Tomorrow's First Light

Tomorrow's First Light

by Naomi Rawlings

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Marrying a stranger to keep the woman's siblings out of an orphanage is one thing, but when more children than expected pour out of the stagecoach, what's a man to do?

Nervous about meeting her fiancé for the first time, Ellie Spritzer's lifelong hope of finding love is about to end—or rather, begin. She never imagined her quest for love would take her to the other side of the country with all eight of her siblings in tow, but after her mother dies unexpectedly, what choice does she have? At least the man she's been writing for the past year is still willing to marry her and take in her siblings... or so she thinks until she arrives in the dusty town of Twin Rivers, Texas.

Growing up an orphan, Sam Owens never had a place to call home or a family to love. So if his wife-to-be needs to bring three of her siblings with her, he has no complaints about having a ready-made family. But his mail-order-bride doesn't arrive with three. She arrives with eight.

Sam can't make himself turn away children in need. But as a beginning rancher, he doesn't have the resources to care for so many people. And marriage creates a whole slew of new problems—like how to get close to a woman with eight others crammed into the cozy house he'd built with just the two of them in mind. When sinister forces threaten the things Sam and Ellie both hold dear, can they figure out how to keep their fledgling family together, or will they lose the very things they cherish most?

Tomorrow's First Light is the first book in the Texas Promise Series by bestselling Christian romance author Naomi Rawlings. If you like tender marriage-of-convenience stories, you'll love this heartwarming tale filled with hope and new beginnings.

Texas Promise Series

Book 1—Tomorrow's First Light (Sam and Ellie)
Book 2—Tomorrow's Shining Dream (Daniel and Charlotte--available 2020)
Book 3—Tomorrow's Constant Hope (Wes and Keely--available 2020)
Book 4—Tomorrow's Steadfast Prayer (Harrison and Alejandra)
Book 5—Tomorrow's Lasting Joy (Cain and Anna Mae)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161638828
Publisher: Cedar Lake Press
Publication date: 02/25/2019
Series: Texas Promise , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 106,503
File size: 627 KB

About the Author

Naomi Rawlings is the author of numerous historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. While she'd love to claim she spends her days huddled in front of her computer vigorously typing, in reality, she spends her time homeschooling, cleaning, picking up, and pretending like her house isn't in a constant state of chaos. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula, along the southern shore of Lake Superior where they get 200 inches of snow every year, and where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood--just like in the historical novels she writes.

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Tomorrow's First Light 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very captivating! I love all the characters, they came to life for me. The love was inspiring and wonderful!
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE Once again, Ms. Naomi Rawlings has wowed me with another book, a new series that is a spin-off from her Eagle Harbor series. The story is a clean Christian story with Godly principles, human emotions, troubles from the past, and new beginnings and a future. The story is not preachy but does contain Bible passages. Mail-order bride, Elle Spritzer, has corresponded with Texas rancher, Sam Owen’s for over a year, and now is traveling from Eagle Harbor, Michigan to Twin Rivers, Texas to marry him. He knows she has eight siblings and has even consented to her bringing two teenaged boys, Martin and Leroy, and baby sister, Lynette. Sam inherited a twelve-thousand-acre ranch in a will, something an orphan would never expect to happen—and now he has a wife and children on their way—his life’s dream coming true. The plot will include a shock when Sam arrives in town to meet the stagecoach and not only will the four people he was expecting to arrive, but there will be five other siblings in tow. Sam, understanding what it is like as an orphan, won’t turn the children away—but this will change things for him and Ellie. Both Sam and Ellie have their secrets, and issues that create angst and misunderstandings, but when they are honest with each other, they both find that where one is weak, the other is strong, and they are perfect together. Sam also has good friends from his childhood, friends that come through during times of trouble and hardships. “I don’t care about what kind of family you came from. I care about the family I can make with you going forward, right here in Twin Rivers.” I love the communication between Sam and Ellie, especially when they finally open up to each other. Ellie proves to be supportive of Sam when it looks like he will lose the ranch, and he refuses to allow the children to be divided up. When they each seek the Lord, asking for guidance and trusting God in everything, things fall into place. “We’re a family, you, me, and the whole pile of young’uns you brought with you, for richer or poorer, for better or worse. I don’t want anyone to question that in the future.”
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Having enjoyed Rawlings’ books set in Eagle Harbor, I have been looking forward to the next ones from this author. This particular novel begins a new series, following several characters to Texas as they begin a new life, and while I was wondering how things might change with the setting, I found I really enjoyed the emerging cast of characters and location. Ellie has a heavy burden, caring for herself and eight siblings. Many circumstances have led to this, but she feels abandoned and unworthy of love, happy to just have someone who provides a place for her and her family. Though she yearns for love, she's afraid she'll never have it, but a small part of her still clings to the hope of it. The spiritual side of the story is often painful as the main character tries to process the difficulties she has experienced in her life, fearing the bad things are punishment for past sin, and not even her own. And Sam understands God's love and provision for him but still struggles to let go of his past as a lonely orphan, afraid to accept help. They teach each other learn to trust, and a beautiful love grows from there. And while the setting is very different from the prior series, this one has been impeccably researched for the reader. There is lots about the area, including snakes and dehydration, history, and ranching and rustling, all helping to flesh out characters’ motivations as well as giving dimension to the location. This is a fantastic start to the series, with Ellie and her siblings being the tie between Eagle Harbor and Twin Rivers. And just as the cast of characters in Michigan captured my heart, these new friends in Texas are doing the same, despite the drastically different setting. I highly recommend it to fans of Rawlings, and those who enjoy historical romance, mail-order bride stories, or western and ranch settings. This one is a keeper! I received a review copy of this book from the author but was under no obligation to post a positive review. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. A mail order bride who shows up with 8 siblings. Yikes. And yet love wins . . . love of siblings. love of a man and woman. And above all, God’s love throughout!
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow's First Light by Naomi Rawlings Texas Promise Series Book One Sam Owens was an orphan and always dreamed of his own ranch and a family. His dream was finally coming true. He had a ranch. A small herd of cattle. A nice house. And he'd soon have a wife. Somehow his dream wasn't as he thought. Someone trying to take his land. And his new wife had more of her siblings with her than he'd expected. With no mon-ey coming in...his instant family was a bit overwhelming. Ellie Spritzer had been writing to Sam for a year. She was moving from Eagle Harbor, Michigan to Twin Rivers, Texas. She'd have someone who cared for her and start a new life. Instead, her ma died and she had no choice but to keep her siblings with her as no other family members were willing to take them in. Real life was quite a bit different than writing letters. This is a new series that starts with five friends who make a pact that they'll either get married before thirty...or after. A silly pre-teen blood oath. The secondary characters are wonderful, as well as the children. And of a couple of real stinkers too. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the next one.
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bsnksmom More than 1 year ago
What a great start for Naomi Rawlings' newest series! For those who have read her Eagle Harbor series, Tomorrow's First Light focuses on Ellie Spritzer, oldest sister of the unruly Spritzer clan. When a family secret comes to light, Ellie chooses to pack up all eight of her siblings and head as far from Michigan's UP as she can get. She's been writing with Sam Owens through a mail-order bride service, and he's asked her to marry him. He knows she's bringing three of her siblings with her. It's supposed to be her two oldest brothers, who can help Sam on his ranch, and their baby sister, but when her aunt hears of the scandal touching the family, she backs out of taking the other five. Ellie can't put them in an orphanage. She's been caring for them most of her life, so she packs them all up, sending Sam a letter to let him know. Sam can't believe his eyes when he goes to pick his new bride up from the stage. He knew she was bringing three siblings, but it looks like she fooled him and brought them all. Is that any way to start a marriage? Growing up in an orphanage, mistreated by the "house parents", Sam's greatest longing has always been for a home and family of his own, but eight children at once? How can he trust Ellie again when she lied to him about something this big? Plus, he has enough money saved to get five people through until he sells his cattle. How in the world is he going to feed double that? When Ellie realizes that Sam never got her letter, she is horrified, and offers to take the children and go ... somewhere. Sam refuses her offer. He still needs a wife and he still wants a family. Soon though, Sam has other worries that take precedence over the complications Ellie has brought with her. Someone is laying claim to his land, and he must get to the bottom of it. He has a family to support. How can he do that if he doesn't have his ranch? I am a huge fan of Naomi Rawlings. Her stories made me want to visit tiny Eagle Harbor just to see the wild majesty of Lake Superior. (I didn't make it QUITE there, but Munising, MI gave me a pretty good feel for life in the UP.) Now, she's moved the Spritzer clan - and I do mean, clan - to Texas, with all the problems, and all the joys, that a family of nine children can have. Some of the scenes are pretty funny. Being a farm girl myself, I laughed at the scene where they were making steers out of the bull calves, but I can see where someone who had never been around cattle would be appalled. I also loved how she had Sam and Ellie get to know each other gradually, before bringing them together as husband and wife. If you love sweet historical fiction, with some suspense, and a whole lot of romance, you will enjoy Tomorrow's First Light. Sam and Ellie's story is so sweetly told, and there are foretastes of the books to come in the series. I definitely recommend this book! I received this book from the author, but all opinions expressed in my review are MINE!
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow’s First Light is the first book in the Texas Promise series by Naomi Rawlings. Having read and enjoyed Rawlings’ Eagle Harbor series, I was delighted when one of the characters, Ellie Spritzer, gets her own story in this book. I admired Ellie for her commitment to keeping her 8 siblings together and taking care of them through great hardships. When she travels to Texas to marry Sam, the man she had been writing to for a year, he gets a big surprise when instead of the three siblings he was expecting her to bring, she brings eight of them! Sam is such an amazing hero in this story—so tender-hearted and brave to take on this whole family. Ellie is courageous and determined to care for the siblings as best as she can. She’s also considerate of Sam’s feelings. Although things quickly get out of hand, and there are some misunderstandings that arise, Sam wants this family of his own and is committed to making things work. His motto “Two is better than one” helps Ellie understand that they need to work together. With plenty of humor, some suspense and intrigue, romance, and a whole lot of faith, hope, courage, this book is a great start to a new series. I’m excited to see what the next one brings. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I'm excited for this new series set in the West from author Naomi Rawlings! It's loosely connected to her Eagle Harbor series, but follows Ellie and her siblings on their new venture to Texas. I admired Ellie for her determination to keep the family together, and Sam is patient and accepting of them all. I enjoyed their sweet relationship, even if it grew slowly because of all their chores and the children preventing them from spending quality time together. The dispute over Sam's ranch land brought tension and a real sense of anxiety to the plot, especially when it became apparent that corruption was at the root of the problems. Sam has a strong group of friends ready and willing to support him, once he figures he can't do it on his own... almost too late. Some scenes were told from the perspective of Daniel, the young sheriff, and I'm looking forward to the coming books telling the stories of Sam's friends. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You don't w a nt to miss out on this delightful, entriguing adventure with Ellie from Eagle Harbour, Michigan and Sam from West Texas, as they start their marriage with 8 children and a multitude of priblems and challenges. Will faith and love see them through?
Phonetic_Panda More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow's First Light Book One in the Texas Promise Series Naomi Rawlings is author of the Eagle Harbor book series. She connects both series through Ellie. Ellie was a baker in Eagle Harbor, Michigan but now she has embarked on a new adventure. She is a mail-order bride for Sam the rancher. He is from Twin Rivers, Texas. I loved this book. I especially liked Sam, Ellie's rancher husband. Sam is expecting Ellie (his mail-order bride) and three of her siblings to arrive on the stage but is surprised when Ellie and her eight siblings step off. Instead of backing out of their arrangement, Sam promptly marches Ellie down to the church to get married. Sam never waivers in his commitment to his family. He frequently tells Ellie "two are better than one". This book is full of surprises. I could not put it down since I wanted to know what was going to happen next. Cattle rustlers, land swindlers, and miscommunication are a few of the obstacles Sam and Ellie must confront and conquer. Naomi Rawlings does a great job sharing God's love through her writing. She is not preachy but rather very subtle in her presentation. I was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Moving to a new territory, taking siblings along with her and planning to marry a stranger to help the family causes chaos and turmoil for everyone involved. This story is filled with family devotion, love, finding trust and learning to love. The author writes heartwarming stories and this is one of them. I received a complimentary copy. No review was required.
somi19ad More than 1 year ago
In this book Ellie Spritzler, who we met in the Eagle Harbor series, moves to TX with her eight siblings to meet her fiance Sam for the first time. Ellie has been writing to Sam for a year. Sam was expecting only three of Ellie's siblings to come with her. When plans for the other five to remain in Eagle Harbor fall through Ellie brings all of them with her. Sam takes them all in regardless of the struggles he and Ellie will have to overcome. This book is one that you will be unable to put down, will read until you fall asleep and then while drinking your morning coffee you will be back to reading it. I'm anxious to read the next book in this series.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow’s First Light : Historical Christian Romance ( Texas Promise -#1 ) By; Naomi Rawlings Tomorrow’s First Light is book one in a brand new series in Texas Promise. This is a Historical Christian Romance. I love these western stories. This is a heartwarming story and I was drawn in at the start and did not want to put it down. If you love marriage of convenience stories then you will love Ellie and Sam’s story. Ellie travels to Texas to marry a man she has never seen, but only written to him. Ellie brings her eight siblings with her. Wow, eight siblings. What does Sam think about this? Sam has always wanted a family , but all at once! What will he do? There are struggles , will they be able to overcome them? Can Sam keep this family together? I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are mine.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Wow, I thought the cold weather series was descriptive and interesting.. this Texas series is going to be another favorite! Hard to imagine traveling so far with all of these siblings to a new life as a mail order bride and then seeing the grooms face when he hadn't received your last letter about the change of the amount of siblings you were bringing.. Loved this story the characters have such personalities. I'm eagerly waiting for the next one! I was gifted a copy, no review was required. My review is voluntary.
KatieMc More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow's First Light is the first in a new series by Naomi Rawlings. If you've read the Eagle Harbor series, you'll recognize Ellie Spritzer and her siblings. This is a nice read that flows well, telling the story of Ellie and her new husband, Sam. Mystery and romance are both a part of this enjoyable novel! The author introduced many characters, the stories of whom I am anxious to read as this series develops. I look forward to more from this author! I received a free copy for review,
Mama_Cat More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow’s First Light is the exciting first in the Texas Promise series and re-introduces Ellie, one of our friends from the Eagle Harbor series. Events take place in Texas in 1885, with an arranged mail-order marriage, a built-in family, mysteries, and a spiritual lesson that is excellent for this reader. Ellie Spritzer wants a husband who will love her for who she is, despite her closely held family secrets. She and Sam Owens meet through an agency that introduces prospective brides and grooms, corresponding for about a year before they agree to marry. Ellie’s mother died, so it is important to Ellie to find someone who will allow her to bring her three youngest siblings, 6-year-old twins and a one-year old babe while a family member takes in her other siblings. All was going well except a letter seems to have been lost along the way. Sam Owens grew up in an orphanage, never knowing his parents or if he had any siblings. He wants a family of his own, and likes what he has read so far in Ellie’s letters. While Sam was writing to Ellie, he inherited his ranchland from a man he used to work for, built a house and barn on it, and purchased a hundred head of cattle. He didn’t tell anyone about Ellie until the very last minute, which upset his close, life-long friends. The surprise was on Sam. When the stage arrived, eight – count ‘em, eight – children piled out along with his fiancé. Then, Sam learns that his ranch has been taken from him. He now has nowhere for Ellie’s family or his cattle. Spiritual battles are throughout this breathtaking novel. Ellie has long believed that her family was cursed due to the secrets of the past. Leaving Eagle Harbor apparently didn’t make a difference; she now believes God’s punishment is extended to Sam. She thinks she’s made a mess of everything. She then hears the sister of one of Sam’s old friends, Charlotte, irate because Sam should have married her rather than bring a stranger into his home. Even if Charlotte’s father wouldn’t accept an orphan for a son-in-law. Ellie’s sixteen-year-old brother Leroy wants her to send all the children back to Eagle Harbor. Leroy knows she has spent her life caring for them, and he wants her to be happy, but she wants her family with her. I like Ellie. A lot. She has learned to do much with very little. She has just a tiny bit of faith, yet knows just enough about law and not enough about grace to understand what the Lord might have in store for her. The primary characters are three-dimensional; we get to know Sam and Ellie very well throughout this drama. This story was very hard to put down! The contrasts between Texas and Northern Michigan, especially to this reader who left Michigan for the Arizona desert, is very well drawn. Sam and Ellie face many challenges, from their marriage to her siblings to having to leave his land and find a place for everyone to stay. Sam will do anything to keep the children from going to an orphanage, and his faith in God is strong. From the time he was a lad, he believed a verse from scripture that says, “Two are better than one”. Now he has an opportunity to prove that in the Lord’s strength! I highly recommend this Christian historical novel for women of all ages who appreciate well-written, inspirational fiction with likable characters who face challenges with prayers and scripture. From a grateful heart: I received a copy of this novel from the author, and this is my honest review.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I love mail order bride and marriage of convenience stories, so I was very eager to read Tomorrow’s First Light. I am happy to report that it is a wonderfully written novel and a favorite of mine for sure! This story is a new series, yet Ellie and her siblings do appear in the Eagle Harbor novels, too. So, if you have read those books, then you may recognize Ellie Spritzer. However, if you haven’t read them, don’t worry. This series is a new start for Ellie and her siblings. In Tomorrow’s First Light, Ellie and Sam have such great chemistry and plenty of nervousness with each other to keep things tense for awhile! Sam definitely struggles with learning to be open with his wife and even with his friends. This is due to his backstory as an orphan and creates some additional problems that must be overcome. I love the cast of characters that the author introduces us to in this book and am looking forward to reading the future novels in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I loved Sam and Ellie’s story! Rawlings handily captured my attention and swept me away to Twin Rivers, Texas, as trail dust rose from the pages. The details and descriptions were vivid, and the storyline delighted me with elements of drama, intrigue, and romance. A distinctive marriage of convenience tale, Tomorrow’s First Light is one for my keeper shelf! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
I first read author Naomi Rawlings Eagle Harbor series and fell in love with it. When she announced this new series, which is a western, I was sure it wouldn’t be as good but decided to give it a try. I was wrong, totally wrong. Tomorrow’s First Light kept me enthralled as Sam and Ellie’s story unfolded. Well developed characters who are so real in their struggles and passions, and rich descriptions of the west bring this story to life. It was so sweet to see Sam lead Ellie to the truth of God’s love, and to love her as a husband should by giving up his life for her. Rawlings shows us a God Who loves us in spite of ourselves and our past, but in no way is it preachy. Simply a part of life. A warm story with ups, downs, heartache, sinister villains, and sweet romance, I highly recommend you give it a read. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.