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…
At once an epic account of an improbable romance and a retelling of an iconic American tale, The Last Woman Standing recalls the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral through the eyes of a spunky heroine who sought her happy ending in a lawless outpost—with a fierce will and an unflagging spirit.
Thelma Adams is an established figure in the entertainment industry. For two decades, she has penned celebrity features and criticism for high-profile publications. Her portfolio of actor interviews includes Julianne Moore, George Clooney, Jessica Chastain, and Matthew McConaughey, among many others. While covering film for the New York Post, Us Weekly, and Yahoo Movies, Thelma became a regular at film festivals from Berlin to Dubai, Toronto to Tribeca. She sits on the Hamptons International Film Festival Advisory Board and twice chaired the prestigious New York Film Critics Circle. Her debut novel, Playdate, published by Thomas Dunne Books, won high critical acclaim. Adams is often recognized, as she has been invited to share her expertise on many broadcast outlets, including appearances on NBC’s Today, CBS’s Early Show, and CNN. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a history degree from UC Berkeley and earned an MFA from Columbia University. She lives in Hyde Park, New York, with her family.
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My take on this book:
Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres to read so reading The Last Woman Standing was an easy choice for me. A fictionalized tale of the woman behind Wyatt Earp so to speak. I must admit a few of the beginning chapters sort of drug along for me, but to be fair the author was just giving the readers the backstory of Josephine Sarah Marcus also known as Sadie and for a while even called Josie. The man she went to Tombstone to marry wasn't the man she ultimately wound up with. It's the story of how she wound up with the legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.
The Last Woman Standing is told with sass and flair, but there were a few poignant moments as well. The letter that Josephine kept from her father was one such instance that stood out for me. The author captures the time and place of the story effortlessly pulling me into the days of the wild west.It was easy to see the town of Tombstone through the eyes of Josephine, I could just imagine the scenes unfolding and how Josephine first met the imposing Wyatt Earp. One could almost imagine history happening just the way the author described. How accurate the story is I honestly couldn't say but for me I really enjoyed the historical setting and being able to recognize several famous names from history was great as well. A book I read in one sitting, it has spurred me to add Josephine Sarah Marcus to the list of people I plan on learning more about. Thanks Thelma Adams for a great read!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
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