Good morning peeps! I have a special guest post today from new author Hope Ramsay. Her debut novel Welcome to Last Chance is set in a small town off the beaten path of South Carolina! This is the first book in her 4 book Last Chance series. I love books where there are connecting characters that we get to see throughout the books. I love it even better when it’s set in a small town. There is always that sense and feeling of community and that the people of the town have your back. Hope was gracious enough to answer my question: Why do you think readers are so drawn to romances that have connecting characters in small towns?
I’ve got the suburban blues,
Driving in my microbus,
My traffic jam blues.
I’m stuck inside this tract house, with its lawn so green,
Between some neighbors I have never seen,
I’ve got the suburban blues.
And I wish that I could move.
And if I could move, I would pick a small town, not a big city, because small towns are about as far away from the ‘burbs as a person can get. In a small community there is a sense of belonging that is often missing in suburban life. And, of course, I wouldn’t miss the constant traffic jam.
In a small town, old people aren’t forgotten about or cut off from society. In a small town, a kid has many mentors. In a small town, it’s impossible not to know the names of your neighbors. In fact, you probably know their names, and every bit of their dirty laundry, too.
The connectedness of life in a small town appeals to me.
I have some experience of small towns. I spent my summers in an itty-bitty town in the middle of South Carolina that is a lot like Last Chance. Everyone in that town knew my name. I could go anywhere in that town, on my own, and be safe — even walking on the railroad tracks that ran through town.
There were old folks and young folks and black folks and white folks in that town. All those people had something to teach me. I learned how to sew a straight seam, bait a fishing hook, paddle a canoe, and mind my manners. When I started writing, of course I wanted to go back to that place and the love I felt there. Writing about it gives me a sense of coming home, even though most of those people are gone now.
I think there are many readers out there who are a lot like me. They dream of moving to a place where life is a little slower and everyone knows their name.
So, I hope you open the pages of Welcome to Last Chance and connect with the characters who live in Allenberg County, South Carolina. I hope you have some time to tarry there. Come sit for a while in one of the rockers on Miz Miriam Randall’s front porch, maybe have a slice of watermelon on a hot day, and visit for a while.
- Giveaway is open to US and Canada residents only
- No P.O. Boxes please.
- Winners are subject to the one copy per
household rule. This means if you win the same book in two different
contests, Hachette will only send you one copy of the book.
- Books will be sent directly from the publisher.
- You MUST leave a comment with your e-mail address if it’s not on your profile so I can contact you if you win.
- You MUST answer Hope’s questions: What do you think are the pros and cons of living in a small town? Have you ever lived in a small town or if you haven’t do you want to, tell me why?
- Giveaway ends April 1st