories are sure to be delighted by this latest addition! I for one am looking forward to the next story in this series.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

SusanAnnMason  I have always loved to write. As a teen, I wrote my first novel, only to be politely rejected by my publisher of choice.

Life got in the way – university, marriage and children became the priority. Then once I had time to start reading again, the writing bug bit once more.

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical Inspirational romances. “Romance sprinkled with faith” describes my writing style. I love themes of forgiveness and redemption!

I am a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Romance Writers of America. My association with such amazing groups of people has been the biggest asset toward learning my craft.

Home for me is Brampton, Ontario, Canada (near Toronto), where I live with my husband, our two children and two cats. My day job is a part-time secretary at a local church. In my spare time, I like to read and research our family history online.

Web Page // Goodreads // Facebook // Pinterest //

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  The Best of Intentions (Canadian Crossings #1)