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The familiar "will she or won't she" theme is given a serious twist in Eagle's latest (after What The Heart Knows), combining a solid western/romance plot with more complex, contemporary issues. Salt of the earth Clay Keogh, rancher and farmer, has heard the smalltown whispers: gorgeous Savannah Stephens is back in Sunbonnet, Wyo. The famous model is surrounded by mystery, especially because her small daughter looks exactly like Savannah's first love, the romantic and dangerous Indian activist Kole Catches Crow. Clay, Savannah's childhood friend and Kole's half-brother, has always been in the shadow of his romantic and dangerous sibling, and he's also always carried a torch for Savannah. Desperate to break through her serious depression, he offers her a marriage of security. Though Savannah accepts those terms, she slowly realizes that she wants to forge a real marriage with Clay. That is, if she can deal with his ex-wife, Roxie, and her kids and Clay's tough mother, Patty. Savannah has happiness within her reach, but she harbors a painful secret that she's afraid to admit to her adoring husband, and he, in turn, remains afraid that she'll decide to take up her old life. Eagle draws her main characters with substance and her supporting characters with verve. Savannah's daughter, Claudia, is a charmer who plays a surprising role in the narrative, and while Kole is something of a red herring, he's an effective story facilitator. (Aug.)
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When beautiful model Savannah Stephens comes back to Sunbonnet, WY, to care for the woman who raised her, she brings a six-year-old daughter, a brave if wounded spirit, and the need to heal. But Savannah's return also brings a mystery: who is the father of her daughter, and why has Savannah come home? The answers are slow in coming, but longtime friend Clay Keogh is determined to helpDand he is there with his love when Savannah needs him the most. In this hard-hitting, down-to-earth romance, Eagle turns her considerable skills to the very real issues of breast cancer, reconstructive surgery, and the emotional aftermath. Readers are given not just a poignant, satisfying romance but a realistic yet hopeful look at a situation that many women will face. Eagle (What the Heart Knows) is a highly regarded writer of emotionally involving romances who lives in the Minneapolis area.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 1st edition (August 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380978156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380978151
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,194,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kathleen Eagle published her first book, a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award winner, with Silhouette Books in 1984. Since then she has published more than 40 books, including historical and contemporary, series and single title, earning her nearly every award in the industry. Her books have consistently appeared on regional and national bestseller lists, including the USA Today list and the New York Times extended bestseller list.

Born in Virginia and raised "on the road" as an Air Force brat, Ms Eagle earned degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Northern State University. She taught at Standing Rock High School in North Dakota for 17 years.

Eagle's work is often singled out by book reviewers for its exceptional quality and appeal. THE NIGHT REMEMBERS was a Chicago Tribune Notable Book. SUNRISE SONG, THE NIGHT REMEMBERS, THE LAST TRUE COWBOY, and WHAT THE HEART KNOWS made the Library Journal "Five Best Romances of the Year" list. BookPage listed WHAT THE HEART KNOWS among its "Top Six Romance Picks" for 1999. THE LAST GOOD MAN was a finalist for the 2000 Minnesota Book Award for Popular Fiction--the only Romance so honored thus far. YOU NEVER CAN TELL was named to RWA's "Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year" list. She is an RWA RITA award winner.

Kathleen Eagle lives in Minnesota with her husband, who is Lakota Sioux. The Eagles have three children and three grandchildren.

Visit www.kathleeneagle.com for her latest news and http://ridingwiththetopdown.wordpress.com/ to blog with Kathleen and 8 fellow writers.

If you're a reviewer, visit NetGalley to request a digital galley for her latest book from Bell Bridge Books.

Customer Reviews

The story has great prose and characters that are very realistic.
Taina Boricua
Characters were well portrayed but thought the story drug on too long with predictable outcome.
Kindle reader
Ms. Eagle's characters are real people that we might know in our own lives.
Carra Copelin

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Judith Arnold on May 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I've long been a Kathleen Eagle fan, and The Last Good Man is one of her best. Savannah returns to her small Wyoming hometown, looking for a place to heal, or maybe a place to hide. But she can't hide in a town where everyone remembers her, especially Clay, who'd long carried a torch for her. And she learns that sometimes, the best way to heal is to stop hiding. Eagle fashions a love story that's mature, believable and deeply felt.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By libera bain on July 24, 2000
Format: Hardcover
In response to the reviewer who thinks Savanah is pitiful, fortunately you haven"t walked in her shoes. Kathleen Eagle has done it again. This story of Savanah, a beautiful model with breast canser will help us all to empathise with victims of cancer. It is also a great love story between Savanah and Clay. My description of the story will not do it justice. The varied relationships are handeled so well you feel as though you have visited with real people. Do yourself and every friend or sister you know and highly reccomend this book. The only problem with Kathleens books are they leave you wanting the same degree of talent and you find most other writers are lacking. If you haven"t read her other books, pick up "SUNRISE SONG" be ready to be higly entertained educated,(without preaching), and totally blown away.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janga on May 18, 2012
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Kathleen Eagle is a superb storyteller who creates compelling, complex characters, and The Last Good Man is one of her best books. It has lost none of its power in the dozen years since it was first published. Eagle's gift for characterization can be seen in the secondary characters such as Clay's mother, his ex-wife, Savannah's aunt, and Savannah's hairdresser friend--credible mixes of strengths and weaknesses with pieces of the lives that make them who they are revealed. Even characters who never actually appear in the book such as Kole Kills Crow and Savannah's New York friend Heather emerge as real, believable personalities. Claudia may seem improbably mature to some readers, but anyone who has ever watched a small child of a single parent caught in physical or mental illness will recognize the fierce protectiveness and caretaking that can become part of the child's nature.

Clay is wonderful, one of my all-time favorite heroes. Hardworking, competent, sexy, and nurturing with an always tender touch for the wounded and needy, human or animal, he is the man the title evokes. But he is no impossible dream. He can be angry and impatient, he can make foolish choices, and he can find it difficult to articulate his feelings. Eagle reveals enough about his past for the reader to understand that his need to take care of others is an essential and innate part of the person Clay is. Like many natural givers, Clay must learn to accept the gifts of others.

Savannah, despite her illness, is a difficult character to like for the first part of the book. She is totally self-absorbed, even to the point of avoiding her responsibilities to her child.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I look forward to every new Kathleen Eagle Novel. Her writing is superb and her stories are always so captivating that I can't wait to find out what will happen next. One of the things I've loved best about her books is that her characters don't play mind games with each other. However, this book had the tone of a historical Harlequin romance. Both characters had to constantly guess about the other's feelings and actions. What will he/she think about this? How do they really feel? Does she care that I spent the night at my ex-wife's house? There wasn't enough love or emotion between the characters for my taste. Even at the end, after having been married for many months and coming to terms with their relationship Clay still was unsure whether his wife wanted to stay with him or return to her fast-paced New York life.
I much prefer the stories where the characters are both aware of their own feelings, and want to share them with the other. That they don't still have doubts about their relationship even when the story ends.
It's worth picking up from the library, but I don't recommend buying it. It's not like "This Time Forever," "Reason to Believe," "Sunrise Song," or even "What the Heart Knows" - it's not one I would care to read again.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Teora on October 21, 2012
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Famous Savannah Stephens returns home with a daughter. Clay Keogh who's been in love with her since forever realizes that her daughter looks an awful like his half brother Kole Kills Crow. The trouble is that Savannah isn't talking or explaining why she left the modeling world or why or how she became a mother to a little girl the spitting image of Kole Kills Crow.

This book is supposed to be shrouded in mystery but really it's just a story about an annoying woman who doesn't appreciate the good life she has, the good people in her life who try to help her, and especially the good man who's doing his best to love her when she doesn't even want or appreciate his love. This goes on for most of the book and when you find out what she really went through and why she left her career, all I felt like was saying "That's it? That's why you're all depressed and pathetic and a crappy mother to your daughter, not to mention a crappy niece to the aunt that raised you?" I wanted to smack her! To be fair, the reason is somewhat big but the way she handled it, in my opinion, was awful and selfish and just plain unrealistic. She needed help and she refused it and pushed people away like an ungrateful, spoiled brat. I felt bad for Clay because he's such a sweet, nice man and Savannah did her best to push him away unfairly so because she was too busy feeling sorry for herself. Well, boo hoo! I have little patience for a protaganist written like this because it makes me not root for them and just feel disgusted in her lack of backbone regardless of the troubles she faces. Furthermore, the first time Clay and Savannah have sex was rushed and ridiculous and frankly just laughable. It was one of the most unromantic sex scenes I have ever read and it pretty much sets the tone for their sexual relationship throughout the rest of the book. In the end, Clay deserved better than a woman like Savannah and it made me feel sorry for him.
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