Molly 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.
Waiting for Morning is the second book in The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series. I reviewed the first book, Dawn Comes Early, last year. I loved Dawn Comes Early and Waiting for Morning is just as entertaining. Molly is struggling with guilt over an accident that occurred when she was a child, and can’t quite let her brother grow up.
In midst of the serious undertone of grace and forgiveness, the story has enough fun and humor to keep you smiling. There is the requisite meddling “aunt”, a horseless carriage with a mind of its own, and a sweet blind foal. Throw in a preacher with a crisis-of-faith and a few confused townspeople and you have a story that you don’t want to miss.
He rolled up the sleeve of his shirt. “So we’re ready to be evaporated.”
The crowd murmured agreement.
“I think you mean vaccinated,” Caleb said, shaking his head.”
Can a blind foal teach Molly about independence and letting go? Will Caleb be able to make her understand that she deserves a life of love and forgiveness as much as anyone?
My only problem with the book was some confusion over the timeline. At the beginning of the book, we’re told that Kate and Luke’s wedding is two weeks away. Later, Molly has been at the ranch for five weeks, yet the wedding is still one week away. And I’m not sure that high-fives were popular in 1896, especially among women.
I did enjoy seeing Eleanor softening. She’s not quite the cold-hearted task master she wants everyone to think she is.
About the book:
Title: Waiting for Morning (The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch Series)
Author: Margaret Brownley
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release date: Jan 8, 2013
Where I got the book: Free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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