The fourth installment in Cathleen Armstrong's A Place to Call Home series, Last Chance Hero, tells the story of Jess, a young doctor who moves to LasThe fourth installment in Cathleen Armstrong's A Place to Call Home series, Last Chance Hero, tells the story of Jess, a young doctor who moves to Last Chance to open a rural medical practice, and Andy, former Last Chance football hero turned high school football coach. It's a sweet romance in its truest form without feeling cheesy or contrived.
I chose to read this book because I'm intrigued by small-town relationships and drawing faith into fiction without making it preachy. Armstrong does both very well. She paints characters vividly with dialogue--from long paragraphs that are spoken quickly to a daily joke that is at once simple and profound--and description. Though this was my first visit to Last Chance, I left feeling like I knew the characters well. And, I left feeling encouraged in my faith even when things don't go according to my own plans.
Without saying too much and ruining one of the story lines, I do wish Armstrong had given us more of one of the characters and had devoted more of her page to him. At the same time, every word he is given paints him--and God's grace--vividly.
Disclosure: I received this book free through the Revell Reads program in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255....more
This book was hilarious, outlandish, and fun! The murder mystery was interesting, the relationship is sexy, and Addison continually finds herself in sThis book was hilarious, outlandish, and fun! The murder mystery was interesting, the relationship is sexy, and Addison continually finds herself in situations that are laugh-out-loud funny. Definitely a quick and fun read!...more
This is the first book I've read by Amanda Cabot, but I understand that under her various names, Cabot is, at heart, a romance writer. And she's doneThis is the first book I've read by Amanda Cabot, but I understand that under her various names, Cabot is, at heart, a romance writer. And she's done that again with her new Texas Crossroads series. At Bluebonnet Lake is the first in the series, and it meets both people and places at a "crossroads" in their lives. Whether it is a question of confronting priorities, broken relationships, hope for the future, or reclaiming purpose, Cabot brings her main and her minor characters--and the resort where their lives intersect--into crossroads where the reader is invested and cares about their next steps.
At Bluebonnet Lake is truly a sweet romance. It is the love story of people and place and family. As is the case with most romances, I found the ending predictable. Still, it was a journey that I enjoyed taking. And along the way there were a few surprises. Most of those surprises came in how much I ended up caring about Rainbow's End and the town of Dupree--and all of its minor characters. I look forward to future books in the series and hope Cabot continues to tell their stories, dropping At Bluebonnet Lake's main characters--Kate, Greg, Sally, and Roy--into the background in favor of exploring more of Carmen, KOB, Lauren, and even Fiona. I even couldn't help rooting for Drew to find his own happy ending.
This is a sweet book. It's a sweet love story and an invitation to settle down and enjoy the peace and the quiet of the sweet gifts God places in your path.
Disclosure: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255....more
What a clever concept for a book! Especially for a girl who graduated high school in 1995 and vividly remembers her first foray into email and chat roWhat a clever concept for a book! Especially for a girl who graduated high school in 1995 and vividly remembers her first foray into email and chat rooms. Emma and Josh are lifelong best friends who have grown apart through the beginning of high school when one of those 100 hours of free America Online CD-ROMs we all used to receive allows them to travel from 1996 to 2011 where they stalk their own Facebook profiles. Clever, clever, clever.
Obviously Asher and Mackler have the benefit of living in both 1996 and 2011, which makes it easier for them to hold a mirror to the obsurdity that is social networking in the second decade of the twenty-first century. The Future of Us is billed as a young adult novel, and it certainly works as that, but I do wonder how much of the novelty of this book is lost on readers who were barely born in 1996. I loved the memory trip of songs, dial-up internet, and phone cards. I also enjoyed the look at Facebook and the way that Facebook allows us to believe that everything about us--our mood changes, our dinners, our deep thoughts--are of utmost importance to the world.
Above all, I think The Future of Us is a love story. It's not just a love story between teenagers, but it's a love story with self and with parents and step parents . . . and with an idea of what the future should hold. With its clever concept, it transcends the "young adult" genre and should provoke those of us who are Emma and Josh's ages--graduating high school in the mid 90s--to ask ourselves some important questions. What is it we're doing on Facebook--reconnecting? Holding on to an image of what we wish we were? Social networking gives us all the platform to pretend that we're philosophers, while ensuring that none of us actually go beyond networking into deep relationships--with our spouses, our friends, our families, ourselves.
So the questions are these: * If I had a chance to know my future, would I want to? * If I didn't like what I saw there, would I try to change it? * Is it time for me to give up trying to know the future and simply live in the here and now?
Couldn't put it down! In true Dominick Dunne fashion, it's a juicy picture of the way that the wealthy live. Different rules, different morals, differCouldn't put it down! In true Dominick Dunne fashion, it's a juicy picture of the way that the wealthy live. Different rules, different morals, different lives altogether. I loved every page!...more