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review 2015-09-30 19:21
Review: Waiting For Morning by Karen Kingsbury
Waiting for Morning - Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is a long time favorite author of mine. She creates stories full of depth, heart ache, hope and meaning. Each book she creates has wonderful twists, and heartwrenching plots. Waiting For Morning is no different and has become one of my favorites of her novels. 

Waiting For Morning is a story that is filled with incredible messages of leaning on God, grasping onto your faith and understanding that tomorrow will come and sometimes, despite the heartache, it will be a better a day. 

Ms. Kingsbury weaves her characters into the story in the perfect way, making them meaningful and true to life. Each one captures a piece of my heart and takes on their journey, keeping me close to them so I feel every instance of their walk. I feel every emotion, every bit of laughter, every  tear. I pray with them, I lean on them. 

That is the kind of story that Ms. Kingsbury creates and throws to her reader. I highly recommend Waiting For Morning to all. I also suggest that you have tissues near by and a long night for reading because you'll need the tissues for the tears and the long night because you won't want to close it til the last chapter is finished! I can't wait to dive into book two! 

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review 2015-06-22 07:00
Review: Waiting For Morning
Waiting for Morning - Margaret Brownley

Title: Waiting For Morning [The Brides of Last Chance Ranch 1896]

Author: Margaret Brownley

Genre: Christian, Historical, Romance

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis: Molly Hatfield comes to Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed of.

 

There is nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him wheel-chair 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.

 

If she proves to have a knack for ranching and agrees to remain single for life, the ranch can be hers. Neither stipulation worries Molly. She’s resourceful and hardworking. And she gave up dreams of marriage long ago when she dedicated her life to her brother’s well-being.

 

However, Molly didn’t bank on meeting Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s handsome and charismatic young 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.

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

Let me start off by saying, this book was phenomenal. The writing was clear and easy to follow, the story was engaging, and I was utterly astounded by the knowledge of the author pertaining to the time period. 1896 was very nearly the turn of the century and things like light bulbs, the telegraph, and the first cars were just making their way into existence. It's not a time I've seen a lot of historical writers delve into, and I found it fascinating. It was really great to see the character's reactions to the new technology of the day, and the way everyone stared at the very first car like it was the most absurd thing they'd ever heard of. I couldn't get enough.

 

The characters in this story were very believable. They had different motivations and ways of handling things that really added a sense of depth to each of them. I laughed at the cowboy's nicknames, but at the same time I saw them as real people. So rarely do I see a book who's characters were written so well. Donny and Molly had to be my favorite out of the bunch, but mostly, Donny. It's strange to come across a story where my favorite character is not one of the main characters, but I think the author did a great job of building Donny as a character. Here was this 14 yr old kid stuck in a wheelchair in a time where being crippled pretty much made you an invalid. He was angry and demanding, and helpless, but as the story went along, he grew as a character and really pushed forward to overcome the limits he'd been given. I was cheering him on the whole story.

 

The romance also seemed to be handled in a really appropriate way, I thought. There seems to be this running trend in historical romance that the romances always have to be passionate and rule-breaking... but rather than go that direction, Ms. Brownley made Molly and Caleb's romance what it should be. It was endearing, slow, and sweet. That's how romance was in those days for the most part for propriety's sake, and I think the author did a fantastic job on showing that, but at the same time, not shoving it off in a corner.

 

What struck me the most about this story, however, was the amazing detail. The author had a way of painting a scene with little bits of hidden information that you hardly noticed, but put together, made me feel like I was in the book. I felt the heat of the Arizona desert and the dust in the air. I could smell the cowhide warming in the sun. The narrative was so fluid and seamless - just as any great narrative should be - that it virtually disappeared.

 

Another thing that stuck out at me was the religious portion of this book. This was a Christian historical romance, and, of course, the character's faith was constantly mentioned. Not being a religious person, these kinds of things often stick out at me more than most, and sometimes, outright bother me. I've read some Christian romances where the author practically shoved their religious beliefs down my throat with page after page of quoting the bible. That didn't happen here. The author did exactly what she should have done: she let the character's beliefs and discovery of their spirituality speak for itself. Through the telling of the story, you got a firm, but not pushy understanding of how these characters were learning about their own beliefs, and I think it was an appropriate and beautiful way to tell that part of the story. It honestly didn't bother me in the least, and I wouldn't have any problem picking up another one of Ms. Brownley's books.

 

Overall, I really liked the book. The only thing that bothered me even a little was the fact that Molly had to give up her place on the ranch in the end. I really would have liked to see the contract amended, but I guess in the end I understand. Molly wasn't much of a cattle-lover, and it wouldn't have been the best choice. I was just cheering for her anyway.  I'd really recommend this book to anyone who's looking for a good historical romance. Doesn't matter if you're religious at all or not. It was really well written, and an endearing romantic read.

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review 2013-01-01 00:00
Waiting for Morning - Margaret Brownley 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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review 2012-02-05 01:23
Waiting for Morning (Forever Faithful, Book 1)
Waiting for Morning - Karen Kingsbury In my review of "Family," the penultimate book in Karen Kingsbury's "Firstborn" pentalogy, I said: "I've said this in previous reviews, but it also applies to this book: If you liked the previous tales of the Baxter family, you'll most likely enjoy this one...but if you didn't care for the prior installments, then don't even bother with "Family". That statement alone probably tells you whether or not this is for you." The same applies to "Forever," the series' finale. I must also say that the ending segues into the events of the next series, and will make you want to get your hands on "Sunrise," the subsequent Baxter tale, as soon as you can. (Yes, I already have a copy.) One other positive comment: One of Ms. Kingsbury's strengths is describing what's going on in her characters' minds, and that talent shines even brighter in this novel than in her previous works. When you read about the Baxter family and their struggles, you feel what they're going through, and you understand why they're doing what they are. That is a sign of an excelllent writer.
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