Book: Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home #1)
Release date: August 2013
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Source: Review Copy
Summary: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?
My Thoughts: 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.