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

Margaret Brownley
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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. ùEleanor 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 didnÆt expect to meet Luke Adams either. Luke awakens feelings inside Kate she doesnÆt 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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1370 KB
    • Print Length: 353 pages
    • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 12, 2012)
    • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005ENBBLU
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    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #202,282 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
    4.0 out of 5 stars promising new historical series February 26, 2012
    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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    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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    2.0 out of 5 stars Not Entertaining
    This book really was not a very entertaining book.. in fact, I didn't even finish reading this book to the end. I won't bother looking for this author again. KATHY
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    Published 18 days ago by Susan Emmons
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great story!
    Took me a bit to get into it but loved the story & characters!! Especially the "aunts"!!
    Published 4 months ago by dakota cowgirl
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Nice Blend of Action and Romance!
    Kate Tenney is a very determined young woman; determined to survive "Ranching 101" so that she can become an heiress to a very successful ranching operation in the Arizona... Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
    I loved this book! I fell in love with all the characters and the humor and romance makes for a wonderful read.
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    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 8 months 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 8 months 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 10 months ago by Sk
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    Margaret is a New York Times bestselling author and 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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