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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TLC Book Tours Review and Giveaway: The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams

Title: The Last Woman Standing
Author: Thelma Adams
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Lake Union
Publish Date: July 1, 2016
Source: TLC Book Tours

What's the Story?:

From "Two decades after the Civil War, Josephine Marcus, the teenage daughter of Jewish immigrants, is lured west with the promise of marriage to Johnny Behan, one of Arizona’s famous lawmen. She leaves her San Francisco home to join Behan in Tombstone, Arizona, a magnet for miners (and outlaws) attracted by the silver boom. Though united by the glint of metal, Tombstone is plagued by divided loyalties: between Confederates and Unionists, Lincoln Republicans and Democrats.

But when the silver-tongued Behan proves unreliable, it is legendary frontiersman Wyatt Earp who emerges as Josephine’s match. As the couple’s romance sparks, Behan’s jealousy ignites a rivalry destined for the history books…"

My Two Cents:

"The Last Woman Standing" is the story of Josie, a young Jewish woman who cannot see herself continuing to work in her parents' business and letting them decide what path she will take. She wants to make her own decisions. She's a bit adventurous and decides the place for her is out west. It's the 1880s and the western part of the United States is very much still the Wild West. Josie knows that this is the place for her and she leaves to make a life and find a husband. Little does she know who will be vying for her affection.

Josie is a great character. I admired her pluck and her seeming inability to be worried about the unknown. The book is told from her point of view, which I really liked. It allowed me to step in her shoes and to see what she saw as she went to a new world, much unlike the one that she grew up in. I don't believe I have read any historical fiction about Wyatt Earp and I really liked getting to see him through Josie's eyes in this book. It's no wonder her heart was drawn to him!

I loved the setting! The Wild West is so exciting but rarely do I read historical fiction books about it. It makes for a great time period. I loved the way that the author is able to evoke the sights and sounds of the time through Josie's descriptions! This book made me want to read more about the setting in this particular time period. I don't think I would have the heart to make it in the Wild West but I definitely do like reading about it!


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  1. Thanks for this captivating and wonderful novel. The Last Woman Standing interests me greatly since Josie is a courageous woman who was devoted to Wyatt Earp. Being Jewish this historical is fascinating and unique. I love the subject and era.

  2. I love the character and the setting too. This is a unique book to me and I look forward to reading it.

  3. Loved your review. I have not read much historical fiction set in the wild west but have added this one to my TBR list. Sounds like a rollicking read!

  4. I love the cover on this one! The book sounds like fun, too!

  5. Josie is possibly my favorite character in all the Wyatt Earp stories. I look forward to reading more about her!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  6. I had no idea that Wyatt Earp and his lady love were a Gentile/Jewish pair, let alone that she was the central object of a wild western(!) love triangle. That's pretty fierce; I am so eager to read the tale spun about this femme fatale (and much more of course)! Gratefully, Kara S

  7. I love historical fiction and particularly when it involves strong female characters. Thank you for the opportunity to participate.


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