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

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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 ...
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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: 9781441242570
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Series: A Place to Call Home , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 18,973
  • File size: 988 KB

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.
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 May 29, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Good read

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  • Posted May 23, 2014

    Great Book

    Can't wait for the next one!

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    I really liked the way this book started out, with Lainie dragg

    I really liked the way this book started out, with Lainie dragging into Last Chance in a car that dies in the first parking lot in town. For the first few days, she doesn't know whether she is having good luck or bad luck with the things that are happening. Before she can blink, though, she has a place to stay and a job - just no car.


    She has been on her own for so long that she doesn't recognize it when someone cares about her and is not just ordering her around. She has had her fill of being ordered around, but because of situations in her past, can't quite feel comfortable anywhere. She is afraid that her ex is going to come looking for her, and she can't let him find her.


    I loved Lainie. When she discovered that she was in a situation that she didn't like - rather than staying to try to change her boyfriend - she packed up and left. Something I think not a lot of young girls would do. Especially ones that didn't have anywhere else they could call home. When she arrived in Last Chance, she was cautious, but she was not afraid of work. She was a good person who had just not had a perfect life.


    Like the people of Last Chance, this book was warm and welcoming and presented the gospel in a very laid back way. For them it was just a fact of life - something they lived every day. They did not need to rub your face in it. Now don't get me wrong - Last Chance had some characters that weren't living the life they should, and even had some Christians whose heart was in the right place even if what came out of their mouths sometimes wasn't.


    I thought it was a very strong debut novel and will happily read whatever Cathleen Armstrong comes out with next.

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  • Posted August 20, 2013

    Lainie Davis, on the run from her old life, winds up in Last Cha

    Lainie Davis, on the run from her old life, winds up in Last Chance, NM. What she hopes will be a few hours' stay turns into months as she finds a job and learns to trust others besides herself. She meets and befriends Ray, also in town by circumstance rather than choice. Welcome to Last Chance is a novel about chances: 2nd, 3rd, last chances. Every character in the story is offered chances: to make a better 2nd impression; to see the impact of their words and deeds on others; to change their lives one way or another. Small or large chances, what each person chooses to do with those chances makes the story. If you like this story, you might also like Lisa Wingate's Daily, TX series.

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  • Posted August 18, 2013

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    WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong is an delightful in

    WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE by Cathleen Armstrong is an delightful inspirational contemporary romance set in Last Chance, New Mexico. #1 in "A Place to Call Home". What a charming debut! Follow, Lainie Davis on a journey of faith, second chances,small town camaraderie, secrets,small town drama,healing,forgiveness,friendship and love. Well written with engaging characters, a powerful storyline,and insight into small town drama. Ms. Armstrong is a wonderful storyteller. Her debut is an awesome read for anyone who enjoys small town stories,romance, contemporary romance and a great read! Well done! I am looking forward to her next release in the "A Place to Call Home" series,we all need a place to call home, and Last Chance, New Mexico is the place to be. A not to miss story. Received for an honest review from the publisher.
    *Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.*
    RATING: 4
    HEAT RATING: SWEET
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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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.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    A good debut from Armstrong! I love stories about small towns.

    A good debut from Armstrong!

    I love stories about small towns. They're attractive because of the close-knit family feel they bring, yet this attractive quality also repels many. Last Chance emanates warmth and kindness. Its residents share the love of Christ to any wanderers, especially people running from something, like Lainie. I loved how Lainie learned to appreciate people, despite their obvious flaws and imperfections.

    The change in Lainie from her arrival at Last Chance to the final pages is subtle, though she certainly is different by the end. Personally, I wanted to see more of her internal transition. However, I liked Lainie's courage. As for other characters, Fayette and Elizabeth have left a permanent mark on my memory. Elizabeth's stubbornness and Fayette's determination combined to eventually straighten Lainie out.

    I did not like how Armstrong never gave us a description of Ray. I thought he was some older man at first, but after Lainie began to have an interest in him, I decided he must be younger than I thought. If anything, it was a minor frustration for me. The ending felt a little rushed with no post-climax. I finished the book longing for a little more faith presented in the story; however, given Lainie isn't a Christian at the onset that's okay. Armstrong's writing is easy to read and keep up with, but this isn't a favorite. I do look forward to where she takes this series and with whom.

    I'd recommend this book to older teens, due to minor adult content (drinking, Ray owns a bar, drug dealing and using are brought up once or twice.)

    I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!

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

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  • Posted August 11, 2013

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    Lanie Davis is on the road to no where, she is fleeing a bad rel

    Lanie Davis is on the road to no where, she is fleeing a bad relationship, and fate sends her to Last Chance, NM. The middle of no where, not even an open motel to lay her head in. Her car has sputtered its last sputter, and she has no idea what to do, or where to go.
    Is it a coincidence she ends up here? I think not, God has placed her exactly where he wants her. Whether she wants it or not, the town seems to embrace her. Especially Elizabeth, who treats her like she is her own.
    She also starts a rocky relationship with Ray, the local bar tender.
    We also have the wayward brother Steve returning from the military, he is to relieve Ray of the bar. Ray is a wonderful artist who has sacrificed for his brother.
    Be ready to feel at home in Last Chance, a place where everyone knows each other, and when something happens to one, they lend a hand. Makes you want to live there. We learn some good life lessons, one I personally find myself doing, judging, and they regretting. The Church Community is amazing, but of course there are always those who judge! Love how they learn to accept.
    Will Lanie be to headstrong to accept the gift that she has been given? Will Ray finally have enough, and close the bar, and leave? Be ready for a quick, page turning read!

    I received this book through the Revell Book Blogger's Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    When Lainie finds herself stuck in the tiny town of Last Chance

    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.

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