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1.30.2015

At Home in Last Chance ~ Review

At Home in Last Chance
A Place to Call Home 3
By Cathleen Armstrong

Kaitlyn Reed is trying to make up for her past mistakes - the biggest of which was leaving Olivia behind with her brother Chris.  Kaitlyn doesn't know if she'll ever be able to make up for all the pain and heart-break she caused her daughter, but she's determined to try.  But working at the Dip 'n' Dine is trying, especially working with Juanita.  Kaitlyn loves styling hair, but Last Chance doesn't have a salon.

The one person who doesn't seem to hold her past and its mistakes against her is Elizabeth Cooley. And Olivia loves the woman who has stepped in to give her stability in all the upheaval that has been her life the last year.  

Steven Braden, the black sheep in the Cooley family, is back in Last Chance - at least for the time being.  He feels as if the rest of the family expects him to always mess up - to run out of town at the slightest hint of crisis.  Steven knows he isn't the person his family believes him to be.  At least his grandmother believes in him or who he could be.  But when it comes Kaitlyn, Elizabeth is determined to keep Steven from poring on the charm - charm which Kaitlyn seems to be immune to.  

With the help of family and friends can these two people make a new start in Last Chance that will last a lifetime?  When a crisis throws them an unexpected challenge can Kaitlyn and Steven hold true to the promises that they've made to themselves?

At Home in Last Chance is the concluding book in the A Place to Call Home series and all the series favorites are back for one last time.  Come for one more visit to Last Chance you just might want to stay for a while.

The characters are well developed and the story is easy to read and follow (even if you haven't read the previous titles in the series).  Last Chance is a tight-knit community that is like an extended family.  They know your faults and they love you in-spite of yourself.  This isn't a quick and simple happy solution book,but it will leave you satisfied as the characters all deal with situations that will make them grow as people.  I have to say that Elizabeth has to be my favorite character throughout the series and I would love to join her for a cup of tea.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher - Revell through their blogger program in exchange for my honest review.

What happens when the life you're running from won't let go of your heart?

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going--out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over.

Kaitlyn is working to reestablish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don't even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.


Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico where she grew up and where much of her family still lives. She is the author of Welcome to Last Chance, winner of the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction, and One More Last Chance.