Welcome to Last Chance: A Novel

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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 comfort--especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie finds that she is ...

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Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home Book #1): A Novel

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800722463
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: A Place to Call Home, #1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 966,922
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.66 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2013

    Once I got into the story it was hard to put down. This bo

    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.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2015

    Good read

    This was a free nook book. I liked it and will be reading the next one.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2015

    Loved the book

    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,

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2014

    Excellent story!

    I couldn't stop reading until I finished it!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2014

    Welcome to Last Chance was a fun book to read. After reading thi

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2014

    Desperate to escape her circumstances, Lainie Davis leaves with

    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."

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2015

    240 pages

    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.

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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2015

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    Would have given more stars had this story not been so full of h

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Luved it

    Anyone wants to chat reply to selfie girl

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Good read

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    1 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 26, 2013

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    Janice Thompson in her new book, ┬┐Welcome To Last Chance┬┐ Book O

    Janice Thompson in her new book, “Welcome To Last Chance” Book One in the A Place To Call Home series published by Revell introduces us to Lainie Davis.




    From the back cover:  She’s learned you can’t count on anyone–but she didn’t count on landing in Last Chance.




    The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town 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–especially since she’s on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.




    Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?




    I like the name of this series, “A Place To Call Home”.  I like the title of this book, ”Welcome To Last Chance”.  I think Ms. Armstrong has hit the ground running and brought in a winner with this series.  I also think she brought about everything that the series and book names suggest.  Last Chance, NM is a place to call home and is Lainie’s last chance though she doesn’t know it.  Lainie is on the run and the old car she has dies in Last Chance.  Here Lainie meets the residents of this small town and finds people who reach out with love to her.  She could actually start a new life here if the old one wasn’t hunting for her.  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.”




    Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    Welcome to Last Chance ... A Charming Story! I enjoyed reading C

    Welcome to Last Chance ... A Charming Story!
    I enjoyed reading Cathleen Armstrong's debut novel, Welcome to Last Chance. The story is sweet, the town is charming, and the characters residing in Last Chance, New Mexico are just that—characters—and they certainly provide a lot of color to this small town WAY off the beaten path. I love stories set in small towns. There's something so beautiful about the way people know one another and band together in the midst of struggle. Last Chance was certainly no exception, though I wondered a time or two if they didn't give people the benefit of the doubt a little too quickly at times.

    Lainie and Ray piqued my interest from the very beginning. I knew there was more to their stories than initially explained and I enjoyed finding out more about them. Elizabeth, though, was my favorite, though! She was just so warm and caring. I definitely look forward to reading more about Elizabeth in future books in the series.

    While the characters and the setting were huge hits for me, I felt that there were a few missteps in the plot. First, there were a ton of characters ... and some with similar names, which always confuses me. I liked seeing a fuller picture of the town, but it did get a little overwhelming at times. Also, the main story was supposedly about Lainie and Ray, but there were three other stories that were pretty fully explained in the book. I almost felt like they could have (should have?) been four separate books in the series. That would have given me the "more" I found myself looking for at times. The second complaint is that there were a couple of plot points that just didn't make sense to me—the trip to Juarez, for instance. And finally, the ending was abrupt. The book was shorter than many, and I felt the buildup, but then it just skipped to the ending. Another 20 pages might have helped me out a bit.

    Even with these missteps, I still very much enjoyed the book and look forward to other books in the series! [3.5 stars]

    I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my fair and honest review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2015

    Not a good use of your reading time

    Personally, I don't care for "tough women". I did not enjoy this book because I didn't like the main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2015

    Great read

    I loved this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2015

    Really enjoyed this book

    Couldnt put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2015

    Great story!

    I was pulled in from page one, could not put the book down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2015

    Loved it

    I felt as if I lived in Last Chance myself while reading this book. This writer has a true gift from God. Please, keep writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2015

    Great Book

    The book captured the beauty of small town living. The character development was excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2015

    Pretty good book

    This was a very well-written book, a little different than what I expected! I don't want to spoil the book by giving details, but I do recommend that if you like a good, clean book with a little suspense, and some romance, this is the book for you.

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  • Posted March 3, 2015

    Recommend read to make you feel good

    Love the book. I felt like I knew this young girl just trying to start over. I can understand and feel the authors touch of this girl being at the end of her rope and wondering along with a bit of shaking hope that ther is true kindness out there.
    A very good book that will have you believing that ther are real people who will give someone a chance.

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