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The Last Chance Cafe

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,792 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller captures the passionate heart of America in this powerful contemporary novel set in a small Western town. Seeking shelter from the storms of life, a woman who is down on her luck finds an unexpected refuge at
With acres of land and a house that have been in his family for generations, rancher Chanc
Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 7th 2011 by Gallery Books (first published 2002)
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Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, cowboy
I'm a big fan of Linda Lael Miller. She writes great cowboy romances with likable characters and a good storyline.

This particular book sees Hallie fleeing with her two twin daughters after she realizes her ex-husband is a bad man and out to see her dead. She ends up in Primrose Creek and at the Last Chance Cafe where the friendly people there find her a place to stay and even a job while she gets on her feet and decides what to do. She is attracted to handsome rancher Chance but is constantly fe
Author: Linda Lael Miller
First published: 2002
Length: 6006 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary. Primrose Creek.
Sex: Explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Rancher.
Heroine: Divorced with children. Chef and business owner. On the run from ex.

I kept thinking it was awfully similar to Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones. And I think I liked Running Wild better…

Some references to finding a diary of “Bridget Qualtrough”. Lists suggest The Last Chance Cafe is a standalone… but Bridget has her story told
Jul 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I recently saw that this was a Lifetime Movie starring Kevin Sorbo, I was immediately interested in reading the book..I always think the books are much better then the movie.

I loved the book. I can definitely see Kevin Sorbo playing the character Chance..

Hallie flees her home with her twin daughters and breaks down
in the town of Primrose Creek..What amazing characters in this one.

She immediate meets Chance at the Last Chance Café. He gives her a place to stay and his heart along with it!

I l
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I think I ordered this book from my library by accident when I thought I was ordering the same title by another author.

This book confused me. Was it a cozy mystery? Was it a romance? The mystery was interesting, if a little too drawn out. The particular brand of romance was a bit too ... erotic for my taste. I just prefer something a little sweeter and more left to the imagination. The 'sweeter' was close - the 'left to imagination' was non-existent.

I don't regret the time I spent reading it, bu
Susan R Crews
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Really enjoyed it!

What are you insisting on , That I write a review before I can access my account? Keep that up and I won't be a customer again.

Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always like Linda Lael Miller books. They are just good stuff. Interesting and fast paced. I read the
the original book with the sisters--fun to see their ancestors come around and some of the traits carry on.
May 08, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miller-lael
The edition I listened to was an abridged audio book and the story felt like it was cut to pieces
Rhonda Soukup
Mar 14, 2017 rated it liked it
I read before book before but didn't remember when I picked it out. Story of a single mother who runs away from her ex-husband and a ring of criminals when she finds out the details of how her stepfather was killed. Her travels bring her to the Last Chance Cafe - enter hunky, good-looking cowboy who helps her get settled in the small town and against the criminals.
Crystal Karre
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was an excellent page turner!!!
This book had a few plot holes and it was a little too sappy to believe. The town's people barely knew this woman and yet they give her a job, a house and a car and a built in babysitter. Her twin girls are seven year old geniuses. Hallie is an intelligent successful business owner, but lays low in a small town and doesn't bother to make copies of the evidence and doesn't even attempt to get a hold of anyone in the media or FBI. One kiss and the next day she's in bed with Chance, easy much? On a ...more
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a light, sweet and predictable little story. I gave this book 4,5 stars some years back when I read it for the first time, and now I find it very average, even below average indeed. It's pretty remarkable that the more you read, the more you explore various genres, with time I guess expectations and preferences can change, "literary" choices can change. It’s true that nowadays I prefer more authentic, more original stories. I look for authors with a true original voice, and I always loo ...more
Julie Barrett
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Last Chance Cafe by Linda Lael Miller
Halli O'Rourke has just left her step dads funeral and gets a package and heads to his house where her ex husband shows up wanting the stocks and bonds and money.
She takes off with his truck and the blizzard stops them in NV with the twin girls. She's got a job being a waitress and a place to watch while Jessie is away.
Chance has a hand in all this....she has to tend to the horses also.
She gets the girls ready for school and has her work and things are go
It was an enjoyable read, but not anything unexpected or new. I know I have never read this book before, but the whole way through it felt very familiar. Right down to the characters doing what was expected of them. I guess that is what makes romances comfort reads though, right? I did find myself laughing when the twins were around, or when Evie came in the picture. And there were a couple moments when I could predict what was going to happen, so it wasn’t really suspenseful, but it was written ...more
Jun 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My friend gave me this book last Tuesday to help pass the time while waiting for a mamogram and a sonogram. It was a rather long wait. I read most of Linda Lael Miller's story in a hospital waiting area and the remainder in one of their little "holding" rooms (You know, the kind you spend time in waiting for the doc to get around you).

And the little book did just what it was written to do...introduced me to a cast of characters that I enjoyed spending time with. Thanks Linda Lael Miller for the
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
It was ok. It wasn't what I expected from the author having read her Deadly Deceptions series first and then the Look series. It was all right. I couldn't really get a hook into Hallie- she really didn't make me feel for her. I loved Chance and while I agree watching them get together was fun, it was a bit fast. In fact, the whole book just moved really really fast. Too fast. The end of the book was rushed and I felt no real relief at the outcome.

It reminded me at times of Nora Roberts' "Montana
Jan 04, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
My library has a bunch of this author's books but I'd never read any. If you're expecting great literature, this isn't for you. However, it is a decently written romance book. Some adventure, character development, a little yearning for a place to belong. . . Woman on the run with proof of wrong-doing lands in Primrose Creek, finding support, love and acceptance. Past catches up, but everything comes out alright in the end.

I'd compare Miller with Catherine Anderson.
Feb 22, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
This is a sweet book, but there's a little too much fate/destiny/magic in a novel that is ostensibly a straight-up contemporary to make it feel really believable (Chance and Hallie fall in love because they were meant to... that's the main thing we're given), and the pacing is really wacky. There's some suspense, but a lot of it is artificial tension created by the characters not communicating with each other, and that's a contrivance pet peeve of mine.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will be honest, it took me a week before I finally started to read this book, but then I was hooked on the first chapter. It of course pulled you in. Hallie is running from a host of bad guys including her ex-husband with her two twin daughters in tow. She stumbles into the Last Chance Cafe where she meets Chance. Then it gets interesting. I really liked the way their relationship evolved. Chance was quite the man.
Janet Meeks
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Miller's story touched my heart. I haven't read a book of hers yet I didn't love!!!! Please keep writing Ms. Miller. I can't wait to start The Big Sky series. I have waited to get several books bought up before I start, because I don't like to wait on the next book in the series. I can't just stop at one and wait! :)))
Chance Qualtrough, several generations removed from Bridget and Trace Qualtrough, original settlers of Primrose Creek, Nevada. He is sitting in the Last Chance Cafe when coming in out of a snow storm enters Hallie O'Rourke and her two daughters. He comes to their rescue and the rest is history. Good story!
Feb 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gen-fiction, 15-reads
This book was for the most part an interesting story of new beginnings. Then the author decided to turn the portion of the book that involved a pleasant romance between two hurting people into a story about very explicit clinical sex going into minute deal about how and who was doing what to whom. She lost me at that point. I finished it but ending up downgrading it to three stars.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
A good, quick read. This is a modern-day western, the story of Hallie and Chance. Hally is a divorcee with 2 children who finds herself in possession of evidence of police corruption. A chase and hiding out ensue. She lands in Primrose Creek, NV at The Last Chance Cafe. Romance happens with a feel-good ending.
Miller's writing style is very similar to Billie Letts. From the very first page, this story is entirely predictable - but that's why we read this genre, isn't it? We're not looking for earth-shaking revelations or mind-bending mysteries. In that sense, Last Chance delivers exactly what it promises.
It was ok. Nothing special or life-changing or earth-shattering. Just your typical romance novel to keep you entertained for an afternoon.

I liked the idea of The Last Chance Cafe. And I keep on wondering - are people in US of A really that nice to complete strangers? Me wonders.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Primrose Creek, Nevada, a dispute over property lines between Chance Qualtrough and Jace Stratton is exacerbated by the arrival of Hallie St. George, a young woman fleeing the pain of her past to make a new life for herself.
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
Nice little story of Hallie & Chance. Hallie's stepfather is killed and Hallie has to run with her twin girls when she learns that her ex-husband is one of the bad guys. They land at Last Chance Café and meet Chance. He helps then find a place to stay and tries to get Hallie to trust him.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It was interesting and had depth to it. Hallie had a doozie of a story she was running from when she landed in Primrose Creek. But she immediately fit in their small town. Some of the story was intense, sweet and heartwarming. Good weekend read!
Brea Ann
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
This story will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages! Loved It!!! You just can't go wrong with a Linda Lael Miller book. I have been a fan of her books for years and I have never been disappointed.
Kym McNabney
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As to be expected when reading a Linda Lael Miller book, this one was great. A wonderfully charming story with characters you fall in love with. It brought back memories of reading about Chance's relatives, Trace and Bridget, in, "Bridget", tempting me to reread it all over again.
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Linda Lael Miller book. It captivated me from the start and I have read it four times through the years! Will always be my favorite because it was my first. Kinda like your first love!!
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The daughter of a town marshal, LINDA LAEL MILLER is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West. The "First Lady of the West" lives outside Spokane, Washington, where her rescued horses, dogs and cats live the high life.

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