What happens when the life you’re running from won’t let go of your heart? Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over. Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves? With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.
Sissy: This tale of love and redemption really warmed my heart. How many people in this world are judged by their past mistakes and never given a chance to change? And how many of us have been the one willing to give others support, love, and a second chance? This book has a Christian theme, so if you don’t like those, stop reading now. But before you go, keep in mind that it isn’t “in your face” Christian but rather warm and comforting Christian.
Bubby: I love reading stories where people choose to not be defined by their past indiscretions but rather rise up and take charge of their lives and make themselves a better person. Very inspirational–in a “get up off your butt, Bubby” sort of way. Sometimes Sissy is rude to me like that but I always appreciate it in the END.(No pun intended).
Sissy: And Bubby returns it in kind aplenty, because I sometimes need it (rarely, but still…) Anyway, Kaitlyn is working in her brother’s restaurant and living in a trailer in his yard while she tries to regain her young daughter’s trust. It is so frustrating to watch her be repeatedly snubbed by the townspeople and when she is working so hard, but these things take time. There are a few very loving souls who show her kindness, and my favorite of these is Gran (Steven’s grandmother, to be exact), who is the epitome of everything warm and wonderful and wise wrapped up in a frail package.
Bubby: You mean Gran is warm and wise and wonderful until she thinks Steven is hitting on Kaitlyn. Then mean granny comes out! Can you imagine being such a screw-up that even your loving Gran thinks you aren’t good enough to date the town disaster? Ouch… But as always, things turn out for the best for everyone involved. Does that mean Kaitlyn and Steven end up together? Maybe, maybe not. One must read At Home In Last Chance to find out!
Sissy: This is the third book in the “A Place To Call Home” series. The fourth book (Last Chance Hero) is scheduled for publication this fall. Don’t let that deter you from reading At Home In Last Chance – all these books are great stand-alone novels that just happen to share some characters and a setting in Last Chance, New Mexico. Well worth the read.
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