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Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart. RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna's factory is likely next. Fearing for his family's safety, he's also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family--until Alex receives orders to surveil her. Rose squirms beneath Alex's scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers' respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.


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Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks Amid the Great War in 1918 England, munitions worker Rosalind Graham is desperate to escape the arranged marriage being forced on her by her ruthless guardian and instead follow her own course. When the Chilwell factory explodes, killing hundreds of unidentified workers, Rose realizes the world believes she perished in the disaster. Seizing the chance to escape, she risks all and assumes a new identity, taking a supervisory position in Gretna, Scotland, as Miss Tilly Lockhart. RAF Captain Alex Baird is returning home to Gretna on a secret mission to uncover the saboteur suspected in the Chilwell explosion, as Gretna's factory is likely next. Fearing for his family's safety, he's also haunted by guilt after failing to protect his brother. Alex is surprised to discover a young woman, Miss Lockhart, renting his boyhood room, but the two eventually bond over their mutual affection for his family--until Alex receives orders to surveil her. Rose squirms beneath Alex's scrutiny while she struggles to gain her workers' respect. But when her deception turns to danger, she and Alex must find a way to put their painful pasts behind them and together try to safeguard the future.

30 review for As Dawn Breaks

  1. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    1918 England and Scotland What's not to love about a lass escaping an arranged marriage? Rosalind Graham has lost her parents and her uncle has arranged her marriage to a cruel man who only wants the marriage for financial advantage. She is presented with an unexpected opportunity to assume a new identity and flees to Scotland. RAF Captain Alex Baird returns to his home in Scotland on a secret assignment. While taken with Rose, he feels something is amiss. There is a healthy dose of history in the p 1918 England and Scotland What's not to love about a lass escaping an arranged marriage? Rosalind Graham has lost her parents and her uncle has arranged her marriage to a cruel man who only wants the marriage for financial advantage. She is presented with an unexpected opportunity to assume a new identity and flees to Scotland. RAF Captain Alex Baird returns to his home in Scotland on a secret assignment. While taken with Rose, he feels something is amiss. There is a healthy dose of history in the pages and I learned about female munitions workers and the adverse impacts of the work. The author does a great job of bringing the setting alive. I appreciated that while the novel is set during a pandemic, she chooses to utilize a part of that time period that the illness was lighter. This allowed the author to stay true to historical detail while giving readers a break from the current pandemic. This was an engaging novel and my favorite by the author. My gratitude to publisher Bethany House for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    I have read all of this author's books and will continue to do so as she is one of my absolute favorite Christian fiction historical writers. She gives absolute attention to details and her research is impeccable. Set during the Great War in England this book kept me reading, it was so hard to put down. I love learning from what I read and had never heard of "Canary Girls" before but this is what munitions workers are called as the repeated exposure to TNT turns the skin and hair yellow. These fo I have read all of this author's books and will continue to do so as she is one of my absolute favorite Christian fiction historical writers. She gives absolute attention to details and her research is impeccable. Set during the Great War in England this book kept me reading, it was so hard to put down. I love learning from what I read and had never heard of "Canary Girls" before but this is what munitions workers are called as the repeated exposure to TNT turns the skin and hair yellow. These forgotten heroines had a very dangerous job and risked it all to supply ammunition to the front line. That danger came a calling on the night of the factory explosion. What follows is an unexpected way out of the life Rose was expected to live and another's identity is taken for a new start at life. Things are working out very well and no one is the wiser....... until they don't! Tension is kept up throughout the book in this high-stakes gamble on danger and what happens when things don't go according to plan. Risk taking is at an all time high in this intriguing book of courage, strength,importance of family,suspense and espionage. This is the author's best book yet! Do not miss this one! Pub Date 02 Nov 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    J'nell Ciesielski

    Breslin's pen is masterful with brilliant strokes of romance, suspense, and the search for courage written into every page. Dazzling with historical detail, As Dawn Breaks takes readers into the heart of the war effort as women enter the factories as munitionettes, famously coined Canary Girls, while the men are off fighting during the Great War. The characters are complex and realistic as they speak to the human emotions of loss and search for love. Another not-to-be missed tale from this amazi Breslin's pen is masterful with brilliant strokes of romance, suspense, and the search for courage written into every page. Dazzling with historical detail, As Dawn Breaks takes readers into the heart of the war effort as women enter the factories as munitionettes, famously coined Canary Girls, while the men are off fighting during the Great War. The characters are complex and realistic as they speak to the human emotions of loss and search for love. Another not-to-be missed tale from this amazing author!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    Riveting! With her trademark attention to historical detail, Kate Breslin sweeps readers to a Great War home front full of intrigue, suspense, danger, and courage. For both the heroine and the war effort, the stakes could not be higher. Through this cast of nuanced characters, we explore loss and new beginnings, a longing to belong, and the meaning of home. Well before the last chapter, you’ll feel as though the family within these pages is your own. An immersive, absorbing, and completely satis Riveting! With her trademark attention to historical detail, Kate Breslin sweeps readers to a Great War home front full of intrigue, suspense, danger, and courage. For both the heroine and the war effort, the stakes could not be higher. Through this cast of nuanced characters, we explore loss and new beginnings, a longing to belong, and the meaning of home. Well before the last chapter, you’ll feel as though the family within these pages is your own. An immersive, absorbing, and completely satisfying read.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Grace Johnson

    *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. Stars: 4 Synopsis: During the Great War, a young munitions worker arrives in Gretna, Scotland, bearing the name of Tilly Lockheart. What the family who take in Tilly, including their auldest son, a discharged RAF captain, don’t know is that there’s more to T *Warnings* #1 This is a long review, so pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn. You’ll be here awhile. #2 When I read a review, I want substantial information. So I will not skimp on the details. Which may mean some spoilers, so watch out. Stars: 4 Synopsis: During the Great War, a young munitions worker arrives in Gretna, Scotland, bearing the name of Tilly Lockheart. What the family who take in Tilly, including their auldest son, a discharged RAF captain, don’t know is that there’s more to Tilly than meets the eye. And what Rose Graham, the woman behind the name, hasn’t an inkling of, is the immense responsibility that she’s taken on by claiming to be her deceased best friend. In fact, she may even find the weight of an entire war upon her shoulders. Favorite Quote: “I've fallen in love with you. Tilly or Rose, it matters not. You're the same lass to me, either way.” First things first, let’s all agree that any novel set in Scotland is automatically a great book. We’re agreed? Good. Moving on. No, I’m serious. The vibrancy of the setting and the lovely Scottish accents made this novel, and if nothing else, Kate Breslin captured a bit of the Scots spirit in her latest release, As Dawn Breaks. She also captured a bit of the hardworking, sacrificial spirits of the women during WWI, particularly munitions workers like Rose, Tilly, and Hannah, as well as the deception and politics of war. One of my favorite things of this novel is how she wove all of that in. From the accent into Alex’s narrative (artfully done, by the way) to the intrigue and suspense. All of her novels thus far have had this perfect blend of the everyday life during a war—including the surface perception of what went on—and the espionage and political games behind the scenes. She also weaves in sweet romance and subtle themes that come together for a lovely story! I will be honest (y’all know I’m always painfully honest), there were some elements I didn’t enjoy. I’d like to get them out of the way first thing, if you don’t mind. • Alex. I really don’t want to hate on the main man, but to me Alex was a little too cynical and bitter for me to connect with, and as shallow as it sounds, it wasn’t the most romantic either. I think, had we had time to dive deeper into his character and have more interaction between him and his family, he would’ve been a fabulous hero. But because of a lack of depth (at least, a perceived lack of depth), he didn’t really reach his full potential. • Hannah. I’m sorry, y’all, but every moment with her was pure botheration. I’m sixteen years old, with a sister who’s fourteen and friends who are fifteen. Believe me when I tell you that most teenage girls in the twenty-first century don’t act as immature as she did—let alone girls in the early 1900s. She acted more like a twelve-year-old from the modern day, and not only was that jarring, it also just drove me slap crazy, because no one I know at that age (nor myself) would act like she did. • The deception. I know, I know, it’s a plot machination and without Rose telling a couple lies, we wouldn’t have had a book. I totally understand that. But what I don’t understand was how Breslin just let Rose off the hook. She never received any of the consequences for her actions, and to me it seemed like “working for the government” was all the justification she needed. On top of that, there was never any mention of God’s thoughts on lying (it’s a sin, in case you were wondering); instead, Rose reflects several times on how God seemed to be planning all of it out for her. Yes, God helps and guides His children. Yes, He provides for them. But, no, He doesn’t condone their sin, regardless of how much good they do, nor does He guide them toward committing it. Rather, He offers a way out of temptation (1st Corinthians 10:13). • Plus, on a Chauvinist Grace™ side note (gotta love those, amirite?), Rose made some feminist comments that, to me, didn’t jive with her respective, demure personality. The whole “I stood up against a bully and became a superhero for all women” was just...outrageous. Unless you destroyed all traces of the male species, you did not save all women across the planet from sexism. It’s quite obvious that anyone can be a bully, regardless of their gender, by the way Colleen and the other girls torture Rose. But that’s apparently not the same as a man making a few snide comments. Anyway, yeah. For a different character, I might let it slide, but for Rose it just seemed out of place. • And this is where I don’t make a big deal out of how this was yet another escaping-an-arranged-marriage story, because if I did we’d be here all day. Seriously, though. It’s getting old. Can we please come up with a new plot device? One that’s more accurately portrayed? Thank you. Well, that takes care of that! *dusts hands* Now, apart from all that mumbo-jumbo, I must commend Breslin on dethroning the Lady of Assumptions (the name change is official, people). The plot twists and curveballs she threw at me...I didn’t see a single one coming! This novel was anything but predictable! Speaking of, can I please make a big deal about seeing Simon, Eve, and of course Marcus again? (Please don’t ask how that has anything to do with plot twists…) Seriously, I just loved seeing them again, and I’m sorry, but if this woman doesn’t give Marcus a book soon, I’ll have to have a talk with her. I’ve been in love with the guy since Day One, and y’all, he needs a story. Marcus Weatherford needs a story. Nuff said. So maybe the reoccurring characters were my favorites (they were), and maybe Rose wasn’t perfect. Although that may just be the case (it is), I have to admit that I adored Rose’s sweet disposition and her love and respect for the Bairds. What a refreshment after all the snarky, rude heroines permeating the book world! And, yes, Mr. and Mrs. Baird were precious. So was the gentle romance. Even though Alex wasn’t a prime candidate for a love story in my mind, there have been worse heroes. Like, way worse heroes. And I think that once he got over his distaste for Rose (the first time, at least), he became quite the sweet, caring love interest and older brother, and I craved more time between him and Rose. I also loved the faith elements. I do think the deception part was off, but otherwise, I’m grateful that Breslin hasn’t fallen prey to the dilution of Christian fiction! This novel wasn’t preachy by a long shot, but it certainly didn’t ignore God. Rose prayed and relied on Him, even if she didn’t always consult Him like she ought, which was greatly appreciated. What? The souls of all people matter—even fictional ones. Long story short, As Dawn Breaks wasn’t perfect, no, but it was sweet, subtle, suspenseful, and all-around lovely. Kate Breslin always delivers a well-rounded novel full of intrigue and romance, and she doesn’t disappoint this time! She even threw in some Scottish accents, which is worth fifty stars in and of itself! Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Spectacular WWI intrigue. I love peeking into the world created by Kate Breslin. Especially since this book encompasses a lot of my favorite things. It is an interesting, inspirational, historical book with likable characters and a very engaging, mysterious plot. It reminds me of old Hitchcock films The 39 Steps based on a book by Scottish author John Buchan or The Saboteur by Joseph Conrad. Fascinating details include pilots in WWI and girls and ladies who worked in munitions plants in Scotland Spectacular WWI intrigue. I love peeking into the world created by Kate Breslin. Especially since this book encompasses a lot of my favorite things. It is an interesting, inspirational, historical book with likable characters and a very engaging, mysterious plot. It reminds me of old Hitchcock films The 39 Steps based on a book by Scottish author John Buchan or The Saboteur by Joseph Conrad. Fascinating details include pilots in WWI and girls and ladies who worked in munitions plants in Scotland and England. Very informative and even scary. This book focused on family connections showing the close and faith-filled Baird family contrasted with the distant, broken and harsh family that Rosalind came from. The lessons on friendship and trust played out well. I especially enjoyed the switched identities and the spy aspects of the story, with its tense and exciting scenes. One favorite thing was the Scots accent of Alex and his family. It was just right and not overdone. The whole novel fit together perfectly and made me smarter about one of my favorite times in history. One of the best reads of the year for me. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    That cover, though. 😍😍😍

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Kate Breslin became a favorite author several years ago, when I got my hands on Not by Sight. Once I saw As Drawn Breaks, I knew this was a must read and can boldly state that it did not disappoint. I was engrossed in this novel from beginning to end. In standard Kate Breslin fashion, the quality of writing was excellent. Readers will be transported to WWI era, not in battle scenes, but in a munitions factory located in Scotland. The storyline was unique and I knew pretty much nothing about such Kate Breslin became a favorite author several years ago, when I got my hands on Not by Sight. Once I saw As Drawn Breaks, I knew this was a must read and can boldly state that it did not disappoint. I was engrossed in this novel from beginning to end. In standard Kate Breslin fashion, the quality of writing was excellent. Readers will be transported to WWI era, not in battle scenes, but in a munitions factory located in Scotland. The storyline was unique and I knew pretty much nothing about such facilities at that time, beyond the fact that many women joined the workforce to support their country in its efforts. I even took some time researching "canary girls" and learned quite a bit. The characters in this plot will not leave readers disappointed, as each was complex and unique. The plot, in my opinion, is most deserving of rave reviews. I thought it developed so, so well. Readers should note that this book is not fast paced. It was never meant to be. This is a slow-burn (and beautiful) romance with an intricate, unpredictable mystery to solve. And the mystery was exceptional. While I thought I had figured out who the villain was about 2/3 of the way in, this story ended up being so much more complex than anticipated. I challenge readers to do the same and see how much you can solve by the end of this book! Truly, I cannot recommend this novel enough. It was an excellent read. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed are entirely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    Illness in the form of a sinus infection hit me hard when I was supposed to be reviewing & promoting author Kate Breslin's most recent novel, As Dawn Breaks. So just in time for Christmas gift giving, I'm sharing about this quality inspirational historical fiction book. As Dawn Breaks has everything I've come to expect from a Kate Breslin book: well-drawn characters fighting for right, immersive historical details, suspense, adventure, romance, and a spiritual theme that unfolds naturally to pro Illness in the form of a sinus infection hit me hard when I was supposed to be reviewing & promoting author Kate Breslin's most recent novel, As Dawn Breaks. So just in time for Christmas gift giving, I'm sharing about this quality inspirational historical fiction book. As Dawn Breaks has everything I've come to expect from a Kate Breslin book: well-drawn characters fighting for right, immersive historical details, suspense, adventure, romance, and a spiritual theme that unfolds naturally to provide hope & depth in the story. Check out all of Kate Breslin's books. You won't be sorry!

  10. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "Maw tells us that even a wee bit of help makes the grander things possible." I've always loved Kate Breslin's historical fiction but this newest has become by favorite. What an incredible novel with swiftly moving plot, fascinating historical tidbits during WWI, wonderful characters, and gasp-inducing suspense and twists! The author has always had some element of mystery and suspense in her books but this one really hits the jackpot with intrigue and espionage during the Great War. You won't be "Maw tells us that even a wee bit of help makes the grander things possible." I've always loved Kate Breslin's historical fiction but this newest has become by favorite. What an incredible novel with swiftly moving plot, fascinating historical tidbits during WWI, wonderful characters, and gasp-inducing suspense and twists! The author has always had some element of mystery and suspense in her books but this one really hits the jackpot with intrigue and espionage during the Great War. You won't be able to put this book down once you start; fans of historical fiction will absolutely adore this book. I loved Rose and Alex - their determination, loyalty, compassion, and strength of character, The voices of the antagonists were featured throughout the storyline as well, which made them less pure evil and more misguided, broken, and lost even in their evil ways and dealings. Learning about the munitions factory life and work during WWI was eye-opening and the backdrop of Scotland was beautiful. This book also has cameo appearances from Simon and Eve from High as the Heavens but you don't need to have read that book to fully absorb this book. It's another great novel from Kate Breslin that will enthrall you. I received the book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    As Dawn Breaks was a Christian historical fiction that told place during WW1. In 1915 Great Britain suffered a lack ammunition, so women began to work in the factories. These women were called munitionettes and filled the shell casings. The entire novel is centered around these events which also involved spies, burden of loss, guilt and forgiveness. And of course my favorite part, the romance. I only wish they’d found each other sooner. I do recommend this if you like Christian historical romanc As Dawn Breaks was a Christian historical fiction that told place during WW1. In 1915 Great Britain suffered a lack ammunition, so women began to work in the factories. These women were called munitionettes and filled the shell casings. The entire novel is centered around these events which also involved spies, burden of loss, guilt and forgiveness. And of course my favorite part, the romance. I only wish they’d found each other sooner. I do recommend this if you like Christian historical romance involving a war story. Thanks Bethany House via Netgalley.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    I felt truly transported back in time to WWI, with Rose, as she worked in a munitions factory in Scotland. The author did a great job of creating characters that I cared about. The way Rose fit into the Baird family, who she was boarding with, was so sweet. It made the fact that she was hiding her true identity difficult for her. I liked the way Rose and Alex started out a bit at odds and then began to respect each other and grow into a friendship and then more. However, both had secrets and thos I felt truly transported back in time to WWI, with Rose, as she worked in a munitions factory in Scotland. The author did a great job of creating characters that I cared about. The way Rose fit into the Baird family, who she was boarding with, was so sweet. It made the fact that she was hiding her true identity difficult for her. I liked the way Rose and Alex started out a bit at odds and then began to respect each other and grow into a friendship and then more. However, both had secrets and those secrets were bubbling right under the surface. The espionage angle in As Dawn Breaks was so well written. The author did a great job of creating a setting where it was hard to know how and when the saboteur would strike. That added a lot of good tension. There were some great twists and turns in this story! I really enjoyed this book. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chasity

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kate Breslin does her research! It’s woven in to every book she writes. This one was one of my favorites. The first chapter gave some mystery, so I was intrigued. Loved the past characters being brought back without having to join this with past books. Always happy to see a new release from Breslin.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, Kate Breslin, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin takes place during World War I and there is espionage on all sides. Rosalind Graham escapes her guardian by working in a munitions factory in England. Her guardian treats her with little respect and has plans to marry her off to a cruel man. Her only friend is a co-worker named Tilly. One day, Rose leaves work early for a party and then her world gets turned upsid Thank you, Kate Breslin, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read this book. As Dawn Breaks by Kate Breslin takes place during World War I and there is espionage on all sides. Rosalind Graham escapes her guardian by working in a munitions factory in England. Her guardian treats her with little respect and has plans to marry her off to a cruel man. Her only friend is a co-worker named Tilly. One day, Rose leaves work early for a party and then her world gets turned upside down. The factory explodes and her friend Tilly is gone. But she has an opportunity. Her family thinks she died in the blast. She can escape her dreaded future by becoming Tilly. She moves to Scotland and begins work in another factory, saving until she can make her way to Canada. Alex Baird is an RAF captain but goes undercover to see who is targeting the factories. He hasn’t been home in some time since his brother’s death and is surprised to find a young woman renting a room from his family. He doesn’t trust her, but her kindness soon chips away at the wall he has built, but secrets could destroy everything. Let me start off by saying that I love that this book takes place during World War I. World War I doesn’t seem as common as World War II novels. I love the settings along with the history behind undercover agents and women in munitions factories. There is even a little detail about Canary Girls–the women who worked in the munitions factories were dealing with so many toxic chemicals that it turned their hair and skin yellow. There is also the complexity of the storyline. Every chapter was like pulling back another layer of information that could lead to another twist. There were a few things that could have been stronger in this story. For instance, there is a lot of back and forth and switching of points of view. Some of the points of view weren’t even main characters, I felt there could have been another way of incorporating them into the story. That constant switch was not a smooth transition, it really slowed down the pace of the novel. Then there is Rose. While I LOVED her development there is one thing that bothered me. I understand that this book falls under Christian Historical fiction but her guilt with God was a little much. There were several moments where she believed God would be angry with her for taking on Tilly’s identity and lying—even though it could have saved her life. Every bad thing that happens to her she believes that it is God telling her that she is in the wrong. Her only lie is her name change. She stands up for girls under her supervision, helps out the family she stays with, even saves lives but she was still full of shame. I am just saying…I don’t think God would have been angry for fleeing what could have been a harmful marriage. Rant over. But I have to tell you about how much I loved Alex Baird’s family. They take Rose in as their own and they have such a strong family unit, despite the tragedy they have endured. I also loved Hannah, Alex’s little sister. Even though she works in a factory in the middle of a war, she is still a sixteen-year-old girl and desperate to still be a teenager. Overall, it was a delightful read and I will be checking out more of this author’s reads. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    3.5 stars! Characters: I found Rose to be the most interesting character in this book. She was flawed in a relatable way and had to grow a lot as a character through the story. I loved Mr. and Mrs. Baird (the people she boarded with for most of the book. They were a sweet older couple and treated her like family. But I struggled with Alex (Rose's love interest and the Bairds' oldest son). His scenes were a little hard for me to read at first because his Scottish accent was written out in his dial 3.5 stars! Characters: I found Rose to be the most interesting character in this book. She was flawed in a relatable way and had to grow a lot as a character through the story. I loved Mr. and Mrs. Baird (the people she boarded with for most of the book. They were a sweet older couple and treated her like family. But I struggled with Alex (Rose's love interest and the Bairds' oldest son). His scenes were a little hard for me to read at first because his Scottish accent was written out in his dialogue and in the narration. I also wasn't convinced he truly loved Rose. He tended to not give her the benefit of the doubt in vital moments. Language: Clean. Moral: The themes in this book were pretty light. At first, I thought not lying was going to be a big moral, but then the lies the characters told were almost presented as justified in one part. Which I wasn't at all a fan of ... Plot: I could tell Kate Breslin did a ton of research for this book, and it showed! I learned lots about work in a munitions factory. (Even if I felt like screaming at the characters to stop working there before they ruined their health. I mean, their skin and hair turned yellow and their teeth fell out. Chills!) I was also surprised in the end by how many people were involved in the sabotage plans. Romance: Clean. Just a kiss or two. Writing: Kate Breslin's writing style fit well in this historical novel. Overall: As Dawn Breaks was an interesting read, and I'd recommend it to those who enjoy Christian fiction and historical romance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    As Dawn Breaks is a wonderfully written book rich in historical details that happened in Europe during World War I. I especially enjoyed learning about women who worked in munitions factories during that time. And how critical their role was in helping the war effort. The book is filled with mystery, espionage and love. I enjoyed all the characters and the romance that budded even during the extremely tense and uncertain time. This author is one or my favorites. *I was given a copy of this book As Dawn Breaks is a wonderfully written book rich in historical details that happened in Europe during World War I. I especially enjoyed learning about women who worked in munitions factories during that time. And how critical their role was in helping the war effort. The book is filled with mystery, espionage and love. I enjoyed all the characters and the romance that budded even during the extremely tense and uncertain time. This author is one or my favorites. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher and this is my honest opinion.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Walker

    This was my first Kate Breslin book and I can definitely say I'll be recommending her to anyone looking for an enjoyable historical author! The prologue and beginning chapters drew me in and quickly tossed me into a storyline full of surprises. With twists at all the right places, and a sweet romance mixed in, As the Dawn Breaks, was a joy to read. There were many elements to the historical that made me pause and think. I never imagined what it might be like to work in factories at this time or This was my first Kate Breslin book and I can definitely say I'll be recommending her to anyone looking for an enjoyable historical author! The prologue and beginning chapters drew me in and quickly tossed me into a storyline full of surprises. With twists at all the right places, and a sweet romance mixed in, As the Dawn Breaks, was a joy to read. There were many elements to the historical that made me pause and think. I never imagined what it might be like to work in factories at this time or the ill effects to women's health. I loved those details she included that made the story seem even more real. At times I had trouble keeping track of some of the side characters, which played an important role in trying to figure out "who done it", but she did a great job of wrapping the suspense storyline up at the end so any loose ends were explained, and for people like me, I finally got all the characters straight! I enjoyed watching Rose and Alex grow separately and together. The Baird family were a joy to spend pages with. So many things to love about this book. I gave a contented sigh as I closed the pages.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Turansky

    This was an engaging WW1 story. I learned so much about Scotland, munitions, women's roles during the war and more. The characters were delightful, and I was eager to learn how all the issues would be resolved. Well written and highly recommended! This was an engaging WW1 story. I learned so much about Scotland, munitions, women's roles during the war and more. The characters were delightful, and I was eager to learn how all the issues would be resolved. Well written and highly recommended!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Kate Breslin pens a story filled with vivid historical detail and realistic characters, weaving powerful themes of second chances and forgiveness into this multilayered story. When a tragic accident provides the perfect opportunity to flee an arranged marriage, Rose Graham inadvertently steps into a dangerous world of spies and espionage. I absolutely love the rich historical detail Breslin includes in his story as readers enter the world of WWI munitions factories and the dangers faced by its w Kate Breslin pens a story filled with vivid historical detail and realistic characters, weaving powerful themes of second chances and forgiveness into this multilayered story. When a tragic accident provides the perfect opportunity to flee an arranged marriage, Rose Graham inadvertently steps into a dangerous world of spies and espionage. I absolutely love the rich historical detail Breslin includes in his story as readers enter the world of WWI munitions factories and the dangers faced by its workers. With just the right balance of mystery and romance, this story will keep readers engaged until the very end. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher and Netgalley. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    With Kate Breslin's hallmark historical precision and her penchant for extolling unique women's roles in times of war, Rose and Alex's story was another wonderful achievement in this over-lapping WWI series. I loved the slow build romance, the secret identities and the espionage. More still, I loved how Breslin's pen flourished a new angle of the famous/ infamous Gretna, Scotland. Romance readers and historical enthusiasts will feel at home here. With Kate Breslin's hallmark historical precision and her penchant for extolling unique women's roles in times of war, Rose and Alex's story was another wonderful achievement in this over-lapping WWI series. I loved the slow build romance, the secret identities and the espionage. More still, I loved how Breslin's pen flourished a new angle of the famous/ infamous Gretna, Scotland. Romance readers and historical enthusiasts will feel at home here.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "Become a new person, Rose. If you have the courage." Did she in fact . . . have the courage? Rose Graham's best friend at the Chilwell National Shell Filling Factory, Tilly Lockhart, had left a rather cryptic note in the cottage on that fateful afternoon. Unbeknownst to Rose at the time, she would never see Tilly again, but as Rose's rather dire circumstances unfolded, maybe it would be possible to assume Tilly's identity and blessedly escape the outrageous future that awaited her on th 4.5 stars "Become a new person, Rose. If you have the courage." Did she in fact . . . have the courage? Rose Graham's best friend at the Chilwell National Shell Filling Factory, Tilly Lockhart, had left a rather cryptic note in the cottage on that fateful afternoon. Unbeknownst to Rose at the time, she would never see Tilly again, but as Rose's rather dire circumstances unfolded, maybe it would be possible to assume Tilly's identity and blessedly escape the outrageous future that awaited her on the very next day. It seemed for awhile that she could. "I have an assignment, Captain Baird . . . Though I am debating whether or not you're up to this particular task." Accepting a phony medical discharge, RAF Captain Alex Baird returns to his home town of Gretna, Scotland, tasked by his superiors with flushing out an international traitor; codename Rhymer, before another ammunitions plant was blown to smithereens. Intelligence had strongly suggested that Gretna's factory could be the next target. Imagine his surprise when he discovers that a lovely boarder has taken roost among his family, Tilly Lockhart. Secrets have a way of spiraling out of control, don't they? In spite of them, Rose and Alex stumble their way towards mutual attraction, only to have it ripped out from under them in the worst kind of way. The story line is brilliant, the characters are magnetic, and the truth remains buried under layers of subterfuge until the very last moment. Perhaps, best of all? The inspirational elements are woven so beautifully into the story that every reader will be able relate to the cries for help that Alex and Rose breathe through their prayers, to a God who "knows the plans" that He has for us. "Rose suddenly realized she'd needed to become someone else in order to find herself."

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kailey

    This was my first book by Kate Breslin. I really enjoyed it! This story hooked me right away and kept me hooked the whole time! I enjoyed all of the detail that she included in this book. I would definitely recommend this book! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Susan Snodgrass

    'Lord, surely you haven't brought me this far just to fail....' 1918 England during the Great War finds Rosalind Graham working in a munitions factory and taking on a new identity when her friend dies in the factory's explosion. Rose sees a way out of a forced marriage to a despicable man and reluctantly decides to become her friend who died. She makes her way to Scotland to work in another factory, only to find herself embroiled in deadly espionage. Breslin's attention to detail and impeccable r 'Lord, surely you haven't brought me this far just to fail....' 1918 England during the Great War finds Rosalind Graham working in a munitions factory and taking on a new identity when her friend dies in the factory's explosion. Rose sees a way out of a forced marriage to a despicable man and reluctantly decides to become her friend who died. She makes her way to Scotland to work in another factory, only to find herself embroiled in deadly espionage. Breslin's attention to detail and impeccable research make this story. I have always loved history and she brings it to life here in this moment, all the while addition fictional elements that make it even better. Well done! My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion here is my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    Don't you hate when you read a book all day and you end up not liking it?? This was the case of As Dawn Breaks. Fleeing from a unwanted marriage, Rose assumes her best friend identity after she is killed at the explosive plant. So Rose moves to Scotland and gets a job at the same kind of plant. There she stays with a family that she soon adores. But the son comes home from the war with a secret mission. At first they don't get along but they find comfort in each other until she is accused of wa Don't you hate when you read a book all day and you end up not liking it?? This was the case of As Dawn Breaks. Fleeing from a unwanted marriage, Rose assumes her best friend identity after she is killed at the explosive plant. So Rose moves to Scotland and gets a job at the same kind of plant. There she stays with a family that she soon adores. But the son comes home from the war with a secret mission. At first they don't get along but they find comfort in each other until she is accused of wanting to blow up the plant she is working at now. Can she prove she isn't the person she is pretending to be? Can she fall in love with him and can they go on after learning who she really is. I found this book to be so boring. I waited for the ending but it even was flat. I read 12 hours for the ending that wasn't even good. The book really is a slow burn so if you read it know this when going into it. I almost DNF the book but kept going. I now wish I had but if you enjoy historical romances you would probably enjoy this book, but this book was definitely not for me!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Desperation led to a daring switch and leads to intrigue during the dark times of WWI. One glimpse of the blurb as well as a fancy for the gorgeous cover led me to give As Dawn Breaks a try. Rose desperately wants to avoid a horrid arranged marriage that her detestable guardian is pushing on her. No one will ever know that during a spectacular explosion at the munitions' factory where she works that it is Tilly Lockhart who perishes and not Rose who miraculously survives when she was supposed to Desperation led to a daring switch and leads to intrigue during the dark times of WWI. One glimpse of the blurb as well as a fancy for the gorgeous cover led me to give As Dawn Breaks a try. Rose desperately wants to avoid a horrid arranged marriage that her detestable guardian is pushing on her. No one will ever know that during a spectacular explosion at the munitions' factory where she works that it is Tilly Lockhart who perishes and not Rose who miraculously survives when she was supposed to be at her wedding party. Rose as Tilly goes to Gretna to take a supervisory role at that munitions factory and stays with the Baird family. That should have been the end of it save getting the workers to listen to her, but then a disturbing letter for Tilly arrives and Alex Baird comes home and is suspicious of her even while they share a connection. Her secrets and his secret mission lies between them. Injured, Royal Air Force Captain Alex Baird is burdened by his brother's death and is sent home to recover. Alex is fearful for his family living in the shadow of the munitions' factory so he grimly accepts the mission to surveil one Tilly Lockhart who worked at the Chilwell Factory before it was sabotaged and exploded. He had already been making a connection with the lady and struggles with her on his suspect list. Dare he trust her so they can work together against the certainty of another sabotage attack and dare he trust her with his heart? I have seen so few romances let alone romantic suspenses set during the WWI era that I all but pounced on this one. The author is new to me, but I had a feeling it was not a huge gamble to dive in. Turned out superbly because the historical backdrop, the characters, and plot all wove together nicely and pulled me in. What hard times those were and especially for women like Rose. Those factories were not exactly healthy and the gals were covered in the yellow powder by the end of shift and earned the nickname Canary Girls and then there was the explosive nature of their product. But, I also speak of a woman's lot when it came to unscrupulous legal guardians like her uncle that was forcing her to marry an abusive man so that she felt she had to pretend die just to escape. The flip side, Alex's situation was grim too, but I was somewhat more familiar with a military character though having him in an espionage role was pretty cool. Their romance was complicated with the lies and secrets and not at the forefront much of the time, but I enjoyed how it didn't turn into high drama and they worked as a team to investigate the sabotage. I liked the tension the suspense side of the plot added, but thought the romance was developed well in its own right. They were friends and partners and had to take their time. Then they had to get past the reveals and to their true selves. Rose was in bad straights, but Alex had his struggles, too. His family was great support and Rose finds a real home with the delightful, sometimes mischievous Bairds in gorgeous Scotland. I should point out that this is inspirational romance and it is a theme in the story, but there isn't soapboxing at the expense of the story. All in all, this was enchanting from the first page as it pulled me into Rose's WWI era world and drew me in deeper as she was caught up in a traitor's web, espionage, and playing her role while her real self found home, happiness and love in Scotland. I definitely want to read more of the author's books and can recommend this one highly to those who enjoy sweet historical or inspirational romance. I rec'd an eARC through Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Rose Graham desperately needs to escape the life she has been thrown into so when she gets the chance, she takes it. With brothers to protect and a future to work out, she flees to Gretna, Scotland where she begins work as a munitions supervisor for a pack of “canary girls” that test her strength and character. Providence dictates that she meet the Baird family and falls in love with their sweet family after renting their vacant room. Alex Baird has been asked by his best friend to sniff out the Rose Graham desperately needs to escape the life she has been thrown into so when she gets the chance, she takes it. With brothers to protect and a future to work out, she flees to Gretna, Scotland where she begins work as a munitions supervisor for a pack of “canary girls” that test her strength and character. Providence dictates that she meet the Baird family and falls in love with their sweet family after renting their vacant room. Alex Baird has been asked by his best friend to sniff out the possible saboteur that has been bombing munitions plants. In fact, the next suspected target is where his sister works and near his family home so he can not fail to protect them especially since he has failed his family in the past. Written with a sprinkling of Scots dialect, including words like “dinna”, “ken” and “braw”, Breslin brings the reader into the WW1 era and sits you down into the intrigue of misplaced power, secrets, disguise, and veiled identities. She weaves an intricate plot of cat and mouse that will keep you wondering who can be trusted and how Rose could possibly fulfill her dream of breaking out of the life she was forced into. All the while, Breslin gives you a background filled with a sense of true family, community and what is still right with the world. This book is appropriate for teens and older. There are no overly descriptive intimate scenes and no bad language. I received this book from the author/publisher free of charge with no expectation of a positive review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Having loved all of Breslin's previous books, I was somehow skeptical about this one and whether I would love it as much as the rest. Perhaps I'm just salty because Captain Marcus Weatherford STILL hasn't gotten his own book. (someday please??) But regardless, ye of little faith, why did you doubt? As Dawn Breaks was 100% excellent. 5 stars. 10\10. Highly highly recommend if you love history, WW1, spies, intrigue, bad guys right under your nose, undercover missions, and strong Scottish heroes. F Having loved all of Breslin's previous books, I was somehow skeptical about this one and whether I would love it as much as the rest. Perhaps I'm just salty because Captain Marcus Weatherford STILL hasn't gotten his own book. (someday please??) But regardless, ye of little faith, why did you doubt? As Dawn Breaks was 100% excellent. 5 stars. 10\10. Highly highly recommend if you love history, WW1, spies, intrigue, bad guys right under your nose, undercover missions, and strong Scottish heroes. From beginning to end, there is not one page I didn't enjoy and that didn't keep me desperately reading to uncover the mystery. Plus Breslin's inclusion of rich historical facts and scenes is also fascinating. I can't wait to see what else Breslin writes and I promise not to be so skeptical next time.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    I'd known of the women who worked in munitions factories for the war effort in WWII, but I hadn't realized how many women had in WWI as well, or what dangerous jobs they held--where the atmosphere was so physically explosive that one couldn't even have metal bra hooks or silk stockings, lest a spark from the static electricity blow the factory. And I can't imagine that so much exposure to TNT that one turned yellow was good for long term health. It was a fascinating bit of history! As with any ti I'd known of the women who worked in munitions factories for the war effort in WWII, but I hadn't realized how many women had in WWI as well, or what dangerous jobs they held--where the atmosphere was so physically explosive that one couldn't even have metal bra hooks or silk stockings, lest a spark from the static electricity blow the factory. And I can't imagine that so much exposure to TNT that one turned yellow was good for long term health. It was a fascinating bit of history! As with any time one is lying about one's identity, there's the expectation that it will blow up worse than a munitions factory when one's secrets are revealed, and such is the case for Rose. I loved how she grew through the story, but I can see why Alex takes such great affront at her lies--she does look highly suspicious regarding the Chilwell explosion, and when there's a threat of sabotage where she's currently employed . . . it would be all too easy to come to the wrong conclusions. I greatly enjoyed some Mission Impossible-esque elements, though as is the case with any master of disguise plot, my head was left spinning trying to figure out who and what I has missed throughout the story. It was a pleasure to catch some cameos of characters from a previous book (High as the Heavens). Thank you Bethany House and NeGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Betti

    Nothing remains hidden from God’s all-seeing eye. What a wealth of information the author must have gone through in order to bring this incredible historical book to us, the readers. I must admit there was much that I learned reading about these munitions factories and the Canary Girls. That alone would have made this time well spent. Add in the intrigue, suspense, courage and danger and you have a story you will not set aside until finished! Rosalind Graham finds herself at a crossroads and must Nothing remains hidden from God’s all-seeing eye. What a wealth of information the author must have gone through in order to bring this incredible historical book to us, the readers. I must admit there was much that I learned reading about these munitions factories and the Canary Girls. That alone would have made this time well spent. Add in the intrigue, suspense, courage and danger and you have a story you will not set aside until finished! Rosalind Graham finds herself at a crossroads and must make a choice. Will this lead to danger or freedom? Captain Alex Baird is medically discharged from his position as a fighter pilot and returns to his home with an undercover assignment. Clandestine characters, mistaken identities and sabotage make his job most difficult. Along with that is the guilt he carries with him every day. This extraordinary book was received through Bethany House Publishers, Baker Publishing Group and NetGalley. These impressions and comments are my own and were in no way solicited.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    The year is 1918, and Rosalind Graham is about to married to what is known as a "scunner" in the local parlance, and she can't stand the thought. Her uncle arranged the marriage to his own benefit, and the man is abusive at best. Her friend from the munitions factory where she works, Tilly, is holding a shower for her after work and sends Rose to her cottage to get cleaned up before the party. Tilly gives Rose her number badge so that no one will stop her on her way out. Once Rose is at Tilly's The year is 1918, and Rosalind Graham is about to married to what is known as a "scunner" in the local parlance, and she can't stand the thought. Her uncle arranged the marriage to his own benefit, and the man is abusive at best. Her friend from the munitions factory where she works, Tilly, is holding a shower for her after work and sends Rose to her cottage to get cleaned up before the party. Tilly gives Rose her number badge so that no one will stop her on her way out. Once Rose is at Tilly's cottage, she hears an explosion and sees that the factory has gone, along with Tilly and her other friends. In Tilly's cottage, she finds a five pound note and a letter telling her to take advantage of making a new life away from Chilwell and her uncle and fiance. Tilly ends up in Gretna Green, Scotland, working for a munitions factory there using Tilly's name. Alex is being sent home after injuries he suffered when his brother, Ian, crashed and died. While Alex hadn't crashed, he tried to save his brother from the burning wreckage of the plane Ian was flying. Now, Alex is being "discharged" to try to catch the Rhymer before he can blow up another munitions plant. It just so happens that the next plant on the Rhymer's list is in Gretna. He comes home to find his parents have rented out his room to Tilly/Rose and his sister, Hannah, is working at the munitions factory as well. This is a book filled with espionage, double-dealing, secrets, and treason. It's also filled with pranks, practical jokes, and winning over the opposition. And, just to satisfy my romantic tastes, a bit of falling in love. Kate Breslin is one of those authors who knows how to fill a book with enough twists and turns to keep the reader involved from beginning to end. Sometimes I get impatient with a book and I want to skip to the end and find out how it all plays out. I couldn't do that with this book, because there was quite a bit of unpredictability in the plot. Five Stars, Two Thumbs Up, and some tatties and neeps. Bethany House and NetGalley.com provided the copy I read for this review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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