Friday, July 5, 2024

My Thoughts and More on Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy


Toward the Dawn JustRead Takeover + Review Blitz

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About the Book

Toward the Dawn Title: Toward the Dawn 
Series: A Western Light #2 
Author: Mary Connealy 
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers 
Release Date: June 18, 2024 
Genre: Christian Historical Western Romance

Despite trials that threaten their path forward, hope dawns for a future filled with love.

Kat Wadsworth and Sebastian Jones never imagined their lives would entwine so closely. Forced to flee on a wagon train from a vengeful uncle and an unknown gunman, they live in a hidden canyon with the family that rescued them. But as the days turn into months, they each have separate reasons for wanting to move back to society, and the best way to the independence they desperately crave might be through a marriage of convenience. 

However, settling into their homestead in Cheyenne, Wyoming, reveals a different reality for Kat. Her new husband becomes consumed by his inventions, leaving her feeling lonely and isolated. And just when they think they've left the danger behind, a mysterious attacker lurks in the shadows, threatening the new life they've built. Together, they must confront the perils from their pasts to forge a future with hope and the prospect of love.

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About the Author

Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy writes "romantic comedies with cowboys" and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has sold more than 1.5 million books and is the author of the popular series Wyoming Sunrise and The Lumber Baron's Daughters and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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My Thoughts:

This was a riveting tale of a group of people connected because they all are trying to hide from someone intent to do them harm, and second, they have been snowed in a canyon for all winter and spring. 

Two of the occupants, Kat and Seb, want out of the canyon. Seb is an inventor, and he has a growing need to get out and continue to invent. Kat really doesn't like being trapped anymore, especially since she is an escapee from an insane asylum. Yes, this series is quite interesting, and this is the second in the series. The author does an amazing job catching everybody up, but reading the first story really gives these characters the background they need to understand all that has befallen them.

Kat and Seb have also decided that it would be best for them to marry, for convenience's sake. However, as they get to know one another better and forge their married life, they begin to fall in love. I liked that their shared circumstances brought them together, and both realized that they needed to open up about their pasts, even finding out how connected they may be. Because, they have some bad people wanting to get a hold of them. And their pasts were unusual.

I found this a very different story with a character's lives that are shaped by their unique circumstances and yet still held onto their faith: inventors and women escapees who were put in the asylums for nefarious reasons. The forced hiding in a canyon where it seemed the world stopped for a time, until they emerge and find out that is not the case. Sometimes life can seem like that for me too. Especially after reading a book that has so captured my attention.

I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

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  1. nice review! Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)

  2. This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Toward the Dawn sounds like an absolutely wonderful story.

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I enjoy Mary Connealy's novels.


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