- Paperback: 268 pages
- Publisher: Strathaven Books (July 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 098163320X
- ISBN-13: 978-0981633206
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,985,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book is more about the journey Dev Summers takes in seeking a life outside the rodeo circuit than it is about ranching and rodeo, but those of you who've experienced such a life will feel the reins in your hands and the sway of the horse beneath you, see and smell the mountain pines warmed by the sun and feel the wind as it ruffles the sage. Those of you who haven't, it'll make no difference for this contemporary novel is mostly about human frailtes and strengths, both of which are given free rein in the Last Rodeo. Enjoy!
Eunice Boeve, author of Ride a Shadowed Trail
Recently, I have been reading books with more detailed love scenes. The love scenes between Dev and July were written so well it was not nessesary to go into a lot of delail. You were drawn into the fillings of the characters. Loved the way she described the rodeo and ranching life, it's beauty and hardships. This is my first book by Linda but I am going to read others. I do recommed this book.
Rodeo is a grueling sport, and there comes a time in this rodeo cowboy's life when he realizes at age thirty five he is still a young man chronologically, but is getting too old to make the cut. He is competing against men fifteen years his junior who are more agile and haven't suffered the injuries and constant battering of the body that he has over the last several years; years that have taken their toll on body and spirit.
One doesn't have to be a rodeo fan or a rancher to enjoy this book. It transcends to life in general; it's about one man's quest to finally realize his true destiny--ranching, and the roadblocks certain members of his family place in his path. It's about the trials and treasures and decisions of life to which we all can relate in one way or another. There is enough conflict to hold the reader's interest, but not so much that it becomes wearisome.
Ms. Sandifer is a master at painting word pictures. Her descriptions put you right into the story. You visualize through the eyes of Dev, Baxter and July, the sagebrush ranges, the aspen and pine covered mountains on the Nevada ranch as they ride out to the mountain cabin headquarters. You experience their chill as Dev and July swim in the cold water of a pristine natural lake high in a mountain valley on the ranch. You grab the saddle horn as the cutting horse moves beneath you while it cuts cattle from the bunch to be branded and doctored. (A well trained cutting horse hardly needs a rider. It is trained to anticipate a bovine's move before the bovine does, and be there ahead of it.)
Her characters are very well developed. Men readers immediately fall in love with July Jones, and women admire her; you empathize with Dev in his struggle with the decision to retire from rodeo life; you feel disgust with Dev's father, Jake, a drunk and a has-been bull rider; you feel for Dev's pathetic younger brother as he walks in Dev's shadow; you have nothing but contempt for Buck, July's despicable husband, who doesn't want her, but doesn't want anyone else to have her either; and you bond with Baxter, the wise old patriarch of the family. This book is a good read containing much insight.