Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Book Review: The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason

About the Book

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?

This book is available for purchase here.

My Review

The Brightest of Dreams was a a satisfying conclusion to the Canadian Crossings series by Susan Anne Mason.  With cameos by characters from previous novels, and a sweet double-romance, this is a book that romance readers will love!

Quinten Aspinell was an honorable man, doing his best to find his family and Julia.  He was protective of each of those under his care.  Julia Holloway was industrious and very independent, but she learned to be comfortable with asking for help when she needed it.  I enjoyed getting to know these characters as their relationship with each other grew, and as they found what was in their hearts for each other.  It was beautiful to see how they showed honor and love to each other.

There was much to keep the plot moving in this book, with sub-plots providing added interest.

The plot of this book closely mirrored that of Carrie Turansky's No Ocean Too Wide, which the author acknowledges.  There were shared characters, places , and situations, which confirms the historical accuracy of both books.  

Historical romance fans will certainly enjoy this novel, especially to discover more about Canadian historical events.

I received a copy of this book from the author, through the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Susan lives in a suburb near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she works part-time as a church secretary. She is a wife and the mother of two amazing kids, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In addition to writing, she likes to scrapbook and to research her family history on-line. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her website

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