Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Waiting for Morning



Title:  Waiting for Morning
Author:  Margret Brownley
Pages:  352
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
                What do you usually expect when reading a novel?  Being a fan of the western genre, when I read one, I look for action!  It isn’t usually a romantic western that attracts my attention first, but the adventure.  Some write westerns with hints of mystery, revenge, love, forgiveness, and a host of other themes.  Others write with these themes and are able to paint a picture in the mind of the reader, so the reader can “see” the scene where the action is taking place.  The setting is important to me as it gives a flavor of realism to a tale.  The climax can draw a person into the story so much that he/she is spellbound!
The particular book, Waiting for Morning, takes off from the first word and doesn’t stop until the last one.  In the late 1800s, an older lady has placed at ad to let others know she is looking for an heiress, and the woman answering the ad must be single and willing to stay that way forever.  Why would the owner of the Last Chance Ranch want that stipulation for whoever becomes the heiress?  Answering this ad is a young lady who has sole responsibility for her wheelchair-bound brother.  A fire in the town where they lived burned almost all their belongings as well as took the independence of her brother.  Molly is willing to answer the ad in order to provide for her brother and herself.  After all, she is responsible for him being a cripple isn’t she?
When the town’s doctor retires, a young doctor driving a horseless carriage takes over the practice.  Caleb is the only one who owns one of these contraptions, and when he meets Molly she takes a shot at his carriage!  Why?  Molly begins to feel overwhelmed trying to be a caretaker as well as learning about cattle ranching.  Her brother Donnie doesn’t believe he has much of a future because he can’t do anything for himself until Dr. Fairbanks approaches him and begins to work with Donnie in hopes of helping him gain independence.  Will it work?  What does the ranch owner decide to do with a young colt that is blind and is seen as nothing but a hay burner?
I find it hard to express how fun this story was to read, especially at the end when the author shares the story of how one character got his name!  It was fun to see how the characters each learned about who they really were compared to what they thought they were.  For example, Molly thought she was going to be a cattle rancher until she learned that God had other plans, even if she was great working with horses.  When you read this novel, I hope you gain as much pleasure as I did.  I hope I have inspired you to read it as well through this review.
My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457

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