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


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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*********** GIVEAWAY ***********

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 Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3)

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.


Nova Scotia, Canada
May 28, 1919

          Quinten strode along the Halifax sidewalk with determined intent.



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  The Brightest of Dreams


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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!