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Early Dawn (Coulter Family Historical) (udgave 2009)

af Catherine Anderson (Forfatter)

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Eden Paxton's fianc spreads so many rumors about her after breaking off the engagement that she's forced to leave San Francisco. She heads for Colorado to live with her half brothers but murderous outlaws kidnap her, intending to sell her across the Mexican border. Enter Matthew Coulter, whose wife was murdered by such a gang. When he sees Eden's predicament, he takes focused action to save her.… (mere)
Titel:Early Dawn (Coulter Family Historical)
Forfattere:Catherine Anderson (Forfatter)
Info:Berkley (2009), Edition: Illustrated, 432 pages
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This was really not my kind of story. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't a genre that I prefer. This is and Old West historical fiction romance book. It starts out with Matthew coming to after being unconscious for 2 weeks following an attack on him and his wife by a gang of ruffians only to learn that his wife was brutally raped and murdered. He vows to seek revenge on the men that did this. Once he is well, he spends years hunting them down. In the meantime, the ruffians continue causing havok. During a train robbery they decide to take Eden hostage and have plans to sell her to someone in Mexico, but not before they have some "fun" with her. Matthew finally catches up to them while they are still holding her hostage and saves the day. The ruffians don't like losing their prize, so now they are hunting Matthew and Eden. The majority of the book is their journey after getting Eden away from the ruffians. It was a cute story and for someone that likes westerns and historical romance books, then I think they would very much enjoy this book. ( )
  Completely_Melanie | Sep 10, 2021 |
Early Dawn is another sweet, historical romance from Catherine Anderson that was nearly perfect in every way. The hero and heroine are very much the focus of the story with the secondary characters only coming into play during the first few chapters and the last few chapters. The rest of the time it's all about Matthew and Eden as they get acquainted and learn to trust each other while riding around the Colorado wilderness, trying to evade the bad guys. With only two characters in play for the bulk of the story, and with them, on the surface, just running in circles, it might seem that this would be a boring narrative, but in my opinion, Early Dawn was anything but. I'm still marveling at how she did it, but Ms. Anderson managed to turn this into a very engaging story. The threat from the villains, as well as wildlife, made for enough action and adventure to keep things moving along at a nice pace. This was combined with lots of wonderful getting-to-know-you moments for Matthew and Eden. They also share plenty of tender interactions before finally giving in to their growing feelings for one another. Everything just came together to create a very enjoyable read.

The story gets off to an intense start with Matthew regaining consciousness after sustaining grievous injuries when he and his wife were attacked by the notorious bandits known as the Sebastian gang. He finds out very quickly that his wife was brutally raped and murdered, then we fast-forward three years. During that entire time, Matthew has been relentlessly tracking the Sebastians, feeding an almost obsessive need for vengeance. Despite his deep desire to bring justice to his wife's killers, when Matthew discovers that they're holding another young woman hostage and abusing her, he puts his own desires on hold in order to rescue her. From the moment he made the decision to get Eden out of the Sebastians' clutches, he took on full responsibility for her protection which is a very admirable trait. After spending three years with mostly only his horse and pack mule for company, Matthew isn't much of a talker, but I have to give him credit for figuring out fairly quickly that Eden needed him to be a little more forthcoming in order to fully trust him. From there on out, he's completely open and honest with her, and it pays off in spades with her warming up to him pretty quickly after that. They form a deep friendship that slowly blossoms into love. I adored all the little things Matthew did to make Eden feel more safe and comfortable around him. He may be a man of few words, at least initially, but he knows how to speak volumes through his actions. Matthew is a thoroughly honorable gentleman who considers himself to be married to Eden from the first time he makes love to her. Deep down, Matthew was a sweet, peaceable guy who was driven by extraordinary circumstances to seek vigilante justice. On the outside, he's a little rough, but inside he has a tender heart that was badly broken by the loss of his first wife, a woman he loved very much. At first, he's afraid to love Eden. He doesn't view himself as a good husband after what happened with his wife, but Eden slowly convinces him otherwise.

Eden is a dichotomous young lady. She grew up with her older brother Ace teaching her how to handle a gun, ride a horse, and work with cattle, so she's not afraid of the outdoors or hard work. The last several years though, she's spent as a proper lady, attending a fancy girl's finishing school, and socializing in the drawing rooms of San Francisco society. Her fiancé broke off their engagement when his family discovered she was illegitimate, but rather than stopping there, they sullied her name in all the circles where she'd previously mingled. To escape the embarrassment, Eden and her mother decide to move to No Name, Colorado to be near her brothers, and it's on the train ride there that she is abducted by the Sebastian gang. Eden had a very level head, trying to collect all their valuables before the bandits got to them in hopes they'd just take their things and leave them alone. She also had spunk to throw herself between the gang and a crying child and his mother, trying to protect them even after having witnessed them killing at least three people. She fought her captors tooth and nail too until she was knocked unconscious. Every night when they made camp, the five Sebastian brothers passed her around, physically and sexually abusing her, but stopping just short of outright rape, because they were intending to sell her across the border in Mexico and needed to keep her virginity intact in order to get a good price. Throughout her ordeal, Eden managed to keep her head up quite admirably, although by the time Matthew rescues her a lot of the fight had understandably gone out of her. Still, after the rescue, she traveled without complaint in spite of suffering severe pain from broken ribs and initially being afraid of Matthew, not knowing what his intentions were. Gradually, she begins to see Matthew for the kindhearted person he is and grows to love him, not just as her heroic rescuer, but as a wonderful man who would give his life to keep her safe. When Matthew started falling for her too, he said a few rather harsh things to her out of fear, but Eden was intelligent and intuitive enough to realize that he was probably only saying them because his feelings for her scared him. She is extremely understanding and supportive of Matthew's love for his first wife too. She never tried to force him to forget the other woman, but instead encouraged him to make room for her in his heart as well. All in all, Eden was a wonderful well-rounded heroine who could be tough on the outside but had a heart of gold inside.

As I mentioned earlier, the secondary characters don't play big roles. The entire Sebastian gang were some of the most dastardly villains I've ever read in a romance. Their evil deeds fuel a large part of the story, but thankfully, they're only present for a relatively small part of it. All four of Eden's brothers are out looking for her too and eventually, catch up with her and Matthew. As the oldest, Ace (Keegan's Lady), leads the charge, but Joseph (Summer Breeze) is perhaps the most protective and the toughest nut to crack when it comes to Matthew presenting his case for loving Eden and wanting to marry her. David, who becomes the hero of Lucky Penny, the next book in the Keegan-Paxton series, and Esa have small roles, as does Ace's wife and Eden's half-sister, Caitlin. Overall, Early Dawn was a sweet story that I thoroughly enjoyed, the best in the series so far in my opinion, and it really has me looking forward to reading David's book soon. ( )
  mom2lnb | Jun 7, 2013 |
Amazon preorder,Amazon received

Not as good as some of her work - I also like her contemporaries better than her historicals. But still worth reading. Her work seems to get more conciously preachy to me - getting close to smug. ( )
  romsfuulynn | Apr 28, 2013 |
The story begins with our hero tragically losing his wife when, after coming home from a picnic by a lake, he and his wife are brutally attacked by outlaws. Matthew Coulter almost dies however his mother nursed him back to health. He makes a vow to chase the outlaws down and avenge his wife.

Three years later, enter our Heroine. Eden Paxton is on a train heading towards Colorado from California when her train is held up by the same band of outlaws that attacked Matthew Coulter, and in the middle of the hold up she saves a child's life but the outlaws take her prisoner. She is with them for almost a week as they sexually abuse her (this will be hard for any woman who has ever been sexually abused I feel, it was a little graphic at times and can be slight uncomfortable, but don't worry ladies, Eden exacts her revenge!!) Matthew rescues Eden and they set out on a month long journey to escape the crazy gang of outlaws.

I thought the book was well written, it did drag on just a little bit while they were in the woods, but I liked the heroine and thought she had a backbone which is rare in romance novels. How many times can a lady swoon in some cases, however there was no swooning for Eden. I liked the hero too and the small comedy as he tried to figure out how to be more proper for Eden.

Even thought this is one novel in a series I didn't feel like I was lost for having not read the other two novels, I did read a few things at the end that made me want to read the other two of course (I think I'm in love with Eden's gunslinger brother). Early Dawn was a fantastic read and even though it is 417 pages I flew through the book in about three days.

If you are into books that have more drama then comedy and you love a good historical romance novel where their is no bodice rippers then definitely pick it up and give it a try. The characters were well developed and you get a good sense by the descriptions of exactly what everything looks like.
  caseym22 | Oct 27, 2010 |
This was a rare disappointment in a Catherine Anderson book. The plot
was familiar and tiresome by midway and I started scanning pages, which is unheard of when I read her books.It was difficult to imagine she was the author. ( )
  cyncie | Jan 6, 2010 |
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Years ago, when Keegan's Lady was published, the book was supposed to have been dedicated to my great-niece, Wendy who was my inspiration when I created the character Caitlin O'Shannessy. Sadly, my mother passed away, and at the last minute I changed my mind, dedicating Keegan's Lady to her instead. Wendy understood, and I assured her that Eden Paxton's love story would be dedicated to her. At the time, I had no idea that I would get locked into writing contemporary novels for so long! Now, finally, Eden Paxton is making her appearance in Early Dawn, and my wonderful great-niece is getting her promised dedication.

This book is dedicated to Wendy, who has brightened our lives with her gorgeous red hair, laughing blue eyes, indomitable spirit, and most wondrous of all, her baby boy, Lucas.
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Eden Paxton's fianc spreads so many rumors about her after breaking off the engagement that she's forced to leave San Francisco. She heads for Colorado to live with her half brothers but murderous outlaws kidnap her, intending to sell her across the Mexican border. Enter Matthew Coulter, whose wife was murdered by such a gang. When he sees Eden's predicament, he takes focused action to save her.

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