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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Portrait of Dawn is a work of fiction in the historical, romantic fiction, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Samantha St. Claire. The work is intended for the general reading audience and is free of any explicit or triggering content. Our protagonists are artist Luke Brennan and local lady Dawn Fairburn, who both have immense challenges to face in the new state of Idaho in the year 1890. Though she is a rare beauty, Dawn’s deformed leg sees her shunned from society, until the Irish-rooted Luke falls under her spell. What results is a very engrossing romantic and uplifting tale that is sure to keep readers turning the pages from cover to cover.
Author Samantha St. Claire has crafted a beautiful, poignant, and captivating work of fiction with plenty of atmosphere, emotion, and high dramatic moments to offer its readers. One of the features which I found particularly impressive about this piece was the reality of the characters, which differs from many idealized romantic novels of the genre. With these characters, a reader feels like they’re getting to know authentic people, and the author’s emotional presentation and close narrative techniques allow them to follow and experience every high and low. The author creates a similarly realistic setting with an optimistic mood in the new state by the use of attention to detail in their atmospheric language but also outlines the tensions and prejudices of the time with the lexical and descriptive choices. Overall, I would highly recommend A Portrait of Dawn to fans of inspiring characters, diverse representation in historical fiction, and romance readers everywhere.