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Dawn Comes Early (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Margaret Brownley
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.



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About the Author

Margaret Brownley is a New York Times best-selling author and has penned more than twenty-five historical and contemporary novels. A Lady Like Sarah was a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist. Twitter: @margaretbrownly Facebook: MargaretBrownleyAuthor


Product Details

  • File Size: 649 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595549684
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ENBBLU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fairly average western, it's just "okay" September 10, 2013
By Valerie
Format:Kindle Edition
Having previously enjoyed several of Margaret Brownley's prior novels, I was anxious to get my hands on "Dawn Comes Early", especially since the desert setting sounded reminiscent of where I grew up. Unfortunately, the book was quite different from my expectations and I ended up being rather disappointed.

The quality of the writing is good, I have no qualms about that--it's just the characters and story that I couldn't connect with. I honestly can't put my finger on exactly what the main issue was, so perhaps it was just many small issues combined. No matter how hard I tried, I simply couldn't relate to the characters, and some of the things they did grated on my nerves. Top of this list would be the storyline revolving around Luke's aunts, which struck me as over-the-top silly.

As for Kate and Luke's relationship, I never felt much chemistry between them. They barely had any interaction before it was obvious feelings were developing, which made their "feelings" somewhat hard for me to believe. While they didn't blatantly seem un-suited as a couple, I just couldn't get excited about the two of them. I think Luke's repetitive thoughts about being un-educated and not good enough for Kate contributed to my feelings. Likewise, Kate's insistence of remaining single didn't scream romance, either. I do have to admit the last couple of chapters had a semi-cute way of bringing them together, but overall I fear Kate and Luke are a mostly forgettable couple for me.

Honestly, the book wasn't "bad"... it just felt a bit flat and fairly average. I normally read books of this length in 5 to 7 days, but this one took me about 10 days, simply because I couldn't keep focused on it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Novel About Arizona Territory in the 1890's September 9, 2012
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I usually do not read Christian romances as they are often not very well-written and sometimes come with a huge dose of (often evangelical) religion, but Thomas Nelson Publishers apparently vets their authors. Nelson seems to concentrate on authors who could be writing in any genre, not just Christian fiction, and who don't overload the reader with pious messages. In other words, the books could appeal to those who attend traditionally mainstream Protestant churches as well as the more evangelical type of denominations.

The plot involves a young woman author, Kate, whose writings have gotten her into trouble so she flees to the west, the Arizona Territory of the 1890's. There she agrees to take over a ranch owned by an older woman who will deed the ranch to her if Kate agrees to never marry. Having had bad relationships with men in the past, Kate is ready to put her name on the dotted line until she spys a local blacksmith.... Kate finds that the ranch is hard work (dawn does indeed come early!) and begins to question some of her previous assumptions about life and men. One reviewer mentioned as a negative that the couple shared a passionate kiss -- since this is a book about human beings falling in love as it is about anything else, I was amazed that anyone could be offended by a kiss. So, if kissing offends you be warned that there is one kissing scene in the book! With entertaining secondary characters and an appealing heroine and hero, this novel should sell even to those outside the traditional inspirational book market. The publisher also puts very attractive covers on their books and this is no exception. Buy it for the cover, read it for the quality!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dawn Comes Early March 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
Running from her past and her failed career, Kate answers an add to become heiress to a successful ranching operation in Arizona. The catch? She must promise never to marry. When she arrives at the Last Chance Ranch, she realizes that everything she thought she knew about ranching is actually much harder. If she's going to earn a place as the heir, she's going to have to learn a lot--and quickly. When she meets Luke, her plans of ranching come into question. Will she choose a ranch or love? And more importantly, will she learn to rely on God?

Dawn Comes Early is a sweet, romantic story. I loved the idea behind the series--a commitment to remain single for life. Not your typical fare in romance novels! Kate and Luke were interesting characters and I liked them both right off the bat. I knew there were underlying issues in both of their pasts and often wondered how they would relate to the rest of the story. Slowly but surely, the secrets began to come out, which really enriched the story.

The hands at the ranch are great secondary characters. They provided a bit more depth and interesting interactions with Kate. There were a couple that I would like to learn more about in future books in the series. Additionally, Kate's ranching adventures are hilarious, and I caught myself laughing out loud a few times.

Overall, Dawn Comes Early is an enjoyable, heart-warming story. If you're looking for a romantic story with a few laughs thrown in, add this one to your TBR list. [3.5 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars promising new historical series February 26, 2012
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Kate Tenney has formed a rose colored picture of what she thinks the west will be like, but once she gets there its nothing like she ever thought. Kate is a dime store novelist whose latest book is banned, so at loose ends as to what to do she decides to answer an ad for an heiress for a cattle ranch in Arizona Territory. She has the idea that ranching will be romantic but little does she know that it's nothing like what she has been writing in her novels. Life on a ranch is hard but she decides to do what it takes to inherit which includes signing a spinster clause stating that she will remain unmarried, which doesn't seem to be a problem when that is until Luke Adams the handsome, eligible town bachelor comes into the equation. Will she be able to do what it takes to inherit the ranch or will her heart decide otherwise?
I always love reading historical fiction and this one was pretty good. I though the author allowed the characters to develop quite nicely through out the story, especially Kate.I thought the faith based struggles that Kate had seemed very realistic and the way that she slowly finds her way seemed right on. I thought Kate was quite brave to set out to try and do something totally different from what she was accustomed to in Boston. There were bits of humor woven into the story that I enjoyed. I also felt the inspirational message wasn't overdone at all, instead it added another layer to this historical romance. Overall I thought this book was a good read and because of the reading group guide it would be a perfect book club selection. I will certainly be watching for the next book in this series titled "Waiting For Morning" which is due out Jan. 2013.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Western Romance
Very enjoyable read with lots of well developed characters. The story line was unusual and kept my interest. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Noreen Kellner
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice summer read
I thought it was a good story until the end. the end of the book left too many loose ends and didn't finish up the story lines. was left wanting a happy ending for all.
Published 1 month ago by Nan T
5.0 out of 5 stars Brides of Last Chance Ranch #1
This is the first book in this series. The second is called Waiting for Morning and the third is called Gunpowder Tea. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Carley
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story
Great read on life and humor and faith. Thank u for the story . Looking fwd to reading the series
Published 3 months ago by S m klotz
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a good read...
The author has a great deal of promise in writing historical western romance books. This is a clean but yet heartfelt story that anyone can read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dorothy
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and light read
This is a series or stand alone reads. Funny and light read. Wonderful way to spend an afternoon. Plot easy to follow a and cute ending.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Reeled me in from the beginning
Right from the first paragraph I knew this was going to be a good book that I could not put down. The author did a good job describing the characters that you could almost see... Read more
Published 6 months ago by betty
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy came for a ranch and got a blacksmith.
Lucy had struggled hard to overcome the hard life she had experienced with an alcoholic mother and no father, since he had walked out when she was five. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Carol McBride
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.75 NICELY DONE WESTERN ROMANCE
The author paints a very realistic picture of the 1890's west, when things were wide open and even women were able to thrive in the west, where they were treated as equals. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joyce J. Ruskuski
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! I could relate to the characters and found myself laughing out loud throughout the book! Read more
Published 8 months ago by K. Rosales
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ABOUT MARGARET:
Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this--except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. 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."

Margaret is now a New York Times bestselling author and a past Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 30 novels to her credit. Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.

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