Waiting for Morning
By Margaret Brownley
Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, #3
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.
This book begins with a horrifying scene of a dance hall girl trying to find her crippled brother in a burning building. The scene pulls you in and while you are wondering how the author will make you fall in love with such a brash character, you find you are intrigued.
You meet many familiar faces in this story if you have read the previous books, but even if you have not, this book would be fine as a stand alone. I loved the history about lead poisoning, early cars and horse training that was woven throughout.
Molly has a burden that she carries with her in this story. It is one that many of us could relate to. It has shaped her life, guided her path and dogged her steps. While I was reading, I wondered how many times I have allowed small things to control my life. How can I take a lesson from Molly and other character in this story?
I found myself really enjoying Caleb’s journey as a doctor that was talked about in the book as well! Ms. Brownley’s writing style is engaging and enjoyable.
I received this book from BookSneeze for an honest and complete review.