Dawn Comes Early
In 1895, with her latest romance novel banned in more polite societies, Kate Tenney is looking for a way to escape the confines of Boston. Applying for a position as a ranch heiress in the Arizona Territory seems like the answer to her all troubles, but Kate soon realizes she’s in far deeper than she could have ever imagined. Hard work, a kidnapping bandit named Cactus Joe, and the romantic advances of ruggedly handsome blacksmith, Luke Adams, are just a few of the adventures she’s to encounter as she tries to prove herself worthy of inheriting the Last Chance Ranch from owner Eleanor Walker.
This pleasant Western novel focuses mainly on Kate’s journey from a stubborn young lady not willing to trust any man to a mature woman in love who’s torn between duty and her heart. Brownley successfully intertwines vivid scenery and character development with just a touch of Christian undertones. The ending comes a bit abruptly and fails to give some closure to one of the story threads, but the overall effect is one of delightful charm.