Eleanor Walker, owner of the Last Chance Ranch, is determined to find a suitable heir for it. She is certain that if she has been able to successfully manage the ranch without a husband, then there must me another young woman with the fortitude and determination to follow in her stead. Unfortunately past candidates haven’t managed to endure the grueling and long days or to ignore the temptation to marry one of the available cowboys in the area. Molly Hatfield believes she can qualify to be that heir. After all there is no danger of marriage. She has already found out that no man is interested after learning of her crippled younger brother Donnie. Besides being a hard worker, Molly plans to secure a future for herself and Donny no matter what it takes.

I loved the characters in “Waiting For Morning”. Molly is a flamboyant young woman with a uniquely individual style developed to take unwanted attention away from Donny. She feels responsible for his injuries and is content to sacrifice everything for him. Donny is a very spoiled young man used to getting his own way and he knows how to play Molly. I’ll admit I wanted to smack him more than once. Dr. Caleb Fairbanks is nothing but enthusiastic and prides himself on staying up-to-date on modern medicine practices. He and his horseless carriage Bertha have caused more than one incident in the area including a stampede that nearly overtakes Holly and Donny. Neither Holly nor Donny are very interested in furthering their acquaintance but Dr. Caleb is not one to give up quickly and his determination to earn their trust eventually breaks through their defenses. A blind colt and a dog named Magic also feature prominently in his success.

I loved “Waiting for Morning” and eagerly anticipate the next book in this series.

This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publisher’s BookSneeze program.


The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, #2

Waiting For MorningMolly Hatfield comes to Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed.

There is nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheelchair bound, Molly has dedicated her life to his care. But in 1896, gainful employment for a woman is hard to come by. So when Molly learns that an eccentric rancher in Cactus Patch, Arizona, is looking for an heiress—someone to take over management of the ranch in exchange for future ownership—she jumps at the chance to provide a real home for her brother.

However, Molly didn’t bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s charming unmarried doctor. Caleb has a way with Molly that makes her nervous. But it’s how he is with her brother that really alarms her. Caleb sees past the wheelchair and genuinely likes Donny, but Molly fears he’s putting unrealistic ideas into her brother’s head. Falling in love with Caleb would threaten everything she’s worked for, even her brother’s future happiness. But it could be the very reason God brought her to Last Chance Ranch.

Margaret BrownleyThrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this, except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.”

It turns out God was and Margaret did. She now has more than 20 novels to her credit. In addition, she’s written many Christian articles and a non-fiction book. Still, it took a lot of prodding from God before Margaret tried her hand at writing inspirational fiction which led to her Rocky Creek series. “I love writing about characters at different stages of faith,” she says of the new direction her writing career has taken, “and I’m here to stay.”

Happily married to her real-life hero, Margaret and her husband live in Southern California.