Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cathleen Armstrong: At Home In Last Chance *Giveaway*

By Kelly Bridgewater

Want to win a copy of this book? I have a spare copy that I am willing to give away to one lucky commenter. Comment below by Monday, February 2, 2015, and I will draw someone's name on Wednesday, February 3.  Good luck!

Back Cover Copy:

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 that leap off the page and into the reader's psyche, Cathleen Armstrong continues to delight her readers and win new fans. Readers will be thrilled to return once more to the small town they've grown to love.

My Review:

Personally, I have never read a book by Cathleen Armstrong or heard of her A Place to Call Home series, but when Revell offered the chance to read and review the book, the image of Kaitlyn captured my interest. I’m not the typical person you see sitting in the church pew. I might appear to be on the outside, but I won’t wear a dress (EVER!). My favorite book in the Bible is Revelation. I am fascinated by the darker side of the God and Satan. I tend to be drawn toward the “outcasts” from the church. You know, the ones covered in tattoos, multiple colored hair, piercings, smoking a cigarette, or drinking. One of my friends in college had wiccan tattoos on his arm, but I became his friend. Before he entered the navy, he said he wished more Christians were like me. Not hypocritical. I tried to hang out with the outcasts like God did.

Long explanation, but Kaitlyn on the covered looked like someone I would hang out with. Shunned from the “normal” Christians, yet struggling to find her way in the world or wondering about her faith. My kind of person.

Armstrong does a good job at creating a romance. The characters of Steven and Kaitlyn didn’t fall in love for the first two hundred pages. I enjoyed that Armstrong made Steven work for the heart of Kaitlyn who had a hard time trusting anyone. It was a nice surprise. The romantic tension between the hero and heroine was realistic and soothing.

The setting of Last Chance matched the small town feel. I liked how Armstrong made the readers feel the blow of the wind through the tumbleweed that blew in front of the diner. I like the description of how everyone knew everyone and was concerned about everyone’s doing. Armstrong truly understands how the small town works and used it to create a realistic world for her story as they visit Last Chance.

Armstrong’s writing ability was great. The plot flowed along from scene to scene without jumping into more than one head for a chapter without a chapter break. The scenes moved in order of the story meaning that the story kept a continuous flow without jumping back in time or skipping forward then moving backward. The emotions, struggles, and fears of the characters were realistic. I understood why Kaitlyn didn’t want to trust anyone and completely empathized with her struggle of trying to make her parents’ happy.

Cathleen Armstrong returns to the small town of Last Chance with a sappy romance between her hero and heroine who allow their realistic struggles to guide their lives.

I was given a copy of At Home in Last Chance from Revell Publishing and the opinions stated above are completely my own.

How to connect with Cathleen Armstrong:
Cathleen Armstrong 
Amazon’s Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cathleen-Armstrong/e/B00DQNBV6K/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorCathleenArmstrong

Website: http://www.cathleenarmstrong.com/books/welcome-to-last-chance/

Where to purchase her books:
Barnes and Nobles
Wherever books are sold

Remember if you want to win a copy of At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong, leave a comment with your EMAIL address and I'll put your name in the hat. Good luck!


  1. Wow! This doesn't sound like the usual Christian Romance, I've love to find out what happens between Kaitlyn and Stephen. Cathleen, it's about time Christian Romance found a new angle. Put my name in the hat for "At Home in Last Chance.". landtbeth at yahoo dot com

    1. Welcome Laurean! Thank you for commenting. Good luck!