Kathi Macias' writing in this book flows flawlessly from beginning to end. I noticed in another review that someone had the same thought that I did about the writing reminding us of the Mitford Series.
I loved the two main characters, Lynn, the Mom and Rachel, the daughter. I loved the way both of them put God first in their daily lives, the way they loved each other, and the way they opened themselves up to new adventures together.
There is an old mystery looming that needs to be unraveled, new friends and old friends to meet and renew friendships and maybe more, an estate to settle and lives to settle.
This is a very easy book to read and I would recommend it to Young Adults and Adults alike. Last Chance for Justice was the first Kathi Macias book that I have read and I now plan to read more, I would love to find out about other people from Bloomfield, plus other books she has written.
How long does it take to clear the name of an innocent man? So far, Last Chance Justice has waited several decades. In fact, he died with his name still bearing the shame of the missing $7.14 from the church offering.
(I know, Last Chance is a strange name--with an interesting reason why the Justice family called him that.)
Lynn Myers, recently widowed, now finds out her brother Myron has passed away, leaving her with a huge old house next to a graveyard and an old mystery. She and her just-graduated-from-college daughter Rachel set off for Bloomfield, the town where Lynn had been born and raised. A small town heavy in small-town activities and big-time gossiping. A week or two to settle the estate, and they should be able to leave there and go back to the home she'd had with her beloved husband.
She didn't care about this old mystery her brother had tried unsuccessfully to resolve. Really, $7.14? No one in town even seemed to remember the incident. Except Homer Tatum, deaf and hungry at the local retirement home; Jason, the scruffy, smelly, supposed caretaker living on Myron's property; and Miss Pearl, the last living member of the Justice siblings. Why bother?
And yet--It had been one of Myron's last wishes. And Rachel is interested--or maybe she just wants an excuse to stay in Bloomfield a little longer where two guys are vying for her attention.
To find out the answers, you must buy the book. I mean, it's by Kathi Macias, one of the best inspirational writers in the business--how far wrong can you go?
Lynn Myers is trying to find a way to move forward in her life now that she has lost her husband Daniel after being married for thirty-five years. How does one simply pick up the pieces and move on? It doesn't help when she also receives a letter in the mail informing her that her only brother, Myron Cofield has also passed away and didn't want her to know about it. He stipulated in his will that his attorney was to wait at least three weeks after his death before notifying Lynn that she has inherited everything he owns. The only thing is, all he owns is in the small town of Bloomfield that Lynn grew up in as a child and subsequently moved away from when she married Daniel. Is it possible to go back to her beginning to try and find a new path this late in her life?
Armed with her dog Beasley and her daughter Rachel that has just returned home after graduating from Bible college, both women set off on a road trip to see just what Myron has left them. All they know is he used to live in a creepy two-story house next to the town's cemetery, I mean seriously who would want to live there? But all Lynn knows is that she can't continue to live in the house she and Daniel shared because everyday was another constant reminder of what she didn't have any longer and the person she loved would no longer answer her calls for him in their home.
When they arrive in Bloomfield, they are delighted by just how truly the small town feel really is. The waitress, Jolene Trump at Bert's Barbecue is still working there and must be about seventy now. However Lynn soon realizes that a lot of the people she grew up knowing are still living in Bloomfield, population 9, 978 and still home of the annual Spring Fling Festival. After meeting with her lawyer, Lynn and Rachel learn that the house is still situated at the end of Cemetery Road and that her brother insisted that the grounds keeper, Jason would be provided a place to live as long as they owned the house. He carry for the "garden" as he called the cemetery and the people buried there were his plants! He took his job very seriously and it seemed as if Myron and Jason had a great friendship since both of them lived like recluses.
It doesn't take Lynn long to learn that her brother Myron was in the midst of attempting to solve the mystery of righting the wrongs of long time resident Last Chance Justice. He hoped that Lynn would carry on in his quest if he died before finding out the truth. Now it's up to Lynn and Rachel to find out just what happened to Last Chance Justice before it's time to decide whether to sell Myron's home or will the call of small town Bloomfield speak volumes to both Lynn and Rachel and call them back home instead.
I received Last Chance for Justice by Kathi Macias compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and received no monetary compensation for a favorable one. I really loved this novel first of all for the small town appeal that Bloomfield immediate draws the readers in and makes you want to stay here. Second, is the mystery of finding out what happened to Last Chance Justice and if its possible this many years later to finally solve the town's mystery and bring the reputation of the town's most notorious criminal to rest in peace once and for all. I can't wait to read many more books in the Bloomfield series and just know that I will come to love them as much as the delightful characters you meet in this one. Hands down a 4.5 of out 5 stars in my opinion and a great novel to add to your summer reading list.
This novel is as peaceful as the town in which it takes place.
Lynn had left Bloomfield decades ago when she fell in love with and married a fellow who had been visiting the small town for the summer. She'd never regretted the move and the years she had with her wonderful husband. But now he was gone.
Lynn receives world that her older brother has died. He has left her the old house next to the cemetery. Her daughter just having graduated from Bible college, Lynn decides to take her and go back to Bloomfield to settle the estate.
While they are there, a mystery beckons and romance teases.
This is a quiet, slow moving novel. There are no sudden developments, no exciting turns in the plot. Nothing in this novel will raise your blood pressure. The characters are very firm in their Christian belief and it is an essential part of the novel. Somehow, at the end, it is a good novel. It is one of those that makes you want to get a cup of tea and enjoy how God works in people's lives.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Lynn Myers knows all there is to know about Bloomfield, and has no good reason to return until the unexpected death of her only brother. Upon inheriting her brother's estate, including an old mausoleum of a house next to the cemetery, Lynn and her young daughter, Rachel embark on an adventure. Just out of college, with no summer job, Rachel offers to help clean out the old mansion and satisfy her curiosity regarding the small town of Bloomfield where everyone knows everyone and everything. A recluse, her former brother's only friend was the odd caretaker of the cemetery, who lived in an old shack at the back of the property. A longstanding mystery adds an undercurrent of suspense to the story, and unsuspectingly brings the community of Bloomfield together.
Youthful perceptions are often premature, and looks may be deceiving. The two generations are faced with situations that are out of their comfort zones, and each must find ways to resolve the dilemmas they encounter. I loved Bloomfield and the quirky characters that appear at unexpected intervals. Lynn's faltering prayer life changed from whining to God to gratitude as new meaning in life's blessings unfold. Old hangups and mistaken beliefs are resolved through interaction and involvement in local community activities. Old accusations become challenges to disprove, and a sweet side of humanity evolves through new beginnings and the combined efforts of the most unlikely characters. Rachel's fresh outlook and strong faith are like a balm to her mother, and aid in her own decisions and choices as life opens up new opportunities to her.
Kathi Macias creates such sweet pleasure in small town America through the story of Last Chance for Justice, an anomaly that suddenly takes on new meaning. This was such a fun story to read, with so many unexpected events that kept me thoroughly entertained.
Disclaimer: For the purposes of FTC compliance, I hereby state that I have no vested financial interest in this book, and I have received no monetary compensation from the author or publisher. I received a copy of this book from the author for the purpose of my honest review.