Friday, January 4, 2013

Dawn Comes Early

Dawn Comes Early
Margaret Brownley
Thomas Nelson Publishers
March 13, 2012
Romance, Western, Fiction, Historical

Looking for a 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 forever more. Will be given ownership of ranch. —Eleanor Walker

Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest book for a fresh start at a cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory. She hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.

But what awaits her is a much harder life. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch in 1895, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early . . . every day. But she is tenacious.

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.

This was just good old fashion fun to read! I love Westerns and this one does not disappoint. Kate is a great character with many layers. I was completely overwhelmed when she first arrived on the ranch and I'm still not convinced she would have actually "made it" but the assumption made for very fun reading. All the characters have an amount of depth to them that makes reading enjoyable. The story of God's healing throughout is very special. A great read that I highly recommend! Way to go Brownley!

My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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