Monday, April 2, 2012

Dawn Comes Early




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.

My Review:

Western comedy at it's best, but Dawn Comes Early will pull at your heartstrings too. Kate heads into Cactus Patch with a lot more baggage than the single trunk she brought from Boston . It takes a run-in with an outlaw and repeated associations with the local blacksmith to begin shaking that baggage loose. And all the while she's learning the rigorous work of ranch-life through hands-on experience. Let's just say there isn't a lull in this action-packed, emotionally-fraught and side-splitting historical novel.

As always, Brownley's characters shine. Sub-plots involving secondary characters are by turns humourous and touching and add extra spark to an already dazzling story. A definite delight to read.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of this book please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Remember to put the title in your address line so that it's easier for me to spot. Offer open to international readers. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 8. Good luck!


  1. I love Margaret Brownley's Rocky Creek series. This book looks like the start of another fun series. I like her mix of humor, action, romance, and faith. It would be delightful to win a copy of Dawn Comes Early. Thanks for the chance.


  2. I think this book looks very good! Please enter me. Thanks!

  3. I loved Margaret Brownley's other series too. So much fun and she's great at mixing up her readers' emotions, isn't she?

    Good luck Pam and rubynreba!

  4. I have read her story of how she came up with the idea for this series. Very interesting. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  5. Dawn Comes Early sounds like a delight, I do love a good western love story! Please include me. Thanks, Kav!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. Margaret Brownley is a terrific writer, I always end up laughing!!! I'd love the change to go in the draw for this one please!!! Thankyou!!

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  7. You're right about that, Esther. She has a great sense of humour and manages to convey that so well. Good luck!

  8. I love reading Ms.Brownley's Books and this one sounds like another good one.
    Please enter me in the Drawing.
    Blessings and Thank you


  9. Hope you'll be laughing on Sunday after the draw!!!! Good luck Esther.

  10. I loved "A Suitor for Jenny" --sounds like "Dawn Comes Early" is just as fun! Thanks for the chance to win!


  11. Oh -- you have to read the first of that series -- A Lady Like Sarah! What a hoot. This one is just as good. Good luck!