Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy

Posted June 19, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, Mary Connealy, romance / 41 Comments

Toward the Dawn book review

Toward the Dawn by Mary ConnealyTOWARD THE DAWN by Mary Connealy
A Western Light #2

GENRE: Historical Western Romance (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2024
PAGES: 304


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Ever since the teaser at the end of Chasing the Horizon, I have been waiting very impatiently for Kat & Seb’s story. Both characters have kept their pasts pretty close to the vest, and it’s because we didn’t know too much about them, other than the fact that someone wants Seb dead and Kat locked up in an asylum, that my mind whirred with possibilities on how their leaving the canyon was going to play out long term. Throw in a marriage-of-convenience between them too, and my little reader heart gets all twitterpated!

I loved getting to know all the various layers to Seb and Kat’s respective backstories as well as watching their true personalities together – in close proximity with no one else to be a buffer. Seb is definitely the introvert of the pair, content to hole up in his laboratory with his inventions, though he does have a hidden backbone that surfaces (swoon!) when Kat is being threatened. Kat is the feistier one overall, and the various skills like hunting, shooting, and medical care that she’s learned through observing and helping others (including her doctor father) come in very handy in this story. Watching these two fall in love while also learning how to care for each other as a married couple is all kinds of sweet and entertaining – definitely a learning curve for two souls who are used to being isolated and responsible only for themselves individually. The added danger that finally catches up with them set my heart racing for an entirely different reason than the swoony romance did, but even in this element of suspense Connealy allows God to work in tender ways for Seb & Kat.

Bottom Line: Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy combines wit, romance, friendship, danger, and the grace of God into an entertaining adventure with a heap of engaging characters. Not only do we get to follow Seb & Kat’s marriage-of-convenience and their fight for survival against those that want to harm them, we also get to check in with the rest of the group who remained at the hidden canyon compound. (AND I’m pretty sure there is a cameo from someone related to Connealy’s Montana Marriages trilogy which delights me!) Babies and injuries and familiar guests (including one just as wary of them as they are of her) start the stirrings of first steps in ending the ongoing arc with Beth’s evil father once and for all… and I can’t wait to see how it’s all resolved!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. In the interest of full disclosure, the company I freelance for as a blog/review tour coordinator was hired to promote this book with a blog and social media tour at a later date. This in no way affected my review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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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. Learn more at

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Toward the Dawn giveaway

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What about you? What makes you want to read Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy?

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41 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy

  1. Susan Fletcher

    I’d love to read this book because my favorite genre is historical fiction and I’ve never read a book by this author.

  2. Sue Parrish

    I love Mary’s books. This has been a good series so far, and the new book looks especially interesting.

  3. Kimberly Linaburg

    I love, love any of Mary Connealy’s books! She is one of my favorite authors. Can’t wait to read this one!

  4. Nancy

    I would like to read Toward the Dawn by Mary Connealy because I have not read any of her books yet.

  5. Sarah Evankovich

    I fell in love with Mary Connealy after reading Petticoat Ranch & look forward to all her new releases. Her books are always light, thoughtful & provide a powerful spiritual message.

  6. Denise Hunter

    I have read all of Mary Connealy’s books! I love her wit and the creative way she enthralls readers with a touch or more of suspense or danger, romance and faith!

  7. Melissa Scott

    I love a good western historical fiction and Mary is a great author! Can’t wait to read this!

  8. Kasi Walas

    I’m eager to read “Toward the Dawn” by Mary Connealy because it promises an inspiring blend of romance, adventure, and historical fiction. Connealy’s engaging storytelling and strong, relatable characters always draw me in, making it a must-read for an uplifting and exciting journey.

  9. Jessica

    Mary Connealy’s books are always a well written portal to an adventure in the world of her characters. I look forward to reading this book, too.

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