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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Romance and intrigue wrapped up in a great book! Aug. 20 2002
Finding a safe haven for herself and her twin daughters is utmost in the mind of Hallie O'Rourke as she flees her Arizona home. Someone has murdered her beloved stepfather, and the evidence contained in an old strongbox reveals the prime suspect to be her ex-husband. So Hallie loads her belongings and her children in an old pickup truck and takes off for points unknown, no real destination in mind; just somewhere safe and remote. When mechanical problems and a raging blizzard force Hallie to stop outside the tiny Nevada town of Primrose Creek, it almost seems as if fate has brought her to this refuge of safety. Maybe this would be the place where she and her small family could start life over again?
When rancher Chance Qualtrough encounters Hallie and her girls at the Last Chance Café, his first instinct is to protect the frightened and homeless young woman and her family from whatever danger is pursuing them. As he discovers the true story behind Hallie's flight from danger, he vows to keep them safe, whatever the consequences.
Trouble in the form of Hallie's deranged ex-husband catches up with them in the sleepy little town, and Chance pulls out all the stops in order to protect the woman and children he has come to love, even if it means sacrificing his own life.
In her latest novel, "The Last Chance Café," author Linda Lael Miller combines an absorbing mystery along with a mature romantic storyline to achieve a fascinating book that will keep readers captivated to the very end. Fans of her romance novels will enjoy the return to Primrose Creek, the fictional town made popular in her series "The Women of Primrose Creek." This time around, it is the descendants of the pioneering families that are featured in the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Love and Kids! May 17 2002
Hallie O'Rourke wandered into Primrose Creek by mistake, thrown into the town by snow and a broken-down truck. With her were her two twin daughters, Kiley and Kiera. They had themselves, one suitcase with recently bought clothes, and hard evidence that could get them killed. Numerous people, people Hallie didn't even know, wanted to kill her - for what she knew and what she had. In this bunch of people she did actually know one of them. He was Joel Royer, her ex-husband and father to her children.
Chance Qualthrough lived in Primrose Creek all his life and just happened upon Hallie by chance. Taking them into his home, he began to break her hard exterior of guarded secrets just as she broke down his resistance and drove his loneliness away. As time passed, Chance and Hallie became closer. Chance began to become a permanent part of Kiley and Kiera's lives as well.
After awhile, trouble came knocking at the door and together Hallie and Chance fought and destroyed what wanted to take them away from each other. Their love overcame everything, from doubts, to secrets, to madmen who wanted to kill them.
I've read the previous books in this series, the ones that were historical. Throughout the book, the characters from the previous books are tied in and it is interesting to read something in contemporary times, descents of the people we've previously read about. LAST CHANCE CAFE was enthralling from the start and didn't let up even at the end. Throughout it, I always rooted for the couple and hoped their love would overcome all just as it did. Ms. Miller did not let me down. I sobbed when Hallie left her other life behind to run for cover. I smiled at the first sexual interaction between Hallie and Chance and I sobbed again at the end when they came together forever. I eagerly look forward to further books that Ms. Miller writes for she is a master with the pen - please keep it up!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Chance Cafe
I had seen the movie and I wanted to learn more about the character. I was not dissapointed. It is really a good book.
Published 17 months ago by Ginette
3.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful love story????????
I was surprised to read all the good reviews for this book. I was not impressed though I read the entire book. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely heart warming
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. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by "thedeoreos1"
4.0 out of 5 stars Feel Good Book
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! Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by TJ's Mommy
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but needs more background description
While this story was both interesting and entertaining, it could have been improved by a more detailed description of the setting. Read more
Published on May 14 2003 by D Swaney
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful!!
This book was so awful, if I could give it zero stars, I would. It is written like a cookbook from 1950...just the facts ma'am, and sugar coat it, please. Yuck! Read more
Published on May 9 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Story
The book was wonderful. It was well written and the characters well developed. I could picture Hallie biting her lip and tossing her hair back as if she were standing before me. Read more
Published on May 3 2003 by "wildwoodldy"
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
Loved this book! The author really pulls you into the story, the town of Primrose Creek and the character's lives. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars The Last Chance Cafe by Linda Lael Miller
This a a fast and furious read that leaves you spellbound as Hallie O'Rourke and her twin daughters race away from danger after Hallie's stepfather is murdered. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2003 by Suzanne Coleburn
5.0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down
This was such a great read. The romance was very good, the mystery was very good and the story was very good. Who could ask for anything more.
Published on Nov. 11 2002 by B. Kimble
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