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Toward the Dawn

Toward the Dawn 
A Western Light #2 
By Mary Connealy

Kat Wadsworth and Sebastian Jones have been hidden away in the canyon that has been a sanctuary for Ginny and Beth for months, and the isolation is starting to take a toll on them both. 

But leaving the canyon's safety comes with risks. Kat's uncle still has control over her unless she is married. And Sebastian may have had someone trying to kill him; it was a bullet wound that brought him to the canyon (in a roundabout way). With the threat of Thaddeus Rutledge hanging over them, they need to take precautions to protect those they leave behind.

As Kat and Seb make their way back into the world, they must decide how they will live it. A marriage of convenience is necessary for both propriety and Kat's safety. This is the main focal point of the story, but we are offered glimpses of what is taking place in the canyon.

This is the second book in Mary Connealy's A Western Light series. It picks up several months after the conclusion of Chasing the Horizon. Unlike other books she's written, this series is more serious in both its tone and subject matter: greed and the utter lack of freedom women faced.  Overall, this was a good read. The pacing kept the story moving. The characters were well-written, some of whom it was enjoyable to get to know better and others, like Thaddeus, not so much. This book will read better if you read the series in order, but it is possible to read and enjoy this title without reading the previous title. Perfect for fans of later 19th Century Historical Western Fiction.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

About the Book

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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More Books from this Series

Chasing the Horizon

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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  1. Sounds great.

  2. The sounds like a great book! Lovely cover!

  3. I'm really looking forward to giving this a read! Thanks so much for sharing it!

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. Mary Connealy is one of my MUST read authors.


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