Note from Christa: Generally, I’m not attracted to novels whose covers picture horses or people riding horses unless those people and/or horses appear absolutely panicked in an utterly laughable way. Nor am I prone to reading novels featuring ranchers or wranglers. But, when Miralee Ferrell announced the release of Love Finds You in Last Chance, California, I agreed to review it despite the horses and the ranchers. Why? Because I’d featured Miralee’s novel, The Other Daughter, and she hooked me on that one; certainly she deserved a chance! I actually read her Author’s Note first [okay, a confession…I often read the end first], and was immediately intrigued by the fact that California really has a town called Last Chance. Well, as Miralee says, “. . .a ghost town with only one small shack and a cemetery. . .”  The Prologue sealed the deal, and I settled in to follow Alex on her journey. I hope you will, too.


Two people trying to make it on their own must work together to save what they both love… It’s 1877 and just before Alexia Travers’ father died, he mortgaged his land in exchange for gold to buy more horses. But when no gold is found, Alexia is left with a heavily encumbered ranch and no man to lean on. Not that she wants one: despite several offers, the feisty brunette has no interest in marriage. Instead, she donsLove Finds You Cover men’s clothing and rides the range, determined to make the ranch a success on her own.

Justin Phillips arrives in the town of Last Chance, California, with a young son he cannot care for by himself. When he applies for a job on Travers Ranch, Alexia reluctantly accepts his help. Though the young woman can ride, shoot, rope, and break young colts, she is irritated to learn that Justin can do everything just a shade better!

When disaster threatens the Travers’ Ranch, Alexia and Justin must work together to save someone they both love. Can these two independent people learn to depend on God…and each other?

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Meet Miralee:

Miralee Ferrell heads the local chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers serving the Portland, Or-Vancouver, Washington area. Miralee is a published author in both woMiralee Ferrellmen’s contemporary fiction and historical romance. She’s married and has two children, loves to garden, read, ride horses and sail with her husband of 35 years. Read more about her at:

This fall, Summerside PressTM will launch the LOVE FINDS YOUTM fiction line, which features inspirational romance novels set in actual cities and towns across the United States. Beginning in 2009, we will release 12 titles per year.

The LOVE FINDS YOUTM 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.


One thought on “LOVE FINDS YOU. . .even in LAST CHANCE

  1. Christa, thanks for doing this review (I don’t know HOW I missed it when it came out!) even tho you don’t typically read books set in the old west. I’d love to know what you ended up thinking after you actually read more than the author notes and prologue, though. So share, girl, share!! Miralee

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