Colorado Dawn (Runaway Brides, #2)
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Colorado Dawn (Runaway Brides #2)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  325 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The next in Kaki Warner's sweeping new series about unlikely brides who make their way west-discovering newfound freedom and rediscovering love...

After only three letters and one visit during her six-year marriage to a Scottish Cavalry Officer, Maddie Wallace decides to build a life without him. Accepting an assignment from a London periodical to photograph the West from a...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by Berkley Trade
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Lisa Kay

★★★★¼ I loved this one, the second in the Runaway Brides series; however, not as much as the first. Keep in mind, I’m not a big fan of “second chance at love” themes – or reconciled relationships. However, it may just be your cup of tea; and it is very well written and well edited. (A delight after a few too many self-published books in a row.)

The best parts were found in Maddie, the strong yet gentle heroine with a dollop of spunk and a passion for photographing the new American West, while fal...more
Mandi Schreiner
Maddie Wallace has been married to her Scottish husband, Angus, for four years. But for those four years, Angus has been serving in the British army, and she has received only two letters and one visit from him. Heartbroken that he has basically abandoned her and not feeling as though she fits in at his family's estate in Scotland, she feels lost. After her parents die in a carriage accident, she decides to pursue her passion of photography and lands a job with a publication in London to photogr...more

I took a break because I wasn't enjoying the book, but now I find that I can't work up the energy to pick it back up. I liked the author's voice, so I'll probably try her again, but I was not a fan of the characters or storyline.
Pj Ausdenmore
Englishwoman Maddie Wallace had high hopes when she married dashing Scottish cavalry officer, Angus Wallace but after only two letters and one visit during their six-year marriage, Maddie has had enough. Tired of being looked down upon by the Wallace family for being English, virtually abandoned by her husband and feeling alone in the world, when Maddie returns to England to settle her parents' affairs following their sudden deaths she decides to follow her passion for photography and embark upo...more

1. Tricks
2. Angus aka: Ash-funny, sarcastic, playful, protective, loving, faithful and definitely doesn't lack of thoughts of his wife.
3. The boys wrestling "fights"
4. Ash & Maddie's POVs although there were a few others.
5. The banter between Thomas and Ash.
6. The pranks.
7. Maddie and Ash's relationship.
8. The Heartbreak Crew
9. Good pace and flow; felt like something was always happening so you never get bored.
10. Pru & Thomas' progress.
11. The very ending when they have...more
Regan Walker
2nd in the Brides Trilogy is Simply Delightful!

Second in the Brides trilogy (Heartbreak Creek, Colorado Dawn and Bride of the High Country), this is a great tale and continues from the first book with a Scottish hero and an English heroine and their difficult romance in the Old West.

Set in the Colorado Territory in 1870, this is the story of Maddie Wallace, who we met in book one—the English auburn-haired beauty with a soft heart whose Highlander husband went off to fight for the British and fo...more
Kat Latham
In Colorado Dawn, Kaki Warner's trademark humor, grit and attention to detail come together in a beautifully vibrant, entertaining, and emotionally gripping story.

Maddie and Angus Wallace have spent only a few nights together in their six-year marriage. The last time Angus deserted her to rejoin his regiment, Maddie struggled unsuccessfully to make a life with his family in Scotland. She finally leaves and strikes out for Colorado Territory, where she becomes a celebrated photographer introducin...more
Apr 21, 2013 Tin rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
They married in haste and enjoyed a searing passion -- and then Angus Wallace returned to his regiment and to his duty as a soldier, leaving behind his new English wife, Maddie, in the care of his very indifferent Scottish family. In three years of marriage, he wrote to her twice and visited once -- and Maddie wonders if this is what the rest of her will look like.

When her parents die suddenly, Maddie is given a brief respite and returns home to England to settle their affairs. And out of the g...more
I loved this book! Can I give it six stars? A full review will follow. Right now I just want to savor the reading experience--and go back and reread some favorite scenes.
Nancy Black
Jan 15, 2012 Nancy Black rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Historical Romance Readers
Recommended to Nancy by: Books and More by Kathy
Colorado Dawn by Kaki Warner

I won this delightful read from Book Reviews and More by Kathy. Received it yesterday and finished this late this afternoon.

The author Kaki Warner gives a historical romance reader much, much more than one would expect. From the rousing story of Ash a soldier in the regimental cavalry from Scotland to Maggie his young wife who flees Scotland to the wilds of America's West.

Maggie hasn't seen her husband in six years and feels he has deserted her. The old castle in the...more
♥ Vonda M. Reid ♥
Overall Rating: 3.00 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.0 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 3.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.0 // Laughter: 7 / Grins: 2 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 3

Colorado Dawn: 3.0:
Kaki Warner displayed her gift with storytelling by penning a beautifully-written story which detailed Colorado in the 1870s. However, Warner did not manage to inspire that strong, deep emotional connection to both the hero and heroine that is necessary for a great read. It took way too long to develop an in...more
Kaki Warner is fast becoming a favorite author of mine. She writes magic. COLORADO DAWN is the second 'Runaway Brides' novel, her third is to be released in June, 2012 and I can't wait for more.

Immediately following HEARTBREAK CREEK this is Maddie Wallace's story. One thing I love is the author continues to include all the characters from HEARTBREAK CREEK and then adds some new ones. And what a hoot they are. I dare you to read the story and not laugh at least once.

It starts off a little slower...more
Sandy M
I love it when an author adds humor to her romances. When it’s the hero with the sense of humor, it makes him that much more irresistible. Angus Wallace is now one of my favorite heroes, and that’s saying something when he’s in the company of Drustan and Daegus MacKeltar and Jamie Fraser.

And the fact that Angus has come to America in search of his wife, thinking only to take her home to Scotland where she can deliver a few heirs for him but instead falls in love with Maddie and the magnificent C...more
Jacky Faber
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I quite enjoyed this one. The author did a good job of getting the estranged couple back together again.
Maddie Wallace had good reasons for feeling deserted by her cavalry officer husband. He is recalled to his troop soon after their wedding and, over the course of the next 4 years, she gets 2 letters and one visit from him. And it isn't that he or the letters had to travel half-way around the world to get to her. He's in Ireland, she's stuck with his (rather unwelcoming) family in Scotland. Whe...more

When Maddie Wallace married the dashing cavalry officer,Angus Wallace, she had high dreams. She an Englishwoman and he being a Scot there is bound to be trouble. In six years of marriage, Maddie has had more than enough. In those six years she received two letters and one visit. He was either a cad or a very devoted officer. She was scorned by the Wallace family because she was English. She was near abandoned by her husband and she felt so all alone.She has to return to England to take car...more
Kimberly Rocha~ Book Obsessed Chicks

British-born Madeline Wallace has not seen her British Cavalry officer husband,and Scotsman ,Angus Wallace in several years. He's gone off to fight in the British Army, leaving her in the hands of his parents. In the years that Maddie has been in Scotland and her husband has been away, she has only received three letters from him. When her parents die in an unfortunate carriage accident, Madeline returns to London to set their affairs in order and decide what she needs to do with her stagnant li...more
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Maddie left Scotland to find a purpose for her life. Her husband's family treated her dismisivly and her husband prefers his army career to her. Photography drew her interest and she found a London newspaper man to back her art. She sets out to capture the American West through the lense of a female photographer.

Angus is on the hunt for his wife. He searched Scotland, England, and finaled tracked her down to Colorado Territory. He needed her to return with him to Scotland and manage his estate....more
April Brookshire
What it's about:

A british young woman has been married to her Scottish husband for 6 years and only seen him a handful of days because he is away in the military. After the 4th year she decides to leave the marriage and waiting for him to be a photographer in America. He, of course, comes after her eventually.

What I liked about it:

Great cast of characters. It was amusing some of the time. There was a devious villain who the characters had to overcome. I live in a Denver suburb, so it was kinda...more
Ash, or Angus, or whatever his name is, comes alive more than any of Warner's heroes so far. He and Maddie made a great couple. I like that Warner didn't spend a lot of time on the Big Misunderstanding. The characters talked about their problems and realized the incorrect assumptions each one had made (like adults!). However, that leaves them with the problem of Ash needing Maddie to come back to Scotland and be his viscountess, and Maddie wanting to follow her calling as a photographer in Ameri...more
Olivia R
This novel was a decent read it dragged a bit in places. The characters were well developed, I felt for Silas he didn't deserve the treatment his brother dished out on him. Overall a good read and will perhaps read the others in the Runaway Bride Series.
This book was exciting, refreshing and sensual read. I really liked the characters in this story. Meet one handsome and hunky Scottish cavalry office named Angus Wallace. He has retired from his post to find out his wife has left him and gone to America. It takes him a while, but finally tracks her down in Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. But his wife Maddie Wallace has other plans and doesn't include him.
She has taken as assignment to photograph the West from a female view and won't go back to Engla...more
Lori Baldi
Very good story. The ending was satisfying too. All in all this is a good romance with a western spin. Not too mushy, not too violent. Definitely a romance. Good mix of characters. I need to find the others in this series.
M.K. McClintock
I have enjoyed all of Kaki Warner's books thus far and plan to read the next in this series. I will admit though that this one didn't pull me in quite as much as the first Runaway Bride's book. Maddie, in Heartbreak Creek, was such a delight and I was looking forward to reading her story. It's a good story, don't get me wrong, but she wasn't quite what I was expecting. I appreciate that Kaki doesn't write in a lot of graphic scenes, though a couple of the scenes she did write in seemed to take a...more
I just loved both the H and h of this book along with all the secondary characters. Maddie and Ash had a lot of explaining to do to each other, and while they had to go through much to get to the point where it was all cleared up, the attraction and love they felt for each other shone through the entire story. I truly did not know until the very end how they would be able to resolve everything.
We also get to see some progress in the Prudence and Thomas saga and I hope that is concluded in the...more
Kate Vale
The plains of Colorado are as much a character as Maddie and Ash in this second of the Runaway Brides titles I've read,and I wasn't disappointed. The story is as unique as Maddie, a female photographer when photography was just coming into its own. Ash is an injured--in multiple ways--soldier but now a Viscount. His duty to his family requires that he return to Scotland but his heart has been recaptured by Maddie, his wife. She doesn't listen to him like the soldiers he previously led. What are...more
I'll just get to the point. Colorado Dawn is a wonderful read. There's a feisty, independent woman; a determined, yet vulnerable, ex-soldier; a familiar and enjoyable cast of characters; and an interesting subplot all set in the beautiful American West. I wasn't sure how Maddie and Angus were going to work out their differences, but I was kept guessing almost to the very end. What a nice change. I would like to see Kaki Warner take the sensuality up a notch or two, but her exciting storytelling...more
ok, good to pass the time
Linda Broday
Ms Warner has outdone herself with this one. Each one of her releases gets better than the one before. This is the second one in her Runaway Brides series and it's outstanding. Ms Warner knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat. There are no predictable paths through her stories. They wind and twist and end in such a satisfying way. Looking forward to the third in this series.
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