One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong
Revell, April 29, 2014
Sarah Cooley has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason–because it doesn’t change. After an engagement gone bad with a man who wanted to change everything about her, Sarah is more than ready for the town whose motto may as well be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Chris Reed, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to spark some change in the little town. As the new owner of the Dip ‘n’ Dine, he’s shaking things up to draw folks from all over the Southwest into his restaurant.
As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance–just not in the ways that Sarah or Chris might expect.
With the same evocative writing and fascinating characters that won fans for her debut novel, Cathleen Armstrong invites readers back to Last Chance for a soul-searching, romantic story of two people navigating the twists and turns of small-town life.
This is the second book in The Place to Call Home series by Cathleen Armstrong. In the first book in the series Welcome to Last Chance, I found it hard to get into. Mainly because the author was focusing on so many characters in the town, that the two main characters got lost a bit. I understand how that can happen with a series set in a small place, where the quirky characters are involved and the first book is a lot about setting up for the rest of the series.
I was pleased to find that this book was much more focused than the first. The people of the town have been set up, so it was much easier to focus on the two main characters. Overall Sarah Cooley was an interesting heroine. Torn between two men and possibly two very different futures. She is drawn to one man in an almost love hate kind of way and the other is almost too comfortable to stay with kind of way. Her situation is not usual but it was good to see it played out without the drama. It was more of a low key decision, taken in little steps rather than leaps and bounds, which I liked. She’s a strong woman Sarah, who doesn’t like change, especially in her small town.
Chris Reed represents change and that threatens Sarah – hence the almost love hate she has with him. Chris is awkwardly persistent, it’s cute to watch. He isn’t suave and he’s trying to hold his niece together, whilst running the dinner and trying to fit in with the locals of Last Chance. He’s got it tough, but he’s up to the challenge and it suits him. He’s likeable and engaging to watch.
I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the third book in this series.
Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this novel for review. I was in no way obliged to give a positive review.