Hachette Book Group
Reviewed by Angie
Obtained by Publisher
Lark Chaikin’s father’s last request was for his ashes to be spread on a mini golf course in Last Chance, South Carolina although she has no idea why he wanted her to spread them there. After a long trip from New York she arrives to find out her father’s request may be impossible, although he left there decades ago, his reputation is still alive – and he is thought of as a troublemaker and worse a possible murderer.
Stone Rhodes is the police chief in Last Chance and while he truly does want to know who killed his grandfather, he is more interested in keeping the peace in his family. And that means keeping Lark as far away from his father’s mini golf course as he can. What he really wants is her to just go home and leave him and his daughters alone with their memories.
LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS is a book filled with love and honor. The family ties are so strong they often seem unbendable, but as in every good romance novel, true love prevails. The small town atmosphere comes off the pages so strongly you feel pulled in and as though you are just sitting on a bench watching the town pass you by. Hope Ramsay is a talented author that truly knows how to take a “Hatfield’s and McCoy’s” story and turn it into a modern day fairytale. Her characters are loveable, strong and definitely three dimensional. She will leave you wanting more…
This book brings controversy into play with scenes from the past – races were still being segregated, maybe not legally, but in small towns and Ms. Ramsay’s characters were strong enough to fight for their beliefs. She brings together two young adults one Jewish and the other Christian and lets them learn about the cultures. She has a tasteful way of making the “Love One Another” rule come from her pages. This talented author is one I will be watching for more form in the future.
As a reader I fell in love with more than Stone and Lark. His daughters are adorable – and need their own future. I would love to know what happens with Lizzy and David, will he be her first true love? I can’t wait to learn more about Last Chance in March of 2013 when Ms. Ramsay’s next novel in the series is released LAST CHANCE BOOK CLUB.