Colorado Dawn (Runaway Brides Romance Series #2)

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The next in Kaki Warner's sweeping new series about unlikely brides who make their way west-discovering newfound freedom and rediscovering love...

After only three letters and one visit during her six-year marriage to a Scottish Cavalry Officer, Maddie Wallace decides to build a life without him. Accepting an assignment from a London periodical to photograph the West from a female perspective, she sails from England, determined to build a new ...

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Overview

The next in Kaki Warner's sweeping new series about unlikely brides who make their way west-discovering newfound freedom and rediscovering love...

After only three letters and one visit during her six-year marriage to a Scottish Cavalry Officer, Maddie Wallace decides to build a life without him. Accepting an assignment from a London periodical to photograph the West from a female perspective, she sails from England, determined to build a new life as an independent woman.

After injury ends his military career, Angus Wallace returns home to find his wife gone, his family decimated by fever, and himself next in line to an earldom. His new mission is clear—find his wife and sire heirs. His search takes him across an ocean and half a continent, but he finally tracks her to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado. There his biggest challenge awaits—to convince his headstrong wife to return home as his viscountess.

Amidst statehood struggles, claim jumping, and railroad disputes their passionate battle rages...until word comes that Angus has become the earl. Now they must decide between a life in the mountains of Colorado, or in the glittering ballrooms of London...and between duty and desire.

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Praise for the novels of Kaki Warner
“A wonderful read I couldn't put down....A truly original new voice in historical fiction.” —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author
“I love and adore everything that Kaki Warner writes.”—USA Today
Without a doubt, Kaki Warner is a writer to watch, an author with a promising future. She's definitely an addition to my must-buy authors list." —All About Romance

Kaki Warner is the 2011 RITA Winner for Best First Book for Pieces of Sky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594523758
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kaki Warner is an award-winning author and longtime resident of the Northwest. Although she now lives on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains in Washington, Kaki actually grew up in the Southwest and is a proud graduate of the University of Texas. Kaki spends her time gardening, hiking, reading, writing, and soaking in the view from the deck of her hilltop cabin with her husband and floppy-eared hound dog.

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    Great Book!

    Truth be told I liked the first book in this series- Heartbreak Creek- just a smidgen more. But it is still a great story. Interesting characters and some different plot twists. You won't be disappointed in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

    A keeper!

    Englishwoman Maddie Wallace had high hopes when she married dashing Scottish cavalry officer, Angus Wallace but after only two letters and one visit during their six-year marriage, Maddie has had enough. Tired of being looked down upon by the Wallace family for being English, virtually abandoned by her husband and feeling alone in the world, when Maddie returns to England to settle her parents' affairs following their sudden deaths she decides to follow her passion for photography and embark upon a new life. Posing as a widow, she accepts an assignment from a London paper to photograph the American West, leaving her absent husband and her old life far behind.

    All Angus (Ash) Wallace has ever wanted is to be a soldier but when a serious injury forces him out of the military after a long career he returns home to Scotland to discover that everything he left behind has changed. He's now heir to an earldom he never wanted and the sweet wife he expected to welcome him home with open arms has decamped to another continent. Determined to reclaim her, Ash sails to America then tracks his wife to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, confident in his ability to bring Maddie home to Scotland and set about siring some heirs. After all, he's commanded military troops for years. How much trouble can one wife be? As we come to discover in this story, quite a bit! What he finds is an independent woman, surrounded by a "family" of her own making while pursuing the career that gives her life meaning in a wild, challenging, soul-inspiring land. His quest to reclaim his wife is suddenly fraught with complications Ash could never have envisioned.

    As the two spend time together, sharing thoughts and dreams that they never had time to talk about before and revealing secrets that change each of their perspectives on the early years of their marriage they gradually come to realize that the feelings they held for one another have not gone away. In fact, they've grown stronger but the issues that keep them apart still remain. Will Ash be able to earn Maddie's trust that he won't abandon her again? Will they be able to reconcile Maddie's bone-deep need for her photography with Ash's duty to the earldom? Once Ash sees for himself how much Maddie's photography means to her and feels the emotions conveyed through her unique talent, will he be able to bring himself to take that away from her by insisting they return to Scotland even though duty to his family demands just that?

    Set against the ruggedly majestic backdrop of the Colorado Rockies, Kaki Warner has written a stellar addition to her Runaway Brides historical western series. Filled with passion, adventure, heartbreak and humor, COLORADO DAWN is a story that had me sighing, crying, holding my breath and laughing out loud. Warner has the ability to pull me into her stories, making me care for her characters; investing my emotions in their happiness.

    If you love sweeping, character-driven stories set in the American West that are filled with adventure, humor and deeply satisfying emotion then any book by Kaki Warner is the book for you. I highly recommend HEARTBREAK CREEK (Book #1) and COLORADO DAWN (Book #2). Since the second book builds upon the first, I strongly encourage readers to read them in order.

    PJ Ausdenmore
    The Romance Dish

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Her Best Yet

    I love it when an author adds humor to her romances. When it’s the hero with the sense of humor, it makes him that much more irresistible. Angus Wallace is now one of my favorite heroes, and that’s saying something when he’s in the company of Drustan and Daegus MacKeltar and Jamie Fraser.

    The fact Angus has come to America in search of his wife, thinking only to take her home to Scotland where she can deliver a few heirs for him but instead falls in love with Maddie and the magnificent Colorado wilderness, well, that’s a man after my own heart. You see the change in Angus – now Lord Ashby, slowly take place as he watches his wife enjoy her passion of photography, revel in the new, deep-seated friendships she’s found, and, lastly, comes to realize she’d give all of that up just for him.

    Maddie’s life takes huge turns when she meets career soldier Angus Wallace. She marries him and then loses him to his military service almost instantaneously. She receives very little contact from him in the years she’s in Scotland. When she returns home to England to bury her parents, she talks herself into a new life and goes after it with guns blazing. Her interest in photography takes her to the American wild west, where she finally settles in Colorado, happy in that new life.

    Angus’ life also goes through some unexpected turns. He’s seriously wounded in battle and his military days are over. He returns home to find his wife gone and his life changed further with the death of his older brother. It’s through her photographs that Ash, along with his loyal friend, Tricks, an Irish wolfhound, is able to trace Maddie across the American continent, locating her at last on her way home to Heartbreak Creek after a successful photographic mission. Thus begins their dance of reacquainting themselves with each other, their feelings, their love, their duty, their lives – all so different than before.

    Unknown sadness on both sides is revealed, making each of them look at their anger and perceptions differently from what they’ve known before, hence making them realize more care of the other should have been taken so they wouldn’t end up where they are today. But life has taken them on this journey, and now one of them must sacrifice all for the other. Will Maddie be able to leave her new, hard-won life behind, never to take another picture again, something a noble woman would never do? Can Ash turn his back on his duty, say no to the one thing he never thought would be his anyway? Does he even have that choice?

    These are two very multi-layered characters, both charming and flawed. It takes everything Maddie’s got to strike out on her own. Just when she finds her place, the one and only thing that can endanger that happiness is the person she never thought to see again. Ash is as honest and honorable as the day is long, he takes his duty seriously, whether to Maddie or his family – and he comes to realize that’s the same thing in his heart. No matter how hard life is, now or then, these two exemplify what it is to sustain a relationship after mucking it up the first time around. Granted, they have matured a few years and have gone through so much to get to that place, but when they do, it’s wonderful to see.

    I love Kaki Warner’s writing, her characters, her storylines, everything about her books. You go through every emotion imaginable and then some. She portrays the American west vividly and accurately.

    Complete review at goodbadandunread.c

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Don't miss out on this one!

    Once again Kaki has put another Outstanding book out there for us to read. Those of you that have not experienced her intriguing writing are missing out on some wonderful reads.Get on the stick and get this new one,you will not regret it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2012

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    Love Kaki Warner!!!!!

    I read this book in one day...Love her writing!!!! I can't wait for the next one

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  • Posted June 20, 2013

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    Overall Rating: 3.0 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.0

    Overall Rating: 3.0 // Action: 2.5 / Emotion: 3.5 / Romance: 3.0 / Sensuous: 1.0 / Suspense: 3.0 // Historical Flavor: 4.0 // Laughter: 7 / Grins: 2 // Tears: 1 / Teary: 3

    Colorado Dawn: 3.0:
    Kaki Warner displayed her gift with storytelling by penning a beautifully-written story which detailed Colorado in the 1870s.  However, Warner did not manage to inspire that strong, deep emotional connection to both the hero and heroine that is necessary for a great read.  It took way too long to develop an interest in reading this story.

    Hero: 4.0:
    Angus Frederick Wallace, Fifth Viscount Ashby; "Ash": Loved Ash's deeply-layered personality; namely, {1} his Scottish manner of speaking, {2} his sense of duty, honor, and military bearing, {3} his attractiveness, {4} his 'all male' demeanor as he interacted with Declan and Thomas, {5} his 'typically male' frustration in dealing with the women, and {6} his charming sense of humor.  Ash was a hero that was easy to admire and love.

    Heroine: 2.0:
    Alexandra Madeline "Maddie" Gresham Wallace; Viscountess Ashby: Although Maddie was a strong-willed, independent, gifted photographer, who displayed a compassionate nature as she looked at the world through rose-colored glasses, she was so annoying and irritating the during the first half of the book that it was impossible to like her.  Yes, she finally redeemed herself, but it took a while to get past the initial dislike.

    Story Line: 2.0:
    This story just did not inspire great interest.  All Ash and Maddie had going for them was lust and passion when they married in haste before he left his new bride behind to join his regiment.  After leading very separate lives, six years later these two strangers must decide whether they want to remain married or get divorced.

    Action: 2.5:
    There just were not a lot of exciting adventurous action scenes to interrupt the slow-moving pace in which this story was told.

    Emotion: 3.5:
    It may have been easy to empathize with Ash but it was so difficult to connect with Maddie on a deeply-felt emotional level, that the story lost a lot of the powerful punch that usually exists when there is a strong connection to both protagonists.  Nevertheless, Warner still managed to inspire a tear or two and laughter.

    Romance: 3.0:
    The romance factor ran about average for this story since it was readily apparent that Ash and Maddie still had strong feelings for the other even after six years of separation.  They just had to come to terms with those feelings -- to either stay married to the person they loved, or divorce and go their separate ways.

    Sensuous: 1.0:
    Warner does not include a lot of sensuality in her books.  The lovemaking is always behind closed doors.  However, Warner is very gifted when it comes to including moments of innuendo and lust between Ash and Maddie.

    Suspense: 3.0:
    Warner included a mean-spirited, abusive villain (and his simpleton brother) who sought out Maddie because she took a picture of the location of a dead miner's gold strike.  Thus, there was an aura of suspense running throughout the story and a reason to show Ash in all of his warrior's glory.

    Secondary Characters:  4.0:
    Warner is particularly talented at weaving well-developed and interesting secondary characters throughout the book.  The presence of characters introduced in Heartbreak Creek added great enjoyment to the story.  The male camaraderie between Ash, Declan and Thomas was particularly entertaining -- more so than the girl talk between Maddie, Edwina, Pru, and Lucinda.  The inclusion of Lurch, Tricks and Agnes also added a rich, realistic flavor to the tale.  And finally, the inclusion of more details regarding the ongoing romance between Thomas and Pru definitely added appeal.

    Historical Flavor: 4.0:
    Warner's attention to detail as she describes the landscape, the buildings, and the characters reveals that she has definitely researched the environs of Colorado as she successfully takes the reader back to the 1870s.

    See Wolf Bear Does Books for a more in-depth, detailed review of *Colorado Dawn*.

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