Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley ~ Book Review

Disgraced dime novelist Kate Tenney fled the city that banned her latest novel for the emptiness of the desert. Answering an ad to be “heiress” to a vast cattle ranch in the Arizona Territory, Kate hopes ranching turns out to be as romantic as she portrayed it in her novels.
But what awaits her is a life harder than the one she just left. There is no room for mistakes on a working cattle ranch, and Kate is ill-prepared for her new life. She quickly learns that dawn comes early. 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.
While I did find this a "typical" Christian romance novel I was excited to see the author show how God can place people into our lives for us to trust on and depend on.  Kate - the main character in the story - has trusted only herself and feels like she doesn't need to depend on anyone.  However through a series of events, Luke and Eleanor break down Kate's walls and show her that it is okay to depend on others.
At the end of the story I was a little disappointed that the author left some strings un-tied.  Although that would make it really easy for a second novel to tie it all up.
I also found the story really easy to get into and to become involved in the characters lives sharing their joys and burdens.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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