I put my copy of Independence aside to read this historical fiction novel by Miralee Ferrell. This is Ms. Ferrell's second book. Her first, The Other Daughter, is next on my reading list.
This is the story of Alexia Travers, whose father has died unexpectedly. When Alexia finds out that her father has taken a hefty loan, putting the ranch up for collateral, she is devastated. Will she be able to keep the ranch?
The townspeople think that it isn't right for a woman to run a ranch on her own and want her to marry one of the town's eligible bachelors. Alexia refuses to marry anyone and is determined to make it on her own, with the help her uncle.
The plot thickens. Alexia's father's gold is missing, her neighbor suddenly wants to marry her and the horses that she's raising for the army suddenly begin to disappear. Enter the hero, a man who applies for work on the ranch. Unknown to Alexia, her father has sent for Justin because he feels that his life is in danger. Ferrell spins a good tale that is tightly written around mystery, intrigue and the suspicious death of Alexia's father. Secondary characters delight the reader and bring the story to life. This is one book in the Love Finds You series that you won't want to miss.
Both the heroine and hero are strong characters and the plot is well structured. Ferrell has done a great job of spinning this tale that will endear both Alexia and Justin to her readers. A bit of mystery, a little romance and a lot of double dealing crooks keeps the pages turning on this wonderful book.
Note: Miralee Ferrell and her husband traveled to Last Chance, California to visit the area of this mining town. Miralee has incorporated many historical facts with fiction and came up with a novel that will endear you to the characters long after you've finished the book.
There are several books in the Love Finds You series, published by Summerside Press. Love Finds You in Last Chance California can be purchased at Amazon.com or Christianbook.com Be sure to pick up a copy. It's a book you won't want to miss.
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