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Publisher's Summary

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Kimberly Smith on 11-22-17

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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4 out of 5 stars
By DK on 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.

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