Susan K Marlow has done it again and we were blessed to have a chance to review it right off the press. She has written an adventure book that I couldn’t put down until it was finished. Same thing with Miss E. Only, I got to read it first this time! (Of course, that could be because I didn’t even tell her what was in that package until I had finished reading the book.)
The Last Ride is a continuation of the Andrea Carter series Circle C Milestones. This is book 3 in the series and it is just as charming, adventurous, and breath-taking as the first two were.
Andrea is almost 16 as the book opens and she still has her penchant for finding adventure. Or rather, adventure has a way of finding her. She is getting more and more responsibilities on the ranch and is hoping to be successful with training the colt of her beloved horse, Taffy.
When Andi, as her family likes to call her, picks up a letter for the family from the post office in town and begins reading it on the way to the ranch (“It’s addressed to the Carter family.”), her curious mind begins working on all the possibilities for why a cousin from the city would be coming to the ranch. Worried, and with good reason, that she will have to teach Daniel the ways of the ranch and how to do each job, she finds the challenges even beyond her wildest dreams.
As Andi learns more about Daniel, her concerns grow. Once again, Andi finds herself between a rock and a hard place. What should she do? Where should she turn? Who should she talk to? Or should she keep it to herself? Andi may be growing up but that doesn’t mean life gets any easier and this may be the doozy of it all!
If adventure in 1880s California, ranch work, or horses appeal to you in any way, this is definitely a series you don’t want to miss. Susan K Marlow writes adventure like no one else. Grabbing your attention and holding it until the situation is resolved, the Circle C Milestones books are a joy to read. And being so well written means that there are plenty of off-shoots that you can take to study more about the time period, the setting, or other things going on in the world at the time. What a treasure for students and parents alike.
Susan K Marlow has plenty of books that are interesting. We like them so much we asked our library to get copies of the books so that more children would have access to quality adventures. The series that Mrs. Marlow has written include:
- Circle C Beginnings (the first series begins with Andi at 6 years old)
- Circle C Adventures (Andi is now 12)
- Circle C Milestones (Andi is 14 and growing up)
- Goldtown Adventures (1864 Gold Rush and young Jem is 12; he’s quite an adventurer, as well)
You can check out all of these on her website. And keep going back – it says that a study guide will be available for this title soon! I can’t wait to see that because her other study guides have been fantastic and we have really enjoyed using them.
**Disclaimer: We received a copy of this book, The Last Ride, in return for sharing about this book. All opinions are my own.**