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Light Changes Everything: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Years ago, I loved These is my Words, and I adored stepping back into to the world of the Prines through tough-as-rawhide Mary Pearl. Light Changes Everything is a novel as gritty and authentic as the women of the Arizona Territory. Nancy E. Turner brings the west and its people fully to life."
--Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
--Sarah McCoy, New York Times bestselling author of Marilla of Green Gables I was captivated from the start by Mary Pearl's independence and grit, and I loved the strong thread of family loyalty that knits together her far-flung adventures throughout the Arizona territory, up to Chicago for art school, and down to Mexico for revenge. I was thrilled by her moments of bravery and moved to tears by her losses. As I turned the last page, I felt I was saying goodbye to a real friend rather than closing the book on a fictional character, so vividly did Nancy Turner portray her remarkable heroine.
--Kim van Alkemade, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan #8 and Bachelor Girl The key characters of this lovely family saga are even more compelling than the story's title. The real, regional voice pulls the reader right into an emotional read that is poignant and ultimately wise. Light Changes Everything is a story that stays with you for all the right reasons.
--Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author Mary Pearl Prine is a western original. Her spirit and pluckiness are infectious. Filled with Arizona Territory detail and language, Nancy E. Turner's Light Changes Everything, the story of a young woman too self-confident to be beaten down by frontier challenges, promises to become a Wild West classic.
--Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
Nancy E. Turner's tale of an endearingly plucky young woman in the wild Arizona Territory in the early 1900's is chock full of family feuds, intrigue, heartache, gumption, and adventure. Colorful, thoroughly enjoyable, and as fast-moving as a band of horses galloping across the desert, Light Changes Everything is a delight.
--Kristin Harmel, international bestselling author of The Room on Rue Amélie Turner's satisfying, immersive, and often heart-pounding tale of one indomitable young woman's frontier life, touched by tragedy and hope, is realistically drawn, and readers will warm to her portrayal of Mary Pearl's chaotic but loving family life. Fans of the popular Sarah Agnes Prine novels and new readers alike will fall in love with the smart and spirited Mary Pearl.
--Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07S9MHR2M
- Publisher : Thomas Dunne Books (14 January 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 5078 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 296 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250756529
- Best Sellers Rank: 398,528 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Around the same time, seventeen year old Mary Pearl meets Aubrey Hanna, he's a smooth talker, snappy dresser and rich. Has Mary Pearl discovered her own Mr Darcy and he's everything a seventeen year old girls romantic dreams are made of? He sweeps her of her feet, he kisses her a couple of times and before she knows it she's engaged.
Mary Pearl’s has always wanted to be an artist and she's not planning on being stuck home looking after her little brothers Zachary and Ezra forever. Wheaton College sends her a offer to study art, she accepts and in a flurry of activity she's ready to leave. Mary Pearl starts her journey, she rides her horse Duende, and also travels by train to begin her lessons at the fancy Northern school. Here Mary Pearl's formal education begins, she's taught, history, Latin, sculpture, drawing, history, oil painting and photography. Mary Pearl is a bit like a fish out of water and she doesn't have a lot in common with the other girly girls at school. She keeps in contact with Aubrey, they write letters to each other and she too busy studying to worry about how their long distance relationship is going?
Light Changes Everything is a delightful story about the spunky Mary Pearl, she's a real character, as you would expect from a girl who has grown up riding horses, wearing a stetson and she can shoot a gun. Mary Pearl grows up in the book, by studying, meeting new people, living in a world very different from her home and from a tragic experience that happens to her. Granny also has given Mary Pearl responsibility/gift of keeping her diaries safe, she's to write her memoirs and only when her Granny meets her maker! I loved how the familiar characters of, Aunt Sarah, Granny, Ma, Pa, Zachary, Ezra, Rachel are included in the new book and also we are introduced to a new cowboy character called Brody Cooperhead.
I'm not going to give too much away about the story as I really don't want to spoil it for anyone and it's a truly delightful book. Nancy E. Tuner has done it again and Light Changes Everything made me laugh, cry, smile and I didn't want it to end. A brilliant book, absolutely perfect and I gave it five big stars!
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What a talent, Nancy Turner! More please! As a desert dweller in the Southwest, I really enjoyed the description of how it was settled, the desert flora,animals, people and weather as well as the importance of the Butterfield Stage
Even though this book is filled with life being lived to the hilt, with more than its share of excitement and drama, I would still call this a quiet book. By quiet I mean “a character-driven novel”, which is my favorite kind of read. I love slice-of-life books, and this one delivered just that. I enjoyed every minute of Light Changes Everything. And, as an amateur photographer, I appreciated Turner’s choice of title and the meaning behind it, which applied to photography as much as to one’s understanding of the people and the world around you.
It took me a few pages to get into the voice of the young Mary Prine, but the nuances of her speech and her “countrified” outlook really grew on me quickly. I don’t think this story couldn’t have been told from any perspective but Mary Prine's. If she lived in today’s world, in a large city, she might be described as being naive but having street smarts. She was a combination of innocence, toughness, humility, strength, curiosity, and intelligence. It was her clarity of thought that singled her out from the herd of young women of her time and circumstance.
Light Changes Everything presents life, in the raw, in the Arizona Territory of around 1910. Since I live in Tucson, I’m familiar with every place mentioned and, just like in These is My Words by the same author, I loved being able to visualize the familiar through the eyes of someone living in this area back when everything here was new and wild. I had to chuckle at the comment that the "little widening in the road" that was called Phoenix would never amount to anything. I also loved Turner's spot-on descriptions of the things that haven’t changed, like the pounding heat, the smell of a monsoon brewing, and the saguaros in silhouette against a desert sunset.
Through Mary Prine, Turner shines an interesting light on Jane Austen’s novels and the affect Austen's words and ideology might have had on a young woman sequestered in the wilds of the Arizona Territory, back in 1910. Mention of Jane Austen’s work is a light thread through the book, but returns at the end as a major life lesson, one most young girls today could benefit from. To quote, “A girl needs to have her wits founded on the real things around her, not some made up world…she was wrong writing that happiness came with a man with money…” Don’t want to quote more because I don’t want to spoil her thoughts for the next reader.
This is a fast and fun read, and I highly recommend adding Light Changes Everything to your TBR book pile.