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Posted December 9, 2012
Lark Chaikin has just arrived in the small town of Last Chance,
Lark Chaikin has just arrived in the small town of Last Chance, South Carolina where she intends to leave her father's ashes on a "Golfing for God" mini-golf course per his last wishes. She's still grieving and totally shocked when she meets the town's Chief of Police, Stonewall ("Stone") Rhodes. Before he tells her she can't leave the ashes, he makes some comments that indicate she will not at all be welcome in this town since it's believed that her father caused the death of Stone's grandfather. No, there's no proof but Lark's father left town on the same day Zeke Rhodes died. Stone proceeds to inform her she will have to get permission from the group that now is in control of this mini-golf course.
Lark is obviously upset but determined to honor her father's last wishes. It turns out that won't happen so quickly; in the meantime the town begins to take sides, with some believing the "assumption" about Lark's Dad and others now wondering and questioning what the precise facts are about the rumors that have been accepted as fact for years. Lark sets her sights on finding out as she knows her father only as the most gentle and kindest of souls. In the process she and Stone begin to get used to each other and she learns he is grieving still over the loss of his wife. While they discuss and seek answers for the death of Lark's father, the town matchmakers are also making their future plans for this unsuspecting couple. Lark isn't interested at all at first as her track record with romance is a bummer and full of trouble.
But there's something reasonable, something soft, something truly manly about Stone that begins to become quite appealing to Lark. As the romantic side of the plot heats up, the tension heats up as well when the background town plans and characters connected to Zeke Rhodes' death come to light.
So get ready for some Southern comfort food and hospitality mixed with small town thinking and attitudes that might not be so welcoming - all of which blend into a blooming romance that sifts out the garbage, solves a mystery, and leads to what you can predict between this couple. However, because the reader knows where the plot is going on the romance side only increases the pleasure from sharing their story. Very nicely done, Hope Ramsay!
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Posted February 20, 2013
Reviewed by Terri Tumlin for Readers' Favorite In response to h
Reviewed by Terri Tumlin for Readers' Favorite
In response to her father’s last request, Lark Chaikin travels to Last Chance, South Carolina, to scatter his ashes in a miniature golf course named Golfing for God. The first problem is that the town doesn’t want her there; the second is that something happened 40 years ago when her father was in town and the town doesn’t want to revisit what happened. Thus the stage is set for Lark to meet and enter a push-pull encounter with the town’s sheriff, Stonewall Rhodes, also known as Stone. Lark, who is a professional war photographer, has a past, as does Stone. As the story unfolds, the two main characters confront their own demons as well as the insistence of some of the town’s prominent citizens that Lark leave town immediately. Throw into the mix the Sorrowful Angel that Stone’s younger daughter keeps interacting with and his older daughter’s teenage romance with a shy newcomer in town whose parents have strong objections to their son becoming involved with a girl of a different religion.
The novel is a delightfully complicated romantic tale with elements of suspense and danger as well as a story line that delves into the emotional lives of the main characters. Hope Ramsay writes well and constructs a satisfying story that has many elements that evoke the ambiance of the rural south. The book is the latest in a series about the town of Last Chance and it may make the reader interested in seeking out the earlier books. It is definitely an enjoyable read.
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Posted December 29, 2013
Posted March 22, 2013
Author: Hope Ramsay Published by: Forever Age Recommended: Ad
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Published by: Forever
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
"The Last Chance" by Hope Ramsay was my first read from this author and
I found it a nice romantic 'Christmas Holiday' novel with a bit of paranormal.
I did find this novel some what very interesting as it deals with 'racial issues' many years ago dealing with ...'black and white couples in the sixty's, teenage drinking, prejudiced of different faiths and the horrors of wars.' Now, if there is any doubt, this will be a good read. We find that is widower..Stone Rhodes is the sheriff of 'Last Chance, South Carolina' and has two daughters...one that sees angels. Next, we find Lark Chaikin has arrived in Last Chance to bring her fathers'(Abe) ashes to a 'Golfing for God' which was a mini golf course which were his last wishes. However, would this Chief of Police Stone allow this to happen? Then this is where this story really picks up where Stone tells Lark that she would have to get permission from the new ownership of this mini golf course. Little did Lark know that her father was not very popular in that town. Why was this? Now, this is where I say you must pick up "Last Chance Christmas" to see where, why, who and the how of it all in the well written novel. Be ready for a love story, with mystery and drama that will keep
you moving quickly through the read to definitely put a touch in the holiday spirit.
Would I recommend "Last Chance Christmas?" YES!
Posted December 19, 2012
Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay 4 STARS Last Chance Christ
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Last Chance Christmas seems like a simple romance, but it deals with a lot of different problems. Thier are a lot of layers to this story. Some issues brought up predjuced of black & white couples in the sixtys,teenage drinking, predjuced of different faiths, the horrors of wars.
Lark Chaikin has come to Last Chance,South Carolina to spread her late father's ashes on the 18th hole of Golfing for God. She has no idea why he wanted to be spread around a place so far from New York.
Chief of Police Stone Rhodes sees the car parked by the closed golf course with New York license plates. He runs the plates and the name if familar to him. A name that could tear apart his town again. He finds Lark on the 18th hole and she passes out on him.
Lark finds out that her father came to town for 10 days and caused a stir. He took a black girl into the cafe and they sat together at the counter. He was camping out at the golf course. The owner was found dead and some people thought it was murder. Others a accident. It was Stone's grandfather who died.
Lark needs to get a bunch of okays before she can spread the ashes thier. Stone's father is against it, but he does not own all of the golf course anymore.
Stone is a widower who has two girls. The youngest is in 3rd grade and sees angels especially one that cries a lot. Haley wants for Christmas is the crying angel to get her wings and go to heaven.
Lizzie is a writer for the school paper. Her friend David is a photographer. David's family is Jewish. Some people don't like that they are different. Haley gets David & Lark to help them decorate thier Christmas tree that they have not put in years. Then David will invite Lizzie the next day to see how they celebrate Hanukkah.
I thought how they shared a little about each holiday was done in a good way. That they blended a lot of issues into the story showing how different it was from the 60's but thier is still room for improvemnt on predjuced. I got lost in the story while it unfolded.
Thier are two love scenes in the story. Lots of talks about angels.
I would like to read more books by Hope Ramsay in the future.
I was given this ebook to read in exchange for honest review by Netgalley.
09/25/2012 PUB Grand Central Publishing 352 pages ISBN-10: 0446576077
Posted October 23, 2012
Posted September 26, 2012
A warm heart-touching Christmas read
I must admit, I'm wasn't a huge fan of the Last Chance series. Don't get me wrong, there's anything wrong with the series. I didn't connect with the characters from reading the sample of the second book, Home at Last Chance, thus I didn't go back to reading the series until Last Chance Bride. I did read the first book, Welcome to Last Chance and the anthology, I'll Be Home for Christmas, which I LOVED.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In my opinion, you need to at least read Welcome to Last Chance in order to understand some of the things that are happening in this book.
Last Chance Christmas is FINALLY Stone's chance at love. I wasn't much of a Stone fan after I read Welcome to Last Chance. Reading Last Chance Bride had me liking Stone but Last Chance Christmas has me loving him. I was finally able to understand Stone and see what makes him tick.
The object of Stone's attraction is New Yorker Lark Chaikin. Lark is a world renowned photographer who specializes in wars and disasters. She sees her friend get blown up, only to realize that she should have been standing next to him, instead she captured his death with her camera.
Lark Chaikin has arrived in Last Chance, South Carolina to bury her father Abe, who has a notorious reputation in the town, on the eighteenth hole of Golfing for God. You see, Abe Chaikin use to always say that he "found himself on the eighteenth hole of Golfing for God".
Because of something that happened forty years ago, Lark isn't permitted to scatter her father's ashes as he requested. Lark sets out to convince the powers that be to allow her to complete her father's last request and find out why everyone in town hates him. Of course with this being Last Chance, things just aren't that simple at all. Surprisingly there's murder and a cover-up. Secrets which have been kept for more than forty years are revealed.
The Sorrowful Angel is one of my favorite characters in the series. She makes a return appearance in Last Chance Christmas but this time she's speaking and not just to Haley.
Miriam Randall, Last Chance's renowned matchmaker, is around to offer her love advice to Lark and Stone. Miriam tells Lark that her soulmate is a lost friend who understands her and her demons. Stone just so happens to resemble Lark's childhood imaginary friend. Stone's soulmate is a crusader and he is supposed to be her anchor.
I love reading stories where the characters are forced to face truths that they never acknowledged, where they're forced to look within themselves and discover things about themselves. Stone has carried around guilt relating to Sharon and her death since he was eighteen years old. No wonder he feels like he has to watch out and protect those around him and not let anyone get close to him.
I believe in soulmates. Stone has spent almost his entire life believing that Sharon was his soulmate, to the point of allowing himself to not open up his heart and forgive. One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "I happen not to believe that God is so mean-spirited that He would give you a soulmate, take her away, and then insist that you spend the rest of your life battling the empty place inside. Love is God's greatest gift."
I love Christmas romances because you have the magic of the holiday season and Santa can make even the hollowest of hearts full again. Hope did a fantastic job with this book.
I received this book through NetGalley.
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Posted December 4, 2012
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Posted October 19, 2012
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