Last Chance Hero
by Cathleen Armstrong
First I want to preface this book by saying that I had no idea this was book four in the series until I got the book. So overall I was impressed with the ability to read the book and not feel lost. In my opinion it worked as a stand alone novel.
Second I would like to add that I do not have a lot of experience
with small towns. I did live in small town for my first year out of
college - and I hated it. Everyone knew everyone's business. So that
part of this story definitely made sense! But for some crazy reason even
though I am truly a city girl I do love reading novels set in small
towns. And I also love football so I was looking forward to this story
line. Unfortunately I was really disappointed by the role football
played in the story. I felt too much pressure was placed on the new girl
in town to automatically love football - but I also felt like she could
have given the sport a chance sooner!
I did enjoy the importance of red and green chile in the story! I'm glad that eventually Jess gave the chile a chance :)
overall I just didn't fall in love with this story. The football angle
was played up so much with no real development. And while both Jess and
Andy were in new careers neither one of them truly showed any career
development. And the moment when I thought there was going to be a major
breakthrough with one of Jess's patients the entire part of the story
surrounding her just fell flat and we never got any resolution to the
In the end I realize it was still the
"happily ever after" that most Christian Fiction readers are looking for
- but for me the book still should have been at least slightly
realistic and could have had a less abrupt ending. I'm not saying I
wouldn't give another Armstrong book a chance but I am saying that I
won't be re-reading this one.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.