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Colorado Dawn (Runaway Brides #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  450 Ratings  ·  52 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 (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lisa Kay

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 falling

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.
Mandi Schreiner
Jan 12, 2012 Mandi Schreiner rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
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
Jul 13, 2015 Lyuda rated it liked it
Shelves: western
Closer to 3.5 stars.
From Heartbreak Creek we know that marriage between Maddie and Angus was a love match. The newlyweds' bliss didn't last long as Angus had to return to his military duties leaving his wife in the care of his noble Scottish family on the remote Highland estate. Turned out it wasn't a good plan. Strong, feisty English lass with unnatural hobby of taking pictures didn't sit well with a father-in-law who couldn't abide the English and a mother-in-law who rarely left her room. To
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
Jul 21, 2014 Jenn rated it liked it

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
Regan Walker
Jun 03, 2013 Regan Walker rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 01, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
I must say I'm enjoying this series.

The heroine is a talented photographer and the hero even injured was unaware his wife was missing then awhile to find her. Totally clueless husband two letters and one visit in six years of marriage?

I love the personalities of the characters, even the supporting cast. The story begins with a bleak possible outcome but the true nature of their relationship is teased out in between desperate & sorrowful happenings.

I love that the H&h build each other up
Kat Latham
Jan 15, 2012 Kat Latham rated it it was amazing
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
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
Apr 21, 2013 Tin rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 01, 2015 Rkilroy88 rated it really liked it
The second installment in the runaway brides’ trilogy and it doesn’t disappoint. There was real chemistry between the two lovers and while Angus was definitely a neglectful husband prior to coming to America, he redeems himself beautifully in his attentiveness to Maddie and his need to protect her. I loved the camaraderie between Angus and Thomas and felt it really added to the story.

This was a roller-coaster for emotion. I went from feeling fear and sadness to laughter and joy. The story devel
Jan 06, 2012 Janga rated it it was amazing
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 it was amazing
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
♥ 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
Sandy M
Jan 05, 2012 Sandy M rated it it was amazing
Shelves: western, historical
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
Jacky Faber
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Barb in Maryland
Jan 18, 2012 Barb in Maryland rated it really liked it
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
Jan 15, 2016 Gayle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
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
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Nov 17, 2014 Miss Pippi the Librarian rated it really liked it
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.
April Brookshire
Nov 19, 2014 April Brookshire rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
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
May 16, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
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
Sep 03, 2014 Olivia R rated it liked it
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.
Nov 19, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
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
Lori Baldi
Mar 27, 2014 Lori Baldi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
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.
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
Kate Vale
Feb 02, 2013 Kate Vale rated it it was amazing
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
May 28, 2012 Regina rated it really liked it
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
Oct 22, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
I really loved the first in this series, but Colorado Dawn just didn't thrill me. Mostly due to the fact I wasn't crazy about the heroine who preferred her photography over her gorgeous highlander husband who has come half way across the world to find her! What is she thinking? Then as they warmed up to each other again it was a bit dull, some danger was thrown in by a guy who's after them because he's after finding some gold, but overall, I was just kind of meh over the whole thing. Hope the th ...more
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Kaki Warner is an award-winning author and long time resident of the Pacific Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington State, Kaki actually grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. Her years spent riding horses and enjoying the expansive views of Texas became the Historical Romance Author, Kaki Warner inspirat ...more
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