Contemporary, Series

The Last Chance Olive Ranch by Susan Wittig Albert – China Bayles #25

I received this novel as an advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hadn’t known that this book was part of a series – or the fact that it was the 25th book – but I decided to give it a go. Who knows, maybe it would get me addicted to another series!

Years ago, McQuaid put away a killer named Max Mantel. Now, Max has busted out of prison and is out for blood – and McQuaid is on the list. China wants to stay by her husband’s side and keep him safe, but McQuaid insists that she leave town and go to Last Chance Olive Ranch to teach a workshop on herbs. When China arrives at the ranch with her friend, she discovers that the owner, Maddie Haskell, has her own problems. As China puts all her effort into helping Maddie, McQuaid struggles to deal with Mantel.

I won’t be talking at all about character development when it comes to this novel because I think that would be very unfair to the series; I’m sure the author has spent countless books developing the interactions between the different characters and since I just started with this one, it makes sense that I may be a bit confused by all of the different relationships. In terms of the story itself, this was told from 2 different perspectives: one from McQuaid and one from China. It was cool to see how they both dealt with separate problems but it made for a very confusing story, and it didn’t really feel as if either story was fully resolved. This novel had a fast pace but there wasn’t really any suspense. It was still a nice read, and I would recommend this novel to those who are fans of this series.

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