Love Again with Carrie Turansky, author of Shine Like Dawn

Just Commonly welcome authors to drop by and share with us their take on a book that embodies a predetermined Word of the Month!  For the full year of 2017, every Monday at 7:00 AM EST, a new post by a new author will be live!

A new month, a new word! For the month of February, many of you will not be surprised if the word is LOVE. We started it with author, Toni Shiloh, and her book recommendation was The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof. Today, we are thrilled to hear from Carrie Turansky, author of The Edwardian Bride series and a many more. And her choice of book that comes to mind is. . .

"With Valentine’s Day tomorrow and Love as our February word of the month, I have a wonderful book to recommend to you: 

The Lady and The Lionheart by Joanne Bischoff. 

(Annie: Sounds familiar? Wait till you read why!)
Charlie Lionheart is a wonderful hero, and his sacrificial love for the heroine, Ella Beckley, made a huge impression on my heart. He goes so far above and beyond to show the true meaning of love to Ella and to a young orphan who needs his protection. Set in the Victorian era in Virginia, with the traveling circus as the backdrop, this is a book I know I’ll read again and again. I’ve told many friends about The Lady and The LionHeart, and think it may become a classic and reminds me of Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. If you haven’t read it yet, I encourage you to get a copy and enjoy this wonderful story! "

Carrie Turansky has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends through her website, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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Two worlds collide when the circus comes to Victorian-era Virginia.

Raised amid the fame and mystique of the Big Top, Charlie Lionheart holds the audience in the palm of his hand. But while his act captivates thousands, it’s away from the spotlight where his true heart lies. Here he humbly cares for his pride of lions as if they were his brothers, a skill of bravery and strength that has prepared him for his most challenging feat yet—freeing an orphaned infant from the dark bondage of a sideshow. A trade so costly, it requires his life in exchange for hers, leaving him tarnished by the price of that choice.

As the circus tents are raised on the outskirts of Roanoke, country nurse Ella Beckley arrives to tend to this ill Gypsy girl. All under the watchful eye of a guardian who not only bears a striking resemblance to the child, but who protects the baby with a love that wraps around Ella’s own tragic past, awakening a hope that goodness may yet reign. When their forbidden friendship deepens, Charlie dares to ask for her heart, bringing her behind the curtain of his secret world to reveal the sacrifice that gave hope to one little girl—boldly showing Ella that while her tattered faith is deeply scarred, the only marks that need be permanent are his own.

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Thank you, Carrie!! Definitely need to add The Lady and the Lionheart in my to read list! What are the chances both Toni & you chose this book for the word, "Love"?!

Now, a little about Carrie's upcoming release, Shine Like Dawn. I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy and I tell you, it's simply great! You don't want to miss it!


Separated by an inconceivable tragedy, can faith and love reunite childhood friends and light the way to a bright future? 

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 event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. 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 wonders 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 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 the search for the truth about her parents’ death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?





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  1. Hi Annie, thanks for inviting me over to your blog today! That was a fun coincidence that last week's author, Toni, chose the same book to mention. The Lady and The LionHeart is a great story. I think you'll really enjoy it! Blessings to you and all our reading friends!

  2. Carrie, It was wonderful seeing you here on Annie's blog! The Lady and The LionHeart is on my wish list!


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