Friday, May 16, 2014

Book Report & Giveaway: One More Last Chance, by Cathleen Armstrong

I ventured away from my typical historical romance to read a contemporary by an author new to me. Cathleen Armstrong is a sophomore author, this being her second novel, but I didn't even realize it was the second in a trilogy. The character and story were stand a lone and I appreciated that.

What I enjoyed? A new State! Finally, a book in a State of the Union that doesn't sport a massive Star as it's emblem, or have prairie grass, or even the ocean. The little glamorized State of New Mexico is the setting for this book, which I appreciated since my grandparents were from New Mexico and I still smell the oil fields and feel the sand beneath my feet.

The romance was palpable, and experiences an upset by the intrusion of a youngster who desperately need a mother-figure, while her uncle struggles to adapt to his new guardianship. Chris and Sarah have all sorts of obstacles to overcome. His restaurant with a menu that is so traditional to the town, God forbid anyone change it up. Sarah, with an old boyfriend she's still debating on wedding. And my favorite character, her grandmother Elizabeth.

It's a heartwarming contemporary romance. Not especially witty or snarky, but straightforward and solid. A good clean read with strong elements of faith.

What could've been different? I thought it a bit strange a twenty-something would buy Grandma a landline phone. I would've just bought mine a cell phone and forgot the whole landline thing altogether. And the cds....yep....I would've just used the app on the cell phone to stream music. But those are forgivable inconsistencies and perhaps I'm just a whack job who thinks everything in life should be housed on my three inch by five inch cellular device. ;)

What about you? Have you been to New Mexico? If yes, what did you love about it? If no, what do you think is one of its defining features from what you do know about NM?

Leave an answer and an email addy to enter to win your copy. (USA only) Winners will be announced next Friday!

Winner of Promise to Return, By Elizabeth Byler Younts, is Gail H.!


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  1. Never been to New Mexico. Never ever been further west than New Orleans. I can see why she got her grandmother a landline. My mother is 79 and she totally refuses a cell phone. She will not use anything modern in the way of phones, tablets or computers.

  2. I have never been to NM - the furthest West I've been is Tennessee. I would love to travel. Maybe I'll make it there some day. :)
    I'm torn about wanting to read this book. I read the first one at the suggestion of a friend and didn't like it that much. The characters seemed flat, the romance too quick and a little off, and the faith aspect lacking. I know that is a lot of complaints, sorry. I did manage to finish it, though. So I don't know whether or not to give Ms. Armstrong another chance, maybe the second will be better, or just move on and possibly try them again in a few years. Choices, choices.
    If you were to give it a star rating, how many would you give it?

  3. I have never been to NM & I honestly don't know a whole lot about it, but I would love to visit someday! :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Yes! I have visited New Mexico, my moms sister lives out there on the reservation with there 5 kids.
    In fact my family and I are going to be visiting them this week, I am so excited and can't wait to see them.
    I love learning about the history that is about New Mexico and just being with family!
    The cover of this book is beautiful!

  5. Thanks for the wonderful review of "One More Last Chance", Jaime - it sounds like a story with relationships that I would love to read about. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!

    I am currently dealing with my mother's memory problems and can completely understand giving a grandmother a landline phone instead of a cell phone. My mother has a cell phone, but it is very basic and she still has problems with using it - at times. The same applies to CD's - she loves them, but would have problems using apps to stream music. I, myself, have a large investment in CD's, and really prefer using them to streaming music through apps, on lengthy trips in the car or at home. For just a local outing to the park, etc. - I would probably use the music stored on my Kindle, I have the books with me also that way. Since I am retired and spend more time at home, I use my landline phone for most phone calls, and really don't have much need for the options of a smart phone - although the cameras in them are handy for "on the go" when you're not expecting a professional picture. I enjoy using my Bose for music and TV and blue ray for TV shows and movies rather than my computer, smart phone etc.. I've found that as I age, I appreciate simpler to operate technical devices and larger screens and keyboards.

    I agree with Danie in that the cover for "One More Last Chance" is beautiful!! I've been to Albuquerque, New Mexico and enjoyed visiting the "Old Town" and shopping for jewelry and other items displayed on the streets, also taking a cable car ride up into the Sandia Mountains.


  6. I have never been to New Mexico, but my cousin has and she told me she loved all the art there and also the beautiful handmade turquoise jewelry. I would love to learn more about the cultural aspects of the state. I like that you loved the grandmother Elizabeth in the book too.
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