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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Third Book in "A Place to Call Home" Series

"At Home in Last Chance"
   By Cathleen Armstrong

This is the third book in Cathleen's series, following "Welcome to Last Chance" and "One More Last Chance". Sweet romance continues to blossom as it did in the previous two novels. It is another gentle love story, with its theme of hope, everyone always has one more last chance!!

I was delighted when I found that this book was offered for review purposes. The other two in the series were easy to read and very enjoyable. The hope for the future was clearly a theme in both and I just knew that it would be present in this new novel. AND I was right!! This new creation is a story of making choices, resulting in always giving us a chance to correct our mistakes. 

The main characters, Kaitlyn and Steven have always had a similar philosophy of life. When the going gets tough, they get going, but is it the correct way??? They do get out.... of town and veer far away from the problem. Now, once again, they are both in Last Chance, New Mexico and making an attempt to start over ! Will it work??? It has been tried before!!

Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with her seven year old daughter that she left in this town , deserted in fact, six months earlier. Steven is  there to attempt to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer he used to be. Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another. They are both making a diligent try to become better people , however, others can't always let the past go! Can they learn to trust one another when they don't even trust themselves???

Last Chance is a sleepy little town, that is the perfect setting for this type of story. The characters prove to be appealing , realistic and quickly worm their way into your heart. Both of them consider themselves to be failures and are working so hard to redeem themselves. Small towns tend to make this a difficult task, as mistakes made by individuals are usually remembered for a LONG time! Kaitlyn and Steven were easy with whom to identify. Should a person be judged for previous mistakes?? I found that I wanted to give them encouragement and a big hug. I lived in this story , feeling every challenge, hurt and joy. 

The plot was one that was easy to read. It moved at just the right pace for a small town. I was kept engrossed throughout the book. A clear message was the theme throughout the plot, even when there appears to be no hope, another chance is always available to change your ways, asking forgiveness and the past can be mended! There is redemption for all of us!! 

A good, but easy read.

This book was supplied by Revell , in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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