Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong
Revell, August 1st, 2013

The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance their home, it’s her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life for Lainie’s comfort–especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie finds that she is increasingly drawn in to the dramas of small town life. An old church lady who always has room for a stranger. A handsome bartender with a secret life. A single mom running her diner and worrying over her teenage son. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little hick town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

Cathleen Armstrong pens a debut novel filled with complex, lovable characters making their way through life and relationships the best they can. Her evocative descriptions, observational humor, and talent at rendering romantic scenes will earn her many fans.

Debut author Cathleen Armstrong gives readers a nice, interesting tale of a girl on the run from a bad guy and the town that steals her heart. I liked this book, but I wanted to like it more. What I liked mostly was the setting, I’m a sucker for small towns and this one is a beauty filled with lots of quirky characters. What I didn’t like though was the small town. I know, you must think I’m crazy right now! Whilst the town was good, I felt that the author spent too much time on the town and it’s folks rather than really delving deeply into the life of Lainie and her bartender beau.

So this is a mostly enjoyable novel and I’ll most likely read the next book in the series, as this was good enough for me to try this author out again, but I thought it could have been a bit better.

 Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review.  I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.