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When an early 1900s love story makes its way from revolutionary Russia to a small town in America, a young girl’s life begins to change. Clara Bradley moves from the city to a remote farming town in Eastern Washington—with nothing to offer a young cheerleader but miles of snow-covered wheat fields. She now has no cheer team and nothing to cheer about. But that move brings her an unusual neighbor: an elderly Russian woman who has a love story she is translating into English. Clara’s love of books draws the two together and she becomes immersed in the lives of Nina and Pasha. 

"Nina sat beneath the tree, winding a bright yellow ribbon through her dark, shiny mane, then wove it all into a long, thick braid. Catching her reflection in the pond, she had to admit she felt pretty. As she filled glasses from a water pitcher, Pasha appeared in the orchard walking toward her. He was wearing a clean white tunic shirt contrasting his dark hair and tanned face. The instant his soft gaze caught Nina’s, her heart fluttered. For the first time, she had an acute awareness that Pasha was not her brother, or even her best friend. He was someone far more endearing." 

Dawn’s Gentle Light transcends two Countries, two different time periods, and two hearts in need of friendship, hope, and the goodness of God.

©2017 Renee Riva (P)2017 Renee Riva

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Beautiful story for all ages

This book was not at all what I expected. I went into it thinking it would be a typical romance book but, I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong! This book isn’t just a romance story, it’s a beautifully written story for all ages about love, kindness, friendship, loss, sadness, happiness, and just LIFE! It’s truly a hidden little gem! I will definitely be looking for more from this author. The narration is fabulous, too! I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.

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  • DK
  • 12-31-17

Unexpected Jewel

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Renée Riva really surprised me! For some reason, I was expecting the typical MOB (mail order bride) for some reason. However, this book is much deeper making the listener listen closely and think about each decision that is made or made for Clara. Nina shares her experiences with the young Clara.

Susan J Iannucci has a very smooth and comforting voice. I appreciated her voice performance.

Overall, this is not a lighthearted listen. It is something that really makes the listener think. It is a great book with a matching performance.

*I received this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

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Outstanding!!! I loved this book!

I absolutely loved this book!!! I wasn't familiar with the author or narrator prior to listening to this wonderful book, and will now add them to my one-click list. Both are extremely talented. This story was so much more than a historical romance. I loved the details and vivid imagery the author wrote. The narrator did an excellent job with the accents and distinguishable voices. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. I thought this was a clean listen and age appropriate for most audiences.

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Dawn's Gentle Light

A wonderfully sweet story within a story. Clara is not happy about her family's move to a small town. Circumstances allow her to befriend an old Russian woman and help her with a book she is writing. The story that is shared with her is life altering.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Loved it!

A beautifully written story of love and faith. Looking forward to reading more by this author.

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what a great find

I love this story. I highly recommend it to all ages 9-99. You will not be disappointed.

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Lovely Read

This was an interesting read. I really enjoyed the change from current day to 1900's Russia. I would recommend this book to anyone who would like a quick clean read.

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pretty good

Just the absolute best story. Everything I like to listen about and more. Such a great story I will listen again and again. A keeper!!

'This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review'

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Good Story

I got this arc via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I was not a fan of the story at the beginning but as the story developed and t became a story within a story within a story it got so much better. Brilliant. I loved the part where Clara told the so-called cool girls that she would have to see them later because she already had an appointment. That showed character that is lacking in so many adults now a days and for it to come out in a preteen was very good. I especially liked the ending. The book is less than four hours of listening but has many twists and turns, and brings out many issues. The narrator was good and each character played a role that made the story whole. Worth the listen.

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really good!

Very sweet historical romance. great narration.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.