One More Last Chance (A Place to Call Home Book #2): A Novel [NOOK Book]

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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....
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Overview

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.
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Library Journal
04/15/2014
Sarah Cooley returns to Last Chance, NM, for the comfort and stability of home after a broken engagement. She is annoyed to find that there is a new owner of the town diner, where she spent much of her childhood. For Sarah and Chris, who is the proprietor of the Dip 'n' Dine, it is not a pleasant first meeting. However, the two become friends, and soon feelings of something more develop. When Sarah's ex-fiancé, Brandon, arrives in town hoping for reconciliation, things take a different turn. Sarah begins to wonder if Last Chance is not the only thing that has changed—perhaps she has as well. VERDICT Set in a small Western town, Armstrong's second series entry (after Welcome To Last Chance) is a gentle love story with a cozy feel. It boasts well-crafted characters who feel like old friends, and its theme of hope leaves readers with the knowledge that for everyone, there really can be one more last chance. This tale is recommended for all fans of sweet and light romances.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441245083
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: A Place to Call Home , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 160,498
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico where she grew up and where much of her family still lives. After she and Ed raised three children, she returned to college and earned a BA in English. Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance won the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction. Learn more at www.cathleenarmstrong.com.
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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    One More Last Chance is the first book I have read by Cathleen A

    One More Last Chance is the first book I have read by Cathleen Armstrong. I thought it was a fun and quick read. I look forward to the next book of the series and will be looking for the first book, as well. 4 stars.

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  • Posted May 29, 2014

    One More Last Chance By: Cathleen Armstrong A book you won't

    One More Last Chance
    By: Cathleen Armstrong

    A book you won't want to put down one you start. This is a sequel to Welcome to Last Chance. Sarah is going home to Last Chance where nothing ever changes. Tired everyone including a x boyfriend trying to change her. She wants to be who she wants to be. She has decisions to be made about her boyfriend Brandon if she does want to marry him or not. Mean while she will be a teacher. Small towns tend to be that way where no one likes change.
    New man in town Chris owns the Dip "n" Dine and he is making waves by wanting to put new things on the menu. Now he is already to make changes and is all for it.
    Will things work out for Chris and Sarah? Nice romance not over done. The characters are just like people in my small town. Can this small town except new changes or will it tare the town apart? I look forward to book 3. I really enjoyed the characters I think they are well written. I think Cathleen did a wonderful job writing this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: This book came to me free from the publisher, Revell, In exchange for my own honest review. I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    One More Last Chance is the 2nd book in this Series. I have not

    One More Last Chance is the 2nd book in this Series. I have not read the 1st book, and can tell you this book can definitely be a stand alone. While I didn't know the characters in the first book, I never felt like I was missing anything but I plan on reading it next! :)
    Sarah has just ended a relationship and is looking to a city called Last Chance to help her mend her broken heart. The last thing she ever wanted was someone in her life that would change things up but Chris Reed was certainly brought into Sarah's life for a reason!




    One More Last chance is a wonderful story in a sweet town that will make you want to visit and you might not want to leave !! While Sarah is very difficult to like in the beginning, things begin to change just as I hoped they would! I highly recommend it and can tell you it would be a great read over this next holiday weekend!




    Thanks to Revell for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    Once More Last Chance brings us back to the quaint little middle

    Once More Last Chance brings us back to the quaint little middle-of-nowhere town in New Mexico. Things are changing in Last Chance and that doesn't sit well with the locals. In fact Sarah Cooley decided to move back because she likes the way things always stay the same.




    Much to her dismay there's a new man in town and his name is Chris Reed. He is the new owner of the Dip 'n' Dine restaurant. A restaurant that has featured the same daily specials for as long as anyone can remember. Chris may be the owner and a professional chef but it sure feels like Carlos and Juanita, the cook and waitress, are the ones calling the shots! 




    With Sarah's negative attitude about change and Chris' need to change things up, any type of romantic relationship is surely doomed. But just when it all seems lost, Chris' sister breezes in and leaves him a surprise that will change not only Chris' life, but Sarah's as well.




    This second installment in the A Place To Call Home series can easily be read as a stand-alone novel. Many of the characters from the first novel, Welcome to Last Chance, make appearances but the story-line itself doesn't necessarily need the knowledge of the first novel. 




    The third book in the series is scheduled to be released in the Spring of 2015. I for one will be looking forward to seeing what happens to Chris' sister Kaitlyn Reed who is introduced in this novel.




    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    Cathleen Armstrong in her new book, ¿One More Last Chance¿ Book

    Cathleen Armstrong in her new book, “One More Last Chance” Book Two in the A Place To Call Home series published by Revell introduces us to Sarah Cooley.




    From the back cover:  Some things never change…and some things change you forever.




    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.




    I cannot help it I just like the name of this series, “A Place To Call Home”.  And the name of this place is Last Chance, New Mexico.  Together they bring to mind cozy, easy places and people because when you are home there is always another chance.  What do you do when you desire a constant in your life while others are really working for change?  Sarah has come home for the constant so that she can rebuild her fractured life.  Chris wants the change and finds resistance not only from within but from the people he wants the changes for, including Sarah.  Then there is the situation with his sister, Kaitlyn, and her daughter, Olivia.  And then, of course, there is the romance.  This book is all about relationships, good and bad, and how these relationships can affect those we come in contact with.  All the characters are likable and Ms. Armstrong has a way of bringing you into the story and making the characters lives  very real.  I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  • Posted May 20, 2014

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    ONE MORE LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong is an interesting Chr

    ONE MORE LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong is an interesting Christian Contemporary Romance set in Last Chance, New Mexico. #2 in "A Place to Call Home" series, but can be read as a stand alone. See, "Welcome to Last Chance".

    This is Chris Reed and Sarah Cooley's story. Small town life in a big time way. Filled with energy, forgiveness, healing, grace and the power of love. Put on a pair of worn-out jeans, and set back and enjoy your time with the engaging characters of Last Chance. A heartwarming, romantic tale of two people in small town, USA.

    Enigmatic and charming characters await you at Last Chance. While, some things never change others change forever. Well written. From the first page to the last you will enjoy "One More Last Chance". A wonderful tale of love and second chances. Received for an honest review from the publisher.r

    *Coming in May from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

    RATING: 4

    HEAT RATING: SWEET

    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    I adore this series. Cathleen Armstrong's books are delectable.

    I adore this series.
    Cathleen Armstrong's books are delectable. Sometimes bittersweet, very down-to-earth and always uplifting, they've got a perfect tagline: Grace with a side of Green Chile.




    How could I not love last Chance, New Mexico? The folk of this town are salt of the earth, from Juanita who ends every piece of advice with "Just a word to the wise," to Ben, the Sheriff's Deputy who's right there when you need him. 
    They appreciate their humble roots, retain their rural ranching heritage, and are active about establishing community. 




    This second novel, One More Last Chance, is a fine complement to Welcome to Last Chance, and while it can stand alone, I don't think you'd want to miss the whole series. 




    This is the story of a girl- Sarah Cooley- who loves her hometown, and a guy- Chris Reed- who seems determined to change it. 
    Well, to be honest, he's not interested in big changes, he just wants to shake up the menu at the Dip 'N Dine. 
    But that's not the point. The point is that he shouldn't change anything about Last Chance, even if he's the new owner of the cafe! 
    All Sarah's best memories are wrapped up in this place, and she needs it to stay stable and sane and the same.
    But then it seems like Chris needs Last Chance to become his home too, and it seems to Sarah like he could use a friend.




    So, why do I love these characters? 
    Sarah is a school teacher, who genuinely enjoys teaching and working with kids. It's not just thrown in there to make her "maternal," it's a real part of her nature. She values laughter and family and time-tested traditions. 




    Chris... he reminded me of an uncle of mine, who's also extremely caring, has a great sense of humor, and would drop anything and come help you. 
    It makes sense that Chris is Uncle Chris before the story is over... no spoilers, but a wonderful part of the story is his niece coming to live with him.
    Olivia is a wonderful little person, all by her seven year old self. She's had some tough times in life, and she alternates between being love-hungry and stand-offish, innocent and tough. 




    Watching Sarah and Chris come together, naturally, out of love for Olivia was my favorite part. It makes the story so rich.




    Yep. I'm packing up and moving to Last Chance, and I'm gonna live right next to Sarah's Grandma Elizabeth. We'll crochet away the evenings, and we'll have waffles on Sunday nights. Time to take a chance on Last Chance. 
    A Place To Call Home is one of the most satisfying contemporary series I've read, and I'd recommend it heartily.

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    Can I go visit Last Chance? What an endearing town Cathleen has

    Can I go visit Last Chance? What an endearing town Cathleen has created, a place I would love to call home.

    Sarah is a tough kind of girl on the exterior, but maybe not so much on the inside. She’s running from something. I love how Cathleen sprinkled little clues, so subtly, through the book that let you know Sarah was avoiding something and someone. She keeps letting the phone ring, admitting she isn’t ready to deal with some situation. Hmmm, that made me want to keep reading.

    Then there’s Chris who is trying to make changes in this small town through his restaurant and it isn’t going so well. But there are a few people who reach out to him and encourage him. He is also dealing with the fact that Sarah has captured his attention and he has captured hers but not quit in the same way.

    There are a couple of funny/awkward moments that can often happen when you are trying to learn more about another person. Cathleen made this book very real with this budding romance.

    I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good romance set in a small town.

    A copy of this book was given to be by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Let's just get it out of the way: I had huge problems with the m

    Let's just get it out of the way: I had huge problems with the main character. From the get-go, she annoyed me. Although that was one of the reasons I couldn't fully enjoy this book, I also found myself not really being able to get into it, fully emmerse myself in the story. 

    Now, I will say, I didn't read the first book in the series. But as this was one of those series where the MC's of the first book only make an appearance, and there are all new MC's, I didn't have any issues. There may have been more family background, but nothing vital was missing. 

    Chris has moved to the little town of Last Chance. He has bought the local diner, and had plans to change things up a bit. He never imagined that he would face such opposition from the people of the town. He also never imagined his sister would leave her 7-year-old, Olivia, with him. The poor guy has hands full trying to run a sinking diner, and now care for a little girl when he has no clue how to do either. 

    Sarah has moved back after being away at college. After breaking things off with her long-time boyfriend, she just wants a place to refresh, a place where things never change. Except, she finds out that not only is there a new guy in town, he's trying to change things up. 

    There was no excuse for Sarah to treat Chris the way she did, and that was really set the tone for how I felt about her. She comes back to town, finds out Chris might want to make some changes (additions, really) to the menu at the Dip 'N Dine, and treats him so rudely. …what? I just didn't understand. And then yeah, the poor dude had a very obvious crush on Sarah, but she continues to be rude and embarrass him. She does redeem herself a bit with taking Olivia under her wing, and she seems to mature as the book goes on. Until Brandon comes back into the picture. 

    This love triangle also got on my nerves. I mean, I'm with Sarah's grandmother in thinking that Chris was the obvious choice. He was sweet, and kind, and shared her faith, and took in his niece. But Brandon, her ex-boyfriend comes back, feeds her some crap about how he loves her, and she falls for it. That wasn't the part that bothered me, necessarily. It was that she should have had some confidence in her new found independence after escaping from under his oppressive thumb (not abusive…more like stifling creativity) the first time. I think the author was trying to write a strong, independent character in Sarah, but it didn't really come through. 

    The redeeming parts though! Definitely Chris and Olivia. Chris is going through a lot, but he doesn't let it stop him from caring about other people, especially Olivia. The way he cared for her and loved her was just so sweet. And although he is frustrated, he doesn't assert himself as a dictator, which he easily could have done, being his restaurant. Instead, he listened to his employees, and was willing to compromise with them. 

    Olivia will just break your heart. The poor girl has been through so much, and is so bitter, you forget she's only seven. And while all her problems can't be fixed by the end of the book, there is a lot of change in her. Chris and Olivia were the main thing that kept me so interested, enough to keep going. 

    Sarah's grandmother was another redeeming part. She was so sweet and caring, even if she was a bit biased toward Chris ;) The rest of the townspeople, with their meddlesome ways, will keep you on your toes and make you laugh. 

    So do I recommend this book? If this is your usual type of book, then yes. I think you will enjoy it. If it isn't what you usually read, it might be better to hold back. I know most people won't have the issues with Sarah that I did, so take from that what you will. 

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    This is a contemporary romance that takes place in a small town

    This is a contemporary romance that takes place in a small town named Last Chance in New Mexico.  Chris Reed has recently moved to Last Chance and purchased the Dip ‘n’ Dine and it seems everyone is bent on telling him how to run the restaurant.   No one in this town is overly excited about change so he is finding it hard to put his imprint on his newly acquired restaurant.  And things get even more challenging when his eight year old niece, Olivia, comes to live with him.  His love interest is Sarah Cooley who has returned from college to teach second grade.  My favorite characters were Chris and his niece Olivia. I felt sorry for Chris because he was never able to really feel the full responsibility of restaurant ownership or make any of the changes he dreamed of making.  Elizabeth was the only person that was welcoming and accepting of him.  Olivia, although rough around the edges, was endearing.  The story was cute but followed the expected plot.  I found myself getting frustrated by some of the characters, especially, Sarah and Juanita.  Sarah was indecisive and a bit discontented and Juanita was always budding into everyone else’s business and not in a helpful way.  The story, although well written, lacked depth and I didn’t see much growth in the characters. The author did a nice job of creating and describing the character’s personalities.  I felt like I knew them.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

    I recently read Welcome to Last Chance and fell in love with the

    I recently read Welcome to Last Chance and fell in love with the small town and the people of Last Chance, New Mexico. So, I was very excited to read the second book in the series. I was not disappointed. If you have not read the first book in the series, don’t worry, you won’t be lost. One More Last Chance can definitely stand alone. But I am glad I have read both books. Each one is very good.

    In One More Last Chance, Sarah Cooley has come home after college and is ready to start her teaching career. She is looking forward to things being the same in her small home town. She is very resistant to change. Chris Reed is new to Last Chance. He has purchased the town’s diner and hopes to make changes that will put the eatery on the map.

    I enjoyed reading about Sarah’s growth in this book. She has to realize that life is always full of change, and that it is not necessarily a bad thing. She also has big relationship decisions to make. I found Sarah to be a very interesting character. She is strong in many ways, but she struggles with knowing her own heart’s desires.

    Chris is a wonderful character. He is so caring and loving toward his niece, and even toward his wayward sister. He is able to be firm about things with his sister, without being cruel. I really enjoyed watching Chris become a vital part of this small town. He shows incredible patience toward Sarah as she tries to discern God’s plan for her life. One More Last Chance was a very enjoyable book to read and I really look forward to the next in the series.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

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    This is my first look at Last Chance with Cathleen Armstrong, an

    This is my first look at Last Chance with Cathleen Armstrong, and it won't be my last. This book can read as a stand alone novel, but I will definitely be picking up the first one. Change is hard for some people to accept. The people of Last Chance are no different. I loved the feeling I got of Last Chance. It is a place where everybody knows everybody and word spreads like wildfire, but there are no greater people in the world and everybody has your back. At least, that's the impression the author gave me!

    Sarah Cooley is a short little spitfire who is trying to find herself after a relationship gone bad. Chris Reed is the new owner of the Dip 'n' Dine, and is determined to breathe new life into the restaurant and Last Chance. When their paths cross, sparks fly. I would have loved to see a little more character development on Sarah's part and I would also have loved to see more sparks fly between the two. I definitely agree they belonged together, but I just didn't feel the flame.

    Each character faces change in different ways. Their faith in the Lord, that He will guide their paths, is something each characters learns. The ending, for me, was a little rushed and anticlimactic. It felt like there was a bang in Sarah's life, then all of a sudden we're at the end (that's the only way I could explain it without spoilers, so forgive me for the vagueness!). Overall, it was a very engaging story and I would recommend it to readers looking for a laid back, easy read.

    **Thank you Revell Reads for providing me with a free copy in exchange for my honest review.**

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  • Posted May 15, 2014

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    Oh how wonderful to be reunited with loved ones, that is exactly

    Oh how wonderful to be reunited with loved ones, that is exactly how I felt when I picked up Cathleen Armstrong’s new book One More Last Chance. This is a story of a returning college graduate, and Granddaughter of Elizabeth, Sarah Cooley. She wants to return to Last Chance, the place she grew up in and begin her teaching career.
    A new comer, Chris Reed, now owns the Dip ‘n’ Dine, and we enjoy again the antics of Juanita and the famous cook Carlos. You will enjoy the banter between these folks; they are always threatening to quit. While Chris is trying to put his stamp on his new place, Carlos gives him a lot of opposition. With the need to bring in more customers to keep the place out of the red, you will love what happens and how things pull together.
    Chris also is very concerned about his niece Olivia, his sister Kaitlyn is struggling as a parent, and I was aghast that she left a seven-year-old alone, wait until you find out how she solves the problem, after Chris finds out. Olivia does come for a visit, or stay, and she will worm her way into your heart really fast. She is a tough little cookie for a little girl, and has won her share of fights.
    This is a place where almost everyone is there for each other. Loved how they all rally around when there is a need. We also find a bit of romance in the air for Sarah with her long time boyfriend Brandon. He has settled in Chicago, and although Sarah has found him very controlling in the past, has given him another chance to resume their relationship. She does not want to leave her town, and they begin a long distance romance, mostly by phone.
    This is a real page-turner, and a very fast read; you just have to know what is going to happen. I really enjoyed this sweet read, and recommend you read it too. Now this is the second book in this series, you don’t need to read the first, but don’t deprive yourself, it is also great!

    I received this book from the Publisher Revell, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    This is actually the second book in a series, but it is very eas

    This is actually the second book in a series, but it is very easily a stand along book. I have not read the first book and I did not feel that I had missed anything important to this story.




    Sarah is a recent college grad who has returned to her hometown of Last Chance to begin her teaching career. One of the first people she meets when she returns home is Chris, the new owner of (apparently the only) restaurant in town. Of course Sarah catches Chris' attention, but Sarah has Brandon to deal with - her baggage from college.




    Grandma is one of my favorite characters in this book. Sarah's grandma lives just a few houses down and is determined to look after Sarah and make sure she behaves in the appropriate manner - even if Grandma's version of appropriate is a little outdated.




    Things are complicated when Chris' niece arrives in town, as well as the arrival of Brandon for a visit.  Of course everything works itself out in the end!




    I really enjoyed this book and found it to be an easy but fun read. The second in the series comes out in 2015 and I am looking forward to reading it as well. Overall, I would recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 14, 2014

    One More Last Chance is the second book in Cathleen Armstrong's

    One More Last Chance is the second book in Cathleen Armstrong's A Place to Call Home series. Sarah
    Cooley grew up in Last Chance and has recently returned, seeking a place where change is not likely. Relationship
    problems led her home, and she's hoping to get a fresh start in Last Chance. Chris Reed is new to town and
    the new owner of Last Chance's single restaurant, the Dip n' Dine. He's not used to small town life and is quickly
    learning the residents don't like anything to change. While struggling with decisions about the restaurant, his wild
    sister and young niece show up unannounced. The real story begins there!


    One More Last Chance is a small-town story about family, love, and dreams. It was the first title of Armstrong's
    that I've read, but I purchased the first book in the series so I can see what happened before this one! I
    really enjoyed this story. All of the characters are realistic, and you'll find yourself rooting for and against
    certain ones. Gran (Sarah's grandmother) is one of my favorite characters. She's supportive, solid, and
    spiritual. One More Last Chance offered the perfect balance of drama, suspense, family, and romance.
    I recommend this book to anyone who likes christian fiction, family stories, or just clean fiction! I'm looking
    forward to the next book in the series!!


    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2014

    I found Cathleen Armstrong's second book in her series, A Place

    I found Cathleen Armstrong's second book in her series, A Place to Call Home, as compelling as the first. Spiced up with the arrival of a few new characters, One More Last Chance brought back the endearing characters of crusty Carlos, nosy but good-hearted Juanita, and of course, wise old Elizabeth. If you haven't yet visited with the characters of Last Chance, New Mexico in Armstrong's novels, start today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetG

    I received an eARC copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. Here is my honest review.




    From the moment Chris fought opposition to adding a new item to the menu to the final sentence, I enjoyed this story. 
    Chris is quiet and determined to make his mark on the cafe that he recently bought. But he understands people and seeks to ... not keep the peace, but rather to slowly win people over to his vision. He is no pushover but he is no brash, suave hero either. He is real, for lack of a better term.
    Sarah was a likeable character even when she was not pleasant to Chris. She returns to her hometown and has an aversion to change. Her ability to see the beauty and potential in Olivia, Chris' rough around the edges niece, and form a friendship with her shows that her heart is big and full of love.




    This was an inspirational romance so there is nothing that you would not want your teenage daughter to read. In addition to Chris and Sarah, the entire town of Last Chance is full of loveable and endearing characters. Since this is the second story in the series, I know we will get to experience many of their stories as well. I am certainly putting the series on my reading list and can't wait to see what happens for the rest of the townsfolk. 




    Armstrong did a wonderful job on character development. She created characters that are loveable and easy to relate to.

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

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    Present Day - Last Chance, New Mexico "...If you end the L

    Present Day - Last Chance, New Mexico

    "...If you end the Lord's Day more tired than you began it, you might need to rethink the way you spend it." -Elizabeth

    This is book two in the 'A Place to Call Home' series and it's about Sarah Cooley and Chris Reed. Sarah had recently returned to her hometown of Last Chance after graduating college and breaking it off with Brandon, the guy she had been dating since her sophomore year. Brandon was controlling and always making her decisions for her and Sarah knew it was time to take her life back. Now she is teaching second grade at the local elementary school, living on her own and finding out what life could be. She hates change and that's exactly what Chris Reed is aiming for... Change. But she soon realizes that change is just what she needs. It was great to watch Sarah come into her own without Brandon making all the decisions for her. She really blossomed as a character but she was very indecisive. Many times I wanted to shake her and tell her to make her mind up already! But I loved her as a character and hope to see more of her in the next book.

    Chris Reed is one of my favorite characters. He is the new owner of the Dip 'n' Dine restaurant and he has a very hard time fitting in at first because he wants to change things a little and folks aren't very accepting in the beginning. Chris has a lot on his plate with the new diner, his niece Olivia (she will melt your heart) and his sister Kaitlyn but he handles it well and I think that's one of the reason I like him so much. Kaitlyn had Olivia at a very young age and is going through a stage where she wants to have the fun she had missed out on when she was younger. Olivia came to live with Chris and, with the help of Sarah and her grandmother Elizabeth, Olivia changes drastically. My heart went out to this little girl for only life she had ever known.

    Oddly enough, Sarah's grandmother Elizabeth is my favorite character. She is always ready with cookies and great advice. She is exactly as a grandmother should be and I warmed up to her very quickly. Brandon is probably my least favorite character in a romance book EVER. He is a very smooth, slick talker. He is always doing something and then lying to make it look like something it isn't. Don't even get me started. I did, however, love the town of Last Chance and it's citizens. Carlos the cook at the Dip 'n' Dine who was adamant about his kitchen and his menu, Juanita the waitress who can't even whisper without the entire diner hearing and Sarah's friend Megan who talks so much that Sarah simply tuned her out until she was finished (reminds me of my sister!). Last Chance is an adorable little town and One More Last Chance is a coming home, inspirational romance that will make you feel good about reading it. It's loaded with endearing characters, has a very strong storyline and Christian overtones that don't over take the story. I really enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to going back and reading book one and then moving on to book three. You don't have to read the books in order but getting to know the characters from the beginning always adds to the story for me. I'll be watching for new releases from Cathleen Armstrong as she has now been added to my list of favorites. Highly recommended for contemporary romance lovers!

    Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Litfuse Publicity Group for my honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

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  • Posted May 6, 2014

    I love reading Christian Fiction, but it took me awhile to get i

    I love reading Christian Fiction, but it took me awhile to get into this book. She's a new author, so give her a chance.
    The characters become more 3D as the book progresses and faith is a big part of the narrative. Gosh I love little
    Olivia (Liverhead, lol!!!) and the grandmother is the epitome of a great Christian woman. 
    The novel covers a variety of hot topics including child neglect, teen pregnancy & single parenthood, aging,
    controlling abuse, love, faith, friendship, manners & etiquette, small town life, and a bunch of others.
    No Spoilers here, but this is book two in her starting series. I do intend to read book one and am wondering what her
    book three will cover.
    I was provided a free digital copy of this book by Revell in exchange for an honest review.

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    Posted June 7, 2014

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