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Monday, March 22, 2010

Review - Last Chance by Sarita Leone

Title: Last Chance

Author: Sarita Leone

Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Patchcat

Young widow Laura Perkins learned the hard way that life in the rugged frontier isn’t all sunshine and roses. She never planned to find herself alone in a land where gunshots and hangings are commonplace. But planned or not, that’s exactly what happens to her and, short of turning tail and fleeing, she’ll have to learn to live with her circumstances—one way or another.

When a handsome stranger saunters into Granite Creek, life takes a drastic turn. Laura and Chance are as different as night from day, but she still finds herself intrigued by the man.

And Chance? He’s as drawn to Laura as a moth to a flame. Too bad that moth has a trail of mystery—and murder—hot on his trail.

I’m not usually a fan of historical romances, especially those that deal with life on the wild frontier. This book was enough to almost make me change my mind. I greatly enjoyed the setting and the relationships of all involved. The plot to this story, the secret on Chance DeWitt’s ranch, was very real and believable given the time period and the story’s location, as was its resolution.

The obvious love and attachment between Laura Perkins and her sister Callie Jo was very sweet and rang very true. It added a nice depth to the story and helped to fill out their characters, as did the interactions between Laura and the Indian princess Dancing Otter. (I would have loved to have seen more of Dancing Otter, in fact.) I also loved the interactions between Slim and Chance, and Chance and Lefty…especially after Chance makes a rather large ass of himself in regards to Laura.

These were very strong female characters, something there should definitely be more of in any kind of fiction. Laura, while widowed and left to fend for herself in a small frontier town, doesn’t let that stop her from making a life for herself and watching out for her sister, another strong-willed, likable woman who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it. These women had fire and sass and the story was made all the better for it.

Overall this was a wonderfully written tale of life and love found on the Nebraska frontier. There may have been some historical inaccuracies and Callie Jo may have been just the tiniest bit too forward thinking for the period, but those are minor things when taken together with the rest of this wonderfully told tale. If you enjoy stories of the wild frontier, I highly recommend that you check this one out.

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