Monday, July 29, 2013

Welcome to Last Chance



She's learned you can't count on anyone--but she didn't count on landing in Last Chance.The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town 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--especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

My Review:

What a stunning debut novel! Lainie is such a complex character -- not your usual run-of-the-mill heroine. She has an edge to her that leaves her hovering on bitterness and definitely cynical about the too-nice, church-going people of Last Chance.  Armstrong has done a tremendous job of creating a sympathetic character who is a product of her past. Realistic. Gritty. Compelling.

Love the way Last Chance woos her. A wonderful collection of secondary characters who all seem oblivious to the word 'no' and immune to Lainie's 'leave me alone' signals. None of them are perfect either, but that doesn't stop them from gathering the newcomer into the fold -- even when she's kicking and screaming!

Except first. He's wary and with reason but also intrigued in spite of himself. What ensues is a complicated story that will keep readers turning pages until the very end...which comes way too soon. I wasn't ready to leave Last Chance but luckily this is the first in the A Place to Call Home series so it isn't really goodbye, just so long for now.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Welcome to Last Chance, please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday August 4 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck! 

"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". 


  1. I love discovering new authors! Thanks for the intro to Cathleen.


  2. Small towns do indeed have dramas! Love to read this.

  3. Would love to read a stunning debut novel. Thanks for the chance!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

  4. Please include me as well! Thanks. :)

    g.gclermont AT gmail DOT com

  5. This sounds like quite the interesting book! Thanks!

  6. I would love to win a copy! Sounds good!

  7. It's a great debut novel, that's for sure! Good luck everyone!

  8. Thanks Kav for this review. Sounds like a book I would for sure like to read.
    Another new author to me. Please put my name in . Thanks. MAXIE

  9. You're name is in the draw, Maxie! Good luck!

  10. I'd love to give this one a try! thanks for the review and giveaway!


  11. Dear Kav,
    I would love to win this book for my church library.
    Janet E.

  12. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  13. please enter me for this book giveaway, thank

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

  14. Would love to win this one, the plot sounds great! Thanks for the chance Kav!

  15. Your welcome, jojo. Good luck!

  16. This is on my must-reads list, Kav, & your review makes me want to read it even more. I'm just waiting ... waiting for it to arrive. (So, don't enter me.)

  17. Brenda this is your kind of book -- you're going to love it!

  18. Looking forward to a new author to take me away!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

  19. This is definitely a book by a new author that will do that, Melody. Good luck!