Last Chance Hero (A Place to Call Home Book #4): A Novel - eBook
Last Chance Hero (A Place to Call Home Book #4): A Novel - eBook  -     By: Cathleen Armstrong
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Dr Jessica McLeod opened her new office in Last Chance, New Mexico.  She has no interest in football.  Coach Andy Ryan, who previously played on the NFL, is now the coach of the towns mighty Pumas High School Football Team.  The town has put him up on a pedestal.  This unlikely pair finds themselves attracted to each other.  Can they make it work when disagreements arise over an injured player on the team?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441248534
ISBN-13: 9781441248534
Series: A Place to Call Home

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The inhabitants of Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica McLeod has opened an office right on Main Street. Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has ended his short career in the NFL and has come home to coach the mighty Pumas of Last Chance High. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot when she admits that she's never seen a football game, isn't really interested in doing so, and, in fact, doesn't know a first down from a home run. Meanwhile, Coach Ryan is discovering that it's not easy to balance atop the pedestal the town has put him on. When this unlikely pair is drawn together over the future of a young player--whose gifts may lie in the laboratory rather than on the football field--they begin to wonder if they might have a future together as well.

With the flair that has made her Last Chance books a favorite among readers of contemporary fiction, Cathleen Armstrong draws on the passion Americans have for the traditions of small-town high school football.

Author Bio

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. Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance won the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction. She is also the author of One More Last Chance and At Home in Last Chance. Learn more at www.cathleenarmstrong.com.

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  1. bb
    houston, tx 77008
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Take a Chance!
    October 5, 2016
    bb
    houston, tx 77008
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Last Chance Hero: A Novel.
    I've really enjoyed the Last Chance series. The "supporting" characters all of distinctive personalities that get "fleshed" out over the series.
  2. Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Winner from Cathleen Armstrong!
    December 15, 2015
    Sarah Sundin
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Last Chance Hero: A Novel.
    Last Chance Hero is a delightful return to the chile-laced small town filled with realistically quirky characters. Jesss challenges as an outsider contrast with Andys struggles to be seen as his own man. The writing is strong, the characters draw you in, and the setting is a character in its own right. Cathleen Armstrong has written another winner!
  3. tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Home Team
    November 10, 2015
    tickmenot
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Last Chance Hero: A Novel.
    "You don't like football?!" Those were the incredulous words that greeted Dr. Jess MacLeod on her first day in Last Chance, New Mexico. Growing up, Jess dreamed of opening a medical practice in a little town. Now that she is doing that, small town life is nothing like she had imagined.

    High school football has the heart and soul of this little community. Everyone turns out for football games whether they have children in high school or not, it is the town's main social outlet. But Jess doesn't know a football from a basketball, and doesn't see the need to. As time goes on, she is amazed to find out her lack of interest in football becomes a stumbling block to community acceptance and romance!

    Excitement is also running high with the recent return of their local boy who made good, Andy Ryan. Andy was part of the team during the glory days of football for Last Chance, when he led the Pumas on to victory after victory. Later, he was part of a professional team, and now Andy has returned to coach high school football at his alma mater. The pressure is on, too, since the team is many years past their glory days.

    Does she need a hero?

    Andy is one of the first people that Jess meets, but unlike the rest of the town, she isn't star struck. She has never heard of him. Despite that, Andy is intrigued by Jess, and tries to help her settle in. Another local who befriends Jess is Elizabeth Cooley, a likeable senior citizen who seems to be related to most of the town. Elizabeth isn't ready for a new doctor, but she is interested in who Jess is personally--and what she believes. Everyone says Elizabeth doesn't believe in luck, and Jess would like to know what that means.

    This story takes place against the backdrop of gorgeous dessert sunsets, spicy chilies, and a gruff talking waitress that is soon becoming the bane of Jess's existence. There is also a small amount of the story devoted to the heart-break of an alcoholic parent, and the misery and regret that result from that.

    I liked this tale and the characters a lot. It is well-written, entertaining, and done from a Christian viewpoint. I wish Last Chance really existed, because I would love to visit it, and meet the people.

    Although this book is part of a series, it can be read without the earlier books. However, Last Chance Hero doesn't end on its own. There are story-lines that don't come to a complete end, and the reader is left hanging wondering what happened. I hope there is at least one more book that will bring those to a close because, I would really like to know how things end. Despite the hanging story-lines, this 4-star book was still enjoyable to read. With that in mind, I recommend this book.

    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of Last Chance Hero through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.
  4. Fitzysmom
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    October 23, 2015
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Last Chance Hero: A Novel.
    Who would have ever thought that a series about a small middle-of-nowhere town in New Mexico would capture my attention enough to read four books centered around said town? I would have never guessed it. But the truth is that I have fallen in love with the town and people of Last Chance, New Mexico.

    Yes, this is the fourth book in the series but the good news is that if you haven't been reading along I think it is safe to say that you can pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone novel. There are references to past experiences (so fair warning there will be spoilers to the previous books) but I think the author does a good job of filling in the gaps of the story so you won't feel lost.

    This particular storyline revolves around the new town doctor and the returning football hero turned coach. The tension between the two is pretty strong right from the start. Dr. Jessica disdains football, which puts her at odds with most of the town. Not good when you're trying to start up a practice. Poor girl has never lived in a small town and clearly doesn't understand the dynamics of supporting the hometown team. Coach Andy is intrigued by Jessica right from the start. Even though he is rebuffed again and again by Jessica he takes it in stride and presses on.

    I'm from a middle-of-nowhere small town and I love how Cathleen Armstrong has captured the essence of small town living. These people may drive you absolutely crazy but they're your people so don't cross them or you'll have to deal with me! If you delight in reading about unique people that have strong character as well as flaws then I think you will enjoy not only Last Chance Hero but also the entire A Place to Call Home series.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  5. Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great romance
    October 11, 2015
    Thereadmaster
    Davenport,Iowa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Last Chance Hero: A Novel.
    I really loved Dr. Jessica Macleod and Andy Ryan together. The town of Last Chance is a great small town. It is a great football town. Always wants great teams even though it has been a few years since there has been a good team. Andy was from the great teams and has come back to be the coach of the team. Jessica has opened a doctors office in Last Chance and has no idea about football. This sometimes hurts when the whole town supports their football team. Andy must teach the town that just because he was one of a great team that doesn't mean that he will have a perfect year his first year of coaching. Jessica needs to learn there is more to life than just being a doctor. Everyone needs some fun in their life. Love the romance. I received this book from the Revell reads program for a fair and honest opinion.
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