Saturday, August 31, 2013

Welcome to Last Chance - a Review

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?


My review: By far my favorite thing about Welcome to Last Chance is the warm, homey, community feel. Although there is never a lack of small-town drama, these friendly people do try to take seriously the command to love your neighbor as yourself. Especially Elizabeth, the sweet old grandma who takes Lainie in and tries to show her Christian love. Lainie herself is a puzzle: hardened, and a little calculating, but it was a joy to see her sweeten and soften over the course of the story. The hero, Ray, is a bit of an enigma himself. Just imagine a bar owner who doesn't drink, an artist who doesn't show people his paintings anymore, and a Christian who doesn't go to church, and you might have an idea. Reading Christian fiction I usually prefer the hero to the heroine (strange, I know...) but in this story, I loved Lanie far more than Ray.

Welcome to Last Chance was enjoyable, not exceptional in its genre, but a pleasant afternoon read.

My rating: 7 out of 10

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.

1 comment:

Kiri Liz said...

Excellent review, Maria! I love how you described Ray: "... a bit of an enigma himself. Just imagine a bar owner who doesn't drink, an artist who doesn't show people his paintings anymore, and a Christian who doesn't go to church, and you might have an idea." :D

Oh, and I've awarded you! http://liannetaimenlore.blogspot.com/2013/09/when-life-hands-you-award.html