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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Jasmin Marie

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read by this author, and I was absolutely blown away by the breathtaking scenery and the raw emotions and relatability of the characters. Not to mention, the cover is absolutely gorgeous and as a Latina woman, I LOVE to read about a Latina character.

This story is told from two points of view— Emma, the heir to the ranch in Texas, and Josie, Emma’s mom. We also learn a bit about their family history and the expectations of mothers to daughters over the years as the ranch is passed down each generation. Emma soon learns of a cave that leads to another world. As Emma is trapped in this world, Josie, still at the ranch, has no idea where her daughter disappeared to and as with any mother who’s child mysteriously disappears, worry begins to consumer her.

I was captivated by this story — wanting to know more about Emma’s experiences while also feeling for Josie. As I read, I felt such a connection to each character, which were so perfectly written. Highly recommend!

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Julie Johnson

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book took my pleasantly by surprised. This is a new-to-me author and I fell in love with her writing from page 1. This is a dual told story from the perspective of Josie (the mother) and Emma (the daughter). I didn’t want this story to end!

This is a story of the love between a mother and daughter and how that love is deeper than most. The Thorn Ranch has been run and managed by a very successful line of strong Rosales women. Emma is the heir to the ranch and is a bit of a wild heart. She’s out on an adventure when her horse becomes injured and she’s a three-day ride from home. That adventure escalates when she discovers a whole new group of people on her land. Will Emma ever make it back home to her distraught mother?

I can’t say much more without giving away too much of this book. If you’re looking for a great adventure read, give this one a chance!

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Jennifer Gordon

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An enjoyable and entertaining family saga which had me hooked from start to finish. The storyline kept me gripped throughout, and the wonderfully descriptive narrative brought the large Texas ranch setting vividly to life. Emma Rosales is the heiress to the largest ranch in Texas, ‘The Thorn’, becoming the fifth generation to have the responsibility of managing the million acres that make up the ranch. Having been brought up on the ranch Emma is confident about her new responsibilities, however there are parts of ‘The Thorn’ which she doesn’t know quite as well as she thought. The acres are made up of desert scrub and craggy mountains, with the clear cloudless skies and quiet atmosphere being disrupted by whispers on the wind.

Emma soon learns that the modern ranch has an ancient secret, when she stumbles upon people living in one of the caves on her property. Emma must either fight to return to her family or accept her fate and be hidden away from them forever. The story is told from the point of view of multiple characters which works well, and made me feel more engaged with them. Emma was a great main character and I liked how her relationship with Kai developed. This was a real page turner of a novel, with a unique and intriguing storyline, wonderfully defined characters and a amazing setting. I definitely recommend this novel.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Kerry Baker

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book had a mysterious feel to it from the moment I read the description and I couldn’t wait to see how it was going to unfold. The whole book is a well written and unique story. The passion and the enthusiasm from the author comes through on each page and I think that is what drew me in the most.
I loved the characters in the story. Each had a distinct feeling and added something to the book. I loved that you could watch them develop as the story went on and I really became invested in a few of them. This is a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Christine Baranek

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch
Julia Brewer Daily

This book was very good. The author is incredibly talented at painting a picture with descriptions. It was very easy to close my eyes and imagine exactly what she was describing.
I will say that at times this talent made the book seem a little wordy. However, that wordiness did not take away from the absolute delight that is the story. This story is more than meets the eye. It is told in the modern era but there are points in time where the story makes you feel as if you have been transported back in time. I have to say my favorite part of the book is Emma. Emma is a strong female protagonist who you will be rooting for throughout the entire story. More importantly, Emma is the type of character who stays with you long after the story is over. Truly her story is one you will want to read again, as I am sure there are pieces I didn’t pay close enough attention to that I would cherish during a second reading.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Kerry Carr

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a story that is packed with adventure and twists and turns that keeps the reader gripped and reading more. I read this book in 1 sitting as I refused to put it down.
This is a beautiful story which many elements including danger, Romance, and a choice which could change the entire direction of Emma’s life.
The story is told from two points of view that of Emma and her mother Josie.

Emma and her family live on Thorn Ranch. It is a huge place and is passed down from mother to daughter. The next in line to own the ranch is Emma. However, Emma doesn’t feel ready to take over the ranch all she wants is to be a vet, but she knows she can’t stop what is destined to happen.

When she decides to go and look at the area of the ranch not so well travelled she stumbles across a group of people living on the ranch in secret. How does no one in her family know that these people are here. Now she is stuck between what to do. Does she help these people she has just found or does she remain loyal to her family and her destiny?

Emma is a strong willed and determined young women. This story flows so nicely and leaves the reader guessing which way she will choose. The switch between Emma of today and Emma with the tribe is interesting to see and you are always thinking how will her actions and decisions made when she’s with the tribe effect her life and the ranch.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Jules Herbert

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a wonderfully written very descriptive story by an obviously talented author. It will keep you captivated from start to finish and is filled with such vivid imagery you truly will feel as if you are there seeing and experiencing everything right along with the characters. Speaking of characters, Emma is such a strong young woman and although she is a fictitious character she may well inspire you with her strength. This is the first book I have read by this fantastic author and I know it definitely will not be the last.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Micalah Weatherholtz

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the second book I have picked up by this author and this makes the second book by this author that I have enjoyed. You have Emma, heir to The Thorn Ranch, young Emma, and Josie, Emma’s moms point of view throughout the book. The Thorn is a ranch that has been in Emma’s family for decades, and while it’s not your typical line of succession, this ranch is passed down to the only child in each generation, always a daughter. As a strong willed, smart, well rounded, independent woman Emma’s makes a great main character. The Thorn is so big that no one has ever been able to properly explore the land because there is an entire community existing below ground, and in caves on the property. Emma accidentally stumbles upon these people who call themselves The People, and desperately trying to protect their secret refuse to allow Emma to return home. After Emma accepts that she will be their awhile and starts to work closely with them I began to appreciate and even enjoy Chatpa, and Kai, and hoped that when competition for Emma’s hand began he would enter the competition, compete, and he ultimately won. In the process of wowing her Emma begins to fall for Kai and is torn by if she really wants to return or stay with The People until other males bring back a group of woman for wives and introduce a grave sickness into the community and everything begins to turn bad. I was a little confused when Emma began referring to the ‘sickness’ as Covid immediately although she had been kidnapped almost a year at this point and couldn’t have known what it was unless the woman that were brought into the fold said so but I don’t remember that happening. I appreciated having both Emma and Josie’s point of view because that keeps you up to date on what’s happening in the real world vs in the caves. Although I was sad at first with how I assumed the book was going to end the author surprised me and set the ending up beautifully to maybe continue with another book for a series but ultimately thrilled Emma seemed to be remembering Kai and she was starting to see a future between the two of them with him helping her with the ranch. Who knows maybe some of the traditions are due to change in the future.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily – Review by Emily H

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emma is the next in line for the Thorn Ranch. After graduating college she is at a pivotal point in her life and questioning what steps she will take next. Taking her horse out she rides into an area she is not as familiar with and ends up rescued by someone from a group calling themselves The People. Held captive in a cave with none of the common comforts she is used to. Emma asks if she can return home, the reluctance from The People to let her go is compounded with being discovered. Will Emma be able to return home or will she be lost forever?

There is much more to the story, Emma’s mother Josie is a huge part of the story as well as Kai who is a member of The People. The story reminded me a bit of some of the western family sagas I have read in the past. Captivating story, I was surprised by the way the story unfolded and was kept guessing as to where Emma’s life would lead.

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The Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Reviewed by Tabitha Montero

The Fifth Daughter of Thorn RanchThe Fifth Daughter of Thorn Ranch by Julia Brewer Daily
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Emma is a heiress to The Thorn, a ranch that has been in her family for generations and is the largest ranch in Texas. She knows the land like the back of her hand. Yet, going out for a ride one night, she finds a tribe living among her property and the hold thinking the spirits sent her to them. She tries to return home and her family searches for her and exhausts all resources to find her.
Emma learns a new way of life all while trying to plan an escape.
This was a great book. It was read by the point of view of both Emma and her mother Josie and he endless search of her daughter. You got to learn about the land in Texas and the old ways of The People, who have been able to live off the land undetected for years.

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