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“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, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours)

Best-selling author Nancy E. Turner returns to the world of Sarah Agnes Prine through the wide eyes of her irrepressible young niece, Mary Pearl.

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 daydreams. 

In walks old-fashioned old-money suitor Aubrey Hanna, here to whisk 17-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 is destined to be the next American classic.

©2020 Nancy E. Turner (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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  • J. Clark
  • 12-02-20

Great story, mediocre narration

Love this series, but narrator needs to learn how to pronounce words every Arizonan knows!

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  • From Oregon
  • 21-01-20

One of my all-time favorite authors does it again!

What an amazing story! I am always so impressed with Turner's creativity and spunk when reading! I didn't know that Light Changes Everything was a continuation of These Is My Words until reading into the first couple of chapters. I was delighted though because it was like catching up with old friends. In fact, it was the first book I have ever cried when reading. Well done Nancy E. Turner!!!

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  • Ryan69
  • 21-11-20

Awesome story- excellent author

I really enjoy Nancy Turner’s style. She can paint a picture with details of what’s happening and fill it with the emotions of each character. This is a great book alone but I have listened to all her other books first. Defiantly a great story.

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  • Martha Madani
  • 14-11-20

Terrible Pronunciation of Southwest terms

I have loved all of Nancy E Turner’s books and looked forward to listening to the audio version of this book. Being a fifth generation Arizona native, I love to hear stories of the old Southwest. I always imagine how my grandparents and great grandparents would’ve dealt with running a ranch during the late 1800s. The slight twang and drawl of the narrator sounded fake and the pronunciation a very southwest terms such as Javelina, saguaro, cholla, ocatillo, Cienega river, etc all but ruined the story for me. I’m shocked that Turner approved this narration since she is a Southwest native.

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  • Misty
  • 25-10-20

Good story, less than stellar narration.

This was a sweet story that I really enjoyed but was distracted by the narrator’s mispronunciation of several words. Seems like someone needed to do more research into vocabulary that is common to the southwest region.

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  • Emilee
  • 21-09-20

Disappointed

I might have liked it more if I had read it. The reader ruined this book for me. She mispronounced words, and used this awful annoying valley girl voice for a few characters that just grated my nerves, and her voice for Brodie made him sound like an idiot. But also the story itself was not in line with any of the previous Prine novels, I had to just think if it as a totally separate book that had nothing to do with Sarah Prine or I couldn't finish it. Disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-08-20

Great story

Great story. loved the descriptions of Arizona. only down side was narrator's mispronunciation of common Arizona words such as javelina and Saguaro among other words. Distracted from the story.

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  • Carrie
  • 10-08-20

Never want this story to end!!!!

My absolute favorite series! I do wish the narrator would say javelina, ocotillo and saguaro correct. I know not a big deal, just a bugger to me.

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  • Tara Stringer
  • 24-05-20

Disappointed

I can’t tell you how disappointed I was with this addition to the Sarah Prine saga. The names were the same, but the characters were completely different. (SPOILER ALERT!) Sweet Savannah turned into an ignorant hateful jealous woman who wanted her girls to marry into wealth. Aubrey Hannah is a rapist? The story about how Mary Pearl came to attend art school wasn’t even the same as in the Sarah Prine books. Sisters Rachel and Mary Pearl went from best friends to bratty, brawling, stupid girls. If you enjoyed “These Is My Words” and the 2 sequels, spare yourself and use your next Audible credit more wisely. I couldn’t even finish it, and I rarely just quit a book.

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  • Joyce
  • 19-04-20

Broken Hearted Teen sees the light

Teen daughter pleads for college art school in preference to early marriage. School is difficult but worth it. Pursued by many men, yet jilted by her Sisters husband. Mary Pearl finds herself in a predicament that ends her dream. Family is top priority when her young brothers are kidnapped. Carrying Granny’s and her own secrets. The Prine family is forced to take sides as plenty betrayals confront her