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Series: The Brides of the Last Chance Ranch, Book 3
Date Published: October 8, 2013
Pages: 335
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Author: Margaret Brownley
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance
ASIN: B00C5QA7S2
Book Source: I received this book for free from the Publisher for my honest review.

Blurb:

In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.

When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom – an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.

But she isn’t the only one there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. And although their true identities are a secret, it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them.

But neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they come to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets – and no one on the ranch is safe.

But neither are their hearts – the longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers – and their lives – depend on solving this case. Love will have to wait.

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Author Bio:

Thrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this–except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, “Maybe God’s calling you to write fiction.”

So that’s what Margaret did. She’s now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit. Her first non-fiction book “Grieving God’s Way: the Lasting Path to Hope and Healing” has won much critical acclaim. She is currently working on the third book in her “Brides of Last Chance Ranch series.”

Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don’t ask her to diagram a sentence.

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My Review:

Pinkerton Operative, Miranda Hunt, needed an important assignment. One that would prove she is as good as any man on the job. When her boss sends her to Cactus Patch to The Last Chance Ranch to track down the Phantom, a local robber that is terrorizing the area, Miranda is determined to get her man. Once and for all this will give her the respect as an Operative she has always craved. Ranch owner, Eleanor Walker, is looking for a female heiress to take over her ranch but there is one condition. The woman wanting the position has to sign a contract stating she will never marry. So Miranda goes undercover as Eleanor’s new potential heiress, Annie Beckman. When the new ranch hand Branch comes on the scene, Miranda sees him as a suspect but she also doesn’t know how to handle the new feelings he awakens in her. She has always been content with the lonely life of being an Operative but after being in Branch’s arms she isn’t sure she can ever be content with that life again. When his true identity as Jeremy Taggert, a Wells Fargo Detective, is brought to light Miranda must deal with the issues of her past in order to move toward her future. Can her love for Jeremy and her love for her job come together or will her love of one push her away from the other?

Jeremy Taggert had semi retired from his job as a Wells Fargo Detective but when his best friend is killed by the Phantom, Jeremy is determined to bring him to justice. Working undercover as a ranch hand at The Last a Chance Ranch gives him access to several suspects. It also puts him in close proximity to Annie Beckman and Jeremy soon realizes it’s a dangerous position to be in. He might find the Phantom but, in the process, he might also lose his heart. When Annie finds out that Jeremy is the detective involved in the case that resulted in her father’s death she wants nothing more to do with him. Can Jeremy break through her defenses and win her heart or will he continue on with the lonely life of a detective?

This being the third book in The Brides of The Last Chance Ranch series, I was waiting anxiously to read this book. I was in no way disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the characters I had come to love so much. Mrs. Walker’s sharp tongue and tough exterior hides the warm, caring person within. I like her toughness, strength and gumption. I love Ruckus’ pension to always point others to God when the chips are down. I also love Miranda’s determination and the fact that she kept a GTF (God The Father) file where she wrote down all of her questions and concerns that only God could answer. I also loved the quirky little quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I found myself chuckling at them quite often. The characters were lovable and the story was thoroughly enjoyable. A blend of romance, western culture and a dab of suspense all in one. Margaret Brownley is one of my favorite authors because she never disappoints. I highly recommend this book, this entire series, to fans of historical western romaces.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review. The opinions stated are mine alone and mine alone and I received no monetary compensation.

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Review: Waiting For Morning by Margaret Brownley

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null I LOVE this book so much I went and bought the first book in the series! Margaret Brownley is a newly discovered author for me but I love her writing. The way Molly takes care of her wheelchair-bound brother Donny is remarkable. Even though she feels guilt over his accident. Trying to learn how to run a ranch and care for her brother is a full-time job but Molly is determined to do both. Even more remarkable is the way Dr. Caleb Fairbanks treats her brother Donny. Where others stare and avoid him, Caleb takes a personal interest in Donny and helps him to become independent. All the while, he is drawn to Molly and the attraction they share is undeniable. Will Molly be able to uphold the famous “Clause” in the contract to become the new owner of the Last Chance Ranch?

I understood Donny on so many levels. The anguish of feeling trapped in a body that doesn’t want to “follow instructions” when given. Feeling as though no dreams are within your grasp. Mrs. Brownley used Donny’s character to show that, no matter your circumstances, anything is possible as long as you believe and never give up. Caleb treated Donny with respect and helped him to reach within himself to find inner strength. This book has a fantastic story mixed with a little humor and a beautiful ending. A MUST read!

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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Review: A Long Way Home by Margaret Brownley

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null When Libby Summerfield landed on the doorstep of Logan St. John, 8 months pregnant and a bullet wound to the shoulder, Logan’s world turned upside down. Logan, a trapper by trade with an old bear wound to his leg, thought he had nothing to offer Libby and baby Noel.

Libby, only wanted to get back to Boston and her family after the death of her previous husband. Landing on Logan St. John’s doorstep, soaked to the skin and bleeding, was not in her plans. But she was stranded in Dead Man’s Gulch, a rough and tumble mining town, where the miners drank, gambled and fought until dawn.

Will Libby’s and new baby Noel’s influence change the town and win Logan’s heart? Will Logan realize that even though he has nothing to offer Libby and Noel he has everything she could ever need?

I just loved this story. I cried and laughed and saw love through new eyes. Logan is a character to fall in love with and the rough and tumble miners tug at your heart strings. Margaret Brownley is a true writer in ever sense of the word. She has a talent for story telling that goes beyond the average. I highly recommend this book and the author!

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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Review: Dawn Comes Early by Margaret Brownley

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null Kate Tenney has had a hard life but is on the road to overcoming her past by becoming a writer until her latest book is banned in Boston. She feels she has no choices left until she sees an add for an heiress to Last Chance Ranch in Cactus Patch, Arizona. The only stipulation is she can never marry. Kate is determined to learn ranching and fulfill her obligations until she meets Luke Adams, the town blacksmith. Luke is the hero of her books personified and Kates resolve begins to slip. Will she become the owner of Last Chance Ranch or will she follow her heart?

After reading “Waiting For Morning” I knew I had to read “Dawn Comes Early” and I was definitely not disappointed. This book is in a series but can be read as a “stand alone” book also. Margaret Brownley has such a way with words that you just can’t put her books down. She is definitely one of my favorite new artists! I highly recommend this book!

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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