Sarah Cooley has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason–because it doesn’t change. After a relationship gone bad with a man who wanted to change everything about her, Sarah is more than ready for the town whose motto may as well be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Chris Reed, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to spark some change in the little town. As the new owner of the Dip ‘n’ Dine, he’s shaking things up to draw folks from all over the Southwest into his restaurant.
As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance–just not in the ways that Sarah or Chris might expect.
Welcome back to Last Chance, New Mexico. There have been a few changes since we last visited in Welcome to Last Chance. There’s no longer a bar in town, since Ray and Lainie moved to Santa Fe. The Dip ‘n’ Dine is still open, but it’s now owned by outsider Chris Reed. He wants to put some creative southwestern dishes on the menu, but the locals seem to prefer what’s already there. The town busybody – and Lainie’s former nemesis – is on his staff, and she’s never short of an opinion. The town’s mayor has another idea to put Last Chance on the map, this time involving the diner. Just when his life couldn’t get any more stressful, his irresponsible younger sister leaves his seven year old niece, Olivia, with him. Fortunately for him, Sarah Cooley is back in town to teach Olivia’s grade. But Sarah will have her work cut out for her if she’s to gain the trust of a child who’s already been let down far too often in her short life.
This is a book about change. Sarah doesn’t want anything about her home town to change, and that includes the menu at the Dip ‘n’ Dine. Chris is willing to make changes but only those he can control. We are all resistant to change in one form or another. It might be about a new home, or job, or even that one greasy spoon in town that has changed owners. It also might be about relationships. Do we welcome change or resist it?
Deep thoughts about change aside, however, One More Last Chance is just as enjoyable as the first book in the A Place to Call Home series. Perhaps it is even better because we now know many of the characters. The new characters are dimensional enough that we develop feelings for them. For example, it’s hard to feel anything but sympathy for Olivia even when she’s at her sullenest. Lainie and Ray come home, and we get to catch up with them. When we see how Lainie has progressed, we know there is hope for Olivia. Interestingly, book three will be about Olivia’s mom. I wonder how that will turn out.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of One More Last chance, which I received in exchange for an honest review to be posted at a certain time.
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Publisher: Revell (A division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 06 May 2014
Page Count: 304