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Last Chance Knit & Stitch (2013)

by Hope Ramsay(Favorite Author)
3.95 of 5 Votes: 2
1455522279 (ISBN13: 9781455522279)
Last Chance
review 1: Good book. Molly has been pretty content with her life. She enjoys her work as a mechanic and has plans to open her own body shop as soon as she sells the car she's restoring now. Her creative side is satisfied by her knitting. Then everything goes to hell when her mother runs away from home, leaving Molly in charge of the knitting shop and running things at home. The local banker is holding the car she's restoring hostage, and the building she wanted for her business is suddenly leased to someone else.Simon has returned to Last Chance to settle his father's estate. He hasn't been home since he argued with his parents about following his own path. The memories he has of Last Chance aren't the best. His parents were always fighting when he was a kid and he got caught in th... moree middle. He was present at the death of his best friend. Now he just wants to settle things and go home to California. He is an artist who has a major commission to finish and it isn't going well. He doesn't expect to feel an attraction to Molly, who was just a child when he left.Both Molly and Simon have some pretty major parental issues going on. Molly is in her twenties, still living at home, and dealing with her parents' expectations. When her mom takes off, Molly is expected to step right in and take over. Mom has never approved of Molly's dreams for her car restoration business and constantly tries to change Molly into what she wants. Meanwhile, after several years as a child being treated like a son by her father, when her brothers were born she was suddenly expected to turn into a girly girl. She tries hard to make people understand who she is, but it's an uphill battle. Simon has returned to deal with his father's death. He's dealing with a boatload of guilt because they never mended fences, but he isn't sorry that he stood up for himself. When he arrives home it's to discover that his mother suffers from dementia and most of the time doesn't recognize him. Even when she does, she treats him badly. When Molly and Simon first meet, there is some antagonism. But there are also sparks. Simon offers her space in his building where she can work on her car while he works on his painting. They find themselves getting closer and building a friendship that slowly starts to develop into something more. Each of them resists the idea because neither is interested in commitment. They also have to deal with a whole bunch of interference from various members of the town. Everyone is trying to push Molly into a relationship with her friend Les and she doesn't care for him that way. And both of them are getting a boatload of grief from Molly's father, who had also been Simon's football coach. He keeps harping on the age difference between Molly and Simon and refuses to see that it shouldn't make any difference. I got really angry at the way everyone seemed to cave in to Coach's wishes when he was being so obnoxious.I loved seeing how great Molly and Simon were with and for each other. Simon understood just what made Molly the person she was. He loved the contrasts in her personality, from her ability with cars to her knitting creativity. He also was able to see when she needed the closeness of his touch. I also liked the way he supported her choices by giving her the space to use. The only thing I didn't like was the way he let Coach talk to him. On her side, Molly saw past the shell that Simon showed to everyone else in town. She didn't like the way that they all treated him, especially once she got to know him better. I loved the scene where she talked him into playing hooky, and then he got her to go skinny dipping. Things really started to heat up between them at that point. They had so much going for them if they could just get up the backbone to go after what they wanted. There was a very nice twist to the ending, as both Simon and Molly realized what they wanted and what they had to do.I loved visiting the town of Last Chance again and seeing old and new friends. Miriam, and now Savannah, are still making their ambiguous matchmaking predictions. The book club is still arguing over its selections. I especially enjoyed the scenes in the knit shop. The Purly Girls knitting group was fun to watch. I could also easily picture the chaos created by the toddler who was running wild. One of my favorite characters was Angel, Simon's assistant. He was so quickly absorbed and accepted by most of the town, despite his differences. I especially loved his involvement in so many things that benefited by his touch. He was such a people person that he was a delight to watch. I also loved the way that he was the one who was able to get through to Simon and get him back where he belonged. I really hope to see more of him in later books.
review 2: From Goodreads:Molly Canaday wishes she could repair her life as easily as she fixes cars. She was all set to open her own body shop in Last Chance when her mother ran off and left her to manage the family yarn shop instead. Now guided by the unsolicited-though well-intended-advice of the weekly knitting club, Molly works to untangle this mess. But her plan unravels when the new landlord turns out to be difficult-as well as tall, dark, and handsome.Simon Wolfe returns to quickly settle his father's estate and then leave Last Chance for good. Still wounded by a broken heart, Simon is surprised when the town's charming streets and gentle spirit bring back good memories. Soon the beautiful, strong-willed Molly sparks a powerful attraction that tempts him to break his iron-clad no-commitment rule. Can Simon and Molly find a way to share work space-and build a future together in Last Chance?My Thoughts:I absolutely love Last Chance. I grew up in a small town, and now live in a small town right next to my hometown. I am a small town girl, so Last Chance always sound amazing to me.I've read a few Last Chance books before this one. Last Chance Knit and Stitch is #6 in the series, but the 8th book (there are a couple of .5 books). I've also read Last Chance Beauty Queen and Last Chance Bride. Both were fun books, just like this one.Let's also get excited about the fact that there is knitting in this book! Yes, I'm a knitter, and yes, I've been the butt of many granny jokes because of it. But Last Chance and knitting together? Of course I'm going to read it!With each book in the series, you get a young man and woman in town that, through the odds, pair up. It's never easy, the odds are always against them, or they are against themselves, but there is always "the sight" of a batty old lady that will win in the end!I read back through my other reviews from this series to refresh myself on how I felt about the books. I wrote that they were fun, but I don't quite remember them being as fun as this one. Molly is up to her eyeballs in car repairs and restoring a car of her own when she is left in charge of the knitting store. How polar opposite is that? Now she has to try to keep up with both and keep house. And keeping up with both is quite hilarious at times. She is definitely left in a pickle and I laughed out loud as some of the scenes played out.I liked Molly, but I was a little confused by her. I just couldn't get a grasp. She's in her late 20s, she's a mechanic, she has a male friend who is not her boyfriend and really isn't looking. She seems like she is strong and doesn't seem needy in the slightest. But then, she lives at home with her parents and brother and doesn't quite seem to have that confidence at home that she does while under the hood. I figured her for a woman who lived alone and had for quite sometime. I was very surprised to find the different dynamic at work and home, but I understand that it happens. Everyone at my work finds it hard to believe when I tell them I don't wear the pants in my house. I am quite vocal at work, and may even be considered bossy (although I'm not offended by the word).I'm also always interested in these small town books how you will likely always run across a character that has gone away to greener (and normally larger) pastures, then is forced to come home with intentions of only staying enough minutes to complete their task and head home. It never works that like. Ever. But it's a character a lot of these small town books seem to always have. I've been working on a small town book and have a couple of these characters myself. You just can't help it sometimes :)I give Last Chance Knit and Stitch 4 out of 5 bookmarks. less
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This is a good book with lots of knitting and romance. I enjoyed it very much.
could not put it down! can't wait to read the rest of the series.
I like all the Last Chance books. This one was no exception.
great story line
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