Young novelist is tested by a blacksmith’s charm

DawnComesEarlyDawn Comes Early (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch #1)

by Margaret Brownley

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

Paperback: $8.78 eBook: $6.40


Publisher Synopsis: An advertisement offers the perfect solution for a romance novelist who has no intention of getting married—until something changes her mind.

It’s 1895 and twenty-nine-year-old dime novelist Kate Tenney finds herself without a publisher or other means of support when her novel is banned.

When she agrees to try her hand at ranching, trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The West is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner and a nefarious outlaw, but also her own traitorous heart.

Deserted as a child by her father, grandfather, and seemingly even God, Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam’s charm. She’s determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she’s up to the task—even if it kills her.

As her faith is tested by the harsh realities of the desert, Kate may survive this trial, if she can stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.

My Take: I am more and more impressed with the quality of inspirational romances on the market now. This was an intriguing story that kept my interest right to the end. The characters were strong and had unique quirks that made them memorable, such as the middle-aged upright banker who got down on his knees once a year to propose to his girlfriend on her birthday.

Since most stories about young women coming west in the 1800s were as mail-order brides, Kate was a refreshing change. And Kate is a strong woman whose setback in her career did not defeat her but made her choose to came west to try and re-establish herself.

The author wove the characters’ back stories deftly into the book, so you saw each person grow as they dealt with their past.

She also made the characters likeable with the humor between the cowhands teasing Kate and Luke’s aunts trying to matchmake.

My Rating: 5 out of 5.  Look for more Brides of Last Chance Ranch to come.

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