Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley
Waiting for Morning is about Molly Hatfield, a young lady left alone in the late 1800’s to raise her wheelchair-bound brother Donny. She’s living in a western community when their home and almost all of their personal belongings are destroyed by a fire. She answers an ad for an heiress at Last Chance Ranch. The only problem is that she knows nothing about ranching or cows.
When Molly and Donny are a few miles out from the ranch with their borrowed horse and cart, they meet Caleb Fairbanks, the town doctor, riding out on a call to Last Chance Ranch with his dog, Magic. Molly arrives and manages to get chance at becoming the tough, single ranch owner, Eleanor Walker’s latest would-be heiress. Molly knows that to become the heiress of the ranch, she has to promise to never marry.
As Donny learns to overcome his disability and realizes that he can be almost anything he wants to be with the help of Dr. Caleb, Molly is learning to train horses and repair fences on the ranch with the ranch hands. Molly and Caleb strike up a friendship and Molly shares the story of Donny’s accident that caused his malady. This is a story of friendship, family, forgiveness, and compromise with some laughter and tears sprinkled into the mix.
Margret Brownley develops the characters very well and I found it difficult to put the book down. She is an adept writer, who never confuses the reader with the parallel plotlines. Waiting for Morning is a lovely Christian fiction that I recommend to anyone from middle school age and up. I am eager to pick up book 1 Dawn Comes Early and book 3 Gunpowder Tea. The lovely thing about each book is that you don’t need to read the other books to understand what’s going on.
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