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Emma's Dream

(Morgan's Run Romances #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,102 ratings  ·  172 reviews
A woman is the last thing on Ben Morgan’s mind as he comes home to Morgan’s Run, his family’s ranch in Saguaro Valley. Doctor’s orders, he’s home to heal, but the sooner he can get back to Santa Barbara, the better. Then he runs into Maggie Williams on Main Street, prompting vivid memories of a magical night, and Ben’s ailing heart skips a beat.

Father of her beloved five
Kindle Edition, 241 pages
Published August 25th 2015 by Mount Hope Press (first published July 28th 2015)
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Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Please excuse me for a minute while I bang my head into the wall...

Okay, now that that's out of my system, let's talk about this book. Maggie is a 23 year old horse trainer, and mother of a disabled 4 year old. Maggie got knocked up at 18 by the H who was 26, they then had an argument and he left town- which was already in his plans before they had the drunken one night stand. She also leaves town and goes to college, which is completely irrelevant in her woe-is-me mindset. Ben doesn't contact h
As I usually do, I'll critique/review as I go (but I'm sure if you've read any of my other critiques/reviews, I only tend to do this with books that are, well, less than stellar).

OK. As much as I absolutely loathe the 'girl gets pregnant and doesn't tell the guy because he left town' plot lines, I'll let it slide just this once, and only because there are other writing sins that take precedence. First, Ben has got to be a bit of an idiot if he can't put two and two together that Emma is his daug
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Nancy Stopper
Feb 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Couldn't finish. Writing was stiff and author bounced between points of view, sometimes from sentence to sentence. It was hard to keep track of who was thinking what. Premise was interesting but execution lacking.
Julie Pippert
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
No. Bad book. Bad heroine. Contrived plot. Weak writing.

Another romance where a woman hides a pregnancy and child from the boyfriend/father.

This time the woman lets her child miss possible medical treatments the father can well afford and lives paycheck to paycheck out of pride and fear of her own heart breaking again. Waah waah

There's no prologue or flashback nor explanation of the romance that produced the child. So we are left with a summer fling when both parties went off to their own next
Mar 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western, kindle
This book felt a little unpolished but I liked the characters and the ranch setting.

Maggie drove me crazy at times. Who gets pregnant and doesn't tell the father or family? Her daughter deserves to have a father in her life. Ben should've been way more angry than he was. Then she refuses any money from Ben to help her (their) daughter. Wouldn't you do anything for your child especially if it comes from the dad who has that responsibility anyway? She was stubborn to a fault. The sexy scenes were
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet the Morgans

Emma's Dream is the first book in the Morgan’s Run Series. It is a contemporary romance set in the the Saguaro valley. Morgan’s Run is one of the largest ranches with a lodge in the valley. Ben is the oldest Morgan son, who returns to the ranch after a successful career in Santa Barbara. He overworked himself and after a panic attack is ordered by his doctor to take three or four months off.

Upon arriving into town, he runs into Maggie Williams on Main Street, reminding him of a p
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was a breath of fresh air. I loved it so much. It is the first book I have read from this author and it didn't disappoint. The characters are very relatable and real, I instantly fell in love with them all. I loved that they all have different personalities, it felt like being a part of a family and living all their dilemmas and adventures of their daily lives. This book is written superbly and hooked me from the offset. I really loved the relationship between Maggie and her daughter E ...more
Daniela Bernaldo
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
I loved the story, but the way that it was written keeps me from giving it a higher rating. I often got lost on who was speaking or whose thoughts I was reading. Despite that, I loved the story; it was heartbreakingly beautiful.
Christine Meunier
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
An enjoyable read though I would have loved to see more of the horse side explored - it ends with this seeming like a real possibility in the main characters' future. Not sure I related to how quickly the two got together after such a long absence apart but the story ended well.
Marissa Chavez
Apr 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Maggie and Ben's story. I loved the feel of a small town book and this was just great. Can't wait to read more about Ben's family in the next books!
John Statham
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good luck Lee

You are a wonderful writer So very believable. Great characters. Your writing is very descriptive and powerful.
I loved this book. It's the best I've read in quite awhile. I know many readers will love it as much as I do. Thanks for a great read Lee. Keep up the good work.
Toni Lewis
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do dreams really come true? Well for Maggie she didn't think so the day Ben showed back up in town after five years . After one night together Maggie's life changed forever only problem is Maggie is keeping a secret from Ben . Wonderful things happen in this book . A must read
Emma’s Dream (Morgan’s Run Romances #1) — M. Lee Prescott (71 chapters) May 19-22, 2017

Note: There are a few sexy bits in this story, including physical descriptions of the characters in these situations (and I can't say what these were….it’s both too sexy for this review, and I don’t want to offend sensitive ears.)

This is about as sugary sweet, heterosexual romance as it gets, where the main characters are next boy and girl types, and the plot is of a typical water-down variety. In fact, as I w
Lenna  Wright-Berry
Sep 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very touching, emotional, funny and all around great story.

5 years Maggie and Ben Jr. Had a drunken one night stand and right after he high tailed it put of town, she also left to go to NJ but a few months later she came bad home to her dad, pregnant. Her life as a mother of a 4 year old Emma was touch but bearable with her father Ned. But a tragic accident left little Emma broken, the driver got off with scraps and not having to pay for the accident or Emma's hospital bills.

Fender bender... Mag
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not a bad plot - single mother with a handicapped daughter meets father of said daughter again, and the chemistry between them is still strong.
The telling of this story, however, was too melodramatic to my taste. The characters were too shallow and reacting in a completely unrealistic way, the daughter was too sweet and martyr-like in her suffering, the male protagonist's mother too overbearing and manipulating, without giving a reason or the story behind it, whereas the rest of the family was a
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Long winded

You could easily take out half the book, and it would be an OK read. Does how many sheep they have, what kind the are and what purpose they serve pertain to the story? Not at all, but we get that anyways. I skipped through quite a few pages of pointless writing.

The h goes hot and cold it seems like every other paragraph, that got annoying real fast. If you are thinking that it"s a cowboy book so you'll get an alpha, think again. The H is actually a bit of a pansy. His ex visiting ser
May 14, 2018 rated it liked it
My Review: I have read a couple of Prescott's books in the past and they were okay but this one sounded like it was a good fit for me. I really enjoyed the setting and the family connection and basis of the story. I did struggle a little bit with some of the decisions Maggie makes, but it is of course fiction so no need to get worked up. Some of the push/pull between Maggie and Ben felt a little forced and the relationship does seem to rush a bit at the beginning. I really enjoyed the different ...more
Synergy Quest
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Maggie is Frustrating

I'm 33% into this book and so frustrated with Maggie, I want to spit! She is selfish and maddening!

She sleeps with Ben in less time than it takes for his eager, elitist mom to set up his first pseudo blind date and keeps doing it. Yet, she hasn't told him he's the father of her child whom he dotes on constantly. Also, when he begs to pay for the girls treatments, Maggie says, "I just can't let you do that." Your baby is in need of radical treatment, a guy you claim t
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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DawnMarie  Carpintero
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Ben and Maggie's journey was a little bit long for me. This book takes you in so many different directions at times you can't keep up. It sort of is a modern day Cinderella story with a twist that you know about in the beginning but not so much a Cinder story but like a girl meets boy, girl has sex by boy and boy leaves to only come back many years later to find the twist that becomes a little bit cute and a lot of frustration when another twist is thrown into the mix.

Though I did enjoy t
Oct 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Predictable but sweet.

Maggie worked as a ranch hand for the Morgan’s. Having gone away to college and dropped out once she learned she was pregnant, she was thankful that the Morgan’s let her lead their horse camp. What Ben Sr. and his wife, Leonor didn’t know is that their son, Ben, was little Emma’s father. Ben didn’t know it either. Now he was home. Encouraged to take some time off from his high-profile job in California. Maybe it was time for him to meet his daughter. Emma, now 5, was wheel
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Good but not Great

Pretty typical romance - predictable. I liked it while I was reading it, but looking back it just wasn't that memorable or exciting. Some if the conversations seemed so trite. It started out seeming like Mother Morgan was a real pain, and probably the reason many of her children moved away from home. But later in the book, she was welcoming and kind and blah...just like the author kind of forgot where she was going with that character. Several characters were introduced as obvi
Sep 18, 2018 rated it did not like it
I’m finding it hard to describe exactly why I found this book so disappointing. There were quite a few grammatical errors, and some inconsistencies, which were annoying. There was zero building of relationships, or even of the characters’ personalities. I felt absolutely no emotions for the characters or their experiences. I also think you can talk up the beauty of one state and way of life without degrading another - the California bashing was completely unnecessary. There was also a lot of ‘ba ...more
Paula Bothwell
Emma's Dream (Morgan's Run Romances #1) - R
Violence: none
Language: <40 including deity and Fbomb
Sex: oh, most definitely.
Ugh. Eye-roll at repeated penis-as-attraction barometer. And the child is extremely precocious to speak like she does at four years. Also, there are a load of "my darlings" and I don't know if I can buy into this book even remotely. I was completely intrigued by the H's mom's treatment of the heroine and couldn't figure out how anyone credible could come back from that. So,
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Large Arizona family whose eldest son has just come home. Unbeknownst to him, he left behind a young lady pregnant with his child. He is still enamored of the child's mama, and she works for his family's ranch/guest house/tour venue.

Maggie is leery of getting involved with Ben again because he left her once and she knows he will do it again. She doesn't know what Ben has figured out, though. This takes a little long to get to the inevitable HEA, but the trip is probably worth it. Emma is a great
Lucinda  Exposto
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t care others think I actually enjoyed this book and this wonderful story!
Yes it was long but I think the storyline needed it!
I loved Ben and Maggie together their chemistry was real and off the charts! And my poor heart with Emma she was just amazing so loveable that 4 yr old girl!
Loved Ben’s family found their bond and relationship to be real!
Such a beautiful heart felt story which I will never forget
Debi loves hot books
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So heart felt, a page Turner that draws you in.

This my first novel by Prescott and I'm hooked. The story centers around little Emma, she has a disability that keeps her mother to busy for memories or love. When Ben come back to town for a break ordered by his doctor he sees the woman who he always regretted leaving behind. Then he learns that he is a father of her adorable daughter. Great beginning to the series.
Bette Stanek
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
The storyline itself is OK, but the writing is stiff and simplistic. I won't rehash the story, you can read the synopsis for yourself. It pretty much tells you all you need to know. Emma's Dream is straightforward, there're no surprises or really much drama. Everything falls into place too neatly, too quickly. If you're looking for a story as filler that you don't feel like investing anything of yourself this one may serve the purpose.
Sandra Adams
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Maggie and Ben's story was written in such a way that it touches your heart and places you into their realm of family love. You feel the love and the anxiety that is associated with their daughter Emma. When all is revealed this book should have been entitled Maggie's dream as her dreams were answered. This book leaves you feeling good after wiping away tears. A true second chance romance.
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Award winning author, M. Lee Prescott loves the variety of hats she dons when writing. As an educator, she is the author of three works of nonfiction, Reader to Reader: Building Independence Through Peer Partnerships, Writer to Writer: Focus on Fluency and Craft in Multilingual Classrooms and Fluency In Focus: Comprehension Strategies for Young Readers as well as a number of scholarly articles in ...more

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