Book Review, Giveaway

‘Last Chance Christmas’ by Hope Ramsey


Dear Reader,
I’ve been wishing for a miracle for my oldest boy, Stone, and this Christmas my prayers might just be answered!

Her name is Lark, and she’s here in Last Chance, looking into her father’s past-and stirring up a whole mess of trouble without meaning to. As the chief of police, Stone sure has his hands full trying to keep up with her. Ever since his wife died, Stone’s put everything into raising his daughters and dodging the Christ Church Ladies’ Auxiliary matchmakers. And it’s clear Lark has been through some trouble and could use a place to finally call home. I only hope Stone can let go of the past soon enough to keep her . . .

Goodness, I need to stop talking and finish up Jane’s highlights so we can make the town tree-lighting. You come back by because the Cut ‘n’ Curl’s got hot rollers, free coffee, fresh-baked Christmas cookies-and the best gossip in town.

See you real soon,
Ruby Rhodes

REVIEW: Lark Chaikin’s career as a Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist had her witness many horrors from war to natural disasters. She grieves deeply the loss of her father and is determined to fulfill his last wish of deposing his ashes on a mini-golf course in the town of Last Chance, South Carolina.

The simple task turns into a major headache as the town’s Chief of Police, Stonewall Rhodes, tells her that she can’t do that without getting the permission from the people who are in charge of the place.

Stone Rhodes has more in common with Lark than even he’ll admit to. He’s still grieving the loss of his wife in a car accident and it looks like he’s given up on moving on with his life. One of his girls, Haley who has survived the accident, has had a hard time forgetting the incident as well.

There are many issues that come to the surface as these two slowly fall in love and solve the mystery of their connection.

If you’ve read this series from the start, you’ll no doubt welcome Stone’s happily ever after, but if you’re like me, and this is your first time wandering around this town, you might feel a bit lost…

Ms. Ramsey maintains an even pace and takes us, along with Lark, on a journey of discovery that at times will make you laugh and cry, but in the end, I think I would have liked it even better if I read the earlier books in this series. Because this was a part of the series, it left me lost from time to time but I did enjoy the suspense and characterization of many people I’ve met through this story, especially the heroine.

For never reading Hope Ramsey’s ‘Last Chance’ series I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It had a bit something for everyone. If you like mystery, well you had it. If you’re into inspirational stories, you’re in luck too. If you’re into contemporary romance, guess what? You’re in luck as well.

Book provided by NetGalley

*Will give the print copy away to one US commenter.


15 thoughts on “‘Last Chance Christmas’ by Hope Ramsey”

  1. I love this ‘Last Chance Christmas’ is definitely a book to be read. I hope one day to read it. Merry Christmas everyone and happy holidays!

  2. Doesn’t sound like something I’d usually read but am willing to try it based on your review. Thanks for the giveaway.
    Happy Holidays!

  3. I’ve read some very good Christmas novels so far this year and it isn’t over yet! I’m loving it and all I can say is “Bring it on. I want to read even more!” 🙂

  4. I have actually read all of the books in this series & own them, so I don’t need to win. I just wanted to say that it really helps to have read the series in order to understand this story. Stone & his daughter (and her angels) are an ongoing part of all of the books. I have to say I love this series & would highly recommend it.

  5. This so reminds me of me. I’ve asked my nephew, who climbs, to take me over the side of the Linville Gorge, here in NC, to spread me around after I pass. He’s promised. I’m not even going to wonder if it’s legal, LOL! I just know that’s where my heart is here and that’s where I want to be put to rest.

    My wishlist has grown by leaps and bounds here lately and this is just another that’s been added. 🙂

  6. I have read a few reviews of this book and the consensus seems to be it is an enjoyable book. Your comment about being a little lost at times is the reason I try to read a series in order and close together if I can. It makes each book a richer reading experience. It is especially true with books set in small towns. Like a newcomer to a real small town, you will be a bit lost not knowing people and their connection to everyone else.
    Thanks for the review.

    1. *sigh*

      Now you tell me! just kidding. I found that too, this Christmas especially. There were two or three that were a bummer only because I couldn’t ‘get with it’ and recognize some people in it…DAH! That’s ‘coz I never read the earlier books in the series ;(

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