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Welcome To Fat Chance, Texas

(Fat Chance, Texas #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  122 ratings  ·  33 reviews
“A fresh, heartwarming voice.”  —Jodi Thomas, New York Times bestselling author

For champion professional knitter Dymphna Pearl, inheriting part of a sun-blasted ghost town in the Texas hill country isn’t just unexpected, it’s a little daunting. To earn a cash bequest that could change her life, she’ll have to leave California to live in tiny, run-down Fat Chance for six mo

Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published July 21st 2015 by Lyrical Press
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So, I Read This Book Today
Can mismatched strangers revive a ghost town? “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” ― Mother Teresa
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Palm Sunday: An Autobiographical Collage
Clarence “Cutthroat” Johnson certainly changed huge chunks of the world. And yes, he c
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked that this took place in a ghost town in Texas. It was interesting to see what the characters did with the run down town. I also liked the animals--a dog, a herd of goats, and some rabbits. The dog was the best character. I didn't like the human characters. They were too much for me. ...more
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Seven people met for the first time, under one roof, all from different walks of life. Seven strangers unaware that they had one something in common. Cutthroat Clarence. The multi-billionaire tycoon had died, and had left his last will and testament. But this will could only be read once his daughter CJ Primb gathered these 7 people together. Including Dymphna Pearl, expert knitter and rabbit raiser.

Dymphna and the other strangers who attended the reading of the will didn't know what Clarence go
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ghosts town multi millionaire last will request for 7 persons.

A aging multi millionaire has guilt about his life actions that resulted in his vast worth. He broke promises, cheated and deceived to get money opportunities his whole life. He picks 7 persons or relative of 7 to makes amends to in his video will. He buys a ghost town in central Texas keeps a man there to oversee the town. He decides he is the Sheriff and Mayor. The millionaire requires 7 persons, including his daughter and her X, to
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to Fat Chance, Texas by Celia Bonaduce

Professional knitter Dymphna Pearl inherits part of a ghost town in Texas. To earn her inheritance which could change her life, she’ll have to leave California to live in tiny, run-down Fat Chance for six months.She will be staying there with seven strangers.

A well written original story with well developed characters. Each person is different and they all must learn to live together and get along. The concept of strangers working together made for a
Debbie Dodd
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was fun reading.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Welcome To Fat Chance, Texas review

Welcome To Fat Chance, Texas is the first book in this series written by author Celia Bonaduce. An improbable group of people have to live together for six months in order to gain an inheritance.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a interesting dilemma, give up your current life for 6 months to live with a group of strangers in a ghost town or lose a generous inheritance (and cost the rest of the group theirs). I have to say that people do some strange things when they get a terminal illness, but this was one even I was surprised at.

Aptly named "Fat Chance", this group of strangers must learn to live with each other and run a successful town for 6 months. Each character is unique in their background and reason for b
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
8 people, mostly strangers to each other, a will and a ghost town. I'm a sucker for books like this. Fat Chance wasn't what I was expecting. It was a light, breezy read with no true romance. Amazon classifies it as women's fiction and humorous and that's right though I only laughed out loud once. Love is found, sometimes in unlikely pairings, but there is no romance despite some characters coming together as they would being stuck together for 6 months in the middle of nowhere.

I enjoyed the set
I didn't know what to first expect, when I first read this book as it was not a storyline that I would normally read. However, I was pleasantly surprised when the book first started and I found myself wanting to know what happened.

I found the storyline dragged a bit and sometimes it was hard to follow. I found myself questioning who was who at some points, but overall really enjoyed the storyline. It is definitely not your typical romance book - however, it is delightful to read. Could you surv
This book sure had a motley crew of characters – odd ducks, all. It was often quite funny watching the different personalities interact together. I loved the setting and the description of the ghost town – it was easy to picture in my mind; desolate and remote. I LOVE the beautiful Texas Hill Country and it was a special treat to read a kooky story set there. I also loved the name of the ghost town. It's perfect as anyone who's driven anywhere in Texas can tell you this huge state is just brimmi ...more
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Welcome To Fat Chance, Texas by Celia Bonaduce is an unusual but entertaining story. It is sort of a take on the reality series that are so popular now days in that a group of strangers live today in a Texas ghost town for six months. While it isn’t being filmed as a TV series, it has drama galore, along with a bit of romance.

The group is filled with unique and exceptional characters. Most likely they would have never chose to spend time together if not for the incentive of a three year salary
Yvonne Diamond
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished Celia's latest book "Welcome to Fat Chance, Texas". A charming extension continuing the Saga of a group of friends from her earlier Series, Fat Chance gives much to Contemplation, as it's Premise evolves around the attempt to Make Right damages incurred by recipients of the actions of a now-deceased Tycoon, who brought together a group which, through his Actions, he had Done Wrong.
A Fun Read, Fat Chance provides Food for Thought, and is particularly suited to the Younger Reade
Georgiann Hennelly
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Welcome to Fat Chance Texas .Dymphna Pearl is a professional knitter , she inherits part of a Ghost Town in Fat Chance Texas. In order to claim her inheritance she has to live in Fat Chance Texas for Six months along with seven other people all strangers to each other. In order to survive they must learn to live and work together to try to make it habitable. It's going to take more than a Wild West spirit to accomplish this. They have very little money, no web connection and very different backg
Zeinab Dh
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this in exchange for an honest review, I have not read a lot for this author but I am happy that I got the chance to read this one and I liked it a lot it was a nice fresh book in this genre and everything was just so wonderful the characters are very real the sparks and connection between them is amazing they are very captivating enchanting and addictive the action is great these are very soft romantic clean books which are sweet and nice like a fresh breath of air different and charming ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This heart-warming read had me hooked from the beginning. Told in alternating character perspectives, the plot proves to be unique and kept me engaged the entire length of the novel. There is something about needing to depend on others in order to survive in a town where everything is in bare bones (no TV, internet, etc.) that makes me smile.

Please read my full review on my blog:

I received a free copy of this book from the JGBS Review Library in exchange f
Cathy Geha
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing premise for a book! Take a handful of people and put them in a Texas ghost town with electricity, water, some implements to work with and a place to stay and you get a cross between Giligan’s Island and Survivor. In some ways this is a quest by each of the characters to find their true self and in other ways it is a story of community and how friendships and bonding take place. Well written, sometimes comical, always fun – I highly recommend this story to anyone looking for an interes ...more
Bonnye Reed
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway from Kensington Publishing Corp and Celia Bonaduce on June 20, 2015. Thank you for allowing me a chance to be a first reader of this book!

Welcome to Fat Chance, TX is a very interesting book, not your standard romantic novel in that the characters are very well rounded and the plot is intricate. I think anyone interested in the Texas Hill Country, or who enjoy romance books without a lot of sex will get a kick out of Celia Bonaduce and her books.
Susan James
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story, but I wanted more. Fat Chance is is funny and kind and altogether delightful. BUT I wanted it to be longer and I wanted to know more about the characters. I am delighted to know there will be a second book, because when I came to the end of the story, it felt like there ought to be more. I would have been happy if there had been twice as much about each character. I loved Dymphna from Much Ado About Mother. And was happy to see her as heroine surrounded by as cast of character ...more
Neena Christianson Martin
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ghost town

Seven people are named in a will to inherit $100,000.00. With a catch. They must all agree to go live in a ghost town and run a business for six months. Only two had ever met before, the rest all strangers to each other. In a true comedy of errors, the new residents of Fat Chance, city slickers all, head off to what everyone regards as hell. What no one expected to find was home. The author takes you on a emotional rollercoaster, as we learn about this strange group and what makes them
Coral Mitchell
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eight people are brought together in rather unusual circumstances. Only three of them have met previously. Their decision is to make money and get a chance at their dreams, but only if they live and succeed at this ghost town in Texas for six months. They must all go or no one gets the prize. A great story of their journey to success and new life choices.

This book is the same realm as reality tv, without the tv crew. It was a fun read with quirky characters that you root for from the beginning.
Bette Hansen
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book completely entertaining! While outside the usual genre of book for me, I found the premise of this one fascinating. What would happen if a handful of relative strangers were put in a situation where they had to live for 6 months in a small ghost town in Texas? While they all start this journey with the motivation to go being money, but in the end they find they end up with so much more!

A very well done story that I would recommend.
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it was hard to put down!! It is so wonderful reading a book that flows and keeps you interested from beginning to end. I loved how everyone learned to make a go of it in Fat Chance. This was an awesome story of how given the chance a group of strangers learn to make the best of a strange situation and grow from the unique experience. They group learns many new things about themselves and has a wonderful adventure!!
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the premise of this book. Strangers thrown together in a ghost town for six months. They come together as a family to make the town a home and a place they want to live and make a go of. Interesting, quirky characters. Lots of animals. A place I would like to visit. I am hoping for a sequel.
Jessica Alcazar
OK, so this story was a little unusual. It's not really a romance story so I didn't enjoy it as much. But it was entertaining and it did keep me interested thru the whole story. Writing style was solid and easy flowing. Characters were all well developed. So again, overall it is a good story, just not what I would normally pick up to read.
Copy provided by NetGalley for review
Dec 12, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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this book book was not what I was expecting. When I saw all the 4 star reviews,I thought I was reading the wrong book. I thought I was getting a romance with a little bit of laughter. Not so much. I really could not get into the story line. To be honest the names of some of the characters annoyed me. That soungs petty but, yeah. Also it was a little slow for me.
Ana Smith
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it

As nonsense as the story may sound it is so very entertaining & interesting, a very interesting experiment out of the box that shows us that humans respond to affection in unique ways and also tells us that fat chances are still chances that very much depend in each of us.
Bill Langheim
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed following this cast of characters as they are called to inhabit the near ghost town of Fat Chance, TX. Now that they have formed initial relationships / friendships, I look forward to future escapades in the next installment.
Liz Donatelli
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A wonderfully fun and touching read complete with a host of lovable and quirky characters that includes a buzzard, a bloodhound and a salty mayor named Pappy.
Brenda Brown-barton
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fun Read

This was a fun read I loved the characters they were so different from each other but all came together and grew together!
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