Thursday, March 1, 2012

Dawn Comes Early (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series) by Margaret Brownley

Book Description:  Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.
Having been abandoned by a string of men, Kate has no intention of ever marrying. But she didn’t expect to meet Luke Adams, either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesn’t recognize, and his steady presence is a constant distraction. She has only written about love in the past, never known it herself. But her feelings for Luke stand in the way of all she has to gain if she is chosen as the heir.Perhaps God brought Kate to the barrenness of the desert to give new life to her jaded heart.
But what awaits her is a life harder than the one she just left. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early. But she is tenacious.
My Review:  Margaret Brownley captures the reader's interest with this paragraph at the very beginning of the read:  
Looking for hardworking, professional woman of good character and pleasant disposition willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory.  Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forevermore.
Kate Tenney arrives in Cactus Patch in the year of 1895.  She is greeted by nothingness and then she realizes why the pitying looks of those who see her embark in this desolate place.  
Even a disgraced dime store novelist knows when all is not well.  And it seems that there is nothing but silence to greet Kate.   Of course, Kate thinks that because she has written about ranches that she will be able to work on one.  But now as Kate with her hands on her hips looks around Cactus Patch, she dismally thinks Don't let this be Cactus Patch.  Never in her twenty-nine years of living had she seen a more desolate place!
This is a great read...not heavy but yet not fluffy.  A good mix of laughter, grace and reality.
The romance and the "competition" with the other heiress wannabes, for Kate is not the only "heiress" to come to Last Chance Ranch, makes for a grand-tastic, faith based novel about letting go and becoming who God wants you to be!
*This book was provided for review by Book Sneeze/Thomas Nelson*
Meet the Author: 

Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this--except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction."
It turns out God was and Margaret did. She now has more than 20 novels to her credit. In addition, she's written many Christian articles and a non-fiction book. Still, it took a lot of prodding from God before Margaret tried her hand at writing inspirational fiction which led to her Rocky Creek series.
"I love writing about characters at different stages of faith," she says of the new direction her writing career has taken, "and I'm here to stay."

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595549684
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595549686

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