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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 tThe 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....

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Last Chance Hero Reviews

  • Sarah Sundin
    2019-05-09 07:21

    Last Chance Hero is a delightful return to the chile-laced small town filled with realistically quirky characters. Jess’s challenges as an outsider contrast with Andy’s 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!

  • Dawn
    2019-05-11 06:40

    Dr. Jessica McLeod is excited about starting up her new practice in the small town of Last Chance, New Mexico. There's one problem. The townspeople are reluctant to switch doctors even though they are thrilled that Last Chance finally has its own doctor. Jess longs to get involved in the community. Her best option to do so is to attend the high school football games. Jess knows absolutely nothing about football and doesn't understand the way that EVERYONE in the town seems to live and breathe football. To complicate matters, Jess finds herself drawn to the new football coach, Andy Ryan. Andy's the town's golden boy. He was on the football team during the town's Glory Days and went on to play in the NFL. Now that he's back, the town expects a return of the Glory Days. Andy tries to tell people that this is a different time, different team, but the expectations are very high. As he gets to know Jessica, he discovers that she's the only person in the town who doesn't care about the Glory Days. Yet when they clash over the treatment of an injured player, will their friendship survive?I've read all of the others in this series and enjoyed them. This one didn't have the same feel to it. For starters, it is classified as a romance, but I didn't really pick up on the romance. Truthfully, I thought that Andy and Jessica's friendship was in fact opening doors to their romance. But I wouldn't go so far to classify this as a romance. It's a sweet story, and I did read it quickly. This one also left a lot of issues unresolved. I also found that it ended rather abruptly.It was fun to reconnect with some of the other characters from the Last Chance books. But I wish that there had been more to the development of Andy & Jess's romance. Maybe that'll come more to play in the next book. I don't know.I'll admit that I'm not a football fan. My knowledge is slightly more than that of Jess's. So her trying to understand why everyone seemed to live and breathe football made sense to me. I got that. And I understand that she was willing to make an attempt. I liked that about her. I didn't really like the fact that Jess would use her status as a doctor to ensure that football related activities did not take one of her patient's focus off of his grades. I loved Andy's conversation with Jess after that. He made her think about the student and was she really acting in the kid's best interest.There were a lot of things I wish had been developed more or even resolved. Andy and his father's relationship had potential. Jess's faith journey. Her suspicions of one of her patients. These are just to name a few.Don't get me wrong. I liked the book. I didn't love it. It's just ok. It didn't have as much depth as I'd hoped. But it was enjoyable.I received this book for free from Revell for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Recommended to fans of Friday Night Lights, football, contemporary fictionRating - 3 stars

  • Brittany
    2019-04-30 05:19

    I really enjoyed returning to Last Chance, New Mexico in book four of the A Place to Call Home series. I have liked all four of these stories and it was fun to reconnect with all of the characters in this small town.The author did a great job of conveying the spirit of small-town football and its importance in the community. Watching Andy juggle the continual comments about bringing the team back to their “glory days” and the coaching tips he received from many town folk made the story feel very realistic.Another topic that really cements these books as being set in New Mexico is the importance of green chiles. I’m not kidding. If you have spent any time in New Mexico, or have family members from New Mexico, then you know how highly they value green chile! Seeing Jess experience her first real taste of New Mexican fare was fun.I enjoyed Last Chance Hero and the light romance that grew between Jess and Andy. I thought that the problems they ran into seemed plausible based on their very different backgrounds. I would have enjoyed reading a couple more chapters and felt like the story ended a little before I expected it too, however, I still felt satisfied with where things were going in their relationship at the book’s end.I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.You can read this review on my blog at:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  • Madison
    2019-05-24 12:24

    In Last Chance Hero readers are returned to the little New Mexico town of Last Chance, where the chilli is hot and football is everything. This was a fun and sweet contemporary romance. Last Chance is everything Dr. Jess McLeod dreamed when she decided she wanted to open her own medical practice in a small town. She just wasn't quite prepared for the everyone-knows-everyone reality of small-town life, nor how a non-football-loving, non-chilli-eating Californian female doctor would stand out like a sore thumb. But Jess isn't the only new face in town. Andy Ryan, Last Chance native and local boy made good, has finished with his NFL career and has returned to coach the high school football team. Despite their obvious differences (namely indifference/love toward football), Jess and Andy form a fast friendship, but aren't sure if they have what it takes to move their relationship to the next level or if their differences will keep them apart. I really enjoyed reading Last Chance Hero and quickly became wrapped up in the characters and the crazy drama of the small town setting. The only problem I had was that the ending seemed very abrupt. Maybe it's because I would happily have read much more of the story, but I was shocked to reach the last page and find that there wasn't a following chapter, and I still had unanswered questions. It was still a sweet ending, but I think it may have felt more complete with a few things being straightened out earlier (it's hard to say more without giving anything away.) On the other hand, it's nice to have a story with ongoing threads, and where everything isn't wrapped up a little too conveniently. Faith is an undercurrent in the book, but wasn't a main focus (another fallout of the quick ending).While this is the fourth book in the Last Chance series and it does share the same setting and characters as the other books, it can be read as a standalone. I hadn't read book three, which I will now go and do, but I have read books one and two. They are all certainly worth reading, but each book has its own main characters and story arch, with just a little overlap. It was great to return to Last Chance in Last Chance Hero and reconnect with all the familiar faces. Overall, this was an enjoyable small-town contemporary romance. The publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Find more reviews like this one on my blog Madison's Library.

  • Amanda
    2019-05-16 10:14

    This book is set in a small USA town and you can tell it was written to have that cozy, small-town comfort feel. The people all know each other, there are only a couple of main hangout spots that you need to check before finding your friends, and half the citizens can trace their ancestry back generations in the same town. Dr. Jess is new to town, and not quite used to the small-town way of things. Unfortunately for her and her practice, she figures out a little too late that the best way to drum up business, friends, and a boyfriend is to go by the old saying, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do" … or in this case, "When in New Mexico, like football like they do."The premise of this novel is promising. However, I found the book a bit hard to get into. The action moved a bit too slow and I had trouble reading through the step-by-step of the slow little town. I also stumbled over the dialogue, and had a hard time imagining conversations actually being said like that.Overall, I found this book a bit too slow for my liking and it made me crave something more. Like I said though, the premise was promising. There are some really sweet moments in this book and the main characters really are a cute, if not unlikely couple. The supporting cast of characters was also clearly well thought-out.I received a free copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Faith
    2019-04-30 05:40

    Last Chance Hero is a fine finale for this series. It starts with a plot worthy of a Hallmark movie. She's a young doctor trying to set up a practice in a small town; he's a former NFL player come home to coach his high school team. They meet, and they seem really good together, but she hates football, and it's the center of his life. Now, that sounds pretty cute. But don't be fooled: just like the previous three "At Home in Last Chance" books, the story gains depth as it progresses.Andy isn't just a fun-loving football-obsessed guy, and Jess isn't just the new blood fighting the established order. They've both got choices to make as they confront the past and look forward to the future, and they have to decide how they'll contribute to their community, both individually and together.Final assessment? If you've begun this series, then you've gotta take one final trip to New Mexico by reading Last Chance Hero. Andy and Jess have a good story on their own, and it's enhanced by the cameos of Ray and Lanie, Sarah and Steven, Chris and Kaitlyn and Grandma Elizabeth. When I read the scene of the festival, I felt like I was right there, saying "Hi" to old friends and catching up with their lives.Such is the power of a good book. I thank Revell for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest opinion.

  • June
    2019-05-18 12:38

    How could anyone not like football in a town that loves it's hometown football team? Andy doesn't understand, and neither do any of the other residents of Last Chance. Dr Jess is a bit of an oddity. While everyone is happy that Last Chance finally has a doctor of its own, they all have a doctor who's taken care of them for years. But slowly, as they get to know her, she starts to get patients. She enjoys time with Andy but after one of his players is injured and Jess helps him decide football isn't as important as he thought it was, Andy is upset with her. Can she make up for her blunder? Will she ever fit in?I really enjoyed this story.

  • Shannah Mauney
    2019-04-26 10:10

    Last Chance Hero took me back to my good ol' high school days. Football games, traditions, and all of the in between. I loved coming back to Last Chance and catching up with characters from other stories. Cathleen Armstrong has a way of making me feel right at home in Last Chance. Like I could walk into the Dip n' Dine and chat with Juanita, or walk down the street and visit with Sarah, Elizabeth Cooley, and Kaitlyn and Olivia. Read my full review: http://faithlovebooks.blogspot.com/20...

  • Karen
    2019-04-28 04:15

    I love returning to Last Chance, and always feel like I am coming to catch up with old friends. This book gave me that same familiar feeling. I enjoyed meeting Dr Jess, and getting deeper into Andy's character. These two characters are the perfect addition to the Last Chance family, and made this such a fun story.*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.*

  • Janka H.
    2019-05-06 07:17

    Opposites attract, they say. Do they, in reality?Dr. Jess MacLeod is a hardworking woman, professional and set to reach for her goals. She had thought she had all the circumstances of her coming to Last Chance figured - but she had never considered the people there as a circumstance. And Last Chance has a real crowd of people maybe a tad quirkier than Jess's preference is, but their hearts are bigger she would ever suppose. Soon she is in love with Gran Elizabeth, Lainie and the rest of the crowd...and maybe a certain football coach. But here is the deal breaker: Jess doesn't care about the football a bit - and Last Chance is a pretty big football fan city.Andy Ryan used to be the town hero - a football king during the Glory Days, Last Chance's row of years of winning. He then left to be a pro, and after a career in NFL he is back as a coach. And almost immediately under a pressure (both said and unsaid) to bring the Glory Days back.So the attractive and kind doctor, who is not interested in football, is like a sip of fresh water at first. But Jess refuses to understand football, his passion. And when their opinions about the future of a promising player crash, they are wondering if there is a future for them.And, well, there is more. Like Andy's father, an abusive alcoholic, is returning to the city...Wow. Warm, easy to relate, smart and masterfully combining the human conditions with the God's plans, this one is a winner. I got brokenhearted when reading about Andy's father, such well-written and touching arc!And I got to love Jess and Andy together, they nicely complement each other - Andy being more emotions, Jess more racio - so she can stabilize him and he can show her the beauty and fun of the small things. But I am not sure if all of their being together happened in other city but Last Chance - but this small city is just the haven of love and support (sometimes prickly, true, but when you get over your (hurt) ego, it can throw you out of your comfort zone). The epitome of all this warmth and wisdom is Gran Elizabeth, whom I would love to have in my life. And welcome to my Christian fiction Pantheon (however strangely that combination sounds), Ms Armstrong! From now, I will read anything written by you.

  • Alexis
    2019-05-24 05:10

    It was a great book, just like the other 3. I will say, that I am sad to have read the 4th book though. They are just amazing books! Cathleen Armstrong is a good author for sure!

  • Tina Wolf
    2019-05-18 12:37

    Very good book I liked it It was very Good but I did not like the endings it left you hanging all of her books that . I have read did that

  • Adria Olaleye
    2019-05-01 07:12

    Another good read All of the Last Chance books are good reads. The series ties in the pervious characters into the story continuum with pleasant ease. This story dealt with disappointment, love and loss, insecurity and making hard life choices. It wasn't as funny as some of the other books. But I was still looking to turn the page and see what happened next.

  • Claudia {SparrowHawk}
    2019-05-17 11:29

    Just in time for the football season, Last Chance Hero truly set the tone. I must say, however, that the real strength in this undemanding novel rests in the way the small town of Last Chance is drawn out ― a place where football keeps things alive and where green chili keeps things spicy. Too, I confess that this series has really begun to grow on me and I may just have to backtrack and pickup books one and two. This was a pure escapist read and I liked it!___________________________________________WHAT I LIKED:+ The characters in this series have been an absolute delight. The blend in personalities, the dialogue, and well-written scenes which allow the reader to take part in the story and bond with the characters is truly wonderful and I absolutely love the way Cathleen Armstrong strings her characters together book after book all while developing on previous plot lines and resolving unanswered conflicts + I have a great appreciation for subtlety and a slow build in romance and Last Chance Hero delivered this element beautifully. Where characters typically lust over each other senselessly, the attraction in this prose is used as a stage to enrich and emphasize the characters’ emotions and conflicts making the romance believable+ The very essence and excitement of small town living (i.e. the township culture, familial feuds, conflict, and tension) in Last Chance Hero was richly illustrated and well-woven. We see how the seasons and local events―high school football to be exact―influence the emotional timbre and mood of the narrative and we are also given glimpses into historical venues that dress up this town with more sparkle; it truly feels as though you have vacationed in New MexicoWHAT I DIDN’T LIKED:- While the story line is not deeply affecting or riveting, you do walk away feeling as though you have met a wonderful community of real people dealing with real issues. Such as Jess, whom I followed devotedly; I found her fear of rejection and struggle to connect with others thought-provoking and moving; you genuinely feel her emotions and the effect of her decisions. Mind you, this is just our protagonist I am referring to here, there are alternative characters within this narrative that shed light on common problems that happen to normal people living normal lives too!AFTERTHOUGHTS:All things said, if you are looking for a prose set in a small town where emotions bubble under the surface and a bit of romantic intrigue and sports set the pace, then this is cozy read may just be what you are looking forBlog || Facebook || Twitter || Google+ || Bloglovin'

  • Lorraine Montgomery
    2019-05-11 06:21

    I was given a free copy of this book by Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review as part of a blog tour.Last Chance Hero is the fourth in the Last Chance series by Cathleen Armstrong. It is fine as a stand alone and is the only one I've read. Last Chance is a small desert town in New Mexico whose claim to fame is chiles and a high school football team from the "Glory Days" that won 84 games over 9 years without one loss.As summer draws to a close, two people arrive to settle into Last Chance: a new doctor, Jessica MacLeod, and the new high school football coach, Andy Ryan. Andy may be the new coach, but he was a star quarterback during part of the Glory Days. While he's attracted to the new doctor, he's completely taken aback that she doesn't like football. In fact, she's about the only person in town who doesn't! For Jess, she's starting off feeling like more of an outsider because she couldn't care less about the favourite town game. Everyone Andy meets seems to expect that with him coaching the team it will be a return of the Glory Days, but after his short career in the NFL reality has set in and he knows the town is expecting too much of him and of the boys — the Glory Days are gone and he just wants the team to do their best and the town to be proud of them for doing it.Despite getting off a bit on the wrong foot, Andy and Jessica find themselves running together in the pre-dawn hour, Andy introducing her to trails that are great for jogging. As they head back into a residential area, they meet Elizabeth Cooley whose family, Jess has already met, and she starts to feel more welcome as she becomes a part of their get-togethers. There are still trials ahead for both Andy and Jess, as his estranged father shows up, and Jess finds that, while everyone complains about having to drive all the way to San Ramon, most are a bit reluctant to chance giving up the doctor they know for the new lady doctor.This is a light, Christian romance, where people are not shy about expressing their faith in a God who answers prayers, nor are they hopping into bed for casual sex indiscriminately. There are lots of interesting characters, like Juanita at the Dip 'n' Dine who is generally a bit bossy and cranky with almost everyone, Rob Ellis who played with Andy in the Glory Days and thinks his son Zach should be on the field more, and Mayor Rita who is such a dynamo that no-one is able to say "no" to her about anything, and little Emma who barely says "boo" when with her mother but bursts into tears over little things when her father is around. There's an interesting side trip when Andy takes Jess out to see the cliff dwellings for which New Mexico is famous. Jess is touched by the faith she sees in Elizabeth and her family, and is beginning to see that God might actually be interested in the lives of humans by the end of the story, but I felt that there were a lot of loose ends left hanging when I turned the last page and much of what happened was rather predictable. However, it was an interesting story none-the-less, and anyone who likes a quick, light romance novel will find it enjoyable.

  • Beckie Burnham
    2019-05-12 08:31

    Cathleen Armstrong returns to Last Chance, New Mexico in book 4 of her A Place to Call Home series, Last Chance Hero. In this contemporary romance novel old characters are joined by new as the town prepares for a return to the Glory Days of Last Chance football. Small town feel, endearing characters and a budding romance mix together to provide a very satisfying read.Dr. Jessica “Jess” MacLeod is living her dream of practicing medicine in a small southwestern town. And while everyone in Last Chance is welcoming, they are not flocking to her office for appointments. Andy Ryan is returning to Last Chance after 10 years playing football in college and the NFL. As the newly appointed coach of the high school team, Andy has to battle expectations that may not align with reality. The two hit it off, but Jess doesn’t know anything about football and is not interested in learning. In a town where football is King, can the two find common ground?Last Chance Hero is the fourth book Armstrong has set in the quaint and quirky southwestern New Mexico town, and I have to say I have not gotten tired of returning again and again. Secondary characters from previous books keep it familiar, and the introduction of new characters keep it fresh. I really liked Jess and Andy. They have a bit of the opposites attract story going on. I can really identify with that. My husband and I have such dissimilar interests its a wonder we ever got past dating! But after 35 years of being a couple with 30 of those years married, I can say that opposites can attract and thrive! Armstrong hits on the secret of success when she creates two characters that have the same goals and values. The football framework is fun — perfect for Fall reading. High School football is big here in middle Georgia, so I could certainly relate to all the hoopla surrounding the Last Chance team. I could also relate to Jess’ preference to a good book in front of a fire instead of sitting on cold bleachers! But Jess is a plucky heroine; her determination to learn more about football produced a few chuckles. Andy is more complex than his jock persona and I enjoyed his unfolding personality and emotions. Relationships are the center of this series, and Last Chance Hero explores the most important relationships — parent/child and God/His people. The importance of a close relationship with God is stressed, but never preachy.Last Chance Hero can be read as a standalone novel, but the books are so good that I suggest you start at the beginning. An interesting storyline is introduced that I am hoping will be developed more fully in the next book. Each successive book in the series has been my favorite, and this one is no exception. All in all, a great read that I can recommend.Recommended.Audience: adults.(Thanks to Revell for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

  • June Jacobs
    2019-05-14 12:13

    This contemporary romance is set in the very small town of Last Chance, New Mexico. This is the fourth installment in the author's 'A Place to Call Home' series. I have not yet read the previous three books. I felt this author did a good job of introducing the setting and characters through their interactions with the central character in this novel, Dr. Jessica MacLeod.If you like football, you will probably enjoy this book. Many of the activities and events depicted in the story revolve around football season. The author did a nice job of describing the team's dynamics and gave several examples of the team's history and the importance the sport (and the team's record) has played in the lives of townspeople of every age.Jessica, 'Jess', is a young doctor pursuing her childhood dream of practicing in a rural community. Things don't go as smoothly as she'd dreamed they would, and she feels the townspeople are reluctant to accept her as their physician.Andy Ryan, the new high school coach, has returned to his hometown after a successful college football career and a few years playing for the Denver Broncos in the NFL. He has returned to Last Chance to be the football coach/athletic director for his alma mater.Jess is clueless about football; Andy seems clueless about Jess's profession. Their ignorance about the importance of what the other does for a living leads to many prickly situations and hurt feelings. They had a lot of misunderstandings about meaningless things. They spent more time being apart than being together during the course of the story.The book contains a lot of interaction between the main characters of the previous books in the series. Octogenarian Elizabeth Cooley is a strong role model for the young women in the town. Juanita, a waitress at the town's only restaurant, is obnoxious and seemingly unkind. She rubs just about everyone the wrong way. Having had the misfortune of dealing with people with these same personality traits, I can relate to Jess's aversion to being around Juanita.By the end of the book it seemed some of the subplots were left unresolved. I don't know if there will be another book in the series; perhaps in the next installment these issues will be addressed. This book is totally clean in language and content. There are references to church and the Christian faith. I recommend this book to fans of contemporary Christian fiction and romance, clean romance, and sports fiction. ________________________________________NOTE: I received a free paperback copy of this book from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I was not compensated to post this review here or on any other site.###################

  • Just Commonly
    2019-05-19 04:19

    "Last Chance Hero" by Cathleen Armstrong is the fourth book of the "A Place to Call Home" series. I have not read any of the previous three books, and without knowing that it was a series, I started "Last Chance Hero". I was intrigued by the series title of "A Place to Call Home" and I was drawn to it. After finish reading the book, I can assure you it can act as a standalone novel. We have Andy, an ex-NFL star from Last Chance, New Mexico returning to his home town as the local high school's football coach/athletics director. Then a new city girl, Dr. Jess McLeod who's always dreamt of becoming a small town doctor, decided to become the only doctor in Last Chance. With Last Chance being a high school "football" town, and Jess not having any interest in football, will she be able to fit in an call Last Chance home? And what about Andy? Will Jess and Andy find enough common ground towards a new start for both of them in a small town?"Last Chance Hero" is what I call an easy read. It's easy because you get wrapped up in it, the story line, the town and the people. Does this book excite me? No. Does it keep me reading along? Yes. There's no major adventure, and this is not one of those books. It keeps me reading because it feels "real". It's an enjoyable read because one can easily pick it up, and read and read and didn't realize it was the end already. I finished the book in one afternoon, and didn't even know that was it. The characters kept it going, and I'm assuming (now that I know there are 3 books prior to this one), these other couples in the books are main leads in Ms. Armstrong's other "A Place to Call Home" novels."A Place to Call Home" speaks to me because I was looking forward to some underlying faith/inspirational message, which unfortunately was more like a whisper than a focus. And when there was a dialogue on it, it felt forced and unnatural. Then there's the issue I have with the ending. It felt rushed and unfinished. I wished there was more, and maybe there will be and my questions will be answered. It just didn't seem like a complete ending. Even for that, I did enjoy reading "A Last Chance Hero", and may continue on with the next one or go backwards. For those who are interested, book 1, "Welcome to Last Chance" is currently free on Amazon Kindle.Paperback Release date: September 15, 2015 Digital Released date: September 8, 2015 NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Revell Books for an honest review.Check out my blog for additional reviews and giveaways. http://justcommonly.blogspot.com/2015...

  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-04-25 05:18

    Title: Last Chance Hero (A Place to Call Home #4)Author: Cathleen ArmstrongPages: 288Year: 2015Publisher: RevellMy rating is 5 stars out of 5.This series begins with a novel titled, Welcome to Last Chance, followed by One More Last Chance, then continues with At Home in Last Chance. In each novel, there are down home characters who find what their heart is searching for through interaction with eclectic town’s people. Each novel focuses on a main person who is usually new to the town and learning how vastly different a small town is compared to bigger towns or city life. Some aspects of small town living are endearing and others can seem somewhat frustrating to the newbie’s in town.Here we meet a man named Andy who came back home to coach the local high school football team he played on years ago. Readers are also introduced to a new doctor, Dr. Jess, who will be practicing in Last Chance. She is a very driven woman who has no clue what some home town quirks are nor does she know what to make of Andy when she first meets him. Andy and Jess come from two totally different home life backgrounds and that brings sparks along with misunderstandings to the budding friendship.I have read each of the novels in this series, thoroughly getting lost in the pages until the very end of the book. The characters seem down home and at times like a reflection of real life and real people who deal with some real heart issues. However, these players also want to rejoice in God, enjoy dinner together at a restaurant or a table and even when reunions occur during homecoming week they share fun and laughter.I sure hope there are more stories to come in this series. I plan on collecting the series and keeping them in my home library to read again in the near future or share with a friend. It’s very enjoyable to sit down and read a book knowing the author has done a masterful job of creating an imaginary world where readers can lose themselves in for a short time. There are also many references to faith and what living our faith before others might look like whether the times are good or bad. So join me in reading A Place to Call Home series; you’ll simply love the books!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Carole Jarvis
    2019-05-21 04:26

    Reviewed at The Power of Words: http://bit.ly/1OhRgAkI don’t believe Cathleen could have come up with a more appropriate series title than A Place to Call Home, for there’s so much to like in the rural southwestern New Mexico town named Last Chance. Cathleen has certainly written about what she knows, for her knowledge and passion for this desert area is vividly captured through her writing. And when it comes to characterization, Cathleen has created a lively and endearing ensemble cast – from Elizabeth Cooley, a seasoned woman of faith who cements these stories together, to the quirky Juanita, waitress at the Dip ‘n’ Dine. I have greatly enjoyed this heartwarming series with its genuine characters, each book seemingly more than the previous one, but that might be because I’ve grown attached to these characters and am eager to return. This series is different from a lot of what’s out there, and I appreciate that.Last Chance, New Mexico . . . where a high school football hero returns to coach his hometown team and a young medical doctor decides to set up a family practice. Within this framework, Cathleen delivers surprising depth through relational elements, humor, and social issues – alcoholism, abandonment, and abuse – and Last Chance Hero certainly struck a chord with me. It took a while for me to warm up to Jess, but the deeper Cathleen delved into her character, the more I felt for her as she struggled to find her place in this rural community and rejoiced as she formed friendships with previous characters. Jess “had never encountered a place like Last Chance, where everybody seemed to have known everybody else all their lives. They were friendly and even welcoming, but she still had that feeling that she was company and they were family.” Andy is an empathetic character to which I was immediately drawn – easily hurt, hides his feelings, pressured on all sides to bring the team back to its winning “Glory Days,” and trying to reconstruct his violent growing up years by reconstructing the house he grew up in. There’s a sweet chemistry between these two opposites that I really enjoyed.Faith is a key part of this story and I loved the relationship between Jess and Elizabeth, especially the impact of Elizabeth’s faith and testimony – for Elizabeth had the peace that we all long for when prayers aren't answered in the way we desire.Last Chance Hero is a beautifully moving story, and while it can stand alone, I recommend reading the books in order for character development and sense of place – and I hope there’s more to come. Highly recommended.Thank you to Revell for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Victor Gentile
    2019-04-28 11:21

    Cathleen Armstrong in her new book, “Last Chance Hero” Book Four in the A Place To Call Home series published by Revell this time the focus is on Jessica MacLeod and Andy Ryan.From the back cover: What happens when your heart is intercepted before you even know it’s in play?The folks in Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has opened an office right on Main Street and Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has come home from the NFL to coach the high school football team. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot with this football-obsessed town 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 goalpost.Despite having little in common, Jess and Andy find themselves drawn to each other. But when a disagreement over the future of an injured player puts them both on the defensive, it begins to look like this game is over . . . I want to go to New Mexico and live in Last Chance. Alas, it only exists in these wonderful books. I have said it before and I say it again I just like the name of this series, “A Place To Call Home”. And the name of this place is Last Chance, New Mexico. Andy is a former NFL player come home to coach his high school team in a town where football is king. Together they bring to mind cozy, easy places and people because when you are home there is always another chance. Jess is the young new doctor trying to set up a practice in a small town and she has no knowledge of football. And this is where the story takes off. Can these two even get along when it seems as if they have nothing in common? Can they work out their shaky pasts if they are going to have any kind of future? These and more questions have to get resolved with the help of God before the book ends. And then, of course, there is the romance. Jess and Andy are likable and Ms. Armstrong has a way of bringing you into the story and making the characters lives very real. I am sorry that this series is ending but I am looking forward to the next series from this very talented author.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Jalynn Patterson
    2019-04-26 10:39

    About the Book: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.My Review:Dr. Jessica MacLeod is beyond excited to open up a practice in a new town and why not open it in the little town of Last Chance, New Mexico. Arriving there it seemed the town was a nice quiet place but when she meets the people of that town its a whole different story. Each one has a very, very different personality and some have the perfect way to turn her down as their new doctor all while smiling.Ex-NFL star, Andy Ryan has finally come home, this time probably for good. Getting a job at the local high school as the coach of the football team, seems like a pretty good idea for now, but what about in the future? The town he's called home for so many years hasn't changed a bit, well except for the pretty new doctor.Jess and Andy become good friends almost immediately, despite the fact Jess isn't a football fan or follower. But when a player gets injured, Jess and Andy find themselves at odds, when discussing the best treatment. A friendship with such sweet beginnings, hangs in the balance.Last Chance Hero is book 4 in the series A Place To Call Home. This book is an amazing read. Cathleen Armstrong is a wonderful author. Having read many of her books, I find that this novel didn't lack in the least. I can not wait to see what she has in store next.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.

  • Jessica Higgins
    2019-05-23 10:29

    The charisma of Last Chance, New Mexico continues in this new tale.Dr. Jess MacLeod is beginning her childhood dream: to start a medical practice in a small southwest town. However, she is a newcomer amidst a sea locals who have lived in the town all of their lives. Her San Francisco lifestyle doesn’t really fit in with the townsfolk. She prefers to eat different food, recommend new treatments, and she doesn’t care for football. Hopefully she can find a way to fit in before she decides to call it quits on her dream and return home to California.Andy Ryan has lived his life in football. He was a member of the Last Chance High School Pumas during the glory days when the team went 84-0. Then he was scouted by Arizona State University and played college ball. Then he was drafted into the NFL. But after a couple of seasons sitting as back-up quarterback, Andy realized that his dream of actually playing was probably not going to happen. He decides to call it quits on pro football and returns to Last Chance as the new high school football head coach and athletic director. He begins to take an interest in the new doctor, but is shocked that she doesn’t know who he is or even anything about football. Can their interest in each other keep their differences at bay?It was fun to take another trip back to Last Chance and see how the past characters were getting along. The premise of the story was still the same, an outsider that has found their way to Last Chance, similar to Chris in book two, and meets someone that is local that develops a love interest. The first and third book were about people who felt they were trapped in Last Chance whereas the second and fourth book were about people who moved their purposefully. I wonder if the next book will continue the pattern.As with the previous books, I tend to gain an appetite when I read these because of all of the food choices at the diner. I live 45 miles from eastern New Mexico and am a big fan of the cuisine that includes green chili stew and several others mentioned. The character flaws were similar to the past characters. The church is still a central point in the story as is Elizabeth Cooley’s faith. It is nice to see that the past characters have grown where they previously had shortfalls. These books are also good as standalones, so if you haven’t read the previous three, don’t feel scared to pick this one up.

  • Kelly Bridgewater
    2019-05-13 08:14

    Contemporary Romance is not my genre of choice. It isn’t the section of the bookstore that I spend most of my time. I prefer a book where someone gets killed or is being chased by a stalker. Non-stop action. Same thing with my movies. I am not a chick flick type of girl. I enjoy high action movies. Is it no wonder that the Fast and Furious franchise is up there right at the top of my favorite movies of all time? I love them. But Cathleen Armstrong’s fourth book in her A Place to Call Home series Last Chance Hero is a good escape for a couple of hours. I read the third book in the series back in January, and I enjoyed returning to this quirky town with all its unique characters. I really liked coming back to something so familiar. It was safe and comfortable like pulling out that old sweater that everyone cringes about every fall, but it defines the season. I felt the same way with returning to Last Chance, New Mexico. I loved getting to meet Juanita, the overbearing waitress who really has everyone best’s interest at heart. I enjoy seeing the three main heroines and heroes from the previous books and how they have changed. Dr. Jessica MacLeod and Andy Ryan make a unique pair. I really liked how obsessed Andy, the current head football coach, is about football. He played it, coaches it, and enjoys watching the game. Football defines who he is. But as a complete polar opposite, Armstrong created Jessica, who knows nothing about football and could care less. She just wants to be a small town doctor who wants to help people. I enjoyed meeting her. If she wasn’t part of Armstrong’s imagination, I believe she could be someone I would like to be a friend with in real life. The conflict is a typical small town romance. Two people meet. They interact. Sparks fly. Tension happens. They overcome. They decide to spend the rest of their lives together. Pretty formulaic and predictable. Nothing fancy. In true romantic fashion, Cathleen Armstrong’s Last Chance Hero is a sweet romance with two complete opposite characters that find love and let go of the past. I enjoyed escaping for a couple of hours with this book, and I highly recommend it for fans of Nicholas Sparks, Becky Wade, Melissa Tagg, and Becky Vogt. I received a complimentary copy of Last Chance Hero from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions stated are all my own.

  • Sally
    2019-04-29 08:17

    In a world where book series too often consist of three titles it’s an unexpected joy to visit Last Chance, NM, for a fourth time. Returning readers can visit with Elizabeth and dodge Juanita’s tongue while eating at the Dip n Dine. Will you be having red or green chile with your food? New readers never fear: Andy has been out of town for a while so he needs filling in on recent events, which means you get the backstory on characters met in previous Last Chance books.Newcomers to Last Chance are a rarity, especially if they don’t already have friends or family in town. Jess is made to feel uncomfortable in various ways. She doesn’t know about New Mexico chile, isn’t a football fan and, while people are glad to finally have a doctor in town, no one is too enthused about actually changing their doctor to someone local. It’s a rough ride for Jess as she tries to fit in while still remaining true to herself, something I understood very well. Andy introduces her to several people, which helps, but their relationship encounters problems when she mentors one of the students on his high school football team.Last Chance Hero is mostly about Jess finding her place, so it ends when she finds it. Andy could be considered the ‘hero’ because of his past football glories, but the book ends before the Homecoming football game mid-season. I was left frustrated because I wanted to know more about the team after getting so involved. Would the Last Chance team end up with a winning season? What happened when Andy’s friend, a college football scout, came to visit? What about Gabe, the student Jess mentors? Would he get the grades he needed for college?I hope the Place to Call Home series continues. It has the potential to develop into something similar to the well-known Mitford series. Last Chance is a small southwestern town with characters to like and dislike. Picking up a new book is like a return visit where you can catch up with the people you know and see what may or may not have changed since you were last there. I hope to be making return visits for a long time to come.Thank you to Revell for my complimentary copy of Last Chance Hero, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

  • Renee Schaaf
    2019-04-26 04:40

    Jessica MacLeod arrives in Last Chance, New Mexico with hopes of finally having her own medical practice and living part of a childhood dream. She quickly realizes that her city ways, unfamiliarity with small-town high-school football and whether she wants "red" or "green" puts her in the minority.New head football coach for Last Chance High, Andy Ryan returns to his hometown of Last Chance a hero of the "glory days" of football and Puma Pride. Andy soon finds that the memories and expectations of the past--on and off the field--still linger.Can this newcomer and a high-school golden boy share enough interests to be friends and possibly more? Or will expectations fizzle this relationship before love has a chance in Last Chance?Cathleen Armstrong threw me right in to the middle of the Last Chance series. This is the fourth book in A Place To Call Home series. This is a novel on its own, but reading the others in the series would have been helpful just to get a better feel for the town and residents.The book itself, I felt, was a little more on the lighter side of what I'm used to reading. However, the characters do have internal struggles and issues to overcome. I wouldn't say the the characters are multi-dimensional, but they are easy to relate to--especially since the storyline does take place in modern day.There were several characters to keep track of, but not too difficult to do so. There are the usual characters that are endearing and the ones you question motives. The setting is in a small town, so characters and their relationships overlap.Overall, the book moved along at a nice pace.One thing I experienced while reading this book was an absolute craving for green chile! ("Red" or"green" is an accompaniment at the local restaurant, The Dip-n-Dine) Literally, I would be reading and my mouth would water! So if you like Mexican food, beware!!My only disappointment was nearing the end, I was left asking lots of questions of "what happened to..." However, for Armstong to structure her novel that way was a clever tool to lead you to want to read the next in the series. Kudos on that!Overall, I would give this a 4 stars out of 5.(I was given this book for free by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    2019-05-14 11:22

    First I want to preface this book by saying that I had no idea this was book four in the series until I got the book. So overall I was impressed with the ability to read the book and not feel lost. In my opinion it worked as a stand alone novel.Second I would like to add that I do not have a lot of experience with small towns. I did live in small town for my first year out of college - and I hated it. Everyone knew everyone's business. So that part of this story definitely made sense! But for some crazy reason even though I am truly a city girl I do love reading novels set in small towns. And I also love football so I was looking forward to this story line. Unfortunately I was really disappointed by the role football played in the story. I felt too much pressure was placed on the new girl in town to automatically love football - but I also felt like she could have given the sport a chance sooner!I did enjoy the importance of red and green chile in the story! I'm glad that eventually Jess gave the chile a chance :)But overall I just didn't fall in love with this story. The football angle was played up so much with no real development. And while both Jess and Andy were in new careers neither one of them truly showed any career development. And the moment when I thought there was going to be a major breakthrough with one of Jess's patients the entire part of the story surrounding her just fell flat and we never got any resolution to the perceived problem!In the end I realize it was still the "happily ever after" that most Christian Fiction readers are looking for - but for me the book still should have been at least slightly realistic and could have had a less abrupt ending. I'm not saying I wouldn't give another Armstrong book a chance but I am saying that I won't be re-reading this one.The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review

  • Mardell
    2019-05-17 04:37

    Last Chance, New Mexico is one big fan of high school football. The new head coach, Andy Ryan, late of the NFL is also the town's most famous football hero. No other team has been able to reach the heights of his high school team and it is no secret that the town has pinned their hopes on him to bring the glory days back to Last Chance. No pressure, just wins.Last Chance HeroDr. Jess MacLeod wanted to be a small town doctor since she was a little girl. She chooses Last Chance New Mexico a town of barely 700 people to open her practice. She soon finds that people are more willing to drive to the San Ramon clinic than start with a new doctor.Last Chance Hero is Cathleen Armstrong's 4th book in her popular A Place To Call Home Series. Jess and Andy seemed destined to be together it would seem since they run into each other regularly after Jess arrives in Last Chance. He is a handsome, eligible and very available. She is smart, beautiful and has never been to a football game in her life.As the first weekend of our own high school season has unfolded, it is fun to see how the town rallies around the team. I enjoyed the characters and many have returned as good neighbors do from her previous books in the series. The townspeople may have a pretty good idea what everyone else is up to but their caring ways for their own make Last Chance a place to stay settle down.Andy and Jess may seem like oil and vinegar with his love of the game and her avoidance of the stands, but the story is so much more than small town hero meets big city doctor. The lessons learned of faith,hope and forgiveness in the story will give the reader an insight into human nature that are worth the journey to Last Chance. I recommend not only this story but the whole series, beginning with Welcome to Last Chance. Along the way you also may develop a craving for some chilies like I did. Enjoy!

  • Christine Lowe
    2019-05-06 06:36

    A New Doctor For Last ChanceI've read each of the books in A Place to Call Home Series and I've never been disappointed by the caliber of writing. Last Chance Hero is the fourth book and introduces Dr Jessica McLeod to the residents of this charming town in New Mexico. Being a country doctor in a small town is exactly what Jessica has always wanted. On her first day in town she meets Andy Ryan, a local football legend returned to his hometown to coach high school football. Expectations are running high for Andy to repeat the winning streak he was part of when he played football during high school. In Last Chance everybody cheers for their high school and attends their games.It appears Jessica is the only person in town who doesn't like football. She doesn't have a problem with this but everyone she meets seems to think there's something wrong with her. There is an attraction developing between Jessica and Andy that everyone feels free to discuss. How could a relationship between a doc who's never watched a football game and the football coach possibly work?The book is definitely character driven. We see how characters introduced in previous books have integrated into the town and how many long-time residents wouldn't live anywhere else but Last Chance. There are some very unique personalities that you find only in small town communities. Juanita is the waitress at the one restaurant in town. She is a borderline rude, obnoxious, know it all and only tells people the right thing to do so they don't make a mistake they will be sorry for later.The book is categorized as Christian Fiction but it isn't preachy. Some of the characters go to church and try to live good lives, helping those in need. There is no graphic sex, violence or language. If the author writes another book about Last Chance, I would buy it.

  • Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
    2019-04-28 10:30

    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.