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Grade 7-10?A historical romance series that focuses on eight young women who travel to a muddy, gold-mining town in California in search of a new and better life. Shelby (a.k.a. Savannah) is running from a stranger she was forced into marrying, and Eden is hiding a criminal background. These two 17-year-olds head for Last Chance as potential brides to unknown miners, and eagerly look forward to the adventures they will encounter in the wilds of the frontier. Savannah finds her destiny in the arms of the youngest son of the owner of the Bullock Gold Mine; Eden is a beautiful card shark whose past threatens to pull apart her newfound love for Josiah Bullock, the oldest son of the richest family in town. Both of these novels transport readers away from contemporary romance series like " Sweet Valley High," "Sweet Dreams" (both Bantam), and "First Love" (Troll) to offer young romantics entry into days of yore. Watson takes them on a fiercely paced ride with people, places, and events covering each story like a wool shawl on a wintry evening.?Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
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