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The Last Chance Cafe: A Novel [Paperback]

Linda Lael Miller
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May 7 2011
New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller captures the passionate heart of America in this page-turning romantic novel. Seeking shelter from the storms of life, a woman who is down on her luck Wnds an unexpected refuge at...


When a blinding Nevada snowstorm and a broken-down truck force Hallie O'Rourke and her two young daughters into the warmth of the Last Chance Café, Hallie could not know she would find a new beginning at the roadside diner. Or that the handsome stranger she meets there would change everything she believes about home and family. Chance Qualtrough is a rancher with deep roots in Primrose Creek, and he's never met a woman as alluring -- or downright stubborn -- as Hallie. An undeniable passion is pulling them together, but Hallie is fleeing a danger so threatening she dares not let Chance into her heart. Will all that Hallie fears come back with full force, destroying her last chance for the life she's always dreamed of?

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Hallie is distressed that her stepfather, savvy police officer Lou, has been murdered, and she doesn't believe it was a simple burglary gone wrong, as claimed by her ex-husband, Joel, the District Attorney. Hallie investigates and finds evidence of a massive drug operation involving high-ranking police officers and her ex-husband. Now in danger, she and her twin daughters leave Phoenix and her restaurant business, and head to parts unknown in Lou's ancient pickup truck. When it breaks down in Primrose Creek, Nevada, Hallie and the girls enter the Last Chance Cafe and find both refuge and Chance Qualtrough. Chance, a rancher who rescues horses, wants to help the family even though he senses that Hallie is running from something. Hallie wants to stay, but she knows that Lou's murderers want her dead. Miller dips her toe into the popular pool of romantic suspense, creating an entertaining story that will please new fans while paying homage to old ones by updating her popular historical Primrose Creek series. Patty Engelmann
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- Linda Lael Miller has more than 12 million copies of her books in print!- The Last Chance Cafe reached #32 on the New York Times extended bestseller list as a hardcover, and it was a USA Today bestseller.- Miller's most recent novel, Springwater Wedding (1/02) reached #10 on the New York Times paperback bestseller list.- The Last Chance Cafe is set in Primrose, Nevada, the town popularized by Miller in the Women of Primrose Creek series, of which there are more than one million copies in print.- Miller's next hardcover, Don't Look Now, will be published in September 2003.

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Joel Royer laid a hand on Hallie's forearm and cleared his throat in an effort to get her attention, but she couldn't look away from the body, the remnant, the wax figure that had once been her stepfather. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Chance Cafe April 23 2013
By Ginette
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I had seen the movie and I wanted to learn more about the character. I was not dissapointed. It is really a good book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful love story???????? Nov. 11 2003
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I was surprised to read all the good reviews for this book. I was not impressed though I read the entire book. From what I could gather, Hallie wasn't in town long enough to form any great relationships with anybody. It was a bit on the cheesy side. And everything worked out just a little too smoothly all the time. From the moment she walked into the cafe she had a job, a beautiful home to stay in, a decent vehicle to drive and money. Course, she had the perfect kids and everything went along perfectly and the neighbors were instantly all her friends. I didn't feel any real chemistry between the two main characters and I thought the plot had a lot of holes. The big climax with her ex-husband was boring and I thought it was ridiculous when she left. I am a Miller fan, but this just didn't do it for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely heart warming Oct. 24 2003
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This is my first book by this author, and definately will not be my last. Chance is every girls dream! I loved the suspence mixed with the love story, couldnt put the book down. I bought this book based on every one elses reviews. Thanks guys!
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There are some wrong doings dealing with the death of her step-father. The authorities said it was petty theft. A stranger shows up at the funeral telling her that is was murder and tells her there's a box that contains evidence of the fact. When locating the box, Hallie's husband appears demanding the box be turned over to him. She knows he's involved now. She feels the urgency to get out-of-town with the box, so Hallie O'Rourke grabs her 2 girls, jumps in a broken down truck and heads out with no more than the clothes on her back. Hallie ends up in Primrose Creek at The Last Chance Cafe during a snow storm after they have walked several miles. The truck is broke down, there's no money, no plans, and she's got 2 little girls that are hungry and scared.
Chance Qualtrough, single and a local rancher, takes one look at Hallie standing in the door of the cafe and feels the need to "take her under his wing." He offers to help her find a place to stay- thinking of his aunt's vacant house the whole time. The owner of the cafe offers Hallie a job of waitressing. Hallie decides to take both offers so she can "stop for a minute" and think about what her next move will be. And there is something about Chance that tells Hallie to trust hime and allow him to "protect" her and the girls. Instead of a night or 2 of rest and thinking, Hallie's stay turns out to be longer (there's peace here, could this be what she has been for). In the back of her mind she knows that her ex-husband is looking for her- she has something that is wanted by the possible murderer of her loved step-father, something that could ruin a man and career.
Chance has a home but it's lacking love and warmth. He thought he had found it one time, a long time ago, but it turned to someone else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly emotional read... July 23 2003
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Hallie O'Roarke found sanctuary in Primrose Creek after being forced to flee Phoenix in fear for the lives of herself and her twin seven year old daughters. When her stepfather is murdered in his home in what appeared to be an attempted robbery, Hallie is skeptical. Not only was Lou a vetran police officer, but to Hallie, it just didn't seem like something that would happen to him. When she finds evidence that he was murdered due to an investigation he was in the middle of, Hallie knew that she would have to leave town.
Chance Qualtrough felt an electrical charge when he first laid eyes on Hallie O'Roarke. He wants to shake her and hold her at the same time, but he knows the only thing that he can do to earn her trust is keep her daughters safe. Soon, Chance can't imagine letting her or the twins go.
The Last Chance Cafe is a very emotional read about a woman that is on the run and doing everything she can to keep her daughters safe. Not knowing how she's going to keep going on with no money or job, Primrose Creek is a haven that she doesn't want to leave. However, she knows that good things don't last forever and soon her past will catch up with her. The only thing she knows, aside from her fierce desire to keep her daughters safe, Hallie doesn't want to leave Chance and the new love that she has found.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Book July 14 2003
I'm not much of a murder mystery book lover, but I do like books that tend to have a bit of mystery mixed in with a love story. A fluffy book that won't scare the heck out of me! That's exactly what the Last Chance Cafe was...a good love story with a bit of a murder mystery in there.
It is the story of Hallie and her twin daughters. They are on the run from people who murdered her stepfather. Her car breaks down in a snow storm and she finds the Last Chance Cafe...and a wonderful cowboy. The story goes from, trust, murder, and thrills. It's a good, quick read. Especially if you're looking for a light-hearted mystery romance!
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While this story was both interesting and entertaining, it could have been improved by a more detailed description of the setting. Nevada has several distinct characters - the highlands, the Mojave desert lands and the Great Basin valleys. The start of the book had me recalling blinding snowstorms I'd experienced out in the lonely sagebrush scrub, but later on, it became clear that Primrose Creek actually lay somewhere around Lake Tahoe, within easy reach of both Carson City and Reno. Unfortunately, that magnificent landscape - which could have become a major character in the novel - was never adequately described. Okay, the entire point of the book was to tell a love story (and it's probably too easy to criticise authors who've clearly sweated blood over their work), but I do believe that setting is important, especially when the author chooses a location as fabulous as small-town Nevada!
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