The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams

Title:  The Last Woman Standing
Author: Thelma Adams
Publisher:  Lake Union Publishing
Release Date:  July 19, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance

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.

I read The Last Woman Standing by Thelma Adams and came away with the realization that we need to separate what historical fiction is versus a historical romance. This is not historical fiction. It just so happens to be a story set in a time that is part of history, but the main focus is the romance.  Josephine, "Sadie" is unlikable and downright crude. The first person narrative usually allows readers to relate and feel for the character.  Unfortunately, in this case, I can't. I find Sadie in many ways stubborn and ill-mannered with her head filled with vain notions of romance, and pursuing it all in the wrong way.   True, the setting and implied reasons for the actual famous OK Corral shooting seems intriguing enough, if you're into Westerns.  However, the plot throughout did not move, giving readers an unceremonious conclusion.

The Last Woman Standing is in the perspective of Sadie, yet, her biased and often times vulgar thoughts, actions and words doesn't bode well with me. With a stagnant plot and lack of character development, I'm disappointed that I walked away underwhelmed.

For my clean readers, there are profanity and intimacy in this novel.

NOTE:  I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, through TLC Book Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



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 PostUs 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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  1. i felt the same way ... and i also found the parts that actually did focus on the OK Corral a bit underwhelming lol.

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I won't be reading this one.

  3. Thanks for disclosing the mature language and scenes. That's something I try to avoid, since my daughter often reads my books.

  4. Hmmm. For some reason I'm rarely drawn to "Wild West" kind of stories, so I probably would have skipped this one anyway. Sorry you were disappointed!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  5. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book for the tour.


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