Tuesday, September 29, 2015

"What happens when your heart is intercepted before you even know that it's in play?"

"Last Chance Hero"
By Cathleen Armstrong

The people in Last Chance, New Mexico were very pleased. Finally, a doctor's office is being set up right in the midst of this small community. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has arrived to practice medicine and try to make a difference. Much to her surprise, there is another newcomer to town, Andy Ryan , the best athlete that Last Chance has ever laid claim to. He has come back from the NFL to coach the local high school football team. Dr. Jess gets off on the wrong foot immediately with this football obsessed town,  when she declares her dislike for the game. She has no interest or longing to attend a local game, even when the new coach is praised and worshipped by the town.

Despite lack of common interests, 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 defence, it looks as if the game is over before it gets a strong start....

I found myself engaged from the first page of this novel. It was like going to visit my old friends in this small town. It is a gentle love story with well developed, realistic characters that appeal to the reader. I easily identified with Jess and felt her every pain, challenge and joy, and also could understand the confusion felt by Andy and his despair when things got tough.

The plot moves steadily with just enough complications to keep the reader interested. The theme of hope, faith and the knowledge of having a chance to redeem oneself gently appears throughout the story.

I would highly recommend this book to all those who enjoy a sweet. light romantic read of regular people with their compelling problems who are able to find happiness in their future.

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

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