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Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Great Summer Read!

"Welcome to Last Chance"          

     By Cathleen Armstrong                  
This title fits this book to a "T"!! Who at their wit's end wants to end up in a small town called Last Chance??? NOT I!   However, this place tends to offer a new beginning, regardless of what it is called!  It is definitely the place to start over! You can't do much else!

The red warning light on the car dashboard may have been Lainie's saving grace. Through no desire of her own, she ended up in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. As she meets the people who make this tiny town their home, Lainie's heart is full of flashing bright red warning lights!! The residents who live here, are just "too" nice and "too" accommodating AND much too interested in her personal life, especially since she is on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

In spite of herself, Lainie is drawn into the small-town dramas, and particularly to a handsome local guy who just happens to have secrets of his own. Can she really make a life here??? Will the horrible past catch up with her, even if she is the middle of nowhere?? Is a romance possible, in face of a challenge??

This debut novel by Cathleen is outstanding.  The setting fits the name of the town perfectly. She gives us a warm, yet not sentimental view of small town life. From a fast paced life to an escape in this unheard tiny place is the perfect place for an individual to start over. Last Chance is an unforgettable place.

The characters are quirky and full of unique personalities, faults and all. You are able to picture them in your mind, with the realistic descriptions given throughout the book. At times, you laugh, at times you are frustrated,... BUT Cathleen makes you become one with them. They are your sometimes irritating friends, sometimes a faithful buddy! Lainie is a strong individual who has had a difficult time and these people actually give her a last chance to become the person, she has desired to be.

The plot kept me thoroughly engrossed until the last page! It is well developed and has enough twists and turns to keep a reader interested and wondering what on earth will happen next. Surprises occur throughout the novel. 

A great book to enjoy on a nice summer's day! And I did just that!!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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