Waiting for Morning (The Brides of Last Chance Ranch, #2)
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Waiting for Morning (The Brides of Last Chance Ranch #2)

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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 har...more
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Published January 8th 2013 by Thomas Nelson (first published April 10th 2012)
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Virginia Campbell
Author Margaret Brownley returns to "The Brides of Last Chance Ranch" with book two in the series, "Waiting for Morning". After a close call with a fire in which she rescued her wheelchair-bound brother, Donny, Molly Hatfield is desperate to find a safe, secure home for the two of them. An unusual newspaper ad offering a ranch inheritance to a "hard-working woman of good character who agrees to never marry" seems like the answer to Molly's prayers, and she and Donny leave Colorado behind and hea...more
Shalini Ayre
April 1896, Dobson Creek, Colorado and Molly Hatfield feels something is wrong. Taking the job at the local Saloon has made her the contempt of polite society. If only they would believe that the only entertainment she gave to the drunk men were her singing and dancing.

When the fire alarm is sounded, Molly rushes to where she left her wheelchair bound brother, Donny. Her fears are confirmed when it's the hotel that is on fire - Donny is in there. Taking a great chance, she rescues her brother fr...more
June
What could be better than inheriting a ranch with a stipulation to never marry if marriage isn't an option anyway? A no-brainer!

Molly plans to never marry because her handicapped brother requires her attention and she will always put him first. So she answers the ad looking for an heiress.

Dr. Caleb Fairbanks is determined to help her brother learn to be more independent which is fine with Donny until he realizes that his lack of dependence will clear the way for Molly and Caleb to be together a...more
Bookwoman67
What I liked: The main characters. The reader cares about them and wants to know what happens to them. They are like real people. You want to shake them for their self-blindness and faults, but don't other peoples' faults always seem more obvious than our own? I also liked the setting, with the exploration of not just the "wild west" but the modern advances of automobiles and medical developments of the time.

What I didn't like: Way less humor here than the first book in the series. Although the...more
Kathy
3.5

I liked this one. I was worried that maybe I would be missing something by not reading the first book, but this stood well on its own. I still want to go back and read the first book though.

Molly was such an interesting character, I really liked her. She has made taking care of her crippled brother her main priority. She would literally do anything for him, including ruin her reputation by being a singer/dancer in a saloon and dressing unique to draw attention away from him. I loved how dete...more
Maria
This was a pleasant enough story, though some of the elements stretched credulity a bit. The premise of the book (and the larger series it belongs to) is that an older, very independent woman is looking for a female heir to leave her large and prosperous ranch to--on one condition: That her heir, whoever she might be, will remain single for the remainder of her life. While I can see such a condition being placed in a legal document, what would happen to the inheritance if the heir decided to ren...more
Hallie Szott
In the second book of the series started with Dawn Comes Early, the Arizona cattle ranch still needs an unmarried heiress. Molly Hatfield, thinking only of providing the best possible future for her wheelchair-bound brother, arrives at Last Chance Ranch with no qualms about forfeiting her choice to marry. Dedicated to being a worthy and capable heiress, Molly begins to juggle her new ranch obligations and continual responsibilities to her brother. But with divided attentions and dwindling energy...more
Wendy
Eleanor Walker is still looking for an heiress for Last Chance Ranch, the last one, Kate Tenney, will soon be married to Luke Adams the local blacksmith. When Molly Hatfield answers her newest ad, Eleanor hopes she has finally gotten her heiress but has some doubts since so many have already failed. When Molly shows up in her bright dance hall dress and not alone her doubts increase significantly.

When Miss Walker tells Molly to move on because she doesn't think she can dedicate her life to the r...more
Erin
HEIRESS WANTED Looking for hard-working, professional woman of good character and pleasant disposition willing to learn the ranching business in Arizona Territory. Must be single and prepared to remain so now and forevermore.
Margaret Brownley. Waiting for Morning: A Brides of Last Chance Ranch Novel (Kindle Locations 127-130). Thomas Nelson.

Waiting for Morning, is the story of a guilt ridden young woman, trying to make a way for herself and her wheel chair bound younger brother; after answering...more
The Book Breeze
Molly Hatfield, a former salon girl, needed a new life - the old one ended when a fire ravaged the town of Dobson Creek, Colorado. Answering an ad for a ranch manager, she and her paraplegic brother Donny packed up what few possessions they had left and moved to Arizona. There was only one hitch regarding the job - she had to remain single. Easy for a woman whose life was dedicated to her handicap brother.

Dr. Caleb Fairbanks, the town’s handsome and charismatic young doctor, had a rough initial...more
Victor Gentile
Margaret Brownley, in her new book, “Waiting for Morning” Book Two in her The Brides Of Last Chance Ranch series published by Thomas Nelson takes us to the Arizona Territory in 1896 and into the life of Molly Hatfield.

From the back cover: Molly Hatfield comes to Arizona Territory seeking stability and security. But living in Cactus Patch provides her with more than she ever dreamed.

There is nothing Molly wouldn’t do for her teenaged brother, Donny. Blaming herself for the accident that left him...more
Brie
This rating would be more of a 3 1/2 star rating for me leaning toward 4.

I have to admit, I am not a fan of the "Christian romance" genre because the relationships are always so chaste and the issues in the story rather bland. I don't like constant sex in my romance novels...I just find it amusing that adults just chastely kiss or hug one another in a romance/falling in love in stories. I suppose it fits the time period this novel is set in but it just seemed a bit bland to me since being physic...more
Sherri Smith
Pleasantly surprised. I like period pieces, especially those that are dealing with life out west. Something about cowboys, and the rough and rugged man. This one, however, was atypical to my usual western. Rather it was focused on a potential “heiress” and her care for her brother. The love interest in the story, wasn’t even a cowboy, rather a doctor. The dog, Magic, was well used throughout and didn’t leave me wondering what her purpose was in the plot. Well executed.

Basically, Molly has been c...more
ACS Book-finder
Review: The book Waiting for Morning in The Brides of Last Chance Ranch series by Margaret Brownley will keep your interest from beginning to end. This book is set in the late 1800’s out west when employment for a woman is hard to come by.

The main character, Molly Hatfield, has dedicated her life to caring for her wheelchair-bound teenaged brother Denny. So when Molly learns that a wealthy rancher in Arizona is looking for an heiress, she put her whole heart into this opportunity. This way she h...more
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
Margaret Brownley has done it again, masterfully crafting a story that is just downright entertaining! Molly, the heroine, is easy to like, and her former occupation as a saloon girl (a singer only!) serves as a great reminder to not judge based on perception or outward appearances. I quickly found myself rooting for Molly to overcome her difficult past and to succeed in building a life for herself and her younger brother.

Dr. Caleb is a good guy, but it was the little details about him that real...more
Laura
I enjoy reading books about ranches and cowboys. Waiting for Morning by Margaret Brownley doesnt disappoint. This is book two in the Last Chance Ranch series and follows Dawn Comes Early.

Welcome back to Last Chance Ranch. This time meet Eleanor Walker’s newest heiress, Molly Hatfield, and her wheelchair bound brother, Donny. Molly feels responsible for her brother’s injury because she was watching him as a baby when he was injured. After losing almost all of their possessions in a fire in Dobson...more
Elizabeth_agd
Mar 18, 2013 Elizabeth_agd rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Elizabeth_agd by: Booksneeze
This book started off with a lot of promise. Set in the 1800s where women were fighting to get the vote and be taken seriously from men.

Molly, our protagonist, is a determined young lady who is tasked to physically and financially care for her younger, disabled brother.

Donny, Molly’s 14 year old brother, is very intelligent and frustrated with his inability to walk. His character was a bit fickle. He would determine to learn to better his physical self and then the next moment give up.

Caleb is...more
Paula-O
series "The Brides of Last Chance Ranch" by Margaret Brownley this book Waiting for Morning.


My first book read by this author and even though it is in a series I loved the story and it read fine alone.
The character of Molly Hatfield was of a fiesty young girl who is dedicated to caring for her brother that she has a ton of guilt about, thinking she caused the accident that made him be in a wheelchair.
She has decided she will always care for him and when a chance comes to go to Arizona to Cact...more
Patricia
Molly Hatfield feels responsible for her brother, Donny, and has taken care of him for years. Now that both their parents have passed away she is even more burdened trying to keep both of them sheltered, fed, and clothed. They have lived in a mining town but after a devastating fire Molly knows they must move on.

In 1896 it was not easy for a woman to find work. In the Arizona Territory it was almost impossible so when Molly saw an advertisement that read,

Heiress Wanted,
Looking for hard-working,...more
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Molly Hatfield no longer have parents to help with the care of her brother Donny. She has it in her head that it because of her negligence that her brother is in a wheelchair unable to anything for himself. She has to work as a saloon girl because for women of her status there is very little in ways of jobs. Dancing and singing is as far as it goes, she is a good girl. She has had several offers at marriage but as soon as the man realizes that her brother is part of the package they are never to...more
Dora Hiers
Molly Hatfield is the sole caretaker for her teenage brother, Donny, who lost the use of his legs in an accident while he was an infant. After rescuing her brother from a hotel fire, Molly determines to provide a more stable home for him, so she answers an ad from a rancher in Arizona. If she can prove her worth and learn the business, she will inherit the ranch. The only stipulation is that she must sign a contract saying she will never marry. That's not a problem for her because she has yet to...more
Anne
Waiting for Morning has so many facets that it's hard to pinpoint which one I enjoyed the most!

Molly Hatfield is a lovingly fierce sister and wants to protect her wheelchair bound younger brother, Donny, from the hurt that can be caused by rude and judgmental people. This part of the plot really struck a chord in me. As the parent of a child who had multiple disabilities, and was in a wheelchair for many years, I can fully relate to Molly's protective nature.

Dr. Caleb Fairbanks comes back to the...more
Noela
Set in 1896, in the Arizona desert, a land of contrasts and beauty, sits a large red-roofed two-story adobe ranch house with a wrap-around verandah, outbuildings, barn, corral, and towering windmills. This is the focal setting for ‘Waiting for Morning’, a beautifully captivating story about Molly Hatfield… an unlikely candidate trying out for the heiress position of the eccentric Eleanor Walker and her vast cattle ranch in Cactus Patch.

Pretty 21 year old Molly and her wheel-chair bound brother D...more
Sheila
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...more
E
Life in 1896 could be difficult under the best of circumstances, but for Molly Hatfield and her brother, Donny, life was especially hard. Their parents were dead and Donny had lost the use of his legs many years ago which had left him confined to a wheel chair. Molly worked in a saloon and devoted herself to caring for her brother. A fire causes them to leave their home in Dobson Creek, Colorado. Molly had learned of a rancher who was looking for an heiress. Specifically, the heiress was require...more
Julie Graves
Molly would do anything for her young brother Donny. After all she believes that it is her fault that he is in a wheelchair. Molly has been working as a dance hall girl in order to support herself and Donny since their father has died. When the town they live in catches fire Molly barely escapes with Donny and a few clothes that she can save from her tent home that they share.

When Molly hears of a rancher looking for an heiress to run her ranch in Arizona Molly and Donny head there. The only cat...more
Shari
In a day and time when wearing bright colours and make up will get you noticed for all the wrong reasons, Molly Hatfield does just that. Although it is against her character it's what she has to do to help protect her brother.

Guilt for the accident that left Donny in a wheelchair drives everything she does. She must take care of him, and she is willing to sacrifice everything she has, and is, to do just that. This is what drives her to take a strange offer for a job of ranch heiress. Falling in...more
Sandy Sandmeyer
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 a 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 tow...more
Lisa Johnson
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 r...more
Rebekah Gyger
This was a really great book. I had not read the first so I did not know what to expect but I am glad that I read it anyway. Brownley did a great job of making all the characters' struggles real for me. The brother in the wheelchair, the sister who feels responsible, the doctor trying to make their lives better. I did not feel like the characters were exaggerating how they felt or living caricature lives like in so many other novels I have read.


The animals, Orbit and Magic, were really cute and...more
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