Book Review: The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch

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Calling all Outlander and Yellowstone fans! There’s something here for everyone 😉 

If you love the juxtuposition between past and present, you’re probably going to love Julia Brewer Daily’s The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch

Keep reading for my full review and the chance for a $100 giveaway below!

THE FIFTH DAUGHTER OF THORN RANCH

by JULIA BREWER DAILY

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Women’s Fiction / Contemporary Western / Family Saga

Publisher: Admission Press

Pages: 322 pages

Publication Date: November 1, 2022

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Synopsis

Emma Rosales is the heiress of the largest ranch in Texas—The Thorn. All the responsibilities of managing a million acres now fall into her fifth-generation hands. A task Emma could handle with her eyes closed…if The Thorn were any ordinary property.

The Thorn is home to many things. Clear, cloudless skies. Miles of desert scrub and craggy mountains. A quiet disrupted only by whispers of the wind. And an ancient web of secrets won’t let Emma out alive without a fight.

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch is a family saga as large as the state of Texas.


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PRAISE FOR THE BOOK

“A delight to read.” —Theresa Kadair, Seattle Book Review

“Julia Daily builds a captivating world by letting her imagination lead the way. The result? A unique story that’s a little Wild West, a little old Mexico, a little ancient history, and a lot rebellious.” —Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Perennials

“A novel that combines mystery, suspense, adventure, and a romance that neither hardships nor time can erase between the main characters.” —Debra Holt, award-winning, multi-published Texas author of series such as The Tremaynes of Texas and The Lawmen Series.

“A dignified, passionate, and layered tale in a rugged yet picturesque landscape… This book testifies to the rewards of fighting for enduring connections between family members and home.”—RECOMMENDED, The US Review of Books


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Review

4 of 5 Stars

Thorn Ranch has always been run by the women of the Rosales family, handed down and preserved while flourishing into this modern age. Emma is about to learn exactly how well preserved after she loses her horse and finds herself a captive into a hidden world trapped in the past.

Emma may be the sole heir to The Thorn, the largest ranch in Texas, but she’s not sure if she is ready for the mammoth responsibility. Her parents are often away, working on the ranch or taking trips around the world, leaving Emma to decide between her family legacy, or following her dream to become a veterinarian. Fate intervenes when she takes shelter in a cave on the ranch and is taken captive by people living out of time. Though she finds a true ally and the promise of more with Kai, her captor’s grandson, Emma is torn between aiding the people, and the family she left behind.

I love time-travel stories, and I’m keen on westerns being a died-in-the-wool Texan, so I was primed to love Julia Brewer Daily’s Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch. Our tale is told through multiple perspectives, most notably Emma as she discovers a world that should not have survived, and her mother Josie as she searches for her missing daughter. Only a few aspects kept me from giving this adventure five stars. While Daily has expertly crafted and wove elements of modern ranch life with the fantasy of a hidden people still living in the past, I struggled to connect with the characters, perhaps because the writing style felt distant to me. However, I enjoyed the quick pace, the sweeping epic scope of the ranch, and whether Emma would make it home or become one of the people.

An excellently crafted modern western for fans of Outlander and Yellowstone, The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch is an intriguing adventure about family, legacy, and how far we are willing go for the ones we love.

**I was provided with a copy of The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by the publisher and this is my voluntary and honest review.**


 

MEET JULIA BREWER DAILY

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Julia Brewer Daily is a Texan with a southern accent. She holds a B.S. in English and a M.S. degree in Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

She has been a Communications Adjunct Professor at Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi, and Public Relations Director of the Mississippi Department of Education and Millsaps College, a liberal arts college in Jackson, MS.

She was the founding director of the Greater Belhaven Market, a producers’ only market in a historic neighborhood in Jackson, and even shadowed Martha Stewart.

As the Executive Director of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi (300 artisans from 19 states) which operates the Mississippi Craft Center, she wrote their stories to introduce them to the public.

She is a member of the Writers’ League of Texas, the Women Fiction Writers’ Association, Women Writing the West, and the Pulpwood Queens Book Club.

A lifelong southerner, she now resides on a ranch in Fredericksburg, Texas, with her husband Emmerson and Labrador retrievers, Memphis Belle and Texas Star.

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  1. I think the premise of this book sounds amazing — didn’t know there was an ancient tribe hidden away, and that makes it really alluring. Everyone seems to love Outlander (I’ve never seen it — eek), so that makes me more curious, too. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Love the concept of this, and there was a lot of adventure and mystery throughout that I enjoyed 🙂 Outlander is fantastic and deserves the praise, but is it not for the faint of heart. It’s pretty gritty and difficult to read/watch in some parts, but still one of the most immersive and best hisfic stories I’ve read 🙂

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