A good debut from Armstrong!
I love stories about small towns. They're attractive because of the close-knit family feel they bring, yet this attractive quality also repels many. Last Chance emanates warmth and kindness. Its residents share the love of Christ to any wanderers, especially people running from something, like Lainie. I loved how Lainie learned to appreciate people, despite their obvious flaws and imperfections.
The change in Lainie from her arrival at Last Chance to the final pages is subtle, though she certainly is different by the end. Personally, I wanted to see more of her internal transition. However, I liked Lainie's courage. As for other characters, Fayette and Elizabeth have left a permanent mark on my memory. Elizabeth's stubbornness and Fayette's determination combined to eventually straighten Lainie out.
I did not like how Armstrong never gave us a description of Ray. I thought he was some older man at first, but after Lainie began to have an interest in him, I decided he must be younger than I thought. If anything, it was a minor frustration for me. The ending felt a little rushed with no post-climax. I finished the book longing for a little more faith presented in the story; however, given Lainie isn't a Christian at the onset that's okay. Armstrong's writing is easy to read and keep up with, but this isn't a favorite. I do look forward to where she takes this series and with whom.
I'd recommend this book to older teens, due to minor adult content (drinking, Ray owns a bar, drug dealing and using are brought up once or twice.)
I received this book from Revell in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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?