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Thomas Nelson / 2012 / ePub

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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.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2012
ISBN: 9781401686291
ISBN-13: 9781401686291
Availability: In Stock
Series: Brides of Last Chance Ranch

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Publisher's 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.

Publisher's Weekly

Brownley (A Lady Like Sarah) entertains western romance fans in this formulaic but sprightly beginning to the Brides of Last Chance ranch series. Kate Tenney takes her chances when she answers an ad seeking a woman to inherit a cattle ranch in Arizona Territory in 1895. She’s escaping Boston, where her latest dime novel has been banned for “immoral content.” Almost as soon as she steps off the train in Cactus Patch, she is accosted by resident outlaw Cactus Joe and just as promptly rescued by blacksmith Luke Adams. The sparks that fly aren’t from Luke’s forge, but Kate’s college education and Luke’s frontier style make an obvious mismatch. More important but less obvious is Kate’s mistrust of men, starting with the father who abandoned her. And easterner Kate has many hard lessons to learn about the harsh land and the duties of ranching if she is to win the trust, and estate, of heirless ranch owner Eleanor Walker. Brownley’s narrative arc of growth and transformation is unsurprising. It’s not a dime novel, but just like that genre will find readers interested in light diversion. Agent: Natasha Kern Literary Agency. (Mar.) 2012 Reed Business Information.

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  1. wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    A slow, but good, book
    January 27, 2014
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Last Chance Ranch was started by Eleanor Walker's mother with one steer and is now one of the largest ranches in the Cactus Patch, Arizona area. Eleanor has learned throughout her life not to trust men but now that she's in her sixties she needs to find someone to leave the ranch to. She does have some requirements though, it must be a woman and she must sign a contract agreeing to never marry.

    There have been several women apply some left the ranch immediately, some a day or two and one even lasted two weeks, that is until Kate Tenney shows up in Cactus Patch in the middle of an attack by Cactus Joe. All the businesses are locked up, nobody in the streets, is this a ghost town? Where is the man that is supposed to pick her up and take her to Last Chance Ranch?

    Kate was determined to own Last Chance Ranch, after all, like Miss Walker says, "nothing is permanent except for land" and "love isn't kind, men can't be trusted", this about sums up how Kate has felt her whole life. Kate has felt God abandoned her the day her dad left and she had to start taking care of her mother, if only Ruckus would quit throwing those Bible verses at her, not Bible verses like we know them, they are translated into his own words and they really make her think.

    I think it was kind of a slow read but there was enough there to keep me interested in finishing the book. Sometimes it's nice to slow down a little bit and what better than a book to do it. There was some excitement at different times and that helped. All in all I am glad I read the book and am looking forward to reading the next one "Waiting for Morning". I have read several of Margaret's books and I do enjoy her writing.
  2. Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A great start to the series!
    October 9, 2013
    Shannah
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This was such a great book. The characters were fantastic. Miss Walker is something else. I really enjoyed her character and figuring out why she is the way she is. Kate Tenney strikes me as smart, independent, and stubborn. She thinks she has life figured out. Luke Adams is the strong, silent type. Their romance was sweet. The conversations they would have together made me laugh most times, and other times I would want to shake them both for their blindness!

    The story progresses naturally. I like that the timeline is more than a week or a few days. Some authors try to cram a whole love story into a week, which isn't realistic at all. Instead, Kate and Luke converse over months and have plenty of time for feelings to develop Kate comes to Last Chance Ranch because she feels she has no where else to go. The name of the ranch is very fitting, in her case. She is at her lowest point when she comes to Cactus Patch and can't afford to lose. Luke is content to be the town smithy and live his simple life. So he is unprepared for the feelings Kate awakens in him. Can they both figure out their own hearts before it's too late?!

    If there is one thing wrong with this book, it is this: I'm not sure whether or not Kate becomes a Christian. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but the progression for Kate doesn't seem realistic to me. I don't feel she was ministered to enough throughout the story to really come to an understanding with the Lord. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who wants a good ol' fashion cowboy read!
  3. Christy Janes
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Eager to Return to Last Chance Ranch!
    December 11, 2012
    Christy Janes
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Lately, my reading time has been "catch as catch can" with no continuity whatsoever, so to say I was very pleased that I picked up Dawn Comes Early would be a great understatement! This was my first experience with one of Margaret's books, and I already know I will be coming back for more. Her writing style was so different from other historical fiction authors in that, her characters were so entertaining and full of life and spunk, and frankly, just plain unique. I loved them! The storyline in itself was unusual because I was fully expecting a romance, but when the back cover said the heroine must be "prepared to stay single now and forevermore"...I knew the author had something up her sleeve. :o)

    With one tiny exception of a lull around the 200-page mark, Dawn Comes Early provided me with a wonderful reading experience that will prompt me to recommend it to several friends. I'm anxious to see what happens next!
  4. Diane A. Brown - The Reader's Cove
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Determination...is it worth it?
    September 24, 2012
    Diane A. Brown - The Reader's Cove
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Kate Tenney may have signed up for more than she had in mind. It sounded so easy, just show up in a small western town, convince the ranch owner she would be the perfect person to inherit the spread and in a few months it would be hers. Things seem to get off to the wrong start when Kate disembarks the train and the town appears deserted. Boy was she wrong! Kate is faced with one challenge after another and her heart just seems to get in the way of her best laid plans.

    A wonderful story to make you wonder... Persistence can pay off, but is it worth the price is the long run?
  5. Sherri
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    I wanted to like it but...
    September 20, 2012
    Sherri
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I was really looking forward to reading this book because I have enjoyed all of Margaret Brownley's previous books. But I was so disappointed with this one. First, Kate was not my idea of a good heroine. She kept harping about men leaving and used this as an excuse to constantly push Luke, the hero, away. Not that she had many opportunities to push. That was my second problem with this book. There was very, very little interaction between Kate and Luke. A few conversations were all you got up until nearly page 200. How they fell in love with each other was a mystery. Needless to say, the romance was neither good nor believable. I plan to keep reading Ms. Brownley's books though and hope the next in the series is better.
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