Sunday, March 1, 2020

THE BRIGHTEST OF DREAMS by Susan Anne Mason, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

First of all, the cover of The Brightest of Dreams is just perfect. The hero is shown and you can almost see into his character. He looks kind, handsome, thoughtful and there is an air of anticipation in his gaze. And that’s what Susan Anne Mason brings out in her story of Quinn Aspinall.
In this third book of the series, Canadian Crossings, we see Quinn back from the war. He is on a mission to track down his siblings who were sent to Canada to be indentured because their ill mother could not care for them in England. His employer, the Earl of Brentwood, gives him leave to depart for Canada. The Earl asks Quinn to find his niece, Julia, who left for Canada as a caretaker to a wounded soldier.

This story is full of heartache and joy, faith and folly. Told with realism and poignancy, it takes us back to a time when good intentions didn’t always end up with the ideal circumstances. There are many obstacles to overcome, sometimes spiritual, sometimes physical and sometimes of the heart. And when Quinn meets Julia even motives change.

This book can be read as a stand alone but in it we see fellow travelers from books one and two. The secondary characters of Mrs. Chamberlain and Reverend Burke were very sweet. They provided steadying and wise spiritual counsel, showing that if we put out trust in God, He will direct out paths.

If you have read No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky, these three books by Ms. Mason will be a great complement. The Brightest of Dreams was informative about the British Home Children and a touching, romantic story as well. I give this book 5 stars.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

BackCover Blurb:
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?

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