She’s learned you can’t count on anyone–but she didn’t count on landing in Last Chance.
The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town their home, it’s her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life–especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.
Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?
Welcome to Last Chance – population 743 – where you get a second chance at life, if you’re willing to take it. It’s a town where neighbors pitch in to help each other in times of need and they don’t hesitate to assist strangers either. It’s where the locals gather at the town’s diner during the week and at the church on Sundays. It’s a place that could only exist in fiction.
The main character, Lainie, is a defensive, independent woman who’s been forced to live on her own since the age of 14. She’s been living on the rougher side of life in California, with a boyfriend who doesn’t sound like someone you’d take home to meet your parents. When his drug taking and dealing becomes too much for her, Lainie takes off in an old, used Mustang in the hope of making to Texas where a job opportunity is waiting. But she’s inadvertently taken something that doesn’t belong to her, and the ex-boyfriend wants it back. If Lainie stays in Last Chance, not only might her life be in danger, but also the lives of those who have become close to her.
This is the debut novel by Cathleen Armstrong, and it packs a lot into its 288 pages. We have a variety of characters, none of them annoyingly perfect. There are even a couple of people that might rub the reader the wrong way as much as they do Lainie. The plot contains romance and drama, as well as topics such as parenting and responsibility. If you’re looking for something to read during these last days of summer, you won’t go wrong with this choice.
Thank you to Revell for my free copy of Last Chance, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 01 August 2013
Page Count: 288