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Dawn Comes Early (Brides Last Chance Ranch Series)

Dawn Comes Early (Brides Last Chance Ranch Series)
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Dawn Comes Early (Brides Last Chance Ranch Series)

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An advertisement offers the perfect solution for a romance novelist who has no intention of getting married-until something changes her mind.

It's 1895 and twenty-nine-year-old dime novelist Kate Tenney finds herself without a publisher or other means of support when her novel is banned.

When she agrees to try her hand at ranching, trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The West is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner and a nefarious outlaw, but also her own traitorous heart.

Deserted as a child by her father, grandfather, and seemingly even God, Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam's charm. She's determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she's up to the task-even if it kills her.

As her faith is tested by the harsh realities of the desert, Kate may survive this trial, if she can stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.



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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.



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An advertisement offers the perfect solution for a romance novelist who has no intention of getting married-until something changes her mind.

It's 1895 and twenty-nine-year-old dime novelist Kate Tenney finds herself without a publisher or other means of support when her novel is banned.

When she agrees to try her hand at ranching, trouble begins the moment she steps foot in Arizona Territory. The West is nothing like she wrote about in her books. Not only does she have to deal with a hard-nosed ranch owner and a nefarious outlaw, but also her own traitorous heart.

Deserted as a child by her father, grandfather, and seemingly even God, Kate does not trust men and has no intention of falling for Luke Adam's charm. She's determined to learn the ranching business and prove to the doubting ranch owner that she's up to the task-even if it kills her.

As her faith is tested by the harsh realities of the desert, Kate may survive this trial, if she can stay away from a certain handsome blacksmith and his two matchmaking aunts.


- Publisher

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

Meet the Author

Margaret Brownley

Margaret Brownley is the author of several highly acclaimed historical romances, including her recent bestseller "Pistols and Petticoats," ýRaine Cantrell is the author of many historical romances, including the acclaimed "Darling Annie," and the winner of ten writing awards. ýNadine Crenshaw whose latest romance is "Viking Gold," was a nominee for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award, and winner of their Golden Heart Award. ýSandra Kitt, a leading romance writer, is the author of "The Color of Love,"ý


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Fun Western Romance
4 stars By Jacqueline, Sep 05 2017
This was such a fun book to read. Kate is a writer from Boston who answers an advertisement to become an heiress of a ranch in Arizona. You can imagine the laughs as she learns the ropes and tries to convince a very strong lady ranch owner that she will be able to handle the ranch. Add to this a hilarious bungling outlaw and of course a man who falls in love with her and you have a very entertaining story. I'm looking forward to reading book two in this series.
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Humour and Romance
5 stars By Johanna, Jun 08 2016
"An absolute delight. I spent the whole book reading with a grin on my face" ~ Mary Connealy. This pretty much sums up my experience. Here is a teaser...

... "He led her up to the barn.  Mexican or Western?' he asked. She glanced at his profile. Was he joking? Mexican? With her blond hair? "I'm American," she said with more than a little patriotic pride. "Born and raised in Boston." "God Give me strength," he muttered... I'm talking about saddles." ... "So what saddle do you use?" He rolled his eyes. "Don't tell me it was English."
The humour fuels the romance. But there is a twist! I would mention it, but it really makes or breaks their relationship. Who said stories have to have a happy ending? But trust me, this one does. It's more than satisfying. 


Humour aside, the characters are really down-to-earth, flaws and all. We can all read books that are disconnected from reality, but this one connects. There is such vulnerability, it normalises what we feel. From a christian perspective I was refreshed by the simple message conveyed by Ruckus and his explanation of why God is named 'The Forever Man'. God is forever. He's always there for you. 
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Lady Rancher Seeks Heiress
3 stars By Iola, Apr 02 2012
The best part about Dawn Comes Early was the characters. Each had their own distinct style of speech, to the point where I could almost hear their voices. My favourite was Ruckus, an older ranch hand who befriended Kate and taught her all about ranching, and gave her a glimpse of a God that perhaps might actually care. While this is a Christian novel, the Christian content is very low-key and not at all preachy. 

Overall, this was a fun romance with the unique and interesting premise of a heroine promising not to marry. The one lack was around the development of the relationship between Kate and Luke. They simply didn't spend enough time together to make it believable for me. This is the first in a new series, with the following books no doubt introducing more potential heiresses for the Last Chance Ranch.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson and BookSneeze® for providing a free ebook for review.
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  • Catalogue Code 338821
  • Product Code 9781595549686
  • ISBN 1595549684
  • EAN 9781595549686
  • Pages 352
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Publication Date Mar 2012
  • Sales Rank #77438
  • Dimensions 209 x 143 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.371kg

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