Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance Series #1)

Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance Series #1)

by Hope Ramsay
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Welcome to Last Chance 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Cindyannef More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up at B&N a week ago. I read a lot and have my favorite authors, but from time to time I like to check out new authors too. I didn't know what to expect, but when I got through the first few chapters I was completely hooked. I read through this book, and was left wanting more. The setting is in a small town, and if you've ever lived in a small town you know what that means. Yes...it means no matter what you do or say, everyone knows about it immediately. But to be fair, unlike the bigger cities, when you live in a small town people tend to look out for one another too. That's what this story is like, people who really and truly care about one another, young and old alike. And even if people don't happen to always see eye to eye with one another, when it comes to protecting them from outsiders, they'll be right there standing tall against any threatening stranger, in order to protect one of their own from harms way.
LorHuem More than 1 year ago
Well written, interesting characters, humor (but not too much), sexual attraction (but not graphic!) . The pages flew by. Can't wait for the next one!
AuthorKellyMoran More than 1 year ago
Author Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer her mother would pack her off to her aunt to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She's a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart Awards through the Romance Writers of America. She resides in Fairfax, Virginia, with her husband, two grown children, and two demanding cats. You can often find her on the back deck, picking on her thirty-five-year-old Martin guitar. Other titles include: Home at Last Chance (coming September 2011). Welcome to Last Chance, South Carolina, a town that lives up to its name, as Jane Coblentz soon learned when exiting the 9:30 bus from Atlanta. She was broke, had nothing on her including clothes, and a history of bad choices chasing her. After a one night fling with musician and songwriter Clay Rhodes her first night in town, Jane is determined to make a fresh start and better decisions. The Universe appeared to be on her side. She quickly got a job and rent-free housing at the local Cut 'n' Curl salon, plus her one night with Clay was turning into something a lot like love. But as fate would have it, Clay had a past as tormenting as hers, and as those past regrets came into Last Chance one by one, so too did hers. Now she must trust not only in Clay, but herself as well if she's going to have any chance at true happiness. *SPOILER ALERT* I hate issuing these, but I find it necessary in order to relay my concerns with this book. Everything, from the characters to the setting to the back story, were so well done, except-- the plot and storyline. It really ruined the book for me. Here's why: Clay left Carolina to head to Nashville years ago to make it in country music. He made a success of himself, but at a cost. Both women he fell in love with dumped him for other men. He then came home after the band kicked him out, then went on to the bestselling charts. In the book, both women come back to him, or try. It seemed over the top to me, as there was enough conflict without that. Jane had a history of choosing the wrong men too. First, the guy she ran away from home with when she was seventeen, then the gambling addict she ran away from at the start of the story. Both pasts come back to haunt her, and get her in serious legal trouble. The legal angle was weak, which struck me from the start, and after awhile, it grew tiresome in how it was handled and portrayed in the book. The ending, her running from goons trying to kill her while carrying an angel-wielding little girl from town, was over the top. But like I stated earlier, it is so easy to fall in love with the small town setting and the many secondary characters in this book. It's what propelled me to keep going. The author also did a spectacular job of illustrating the desperation of Jane when she first arrived in town. It was heart-breaking. Kelly Moran Author and Reviewer Bookpleasures
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
In a town called Last Chance you would think something good might happen. Jane believes it has to get better since it has been so bad so far in her life. But without any money and this being the end of the bus line her glass half empty is more of a reality than she would like it to be. Jane is a dreamer and believes that somewhere out there is her soul mate she has just gone through allot of bad times finding him. But then Jane meets Clay and from that moment on the search for her Knight in Shining Armor seems to have come to an end. Clay is a man who has been around the block and figured out home is a better place to be than anywhere else. This is a small town with busy body neighbors, matchmaking women with too much free time and too many people that know his history, but Clay wouldn't have it any other way. Yet the savior in Clay is determined to help Jane find her way even with all the interference with ex-girlfriends, police intervention and her total reluctance to get involved with him. Jane may be a positive thinker but she is a bit negative on the subject of long-term relationships. Clay knows they are more than a one hit wonder and he will do whatever he has to in order to prove it. Jane is more a wait and we will see kind of girl and while finding a job and a place to live is amazing she is not sold completely on Clay and his theory that destiny brought them together. This book builds slowly and lets you absorb all the characters before it takes them a step further. Hope Ramsay lets you savor all the eclectic people living in this town and you know that everyone in Last Chance has a past, some mystery and too much free time to gossip.
harstan More than 1 year ago
On the lam, Mary Smith buys a ticket to the Carolinas to hide in aptly named Last Chance. She expects a dead quiet town so is surprised to learn a fiddler plays. When Mary and the musician Clay Rhodes meet they prove hotter than a peppercorn (thanks to Johnny Cash). After a great night at the Peach Blossom Motor Court, Mary checks her sleeping partner's wallet for his name. He assumes she is stealing from him and looks into her belongings to find out that Mary Smith is Wanda Jane Coblentz, a woman in distress. Both are irate with the other, but the church's Ladies Auxiliary matchmakers, the communication center (owned by his mama) Cut 'n' Curl Beauty Salon, his brother the cop and angels believe this couple belongs together forever. Readers will feel Welcome to Last Chance thanks the small town residents who make the tale fun to read even though the action is somewhat limited. The key is the homespun hometown musings of mama who is worried about her son refusing to risk anything emotional since he left a band, but sees Mary-Jane as the perfect CPR maker. Mindful of Mossy Creek, readers who enjoy a warm welcome to a remote part of South Carolina will remember mama (and her female horde) and son taking a chance by offering Mary-Jane a last chance. Harriet Klausner
SuzeQ18 More than 1 year ago
A great small town story where the confused new girl in town finds her place in life and the love of her life. I highly recommend this author and her books. The authors style is reminiscient of Charlaine Harris and the Sookie Sackhouse style of story telling. So cozy and comfortable, you are drawn to Last Chance from the very beginning.
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I enjoyed it so much that I am now starting the second book in the series.
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BJAlbright More than 1 year ago
Having lived in SC, I can relate to Last Chance. Interesting characters and great story. Looking forward to the next novel.
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I really enjoyed the dialog and the definition of characters.
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good book
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LaurieK2613 More than 1 year ago
Hope Ramsay's Welcome to Last Chance was touching and highly entertaining. One reviewer claimed the plot was a little over the top, but I find that to be part of any comedic story. It was in no way a problem for this reader. I loved it!
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Robin Mlyniec Blomberg More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a book that is entertaining and filled with realistic and memorable charaterd, then this is the book for you! Very fun and enjoyable.
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