What I’m Reading: Light Changes Everything

Oh my word…I was so thrilled to see that Nancy E Turner wrote on in her series, “These is My Words”.  The first three books came out over 10 years ago.  From there the author moved to a different time period and a different character….but happily, she is back to writing the series of the books I adore.

I told you that I had re-listened to the series last fall and in the writing of the review, discovered that she had a new book coming out, Light Changes Everything.  I immediately went to Audible and put myself on a pre-order list.  I was so excited to hear more about the Prine family.

The previous books all tell Sarah’s story.  Now the author has moved on a generation and is not telling Sarah’s niece’s story.  At first when I started reading I was frustrated that part of the story was being retold.  I thought I knew this…I thought I knew what had happened but then, I realized I had heard Sarah’s take on what had happened.  I did not hear Mary Pearl’s take on what happened…and I’m here to say, the two experiences were different.  As they say, we each have our own truth.

Here is what Amazon has to say:It’s the summer of 1907 and the sun is scorching down on Mary Pearl in the Arizona Territory. Mary Pearl and her sister Esther take their minds off the heat by sneaking banned Jane Austen novels from Aunt Sarah Elliot’s lively bookshelf. Whispered read alouds preoccupy their nights, and reveries of getting hitched to their own Mr. Darcy à la Pride and Prejudice swirl through their day dreams.

In walks old-fashioned old-money suitor Aubrey Hanna, here to whisk seventeen year old Mary Pearl off her feet with a forbidden kiss and hasty engagement. With the promise of high society outings and a rich estate, Aubrey’s lustful courtship quickly creates petty tension among the three generations of Prine women.

As autumn approaches all too quickly, Mary Pearl’s Wheaton College acceptance counters quick marriage preparations. Days of travel by horse and by train carry her deep into a sophisticated new world of Northern girls’ schooling. Seeking friendship but finding foes, Mary Pearl not only learns how to write, read, and draw, but also how to act, dress, and be a woman.

Light Changes Everything is the story of a resilient young feminist a century ahead of her time. Full of gumption and spirit, Mary Pearl’s evocative coming of age tale is destined to be the next American classic.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.4 stars.  I’m going to give it 4.8.  I loved the book.  I love the series.  I highly recommend it.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon.
If you are new to the series and want to give it a try, HERE is the link to the first book of the series…be ready for homesteading stories and Indian stories and survival stories.  I think you’ll love it!

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