I really enjoyed returning to Last Chance, New Mexico in book four of the A Place to Call Home series. I have liked all four of these stories and it was fun to reconnect with all of the characters in this small town.
The author did a great job of conveying the spirit of small-town football and its importance in the community. Watching Andy juggle the continual comments about bringing the team back to their “glory days” and the coaching tips he received from many town folk made the story feel very realistic.
Another topic that really cements these books as being set in New Mexico is the importance of green chiles. I’m not kidding. If you have spent any time in New Mexico, or have family members from New Mexico, then you know how highly they value green chile! Seeing Jess experience her first real taste of New Mexican fare was fun.
I enjoyed Last Chance Hero and the light romance that grew between Jess and Andy. I thought that the problems they ran into seemed plausible based on their very different backgrounds. I would have enjoyed reading a couple more chapters and felt like the story ended a little before I expected it too, however, I still felt satisfied with where things were going in their relationship at the book’s end. (4 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The inhabitants of Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica McLeod has opened an office right on Main Street. Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has ended his short career in the NFL and has come home to coach the mighty Pumas of Last Chance High. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot when she admits that she’s never seen a football game, isn’t really interested in doing so, and, in fact, doesn’t know a first down from a home run. Meanwhile, Coach Ryan is discovering that it’s not easy to balance atop the pedestal the town has put him on. When this unlikely pair is drawn together over the future of a young player–whose gifts may lie in the laboratory rather than on the football field–they begin to wonder if they might have a future together as well.
With the flair that has made her Last Chance books a favorite among readers of contemporary fiction, Cathleen Armstrong draws on the passion Americans have for the traditions of small-town high school football.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cathleen Armstrong is the author of Welcome to Last Chance, winner of the ACFW Genesis Award for Women’s Fiction in 2009 and the first volume in the series “A Place to Call Home.” She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ed, and their corgi, but her roots remain deep in New Mexico where she grew up and where much of her family still lives.
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