Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Review - Love Finds You in Last Chance, California

Alexia Travers’ world takes a decided downward spiral when her beloved father dies unexpectedly. In the aftermath of his death, the devastated young woman is dealt a number of shocking revelations: The horse ranch she and her father ran together is heavily mortgaged; gold has been found on their property, but only her father knew where; he was keeping something from her just prior to his death; and hidden among her friends, acquaintances and hired hands is someone who does not have her best interests at heart.

It’s 1877, and the world isn’t ready for take-charge women, but that doesn’t deter Alex. Dressed in the men’s pants which have long made her an object of derision among Last Chance’s female population, she takes her father’s place riding the range – fiercely independent, stubbornly proud, and set on paying off the unwelcome debt by making the ranch a success on her own. Her father taught her everything she needed to know to manage the spread, and she’ll move heaven and earth, if necessary, to make it work.

Enter Justin Phillips, a widower with a three-year-old son in tow. He’s a talented wrangler looking for a job - and he’s willing to work for a woman. Having already lost a few ranch hands for no better reason than her gender, Alex needs someone like Justin. But can she trust him? He’s mannerly, not afraid to work, and knows how to handle a horse – but the man obviously has more than one secret. He also has a pair of brown eyes that play havoc with her emotions, and an adorable little boy who captures her heart right from the get-go. Dare Alex allow this handsome stranger into her world?

Dare she not?

More importantly, in her struggle to maintain independence…in the effort to show herself strong and capable in her father’s stead…will Alex ever learn to lean on the only One who can solve all her problems and insure a happy outcome?

Love Finds You in Last Chance, California has something for everyone. It’s a story of faith forgotten, renewed, and under fire; a poignant portrait of sweet romance blooming against all odds; a captivating story of hope, inspiration, and unquenchable love. It’s an overall good book with moments of heart-pounding suspense, enough mystery to keep the pages turning, and a carefully doled dosage of tender romance.

I thoroughly enjoyed this peek into the historical town of Last Chance. Miralee Ferrell “brings it on” in this one – a well-written, entertaining and inspiring tale.

MIRALEE FERRELL is a Christian author who lives in rural Washington with Allen, her husband of 35 years. Together they have two grown children. She serves on staff at her local church and is actively involved in ministry to women. Read more at www.miraleeferrell.com.

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