Saturday, September 5, 2015

Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong

Hey Everyone, I just read Last Chance Hero by Cathleen Armstrong. It is the story of Dr Jessica MacLeod, who is opening up her own practice in Last Chance New Mexico. A few things about her? She is a geek! ( she says so herself) She used to live in California and she hates football, Which in a town like Last Chance is not a good idea because EVERYBODY in the Town loves football and that brings us to the other main character Andy Ryan. a hometown hero who was born and raised in Last Chance and made it to the NFL and has now come back to coach the High School football team. Jessica finds that life in the rural little town is not what she thought it would be, The people all look at her like she is crazy because she would rather read a book then watch a football game and anytime she tells someone that she is the new doctor, they tell her ( in the same sentence.) "Oh, we're so excited about having a new doctor in town, But I think I will drive to San Ramon because I have always gone to that Doctor"   As Jessica is having trouble adjusting to life in Last Chance, Andy is having trouble of his own. Everybody in the town expects him to be able to bring the "Glory Days" back, The time when Last Chance's High School Football time was unbeatable and whenever anyone strikes up a conversation with him it ALWAYS has to have something to do with football.  When Andy and Jessica first meet they get off on the wrong foot, Andy makes fun of the fact that Jessica does not like football, and Jessica unintentionally insults Andy by not knowing that he played as a quarterback for the Denver Broncos. Even after the rocky start, you can tell that they both are attracted to each other, They start taking morning runs together and having lunch with each other. But just when everything was going well for both of our characters , one of the football players gets hurt during practice, He is not seriously injured but he will be unable to play on the team for a couple of weeks. Jessica finds out that Gabe ( the injured player) wants to be a doctor when he graduates, She is thrilled and encourages him to focus on his studies, but Gabe thinks to focus on his studies he has to quit the football team.  Andy thinks that Jessica told Gabe to quit the team and is FURIOUS! He is made because he is the coach and she is not, She has no authority to tell him to quit the team.  Now they both are on the defensive believing that they are right  and refuse to talk with each other. Will they be able to get back together? Will Gabe really quit the sport that he loves?
Guess you will have to read the book to find out!

First I love the name of the town, Last Chance, ( her description of this small little town was enough to make anyone want to visit the town on their next vacation ) The book was filled with sweet and charming characters and she did not put too much emphasis on the romance between Andy and Jessica. The story reminded me of watching a heart warming movie on TV , The kind that you want to watch while snuggling  up in a blanket and enjoying a cup of steaming hot tea and maybe a fire blazing in the fireplace, 
I really enjoyed reading this book and I hope you will too!  
Overall  I give it 3 out of 5 stars.   ***

I would like to thank Revell , A division of Baker Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book in exchange for a free copy, I was not required to write a favorable review, just an honest one.

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