Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley has an unusual opening. “Heiress Wanted: Looking for hardworking , professional 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 forevermore.” So read a notice placed in a newspaper by Eleanor Walker, the owner of the Last Chance Ranch. Dime novelist Kate Tenney’s latest book was banned in Boston. She needed to start a new life and she applies for the position. She has no intention of ever marrying so the requirement of staying single is not a problem. Kate arrives in the town of Cactus Patch in the Arizona Territory in 1895. Shortly after leaving the train she is taken hostage by the local criminal, Cactus Joe. Her escape leads to her meet Luke Adams who becomes a person of interest in her life. He could become an obstacle to her achieving her goal of being chosen as the heir.
The novel tells the story of many people. Eleanor Walker is an accomplished and strong woman. She is a person to be admired. Luke Adam’s aunt, Bessie manages to get hold of Kate’s banned novel and what transpires after she reads it is memorable. Even Cactus Joe turns out to be different than what meets the eye. All the characters are beautifully developed and for the most part, charismatic. Kate’s life on the ranch is full of trials and tribulations and are described in such a way that the reader is drawn into the story. Humor is not lacking in this book.
I enjoyed this book very much. It deals with love, trust,honor and sensitivity. The book can lead one to look inward and to perhaps re-examine what you find.
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