At Home in Last Chance, by Cathleen Armstrong

book coverPublisher’s Summary:

What happens when the life you’re running from won’t let go of your heart?

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over.

Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves?

My Take:

At Home in Last Chance features two characters we’ve met before. Steven had inherited a bar that neither he nor anyone else wanted to run. Consequently, the property has become the town’s eyesore. But he only abandoned a building; Kaitlyn abandoned her young daughter with her brother and took off to Florida on the back of a motorcycle. They weren’t exactly likable characters. Will they be any better this time around?

If you’ve read and enjoyed the previous two books in Cathleen Armstrong’s A Place to Call Home series, then it’s probable you’ll enjoy this one. All the familiar characters are here, from snippy Juanita to loveable Elizabeth. Mayor Rita makes an appearance and cook Carlos is holding everything together at the Dip n Dine.

The Last Chance books are character driven, and I like when I can connect with fictional personalities. The plot comes second, although it is somewhat predictable. We can guess early on how the relationship between Kaitlyn and Steven will end up, and it quickly becomes apparent that Kaitlyn is not destined to always work at her brother’s restaurant. Last Chance is a place where you get to know the residents on a personal level.

This is probably the final visit to Last Chance, New Mexico and that makes me sad. I’ve come to know and (mostly) love its inhabitants over the course of three books and will miss them, even Juanita and Nancy Jo who rubbed me the wrong way every time. Thank you, Cathleen Armstrong, for allowing us to stop a while in this small town off the interstate.

Thank you to Revell for my complimentary review copy of At Home in Last Chance, which I received in exchange for an honest review.

Have you read At Home in Last Chance? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Read an excerpt from At Home in Last Chance

Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 06 January 2015

Page Count: 304

Read more on:   Cathleen Armstrong’s Website   Revell’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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