Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Welcome to Last Chance Book Review

A Place to Call Home
Book One

SUMMARY:  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 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?

REVIEW:   Last Chance seems like a wonderful place to live.  It's a very small town where everyone knows your name and looks out for each other, too.  If someone needs help, they are there quickly and for the long haul, if need be, without complaint.  They do have their problems and can be judgmental but they come together when needed. 
     Lainie is very independent.  She has been on her own since she was fourteen years old so she isn't very trusting.  When the locals help her find a place to stay after her car breaks down and a job when she starts to run out of money, Lainie is still a little suspicious but she eventually learns to trust them.  This sounds strange but one of my favorite parts is when she goes to the police to turn in something her ex-boyfriend hid in her backpack instead of trying to get rid of it on her own.  Most stories I've read in books or watched on television do not have the story go like this.  It gave me an opportunity to talk to my daughter about what she would do in that kind of situation.  I like how Lainie changes, trusting the townspeople more and trusting God when things look grim.
     When I first started reading the book, it seemed a little slow but I really got into it about half way through.  This is a good book and one to share with your daughters for an opportunity to discuss what Lainie did and find out what they would do. 

This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, but her roots remain deep in New Mexico, where she grew up and where much of her family still lives. Her debut novel, Welcome to Last Chance, has already won the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction.  For more information, check out her website at

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