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Waiting For Morning A Brides of Last Chance Ranch Novel by Margaret Brownley Thomas Nelson ISBN 978-1-59554-970-9

Waiting For Morning A Brides of Last Chance Ranch Novel by Margaret Brownley Thomas Nelson ISBN 978-1-59554-970-9

Life in 1896 could be difficult under the best of circumstances, but for Molly Hatfield and her brother, Donny, life was especially hard. Their parents were dead and Donny had lost the use of his legs many years ago which had left him confined to a wheel chair. Molly worked in a saloon and devoted herself to caring for her brother. A fire causes them to leave their home in Dobson Creek, Colorado. Molly had learned of a rancher who was looking for an heiress. Specifically, the heiress was required to prove she could manage the ranch in Cactus Patch, Arizona and once done, she would eventually own it. The arrangement did not come without conditions.

Desperate to provide a home for Donny, Molly convinces the owner of the ranch, Miss Walker, to give her a chance to learn what she needed to secure the position of heiress. Life at Cactus Patch was exhausting for Molly. She was physically drained from the hard work on the ranch and from providing care for her brother. In addition, there was an additional complication. Dr. Caleb Fairbanks enters their lives and tries to offer both Molly and Donny the love and hope that neither believed they would ever have again. His efforts are met with resistance.

This is a story that is worth telling and it is beautifully told. The book is populated with believable characters who face adversity, fear, danger and hopelessness with courage. Multiple points of view are used to tell the story and there are no stereotypes here. This a story of inspiration and I highly recommend reading this book

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Twice A Bride by Mona Hodgson WaterBrook Press ISBN 978-0-307-73032-9

Twice a Bride, by Mona Hodgson, opens in 1898 in the town of Cripple Creek, Colorado, with the young widow, Willow Peterson, standing at her father’s grave. Previously, the grief of losing her husband had led to her admission into an asylum. She and those who care about her worry about how she will handle the loss of her father. Willow takes up residence in the boarding house owned by another widow, Miss Hattie. She hopes she can focus on her dream of becoming an artist. Both women question whether they will ever know love again.

    Willow answers a newspaper advertisement for a portrait painter and lands the job with photographer and bachelor, Trenton Van Der Veer. Trenton has a troubled past, as well. From the beginning, their relationship, both professional and personal, is filled with misunderstandings and insecurities. Unexpectedly, Miss Hattie meets Harlan Sinclair who comes to Cripple Creek bringing with him a young child that was left in his charge. Miss Hattie had already come to love his grown daughters, but can they embrace this child and forgive him for his absence?

    There are several stories in this historical novel and the author skillfully intertwines them. The characters have distinct voices. Some are charming and some are not. They face challenges, losses and fears. And, they also face love. There are strong and relevant themes present in the novel which include the strength of family and friendships. I found this to be an interesting and easy book to read. It is filled with inspiration and hope and is beautifully written.

    I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I give this review of my own free will.

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