24 March 2016

The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow

Andi's newest adventure may be more than she can handle-even with her family's help.

Andrea Carter is turning sweet 16 and life could not be better. She's about to finish school, her sister Melinda is getting married, and her older brother Justin has a new baby to spoil. There will be plenty of time to work with the colt of her treasured palomino horse, Taffy, and best of all, Andi will finally get to work full-time for the ranch she loves.

There's just one problem: a city-slicker cousin named Daniel. Left there by his father, with a cryptic warning that New York City life has done damage to the young man's character, Daniel wants nothing to do with the ranch. He ignores Andi's lessons, walks away from responsibility, wrecks valuable equipment, and even runs away to San Francisco.

The Carter family is in a frenzy trying to keep Daniel under control. When Andi discovers a horrifying secret about him, he forces her to stay silent. But all that changes when Daniel's actions put lives in danger. Andi's anger over her loss threatens to destroy not only Andi but her entire Circle C world. Can anyone break through the wall around Andi's bitter heart and help her find healing?

Loyal long-time readers of Susan Marlow's historical fiction will line up for an older Andi's newest adventure, and her discovery of how powerful love can be.

Andrea Carter has grown up page after page of Susan K. Marlow’s books, and in her latest one, The Last Ride, Andi turns sixteen and enjoys her responsibilities at the ranch, but soon faces a most challenging disruption. I have not read any of Marlow’s previous book, and while I’m sure they would have helped me to understand aspects of The Last Ride better, I still enjoyed my reading experience. As Andi deals with her difficult cousin, as well as her anger and bitterness, she offers readers spiritual encouragement amidst adventure, drama, and a touch of romance. It’s an entertaining and emotional read that I’m sure will not leave fans of Marlow’s series disappointed.

Thanks to Kregel Publications, I received a copy of The Last Ride and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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