A Place to Call Home, Book 4
What happens when your heart is intercepted before
you even know it's in play?
The folks in Last Chance, New Mexico, could not be more pleased. Dr. Jessica MacLeod has opened an office right on Main Street and Andy Ryan, the best athlete the little town ever produced, has come home from the NFL to coach the high school football team. Unfortunately, Dr. Jess immediately gets off on the wrong foot with this football-obsessed town when she admits that she's never seen a football game, isn't really interested in doing so, and in fact doesn't know a first down from a goalpost.
Despite having little in common, Jess and Andy find themselves drawn to each other. But when a disagreement over the future of an injured player puts them both on the defensive, it begins to look like this game is over . . .
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Who would have ever thought that a series about a small middle-of-nowhere town in New Mexico would capture my attention enough to read four books centered around said town? I would have never guessed it. But the truth is that I have fallen in love with the town and people of Last Chance, New Mexico.
Yes, this is the fourth book in the series but the good news is that if you haven't been reading along I think it is safe to say that you can pick this one up and read it as a stand-alone novel. There are references to past experiences (so fair warning there will be spoilers to the previous books) but I think the author does a good job of filling in the gaps of the story so you won't feel lost.
This particular storyline revolves around the new town doctor and the returning football hero turned coach. The tension between the two is pretty strong right from the start. Dr. Jessica disdains football, which puts her at odds with most of the town. Not good when you're trying to start up a practice. Poor girl has never lived in a small town and clearly doesn't understand the dynamics of supporting the hometown team. Coach Andy is intrigued by Jessica right from the start. Even though he is rebuffed again and again by Jessica he takes it in stride and presses on.
I'm from a middle-of-nowhere small town and I love how Cathleen Armstrong has captured the essence of small town living. These people may drive you absolutely crazy but they're your people so don't cross them or you'll have to deal with me! If you delight in reading about unique people that have strong character as well as flaws then I think you will enjoy not only Last Chance Hero but also the entire A Place to Call Home series.
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