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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review and Giveaway: Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley

This is a lovely story with wonderful historical tidbits and inspiring lessons!
Waiting for Morning (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series)
by Margaret Brownley

  • File Size: 708 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595549706
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AE9I0EA
Genre: Historical Romance, Inspirational
My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Book Description
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
If Molly Hatfield's purple attire doesn't blind you, her dazzling smile will. She doesn't just sing to the cattle, she puts on a whole show. If only she wasn't so stubborn about her brother's care. Or so distrustful of a certain handsome doctor...

There is nothing Molly wouldn't do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheel-chair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress--someone to take over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership--she jumps at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.

If she proves to have a knack for ranching and agrees to remain single for life, the ranch can be hers. Neither stipulation worries Molly. She's resourceful and hardworking. And she gave up dreams of marriage long ago when she dedicated her life to her brother's well-being.

However, Molly didn't bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town's handsome and charismatic young doctor, whose backfiring automobile almost gets him killed when Molly thinks she's being shot at and fires back.

But it's how he is with her brother that really alarms her. Caleb sees past the wheelchair and genuinely likes Donny, but Molly fears he's putting unrealistic ideas into her brother's head. Falling in love with Caleb would threaten everything she's worked for, even her brother's future happiness. It'll take an act of congress to convince her otherwise--and maybe even a little help from above.

Other books in the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series include Dawn Comes Early and Gunpowder Tea (available October 2013).

Molly is a young woman who does what she has to do, even singing in a saloon, to take care of herself and her teen brother. Molly holds herself responsible for the accident that crippled Donny and she has determined that she will always be his family.  A fire takes almost all they have and Molly decides to go to Arizona territory to answer an ad to become an heiress of a cattle ranch. She has to prove to the demanding owner that she can handle the job and the terms will include an agreement not to marry. Molly has no problem with that as she has learned that men aren’t interested in courting a woman with a handicapped brother.  Besides, she saw the pain and heartbreak that tore her parents apart when Donny was injured. She doesn’t want to risk that pain again.

But Molly never figured on meeting a man like Doctor Caleb Fairbanks. Caleb is a progressive sort who rides Bertha, his motor buggy, and looks to the medical advances for means of helping his patients - two legged and four legged. Their first meeting is a bit hostile when she mistakes the car backfire for shooting and shoots back.  The second meeting isn’t much better when the backfire starts a stampede her way.

Caleb is dazzled by Molly’s bright beauty and has no problem seeing past Donny’s handicap to the smart boy he is. Although Molly doesn't trust his pushing, the Doc challenges Donny to stop thinking of himself as crippled and to become more independent.

I loved Caleb’s direct approach and enthusiasm. He saw injury in both Donny and Molly and set about finding a way to address the problems and seek improvement. I liked Molly’s complex character and even the stern and intractable ranch owner, Miss Walker, is a warm lovely person underneath her tough exterior. There are lessons of forgiveness and tolerance to be learned and shared, and even a blind colt can help show the hand of God at work.

The writing moves at a good pace with history, progress and God’s touch nicely woven together. Added to that is a good dose of fun humor making the package a very delightful read. I also loved learning that some of the old gospel hymns, like Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, were codes for the underground railroad groups! If you like stories with history and sweet romance I recommend this to you. I will keep Ms. Brownley in mind for future reading. I think I would enjoy reading one of her stories for my book club especially if it has wonderful reading questions like this one does.
Molly has created a persona to hide behind:
She feared her carefully constructed facade was in terrible danger of melting away like face paint in the sun.  Location 191
Molly learns important lessons:
Brodie said lessons could be learned from horses. Orbit taught her that God had a plan for everything–even a little blind horse and a wheelchair-bound youth. Location 3452.
I received this from Thomas Nelson for an honest review and with offer to host a giveaway.
This story is set in Arizona for my 2013 Where Are You Reading Challenge. This is a New Author for me.


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  1. i loved the 'just for fun' tab entries! internet in the wild west and Samuel Morse's story... great stuff! and a book that sounds like a great read as well.. thanks for the review and giveaway, Martha and TN !

  2. I was surprised that there were so many of her books available as ebooks. I have a kindle but I still really prefer the hard cover books!

  3. I found it interesting that it stilltook a lot of prodding from God before Margaret tried her hand at writing inspirational fiction which led to her Rocky Creek series. I also enjoyed her "just for fun" tab entries.

  4. I found that Margaret's writing started with a church newsletter. This kind of story always tugs at my heart.

  5. I loved the sage photography advice on her website.

  6. She's written over 20 books.


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