Occasionally I like to review fiction, especially when it’s written by someone I know. Being an ordinary woman, I do love to relax with a good novel from time to time. I call this feature Fiction Friday. It won’t happen every Friday, but every now and then, I want to encourage you to take a few hours off and snuggle in with a good book. Today’s book is Welcome to Last Chance: A Novel (A Place to Call Home)by my friend, Cathleen Armstrong.
The last thing Lainie Davis expected on her exodus from her life in California was to end up in the podunk town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but her car had a different idea. It limped as far as the parking lot of the local saloon before dying completely. But with characteristic small town friendliness, the residents of Last Chance stepped up to make her feel welcome.
Cathleen Armstrong has created real, likable characters and a real, loveable town. Last Chance reminds me of the town I grew up in many years ago. A place where strangers were welcomed without a lot of questions. A place where neighbors pitched in to help where needed. A place where change happens when you aren’t looking. I was filled with nostalgia as I got acquainted with the folks and setting of Last Chance.
If you enjoy women’s fiction with a little romance, a little intrigue, and a little tension, you’ll love Welcome to Last Chance. And the sequel launches next week. Stay tuned for my review of it.
Disclaimer: I was privileged to be part of Cathy’s critique group as she wrote this book. It’s better than I remember.