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.
This is not usually a type of book I read. I picked this up being about Tombstone and the OK corral. The first page grabbed me when I realized I was reading about Josephine Earp, going back to the OK corral many many years after the fighting and dust had settled. I don’t know how much is true in this book and how much literally license the author took as none of us were there. And I’m not really sure I care, suffice it to say this book held my attention. You get to read about all the characters in that Old West town, Wyatt Earp and his brothers and wives. Doc Holliday and Johnny Behan and all the rest. This was a very enjoyable book. I was gifted this book for a fair and honest review.