Saturday, January 5, 2013
Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay
Lark Chaikin has come to the town of Last Chance shortly before Christmas at the deathbed request of her father, Abe Chaikin, to spread his ashes on the eighteenth hole of the Golfing for God mini golf course. Lark was not able to find out why he wanted that spot as his last resting place but she was determined to carry out his request. Lark is a Pulitzer prize-winning photographer famous for her photographs of war. She recently witnessed the shooting death of her partner while they were filming in a war zone. Although she had witnessed a lot of violence, this had taken its toll on her and she isn't sure she can take photographs again.
Last Chance Police Chief, Stone Rhodes, is a widower with two daughters and a man still mourning the death of his wife killed by a drunk driver. A good man and father, he has just not been able to let his wife go.
Thinking she could just walk up and spread her father's ashes on what appeared to be an abandoned golf course, Lark is confronted by Chief Rhodes and told in no uncertain terms that her father was not liked when he was there in 1968 as he encouraged a young black woman, Nita Wills, to have breakfast with him at the Kountry Kitchen cafe. She was the first black person to do so. The town viewed Abe as a trouble maker.
We encounter lots of wonderful southern characters in this small town where everyone knows everyone else's business and gossip spreads like wildfire. So, sit back and read the action as Lark and Stone are drawn to one another; murder is committed; young love is discovered; angels find their way to Heaven; and Christmas takes over the town bringing happiness and joy.
This was my first time reading Hope Ramsey's "Last Chance" book series so I admit I didn't know what to expect when I first started reading "Last Chance Christmas." But it turned out to be like discovering a new and tasty flavor of popcorn. Yummy! A truly delightful novel and a must read. Four stars
Review copy provided by publisher, thanks!
**Reviewed by Connie**
Last Chance series