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Friday, December 11, 2009

Last Chance by Sarita Leone

Last Chance by Sarita Leone
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Full (216 pages)
Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Lavender

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.

Last Chance by Sarita Leone is a very good book that I’d recommend. The characters were likeable and the plot interesting. I read a lot of historical fiction, and this one didn’t disappoint me.

The heroine, Laura Perkins, is from Boston and came out west with her husband. She now finds herself in a wild land and widowed. But she is determined to make things work in this new place. She’s up for the challenge, and this adds to her charm. Her younger sister, Callie Jo, joins her, giving Laura more responsibility and challenge as she recovers from her grief.

Along comes the hero, Chance, a man also from the east coming to the small town of Granite Creek to make things work on the ranch that was once his grandfather’s. Chance has something to prove, to his father. Can he make things work out here in Nebraska?

The small town has an interesting mix of characters that one would expect to see in a typical Western setting. Historical details are rich and woven into the story well.

Someone is murdered, and one of Chance’s ranch hands is suspected, thickening the plot.

This is a story filled with romance and suspense, not the nail-biting kind, but it will keep you interested all the same. The story overall is not riveting, but it’s heart-warming and very enjoyable. It will keep you guessing, and you’re likely to be charmed by the secondary characters and their story as well.

I’d suggest this book to those who like historical romantic stories that will leave you with a smile on your face. Sarita Leone wrote a good one here.