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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay--A Review

Happy Birthday today to my niece, Ashley!   She is now thirty and beautiful; studying medicine in the BIG state of Texas!   She and her mama share birthdays this month.   In fact mama, is a Christmas baby!

Christmas will never quite hold the passion for all of us as it once did.    We lost my dear hubby one year ago on December 8 and twelve days later, Ashley's father and my brother, passed into the next life as well.  It has been a long hard year for us...all of us.

So on this the seventh day of my 25 days Christmas reviews& stories, I am reviewing Hope Ramsay's Last Chance Christmas.  Here's the Synopsis:

Last Chance captures the essence of Southern charm and quirkiness. I'm totally captivated!" --- Sherryl Woods, New York Times bestselling author

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

From My Perspective:

Last Chance, South Carolina was a small town where everyone knew everyone else's business and where everyone had an opinion to offer.   But when Lark Chaiken  entered the town to spread her father's ashes on the 18th hole of the town's miniature golf course, she had a divided town's interest.   Some people wanted her run out of town, other's embraced her.   Some served up bigotry and others, not so much.

This was the story of a man who served the law and protected the people.   Stone Rhodes was the chief of police and he tried his best to represent his people, but he sure didn't want the devisiveness of forty years ago to rear it's ugly head again.   The town had overcome a lot and moved forward with time; Lark's arrival could tear the town apart once again.    Not to mention it could tear his safe, albeit lonely heart to bits.

The story was charming and the townsfolk eccentric and quirky.   The sparks between Stone and Lark, were observed by many and gossiped about by all.    That's what happens in small towns.  But in Last Chance, the Rhodes family had an odd history going back generations.   Some of the family could see angels.    The plot thickens.

Lark wanted answers.   Why did her dad want his ashes spread at the 18th hole?   What had actually happened 40 years ago?   And why did half the town think he may have murdered Zeke Rhodes, Stones great granddaddy?

Well, the story is indeed a romantic Christmas mystery.   It was very well written, and a very enjoyable read.   Not only was a forty year old mystery solved, but also a current murder was solved as well.   And Stone's eight year old daughter, who was quite familiar with a sorrowful angel, got her wish for Christmas as well.

I hope you get your Christmas wishes as well!

I rated this fun read at 4 Winks!

Disclaimer:  I read for my pleasure.   I may receive ARC copies for review purposes, but I am not compensated for my reviews .  I like to read and I like to share my reviews.   I post my thoughts without prejudice or bias.  The words are mine and I write reviews based on my humble opinion.  I will admit, I seldom meet a book I don't like.   I purchased my kindle edition for my personal collection.

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