Last Chance Summer
Author: Hope Ramsay
Publisher: Forever Yours (Grand Central)
Date of Publication: August 6, 2013
It wouldn’t be summer without the Watermelon Festival, and single mom Amanda Wright is looking forward to a carefree day eating funnel cakes and sipping sweet tea. But with her inquisitive son and elderly grandmother in tow, she’s not in the mood for carnival rides or the kissing booth, until she hears a charming, funny voice over the loudspeaker.
Grant Trumbull is the new DJ at the local radio station, and his deep, booming cadence has all the ladies of the church auxillary atwitter. Even without seeing his face, Amanda can’t help but wonder if he’s the one for her. When she finally comes face to face with the man behind the mic, summer is about to get a whole lot hotter in little Last Chance, South Carolina.
I knew going in this would be a quick little read and it was (about 30 minutes). I got a really good feel for Amanda. The small-town atmosphere was great. We got a fabulous look at the real characters that live in Last Chance: everyone from Granny (Amanda’s grandmother) to the local matchmaker Miriam, and even Amanda.
Amanda’s not had great experience with life. Her parents died early (somewhere while in elementary school) and her husband, her high school sweetheart, died only weeks after Ethan (her 5 y/o son) was born. So, she understandably needs to control her environment a bit, and has her hands full with her son and grandmother (who’s slowly losing her memory). This has not made for a good love life.
Where this book came up short for me was in the romance department. The only interaction between Grant and Amanda comes in the final five to ten pages of the book. And even then, there’s no “getting to know” phase, just Ethan’s claim about Grant, and poof, that’s it. Sure, Amanda’s been listening to Grant do his radio program throughout this work, but how is that enough to suddenly proclaim: oh, he’s the one, especially since she’s not really had anyone since her husband died?
Still, the characters themselves made this a lovely read and I will certainly check out other books set in Last Chance. Solid 3-star rating from me.
Book provide by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.