Dance-hall girl Molly is completely committed to caring for her brother Donny, risking her life to save him, and enduring the taunts of others in order to earn money to buy his food. But everything’s falling apart and even their tent is destroyed in a fire. So Molly sets out for the wild wild west, to prove she can commit herself just as forcefully to becoming a rancher. Answering a very strange advertisement, she now has to prove she can care for ranch-hands, cows and horses and keep the books straight, all while continuing to provide for a brother who can’t even move his own wheelchair. Plus, she has to promise never to get married. But then the new, highly modern, local doctor steps into her life, with plans to help both brother and sister find their freedom. The dialog’s fun, and the period detail is nicely convincing, from a home-made car to safer cosmetics, to the falsehoods of ancient medicine slowly giving way to knowledge of the new. In one of my favorite scenes, the dance-hall girl tries to sing in church, changing words on the fly to avoid offense and causing general amusement. Prayer plays an important part in this story. Molly turns to prayer in need, but turns away from church, having been turned away herself for her “evil” profession. Faced now with people of faith and love, she gradually rediscovers what she’s lost, and learns to put God first. A love story, a convincing historical medical drama, and an intriguing exploration of what it takes to train, or tame, the human heart, Waiting for Morning, by Margaret Brownley, is fun, faithful and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book, and now I’m hooked!
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
Book two of the Brides of Last Chance Ranch series is a sweet, enduring historical romance with characters who are charming and witty. Readers will delight in how Brownley skillfully sketches an evocative picture of the 1890s Colorado and Arizona Territory.