Spotlight on 'Toward the Dawn' by Mary Connealy

Happy 4th of July Bookworms!

I first want to say Happy Independence Day to all of my American bookworms.  Whatever you have planned today I hope you stay safe, have fun, and remember to never take your freedom for granted.  This year my son has to work so we are keeping it low key and staying home, which means me reading while my husband grills.  Man, I love this time of year so much!!  There's nothing better than relaxing with a good book while someone else cooks.

I am also excited to be sharing an excerpt from a wonderful Christian Historical Romance today that I know you're going to love!  Enjoy the excerpt from Toward the Dawn, and don't forget to scroll to the bottom of this post and enter the amazing giveaway from JustRead Tours!

Toward the Dawn JustRead Takeover + Review Blitz

Welcome to the Takeover + Review Blitz for Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

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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Seb didn’t think he could wait any longer, not without losing his mind. He didn’t mention losing his mind to the little escapee from the asylum.

Crossing her arms, she studied the stream of water, the wall of snow, the fist dents. “You’re right—we can do it. And it’s spring now. Granted, it’s early spring, but spring nonetheless.” She turned to him, her gaze different now. She seemed to be studying him. “It’s as wrong as it can be for the two of us to ride off together, to travel together—an unmarried man and woman.”

Seb stared right back at her, and he knew exactly what she was thinking. Same thing he was.

They both spoke at once. “We have to take Beth and Jake along for propriety’s sake.”

“We need to get married.”

Kat’s eyes widened when she realized what he’d said. She opened and closed her mouth, not unlike a landed trout. She was so shocked, he almost laughed. Except he was a little insulted that his proposal had come as such a shock. No, a lot insulted.

She said, “I think we’d better get out of here soon because I’m about a week away—maybe an hour away—from needing to be locked up for real.”

© 2024 by Mary Connealy
Published by Bethany House Publishers

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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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