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Slim Pickins' in Fat Chance, Texas by [Bonaduce, Celia]
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  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1601834322
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (January 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VZZM52K
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This is the second book I’ve read in the Fat Chance series and I love the zany characters. Although it is a humorous read, the author also goes deeper with insights about what it’s like for each individual as they all redefine their lives with a second chance in this deserted ghost town. The characters are experiencing many issues that most real people experience at one time or another in their lives, but have trouble verbalizing. However, author Celia Bonaduce does a great job of describing and dealing with these serious issues in a very entertaining way. I’ve really never read anything like the stories in the Fat Chance, Texas series and I love them.
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Slim Pickins' in Fat Chance, Texas is the sequel to Celia Bonaduce's Welcome To Fat Chance, Texas which saw a disparate group of people each forced to make something of a sun-blasted ghost town in the Texas hill country within six months to earn a cash bequest.

By the time pastry chef Fernando Cruz arrives a year later looking for a new challenge, only a handful of the group, those with no where else to go, remain in the broken down town. Despite the improbability of success, Fernando decides to open a BBQ restaurant to cater for nearby ranchers and the residents hope it will mean a second chance for their town.

Romance, drama and a touch of suspense combine to create an enjoyable novel.

Fat Chance is full of quirky characters including the grizzled Pappy, carpenter Powderkeg and farmer Dymphna as well as a menagerie of animals, including a bloodhound named Thud, a mule called Elvis and a buzzard named Fancy.

Each resident contributes to the town and the mission to revive it in unique ways, occasionally sidetracked by their own romantic mini dramas, disasters and a wayward prize longhorn named Rocket.

Slim Pickins' in Fat Chance offers southern charm and an eccentric Texan flavour. A quick, fun read.
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This entry in the series picks up 6 months after we last visited the ghost town of Fat Chance, TX. And once again it doesn't look like the town and it's remaining residents have that proverbial fat chance of making a go of business. Or romance, for that matter. However, the return of Fernando, from the earlier Venice Beach series, just might improve those chances. Of course, you'll have to follow along to know for sure but this is an easy, enjoyable read and definitely worth the trip.
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"Slim Pickins'" picks up a few months after the actions of its prequel, "Welcome to Fat Chance, TX" ended ... and at first the situation looks a bit stale. The characters, while they have settled well into their new life, have not progressed in their goal to attract visitors to the town in the hopes of furthering its development, and some of the characters are also stuck in the same relationship woes that plagued them at the end of the first book. Luckily for us, Celia Bonaduce takes this as an opportunity to introduce us to a few new(ish) characters who prove to be the catalysts for change in Fat Chance. I think the most enjoyable parts of many of the books that the author has written (and this seems to be a particular strength of the her's) are the various sub-plots featuring each of the characters that add richness to the main stories. A particularly touching sub-plot that is more fully explored in this book is Titan's relationship with animals, specifically those that are unwanted or in need of proper care.

As evidenced by the titles, the novels really are about the town as a whole, and by shifting the focus from character to character, Bonaduce gives the reader that feel that he or she is right in the middle of the action -- a quasi-omniscient resident of Fat Chance steeped in all the town's stories. Another great read from the author!
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The book has a great plot the storyline is very unusual. A billionaire left all his money to 6 strangers and two relatives, but to get the money they had to move to a ghost town stay for at least six months and try to bring the town back to life. Five of the people have stayed and did what they could while a lot of others had came and left. A new chef shows up and decides to make a BBQ restaurant for the ranchers in the area to try to get the town up and running. The characters are all quirky and weird in their own way, but they work together well.
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Just as delightful as the first one in the series, Welcome to Fat Chance Texas. It's fun and smart, and for me a nice fast read - perfect for escaping from that To Do list I always seem to have ;) I hope there's more in the works for my next escape!
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Back in Fat Chance and I couldn't be happier!! The best part of this book is that it is the next step for the best characters from fat chance. There are so many twists and surprises you won't be able to put it down. Bonaduce is a smart , sassy and funny writer with a great big heart !!
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3 1/2 stars

Based on the synopsis and the genre description of romantic comedy, I was expecting a funny romance about a crazy bunch of folks who all ended up staying in Fat Chance. That’s not exactly what I got. While there are some funny moments in the story, I wouldn’t label the book a comedy (then again that could be my own sense of humor holding me back). I also expected more romance, but the romance is a bit stunted. It’s almost as if the characters were from a different time with the slow and confusing manner in which the romances developed.

But that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the story. It was an engaging read. Except for Dympha, I liked the characters. And they were really all ‘characters’. At the start, I was a tad bit disappointed that certain characters who were in Fat Chance at the end of the first book, were long gone. My disappointment was somewhat alleviated by the introduction of Fernando. He was a great addition to this bunch of misfits.

The writing was good, but here and there a bit disjointed. Weeks would pass in a blink of an eye. And sometimes there were unnecessary descriptions, which I was tempted to skim over. In general, I found the writing in this second book of the series much smoother than the previous book. I also thought the book was uplifting (except for Dympha’s suitor situation which I just found strange) and it left me with a smile on my face.
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