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  • Posted December 23, 2012

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    I loved this book!!!!  Before the Dawn is one of the best histor

    I loved this book!!!!  Before the Dawn is one of the best historical romance books I’ve read this year.   Author Denise Agnew vividly depicts a journey by train through 19th Century Pennsylvania in this fast paced story.   The hero Elijah and the heroine Mary Jane  have great chemistry from the moment they lay eyes on each other.  Elijah who came from a poor family has just been released from prison after five hellish years in solitary confinement for being wrongfully convicted of killing his first love Maureen.  He sets out to get revenge, find and kill the real murderer, his brother Amos.   Mary Jane who came from a wealthy family is in mourning for her father.  She has set out to bring his body home for burial to her family and try to rise above her shattered reputation and declare her independence.   Elijah and Mary Jane pretend to be married to ward off two unsavory characters that show interest in Mary Jane.   Their charade gets a little out of hand and really heats up when they are forced to share sleeping quarters to keep up the appearance that they are indeed married.   On the last leg of the trip an explosion on the tracks stop the train and it appears to be a train robbery.   Mary Jane is abducted by Amos.   Elijah vows that he will save Mary Jane or die trying.   Once before he’d made a vow based on pure hate and need for revenge.  Now he vowed to find Amos based on another emotion he thought he would never feel again.  LOVE.   Mary Jane realizes she in love with Elijah when she thinks he is dead.   Elijah finds Amos and saves Mary Jane.  He  comes face to face with his brother Amos and Elijah realizes that killing Amos or getting revenge was no longer important to him.  Nothing was more important than being with Mary Jane.   Amos softens and shows some regret when he realizes that Elijah was willing to give up his life for Mary Jane’s.    Elijah and Mary Jane declare their love for each other and vow to be married even though she thinks her family will not approve of her marriage to Elijah because of his social standing.   Her family doesn’t approve at first,  but they quickly change their minds and accept Elijah after they hear about how he saved Mary Jane.  Two months later Elijah and Mary Jane are married.      
    I Can't wait for the next book to find out what happens with The O'Connor twins and Mary Jane's sisters, Cora & Faith :)

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