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Welcome to Last Chance: A Novel

Welcome to Last Chance: A Novel

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by Cathleen Armstrong

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The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance 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 for Lainie's


The red warning light on her car dashboard drove Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico. But as she encounters the people who make Last Chance 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 for Lainie's comfort--especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie finds that she is increasingly drawn in to the dramas of small town life. An old church lady who always has room for a stranger. A handsome bartender with a secret life. A single mom running her diner and worrying over her teenage son. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little hick town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

Cathleen Armstrong pens a debut novel filled with complex, lovable characters making their way through life and relationships the best they can. Her evocative descriptions, observational humor, and talent at rendering romantic scenes will earn her many fans.

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Baker Publishing Group
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A Place to Call Home Series , #1
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.66(d)

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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. Welcome to Last Chance won the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction.

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Welcome to Last Chance: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 105 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I got into the story it was hard to put down. This book will keep you in anticipation; waiting for Lainie's past to catch up with her, wondering if her and Ray will ever work things out. The characters are certainly believable and easy to connect with. As a Christian I could see bits and pieces of myself in all of the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
240 pages of Christian romance fiction. This book has more good then bad. There is a double standard on how people are treated. A stranger may be a saint, while a citizen may be looked down on. Not very Christian. Some events are not very realistic and there are holes which could engulf North America. The editing is okay. I love the name of the town. For ages 14 and up. Chick lit. AD
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Would have given more stars had this story not been so full of holes...so many things changed, so much time passed, with such a casual mention...and the ending came so sudden without resolution or explanation. Good story, but needed more pages!
25jump More than 1 year ago
Funny we try to run away and start a new life, but the old one keeps catching up with us. Small town everyone knows your business but it is never mentioned again. Character were well developed and the story keeps you interested. Great read,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading until I finished it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a free nook book. I liked it and will be reading the next one.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Welcome to Last Chance was a fun book to read. After reading this book, I really felt connected to these characters in the small town of Last Chance, New Mexico. Lainie Davis started out in the book as a pretty rough character who had obviously lived a hard life. She was distrustful and didn’t really fit in with the long-time residents of this small town. I enjoyed seeing Lainie grow, both in learning about a relationship with God and in learning how to allow herself to be loved by the people living in Last Chance. She is very drawn to one man in particular, named Ray. I enjoyed their sweet romance develop, but was pretty nervous that Lainie would mess it up or that her past would find her. This is really a great collection of characters, an enjoyable setting to read about, and there is plenty of drama to make for a very interesting story. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Sprinkle23 More than 1 year ago
Desperate to escape her circumstances, Lainie Davis leaves with only her boyfriend's backpack and a cheap car that she hopes will take her far away.  When her clunker only takes her as far as Last Chance, New Mexico, Lainie is forced to seek help in this close-knit town with people who seem almost too nice to be real. Within the small town atmosphere, Lainie finds a change within herself and a possible love interest, but time is running out as Lainie's old boyfriend is searching for her. Will Lainie's past always dictate her life? Or can she find a fresh hope for the future? Read more in Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong. Welcome to Last Chance is Cathleen's Armstong's debut novel and the first installment in the A Place to Call Home series.  For readers who enjoy the small town atmosphere setting, this novel is spot on. The characters were likeable and the suspense of knowing that Lainie's old boyfriend was looking for her kept the story moving. Personally, I felt there were some mixed moral messages, but in light of Lainie's emotional and spiritual state when she arrives, I can understand why they were in the book.  Overall, Welcome to Last Chance is a tender story about life's changes and starting anew. I recommend it only to readers who enjoy stories set in the small town atmosphere. If you don't enjoy that setting, you probably won't enjoy this book. If you do like that setting and are looking for a sweet fiction book to curl up with over the weekend, Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong is for you. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. 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."
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
When Lainie finds herself stuck in the tiny town of Last Chance because of car troubles she intends to be on her way in a couple days. She is running away from her increasingly terrifying boyfriend and his drug habit and business and plans to go live in El Paso with her friend Lindsay. she's nearly there, but when she calls to let Lindsay know about her car troubles she finds out Nick has already been asking about her. Time to formulate a new plan. While she's deciding what to do, she stays in Last Chance and hires on at the local diner. She's also taken in by an older lady, Elizabeth, since the mayor/hotel owner is out of town. She starts dating Ray, Elizabeth's grandson, but they both have a lot to work through before it can go anywhere. Somewhere around here my interest started to fizzle. I kept figuring something would suddenly start happening, but well, not so much. It's fairly predictable and most of the characters are pretty much exactly who you'd expect to see in a small town story - but then one or two are surprising and that didn't feel right either. It is an easy read and if you need a book to accompany you to the beach, this just might do the trick nicely. This 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.
Anonymous 6 hours ago
Last chance is like a second chance for Lainie.Running from a boyfriend into a small town. Where she learns to love and trust and with people who learn to love her instead of just look at her with side way glances and wonder why shes here.
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Shivani2 5 months ago
This book was quite the read. It had a lot of elements to it, some that I liked, others, not as much. Starting with the characters, I loved some of the people in Last Chance, the mother running the diner, and the caretaker of Laine for the time she was in Last Chance. Both of these women were strong willed, and had reflective personalities that were inspiring to me. If looked at from a feminine point of view, I feel like those two women are what girls should inspire to be. They were both kind and giving, but also stubborn, and strict. Some characters I didn't like so much came later in the book. It frustrated me reading certain parts of the book because I felt like it came off annoying or unreasonable, like when Laine decided to not listen to the people in the town and run off to an unknown place she's never been before with basically a stranger. On another note, I really did enjoy the concept of the book. It went by a little too fast at parts and a little too slow, but it was not like anything I had ever read before. Overall, a good read. I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good clean story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I REALLY enjoyed the story and loved the characters. It made me want to move to Last Chance and meet them. I also want to know what happens next. :) I liked the morals and Christian views put in. It was written wonderfully since everything was from Lainie's point of view, so it wasn't a direct, blunt or too churchy feel, but the message of Jesus got through (although could've been a little more) I only gave 4 stars for the writing style in certain places. It's written as if you can see it, very visual and very scene-like--- totally great! But some setting description would've been beneficial to jump from scene to scene. The ending also seemed very rushed. I was a little disappointed at how abrupt the ending was despite the very wonderful happy ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this story and characters. Made me happy to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. The descriptions of the location brought back memories of times I spent in New Mexico. This story had a message. I recommend this book, and will look for more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reasonably well written with excellent vocabulary and a good grasp of grammar. Story flows well but is fairly predictable, and the characters are just one-dimensional. Even the main character is not well fleshed out, and as a result does not ring true. Try as I might, even by the end of the book I didn't like her, care about her, or even feel any compassion for her. The author seems to have an ability to write well, but took too many shortcuts in this story. Unfortunate.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life has not been good for Lainie, but God is giving her a chance to find love and family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great i loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A quick, enjoyable read about redemption and finding yourself. Enjoyed the characters, especially when looking at how 'church people'can be more inappropriate for church than anyone.