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I have read and enjoyed all of Marcia Talley's books. The Last Refuge, which I purchased from Amazon, is a huge disappointment for me. The plot is ridiculous, and I thought Hannah was a character who would refuse to sign such a foolish contract. Much of the charm of Talley's books lies in the involvement of her family members. I realize that taking the main character away from contact with the usual group of people and setting is a type of literary device many authors use. That is usually the point when I stop reading that author. If this is going to be the direction Talley will take with Hannah, I will not buy or read any more of her books.