A Place to Call Home Series
The folks in Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has opened an office right on Main Street, and Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has come home from the NFL to coach the high school football team. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot with this football-obsessed town when she admits that she's never seen a football game, isn't really interested in doing so, and in fact doesn't know a first down from a goalpost.
Despite having little in common, Jess and Andy find themselves drawn to each other. But when a disagreement over the future of an injured player puts them both on the defensive, it begins to look like this game it over . . .
REVIEW: As with the other books in this series, this series is fun, full of laughter, and serious points, too. The characters are ones you'd want to be friends with, in real life. While the main focus is on Dr. Jess and Andy, I love how the characters you met in previous books are developed more and how more of their lives are revealed. It would be nice, though, if a Cast of Characters was included to remind you who everyone is and how they are connected.
The town, while quick to accept Dr. Jess as a person, has a harder time accepting her as their doctor. They are set in their ways and find it difficult to switch gears. On the other hand, townsfolk are quick to support Andy in anything he does, as long as he accomplishes a winning football season.
While this is a great book, it ended way to quickly and left a LOT of unfinished business. What happened at Homecoming? Would Jess ever be able to understand and appreciate the game of football? Did Emma and her family get the help they needed? What did the college scout think of Zach and Gabe? Also, the spiritual aspect was hardly mentioned. Now, Elizabeth alluded to faith when talking to Jess and she attended church with the rest of the town, there was no personal relationship with Christ mentioned.
All in all, it's a good book but, like I mentioned earlier, a lot seemed to be left undone.
This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
Cathleen Armstrong lives in Orange County, California with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico. Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance won the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction. She is also the author of One More Last Chance and At Home in Last Chance. Learn more at www.cathleenarmstrong.com.