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Welcome to Last Chance (Last Chance #1)

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  765 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Dear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here.

I've owned the Cut 'n' Curl beauty shop for years, and I've seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane-that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town. I would swear she's running from something. She came with only five dollars in
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Published March 1st 2011 by Grand Central Publishing (first published February 1st 2011)
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Mar 14, 2011 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
I loved this book. I picked it up on Saturday night and finished on Sunday morning. I was having a bad weekend and this book helped me smile. WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE features characters that are flawed, funny, rude, and sweet. Jane and Clay are both very flawed. They’ve been abused, screwed over, and have every right to see the glass half-empty. Clay is very negative and is kind of letting life run over him. Jane has been running for a long time, but she believes that life is going to eventually ...more
Whyyyyy did I do this to myself? My friend noticed I was reading some romance novels featuring small towns and sent me this book. I read the blurb and then got started. Obviously, I should have checked the shelves, because it very obviously says it's a Christian book in the shelves. Nowhere else. By the time I realized that the Bible-thumpers were not solely comic relief, I was too invested. Which is odd to say, because I almost DNF'd it every 15% due to the stupid characters. It was easier for ...more
This is a brand new author. No, really! It says so right on the cover of the book. There's definitely potential here.

This is one of those books that a review is best told by the characters themselves.

Jane: The main lady, is broke and on the run from a disasterous past. Let's just say this poor girl has made quite a few made decisions, all of them revolving around "weasel" guys. Her words on the weasel characteristic. She arrives in Last Chance on the 9:30 bus from Atlanta. Pay attention here,
Apr 16, 2011 jenjn79 marked it as did-not-finish
Recommended to jenjn79 by: random buy
I hate giving up on a book. I try to push through and finish no matter what. But sometimes a book isn't working for me on any level, and given my limited reading time these days, giving up is just for the best. Which is what I decided to do with this book. I just had no interest in continuing to read it.

Series Note:
First book in the "Last Chance" series about a small South Caroline town.

Read the summary on the book page. I didn't read enough of the book to give a more accurate summary:

This was a fun book to read. Right at the beginning it seems like both Jane and Clay are hot messes. Jane has come to Last Chance to make a new start to her life after some bad choices. Clay is the first person she meets and proceeds to perhaps continue those bad choices. Clay came back to his hometown after things didn't go so well in Nashville and now feels like he's stuck in neutral.

Jane was screwed over by her latest boyfriend who ended up stealing all her money instead of helping her make

3.5 stars

Jane Coblentz has five dollars, a ticket to Last Chance and a lot of hope. She wants to start over in Last Chance after making some bad decisions in her past. Clay Rhodes had his eyes on Jane the minute she walked into the bar where he was playing. Clay has suffered a few setbacks both professionally and personally and has returned to Last Chance. Despite their one night together, neither Clay nor Jane thinks there’s a future together. Then when Jane starts to settle down in Last Chan
Hope Ramsey has a sly, subtle humor that keeps the pages turning and a climax that will leave you breathless in your seat. Laugh, grin, giggle, weep, it's all there waiting for you in Last Chance, SC, a place where the people are people and the miracles are just around the corner. An uplifting read that I just couldn't put down.
I enjoyed this book. It had all the basic elements of a romance novel, but some interesting side stories too. People who talk to angels, women with an imperfect past. I am looking forward to reading more books in the series.
Welcome to Last Chance was so much better than I initially would've thought. Of course it was light and cute and semi-funny - as suspected, but besides the apparent fluffiness it clearly featured appealing and flawed characters who definitely kept me entertained till the very end. I’d rate it somewhere between 3 and 3,5. The main lead female character, Wanda Jane Coblentz, made all the difference; she was engaging, self-deprecating and likeable. At twenty-five, she might have made a lot of bad c ...more
Jane and Clay make this book worth reading. The author develops both characters in a convincing way, making them both flawed yet ultimately honorable. The first meeting between Clay and Jane is especially well done. It's not often an author makes me feel the connection between people who have just met, but Ramsay manages to make it believable and sexy, while still creating a feeling of poignancy.

From there the book becomes uneven, perhaps trying to be too many things: a humorous small town roma
Mary Gramlich
WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE written by Hope Ramsay
03/11 - Grand Central Publishing - Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages

When you run from the past how far can you get before it catches up to you?

In a town called Last Chance you would think something good might happen. Jane believes it has to get better since it has been so bad so far in her life. But without any money and this being the end of the bus line her glass half empty is more of a reality than she would like it to be. Jane is a dreamer and beli
Kelly Moran
Author Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer her mother would pack her off to her aunt to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Hope earned a BA in Political Science from the University of Buffalo, and has had various jobs working as a Congressional aide, a lobbyist, a public relations consultant, and a meeting planner. She’s a two-time finalist in the Golden Heart Awards through the Romance Writers of America. Sh ...more
Got to page 218 and I'm done. The sheriff is the biggest @ss who walked the planet, the situations that occur are not believable in the slightest and all of the characters are too kooky and unlikeable to be real. And what's with the constantly crying angel that only the little girl can see? This book is all over the place and not in a good way. So sorry I spent the money on the next two books in the series. Also sorry my last review of 2014 is so negative. Ugh!
This was a cute one, one where you have to love the town, it's crazy people and it's charm. I loved how both Clay and Jane were lost, in different ways, but lost none the less. You could tell right away that they needed each other, but it would take a while. Their interactions had me smiling, at times all they could do is snipe at each other, at others they found a safe place for a bit.

I loved all the old ladies at the town, how they would but in, especially the matchmaker. She was funny when sh
Marilyn Belsham
By the time I reached chapter 4, I was fairly certain that I'd never read the word 'big' so many times in one book. A man can't be a man, he has to be a big man, with broad shoulders, and a towering height. A man can't just pick up some fallen change, he needs to do so using his large, dependable hands. I started to pay attention to how big, broad, or large everything was, and forgot about the story.

The story of a down-and-out diamond-in-the-rough girl-on-the-run isn't too unique. The bad boy w
Why did I do this to myself?!
If I had known that this was a Christian romance novel (no warning on Amazon) I probably wouldn't have picked it up.
Now, before you all go crazy on me, that's not the only or even the main reason I disliked this book so much since it was rather subtle.

No, the reasons I did not like this novel were different.

First of all, the author's style confused the hell out of me. There were a lot of times, especially in the beginning, when I didn't know which character was actua
Audrey Henning
I seen this on display and immediately grabbed it because of the cutesy, cheery cover it has.

This book was not really what I was expecting which is ok because it was BETTER. I LOVED this book. It was a semi-lengthy book, but I had it done in no time. It's a Christian book without going overboard with it.

There are a lot of surprising twists in this book. I was very surprised at the climax towards the end.

The only thing that I found negative was the fact that Jane and Clay's relationship seems to
Megan Holley
I haven't decided which side of the fence I'm on for this book.

Positives: I kinda liked Wanda Jane/Mary. She was the kind of character that I could sympathized with and I found myself really wanting her to succeed. I really enjoyed several of the supporting cast as well: Ray, Haley, Miriam and Clay's mother.

Negatives: I didn't care much for Clay. Not only could I not see him as an attractive man (ponytails are gross), but I just didn't like him personally. He was really wishy washy about his fee
Welcome to Last Chance by Hope Ramsay
Contemporary Romance – Feb. 22nd, 2011
3 stars

Pursued by her unsavory pasts, Wanda Jane Cobletz took a bus to town of Last Chance with nothing more than five dollars in her pocket and the clothes on her back. But, when she got to Last Chance, she is disappointed to see a dying small town instead of a nice size city where she can blend in, hide and get a job. Not a promising place for her to get her life together again. Despite herself, she finds herself drawn
I read Last Chance Bride before Welcome to Last Chance. Honestly? It was a good idea that I did. Only because Last Chance Bride takes place almost twenty years before Welcome does. It allows you to fall in love with the people of Last Chance, and see how loving and comical the townsfolk are. While Bride deals with Stoney- the olders Rhodes brother, Welcome starts off with his middle brother Clayton. Clayton has run from Last Chance, on the first bus out of town (seeing as how that's the only mod ...more
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What a GREAT beginning to what looks to be a fun, small-town series, with characters that capture your hearts and have you wishing Last Chance, South Carolina actually existed. A few chapters into Welcome to Last Chance and I was sucked in, I simply loved it, reminded me so much of Susan Elizabeth Phillips earlier books when her characters practically jumped off the pages.

From the first page I LOVED Clay Rhodes...well Clayton P., but only his Momma or Jane can call him that. He is so much more t
Anne Marsh
I've been reading small town romances and romances where the town itself becomes a character in the story, so Hope Ramsay's WELCOME TO LAST CHANCE jumped out at me from the pages of Romantic Times. The reviews I read were concerned that there were a few too many Southern stereotypes in the book and that it ran the risk of coming across as superficial. After finishing the book, I can see the reviewers' point. LAST CHANCE is fun and light and there are definitely some characters who, at least init ...more

3.5 stars

Jane boards a bus to Last Chance to escape her past. She’s broke, and her dreams of becoming a country singer are shattered, thanks to her lying ex-boyfriend. To start anew, she plans to avoid ‘bad boys’, and that is exactly what Clay looks like. The story is pretty typical. New girl in a small town, local ‘bad’ boy, old ladies’ gossip, strict ‘religions’. But what I like about the book is that it’s funny! (You know how I love funny stories!) Yes, the story line can be predictabl
Oct 20, 2012 Trina rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: novel
Mary Smith, aka Wanda Jane Koblentz, has no luck but bad luck and she's on the run from some pretty unsavory characters so she buys a bus ticket to Last Chance. Clayton P. Rhodes is knight in shining armor type of guy that always tries to rescue damsels in distress only to end up having them hurt him. Miriam, the local matchmaker, tells Clay that his new wife is going to arrive on the 9:30 train and suddenly Clay is surrounded by eligible women that have arrived on the 9:30 train including miss ...more
I really enjoyed this book. There is great humor, characters, and emotion.

I liked Clay as a character although he was a bit too emotional a guy for me. I liked the interaction and relationship between him and Jane, especially the morning after they met bit. The parade of his women coming to Last Chance and the parallel of Jane following each one to Dot's was nice. Although Clay was the one "collecting" needy people, I read that he was really the neediest of them all. Because of that he wasn't my
This would be one of my guilty pleasure reads. It's a cross between a Harlequin and a Danielle Steel. Light hearted feel good book. Set in a small town and character driven. This is the first in the series introducing you to the town. Clay Rhodes is a middle age heart broken man whose troubles begin and end with arrivals off the 9:30 bus into town.

I love the familiar feeling of a series and look forward to reading more.
Cindy Flory
This is a book that will keep you rapidly turning pages. Hope is one of those surprising talents that you don't often run across. This story of two people down on their luck, but yet not ready to give into completely failure, will warm your heart. In the beginning of the story, you find two people who are as different as night and day. While one still holds out hope that things will one day get better soon, the other one is so negative about everything and everyone around him. There is no way th ...more
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
‘Welcome to Last Chance’ is one of those books that have readers craving the closeness that comes from living in a one traffic light town. Ms. Ramsay gives us a story that contains quirky characters, a tale full of heart, two people who are most definitely not looking for each other, and adventures that somehow come off as comedic and yet dangerous at the same time. On top of that, there is the interesting back story of the angels, the mystery surrounding the Sorrowful Angel, and wanting to give ...more

Dear Reader,

Yes, our town is way off the beaten path, but strange, wonderful miracles happen a lot around here.

I've owned the Cut 'n' Curl beauty shop for years, and I've seen folks come for a visit, then stay for a lifetime. Take Jane-that pretty firecracker of a girl who just arrived in town.

I am always looking for the first book of a great new series, like the Debbier Macomber Cedar Cove books. This one was a little too "romancey" for me, but the seri
LOVE! That being said, this is sort of an odd duck as far as genre goes. Technically it's apparently listed as Christian fiction, but it's rare to have actual sex (gasp!) in a CF book. The hero and heroine end up at the Peach Blossom Motor Court pretty darn quick, and that was okay by me. While the book does have a Christian theme to it, it's NEVER preachy and the characters are OH so much fun! You gotta love a place where the putt-putt golf is called Golfing for God! And people see, and talk to ...more
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Hope Ramsay was born in New York and grew up on the North Shore of Long Island, but every summer Momma would pack her off under the care of Aunt Annie to go visiting with relatives in the midlands of South Carolina. Her extended family includes its share of colorful aunts and uncles, as well as cousins by the dozens, who provide the fodder for the characters you’ll find in Last Chance, South Carol ...more
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