Review: One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong
Sarah Cooley has come home to Last Chance, New Mexico, for one reason–because it doesn’t change. After an engagement gone bad with a man who wanted to change everything about her, Sarah is more than ready for the town whose motto may as well be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Chris Reed, on the other hand, wants nothing more than to spark some change in the little town. As the new owner of the Dip ‘n’ Dine, he’s shaking things up to draw folks from all over the Southwest into his restaurant.
As it turns out, the winds of change are blowing into Last Chance–just not in the ways that Sarah or Chris might expect.
This is the second book in the Place to Call Home series. Book 1, Welcome to Last Chance, was a quick read and fairly enjoyable. In that review, I mentioned that it felt short – and One More Last Chance felt the same. At 304 pages, it’s a full 80 pages shorter than Becky Wade’s Meant to Be Mine, 64 pages shorter than Melissa Tagg’s Here to Stay, and 48 pages shorter than Victoria Bylin’s Until I Found You. All three of those happen to be contemporary romances recently released by Bethany House while One More Last Chance is a Revell novel and it does seem more in line with the Revell releases [such as Janice Thompson’s Weddings by Design series – it’s 20-50 pages shorter than those].
As a “light snack” of reading it worked well. I read it in an evening while recuperating from strep throat. It wasn’t too deep where I had a hard time concentrating or had trouble remembering who was who.
I did think the thread with Sarah’s ex-boyfriend was a bit too… neatly wrapped up – I guess is the best way to put it.
I enjoyed Chris as he tried to update the diner as well as the secondary characters. I do look forward to book 3 as I was hoping that particular character would get an HEA of her own. I’m not sure when it comes out but I will be watching for it.
Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars