“It's a familliar story: pretty, rich farmer's daughter falling for the hired hand. Evie Parsons wants to run her father's farm some day, which is unlikely; women don't run farms in Kansas in 1886. Seventeen-year-old Tom Hunter, son of a poor farmer, is hired to work the Parsons' cattle ranch. Seely's clear writing, lively dialogue, and fully realized historical context give vigor to what might have been a tired tale. Women's rights, the legacy of slavery, tension between cattlemen, railroad men, and farmers, and class differences are the backdrop to the iffy romance between Tom and Evie. Though the cover will have readers thinking this is simply a romance, it is a story with substance, and readers will want to go back and read its companion, Grasslands (2002), which tells Tom's story prior to coming out to Kansas.”
The Last of the Roundup Boys was nominated for Nebraska's 2006-07 Golden Sower Award.
When Tom's family finds itself struggling at the start of another harsh winter on the Kansas prairie, Tom has no choice but to take up a cowhand position at the Parsons ranch. The cowboy life isn't easy, but Tom's family needs the money and he craves the freedom it promises.
Evie Parsons has always been a rancher at heart, even though ranching is considered man's work. She's planning to have her own land and herd so she'll be able to choose her own path, even if it's one her parents don't support.
Narrated in interchanging voices, this sequel to Debra Seely's critically hailed first novel, Grasslands, tells the exciting story of Tom's and Evie's struggles for love and freedom on the open frontier.