Love Finds You In Last Chance, California
Written by Miralee Ferrell,
Published by Summerside Press, 2009
The LOVE FINDS YOU™ series gives readers a taste of local life across the United States. The novels—uniquely titled after actual American towns with quirky but intriguing names—inspire romance and fun. Each fictional story draws on the compelling history or the unique character of a real place. Stories center on romances kindled in small towns, old loves lost and found again on the high plains, and new loves discovered at exciting vacation getaways.
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 the staff at her local church and is actively involved in ministry to women.
I met Miralee at the 2007 ACFW Conference and she is quite an enthusiastic woman. She is passionate about her writing and her Lord. The Author’s Note tells how Miralee researched the now-ghost-town of Last Chance by actually flying down to Sacramento from her home in Washington and driving two hours away from civilization. In fact, you can check out her photos of the area by clicking here. And, her love and knowledge of horses are very evident in her writing. You can almost smell the leather as you read. 🙂
(back cover copy)
It’s 1877 and Alexia Travers is alone in the world. Her father has died unexpectedly, leaving her burdened with a heavily mortgaged horse ranch. Marrying one of the town’s all-too-willing bachelors would offer an easy solution, but Alex has no interest in marriage. Instead, she dons men’s trousers and rides the range, determined to make the ranch a success on her own. But despite Alex’s best efforts, everything seems to go wrong; ranch hands quit, horses are stolen, and her father’s gold goes missing. Alex is at her wit’s end when wrangler Justin Phillips arrives in Last Chance with his young son, looking for a job. But there seems to be more to Justin’s story than he’s willing to share. Will Alex ever be able to trust him? More importantly, will the independent woman finally learn to depend on God?
Miralee has posted a book trailer on YouTube.
It’s probably pretty obvious by now that I loved the book. Miralee is a fantastic writer with a knack for putting you right there in the action. Her setting and action descriptions are spot-on. I’ve ridden horses (in fact, part of my pain comes from being thrown by one) and as I read her book, I could feel the horse moving beneath me, smell the leather, breathe the dust kicked up by flying hooves. When Alexia was chasing the bad guy, I could hear the th-th-thum, th-th-thm of hooves over the baked desert.
Miralee is also a great story-teller. This story is part romance-part mystery-part suspense and all good. It keeps you guessing up until the end as she adds complication after complication to poor Alexia’s life.
If you love historicals, this book is for you. If you love romance, this book has your name on it. But if historical romances are your “thing,” run to your nearest bookstore or website to get Love Finds You in Last Chance, California.