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Dawn Comes Early (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series Book 1) by [Brownley, Margaret]
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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: 1676 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 12, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 12, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Christian Publishing
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ENBBLU
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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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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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This is the first book in this series. The second is called Waiting for Morning and the third is called Gunpowder Tea.

Kate has come to Cactus Patch, Arizona to be the heiress to Last Chance Ranch. Her writing career has been killed by a recently banned book and she craves stability. Her escape from the town outlaw lets her meet Luke, the town blacksmith. He reminds her of the hero of her novel, but she doesn't have time to think about him. She has a ranch to learn how to run.

Luke thinks Kate is interesting, but she uses all those big words. He's under the impression that she write philosophy and would have no use for a lowly blacksmith. The sparks fly, but there's a few problems. Kate has been told she can't trust men, and inheriting the ranch requires she remain a spinster.

While I liked this book, I wish there had been more chances for interaction between Luke and Kate in the first part. I read a few parts that had me smiling and chuckling.

The main characters for the second book don't sound familiar, so I'm thinking it's more than likely safe to read these out of order if you want to.
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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. Yes, it was a bit slow in a couple places but then again, I'm taking a chance and already downloaded Book 2 and 3 of this series. This book got better and better as it progressed and I think that is true of this series. The heroine, Kate, is a writer trying to find her place but due to circumstances she finds herself on a ranch learning the business in order to inherit this ranch she has come to love. Then Luke comes into the picture and the story progresses from there. It is a good book and easy read. I'm looking forward to her other books in the series. I love this genre and this author will fit in nicely.
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