A romantic hardened by reality . . .
Evelyn Lancaster turned her back on her love for ranch hand Jesse Greenwood when she was sixteen to pursue a career and marry into wealth that could save her father’s struggling ranch. Now twenty-three, she works hard to keep the property afloat, but no suitor has stirred her heart the way Jesse did. After her father falls ill, she needs all the help she can get to keep the ranch running.
A cowboy returning to what he left behind . . .
After making his fortune, a newly wealthy Jesse has returned home to see his younger sister married. Still smarting from Evelyn’s rejection, he finds the tables have turned, and now only his investment could save the ranch that he vowed to never step foot on again.
When he agrees to help her salvage her family legacy, they must overcome their pride and painful past to work together. As long-held emotions rekindle, Jesse pretends indifference, only to admit his true feelings in an unsigned letter left on Evelyn’s porch.
Evelyn finds the missive and writes back, beginning a furtive correspondence. She dares to hope her mystery admirer is Jesse, but then another man comes forward to claim the letters as his own. Will one last letter give them the courage to say yes to love on the wild Texas plains?
Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
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About the Author
Pema Donyo lives in sunny Southern California, where she balances plotting her next novel and watching too many Bollywood movies. Find Pema Donyo at PemaDonyo.wordpress.com, and on Twitter @PemaDonyo.
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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite In One Last Letter by Pema Donyo, Evelyn Lancaster and Jesse Greenwood love each other very much. Jesse works as a farm hand at Evelyn’s father’s farm and, at 16 years of age, both Evelyn and Jesse believe that running away will be the most romantic thing. However, one evening when Evelyn comes from school, she discovers that there are things of more importance in life than a fanciful relationship. She rejects Jesse because her father’s farm is failing and she needs to find a rich husband who will keep the farm afloat. Wounded by her rejection, Jesse goes to California and makes a fortune. Now, years later, he comes back to see his sister marry. He finds out that Evelyn is still not married and is working hard to keep the farm going. Jesse invests in the farm and becomes what Evelyn wanted in a husband. But now he is indifferent to her and their relationship is nothing but that of partners in business. However, there is someone who is leaving letters for Evelyn. The letters remind her of Jesse when he was a farm hand. She writes back and soon the two have a steady correspondence. Is this admirer someone else? Or is it her Jesse, finally reaching out to her? Pema Donyo wrote a beautiful love story to rival that of Nicholas Sparks. Jesse and Evelyn had a lot of growing up to do before they could become a couple forever, and this is exactly what happened. This is a nice example for teenagers, that although you might love with all your heart and soul, there are things that matter more than just love. And even true love needs time to flourish and become beautiful. I really enjoyed this novel. There are not many romances that make you sigh with satisfaction. This one did it for me!
I don’t usually like romances that are centered on situations of miscommunication – they frustrate me and I usually can’t relax enough to enjoy the story. But Donyo does a fantastic job with One Last Letter. The characters are interesting and she really brings to readers the impact of foolish choices made by the young. Although Jesse and Evelyn have an opportunity for a second chance, their stubbornness and fear of rejection lead to more heartache. I was on the edge of my seat (even though I knew that they were going to get their happy ending) through a good portion of the book and couldn’t decide if I wanted to hug or kick them. I wanted to reach through the pages, lock them in a room together and force them to really talk. But Donyo handled it well and left me smiling. Full of deeply felt, and long held, love combined with regret and confusion, One Last Letter is a great western romance. With a satisfyingly sweet ending, I was very glad I put aside my prejudices and gave it a chance. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
What a sweet novella. Donyo had my emotions rolled up in a bunch throughout. The subtle turmoil felt throughout the story really draws you to the plight of the characters. Social norms and preconceived notions add to the problems faced by the characters. Donyo takes this all and places it in the very real world of ranch life before combines and tractors take over. True romance and broken hearts take centre stage amongst the mended fences. The characters that Donyo builds her story around are perfect for their part. She develops them in such a manner that you not only see how they came together, but how and why they made their decisions. The intertwining history between the two, as well as their separate pasts are plainly laid out bit by bit throughout the story. As a whole this was a very sweet novel that nearly had me in tears more than once. I’d highly recommend it to those who enjoy historical romances that are all about the story, rather than the bedroom. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
This book appealed to me right away after reading the description I knew I had to read it. I love the idea of farms and ranches and when there's romance involved it makes it all the better. Jesse a cowboy. He and his sister were abandoned by their mom. All Jesse wants is to live a good comfortable life with the woman he loves but he feels like it can't be due to the fact that he is just a cowboy who does not come from a good background. The woman he loves is in a higher class. Can he make something more of himself? Will the difference in backgrounds hold him back? Evelyn a beautiful educated young woman. After her father fell ill she had to stand up and take responsibility and run the ranch. Her father wants her to marry but none of them came close to the love of her life. Will she be able to keep the ranch successful? and will she be able to be with the man she loves? You will have to read the book to find out :) This book is about young love becoming true love. This book makes me think of all the relationships that weren't possible because of different backgrounds. Back then it was a no no. I think about all the women and men that were in love but couldn't do anything about it. Pema did a great job with this sweet love story. It was very well written and I really enjoyed the love letters.