The Last Ride by Susan K. Marlow

Book description:

Andrea Carter is turning sweet sixteen and life could not be better. School’s almost over for good, and there will be plenty of time to train the colt of her treasured horse, Taffy. Best of all, big brother Chad is giving Andi more responsibilities on the ranch she loves.

Her first job is to teach city-slicker cousin Daniel how things work on the Circle C. There’s just one big problem: Daniel wants nothing to do with ranch life. Charming one minute and outrageously rude the next, he ignores common sense, defies authority, and proves a danger to everyone, including himself.

When Andi stumbles onto a horrifying secret about Daniel, he warns her to stay silent or face the deadly consequences. But all bets are off when Daniel’s actions set off a chain of events that leave Andi brokenhearted and bitter. Can anyone break through the wall around Andi’s heart and help her find healing?

My review:

From the title of the book, I anticipated that this was going to be the last installment in the stories of Andrea Carter. Thankfully, that is not the case! There is another book coming out in 2017.

This series gets better and better for me. It has been great watching Andi grow and mature. It was especially exciting to see her finally working on the ranch. However, trouble always seems to find Andi, this time in the person of her cousin.

Marlow has a gift for writing characters that are easy to love and putting them in situations that are difficult. In this one, Andi has to deal with excruciating loss and pain. Marlow draws readers in so much that it seems like we are right there with her. Some parts of the book were very hard to read.

The best thing about this series is that you can start with any book without having read the previous ones. Of course, I would recommend reading them in order so that you can see Andi grow up, but this book is definitely a stand-alone novel. If you are looking for a wholesome novel for tweens and up, this is a great book and a great series!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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