Thelma Adams’ "The Last Woman Standing” is an exciting glimpse into the life of a young woman embroiled in the violence and rivalries of Wild West Tombstone. Told through the eyes of Josephine (Sadie) Marcus, the woman who would become the infamous Wyatt Earp’s wife.
Adams brings Josephine to life through historical details and fictional musings. Josephine is vulnerable and naïve but also remarkably strong and stubborn. While, most people think of Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, or Johnny Ringo when they think of Tombstone, Adams brings a uniquely female perspective to the town’s legends.
The coming of age theme will appeal to readers as Tombstone provides a unique setting for Josephine to learn the harsh realities of life.
The men of legend; Johnny Behan, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, Johnny Ringo, the rest of the cowboys, and the brother Earps all make an appearance. Adams manages to give every character a distinct personality creating a colorful story.
The twists and turns that befall Josephine will keep readers turning pages. The gunfights, such as the shootout at the OK Corral bring a historical flavor to the book, and Josephine’s romance with Wyatt is sweet and charming.
Usually all about the cowboys and gunfighters, Adams brings the Wild West to life through the eyes of an unexpected heroine trying to discover her true self among the untamed west. “The Last Woman Standing” is a fast-paced coming of age story well worth reading.
About the Story:
Josephine Marcus leaves her San Francisco home to travel to Tombstone, Arizona in 1880 to meet her fiancé Johnny Behan. At only nineteen she is naïve to the dangers of this Western town, and of her fiancé’s true nature. When things start to go south for her and Johnny, Josephine finds the true love she has been looking for in the arms of Wyatt Earp. However, Behan’s jealously and Earp’s sense of honor clash and when a gunfight erupts, Josephine’s life is turned upside down, and all she can do is wait and hope that Wyatt returns safely back to her.
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.