I received this book for free from TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams
Published: July 1st 2016 by Lake Union Publishing
Genres: Western, Historical Fiction
Source: TLC Book Tours
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The Last Woman Standing is a western historical fiction novel about the gunfight at the OK Corral. Josephine Marcus is a rebellious young woman who doesn’t want to settle down with a nice Jewish boy. She’s lured to Tombstone, Arizona by the promise of Johnny Behan, a local sheriff. Josie arrives in Arizona naive and full of hopes, but quickly has to learn the ways of the world. Johnny keeps promising her the world, but stops short of actually marrying her. And Josie begins to develop feelings for Wyatt Earp, one of Johnny’s friends/rivals who symbolizes everything that Johnny is not. But Tombstone itself is brimming with tension and resentment that’s about to boil over into violence, and Josie finds herself caught in the middle between her old and new loves.
As the book progresses, Josie really comes into her own. At first, her primary goal is getting out of San Francisco and establishing a life for herself. Once she gets to Tombstone, she encounters a world that’s totally different from her sheltered upbringing. At first she trusts in Johnny, but then as she begins to see through him she manages to build her own life and friendships without him and finds a place in Tombstone by her own right. Finding Wyatt was the icing on the cake.
The Last Woman Standing really made me appreciate modern life, and the variety of choices that modern women have and often take for granted. After being with Johnny, Josie found herself in a predicament where she was no longer considered marriage material by proper society, and had limited options for supporting herself. Josie began to realize that her only real social capital was her beauty and its leverage with men, and it was a hard realization for her to make.
Overall, I enjoyed The Last Woman Standing, and would definitely recommend it. It’s filled with romance and adventure amidst a backdrop of possibility.
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