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Posted November 5, 2013
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I like this series, and was glad to get this book. I really liked it! What I didn't like was the abrupt ending. All in all, it was a good last chance story.
Posted October 18, 2013
This is an endearing short story. It was a bit shorter than I expected but still packed full of action. Amanda was living a rough life. Her grandmother thought her husband was still alive. She also was showing signs of senility and would need a nursing home soon. Her son thought his grandfather was only lost. Amanda's husband never returned from the Middle East. Then she meets a new man in town. Is she for him? Is he for her? How does her grandmother and son feel about this? It made me cry happy and sad but it doesn't take much for that. Guess you will have to read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2013
Posted September 28, 2013
Last Chance Summer Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsey is about Amanda, a widowed mother raising her young son and taking care of her ailing grandmother. She is intrigued by Grant Trumbulls's voice on the local radio station and listens to him every morning. A series of events at the Watermelon festival leads Amanda to the radio station booth at the fair and she realizes that he is the one she's been waiting for. A fun, sweet read that intrigued me and made me want to check out the series. My only complaint is that it was way too short and I would love to see what happens next with Amanda and Grant.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 14, 2013
Posted August 29, 2013
Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
This is the story of Amanda Wright, a young, widowed, middle school Science teacher, her four and half-year-old son, Ethan, and Grant Trumbull, the new owner and DJ of Last Chance's local radio station. All of the characters are new to the Last Chance series. But Hope was able to give you enough background on them to understand them and feel for them.
The story takes place at the Watermelon Festival, which apparently is a huge deal in Last Chance. Amanda is at the festival with her son and grandmother who has dementia and lost her husband four months previously. Miriam Randall is back, making an on air prediction that Grant will find his soulmate at the Lost and Found. The events which follow will terrify Amanda but also have her coming to a realization she never saw coming.
Last Chance Summer is a short read of about 10,000 words. It had the potential to be a really good short story. But unfortunately, the story ended abruptly and without closure.
Rating: 2.5 (I liked it, it was enjoyable but it ended WAY too quickly.)
Posted August 22, 2013
I knew going in this would be a quick little read and it was (about 30 minutes). I got a really good feel for Amanda. The small-town atmosphere was great. We got a fabulous look at the real characters that live in Last Chance: everyone from Granny (Amanda’s grandmother) to the local matchmaker Miriam, and even Amanda.
Amanda’s not had great experience with life. Her parents died early (somewhere while in elementary school) and her husband, her high school sweetheart, died only weeks after Ethan (her 5 y/o son) was born. So, she understandably needs to control her environment a bit, and has her hands full with her son and grandmother (who’s slowly losing her memory). This has not made for a good love life.
Where this book came up short for me was in the romance department. The only interaction between Grant and Amanda comes in the final five to ten pages of the book. And even then, there’s no “getting to know” phase, just Ethan’s claim about Grant, and poof, that’s it. Sure, Amanda’s been listening to Grant do his radio program throughout this work, but how is that enough to suddenly proclaim: oh, he’s the one, especially since she’s not really had anyone since her husband died?
Still, the characters themselves made this a lovely read and I will certainly check out other books set in Last Chance. Solid 3-star rating from me.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Posted August 13, 2013
A bit predictable.
After reading this short story I decided I needed to do a bit of research to discover the context in which it was written. To me, it didn't make a lot of sense as a isolated story.
It seems that Last Chance is a remote American town in South Carolina, and Hope Ramsay has already written five novels centred around this town. I'm sure that, if I'd read a couple of these books, I would now be rating Last Chance Summer as more than 3 stars, but as an isolated read, it was rather predictable and too short to really get to know the characters. Having said that, Amanda's slightly dotty grandmother and her five-year-old son, had great potential character-wise.
We meet Amanda and her small family, as they drive towards the annual watermelon festival, obviously a highlight of the calendar in Last Chance. Grandmother is showing early signs of dementia, with confusion and forgetfulness; I loved her insistance that she take her turn at the 'kissing stall'. Ethan, a bouncy youngster, is desperate to ride on the ferris wheel, but Amanda is afraid of heights and tries to distract him. I did feel that the character of Amanda was rather sorry for herself, she could have just asked someone else to take him.
Definitely better suited as a between-novel read for fans of Hope Ramsay's Last Chance series.
Posted August 12, 2013
Delightfully sweet, with some unforgettable, loveable and quirky characters! Last Chance Summer by Hope Ramsay is a proof that when you least expect it, love is going to sneek up on you, even if it’s at the annual Watermelon Festival!
Impressive, how in just a few short pages, Hope Ramsay’s flare for clean, fun romance can squeeze a sigh and a smile out of me, without really trying! Even more impressive, this is “Mom Safe Reading,” and ideal for a quick read when time is almost non-existent!
I received a review copy from NetGalley and Forever Yours in exchange for my honest review!
Posted August 9, 2013
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