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After Wimbledon [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Gilby Roberts
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Book Description

Should I stay or should I go?

After 12 years on the pro. tennis tour and four years with her sort-of boyfriend, Lucy Bennett has had enough. She wants real life... and real love.

Her life, her decision. Right? Well, no one else seems to think so. With opinions on all sides, Lucy's head is spinning. And she's stumbling right into the arms of long-term crush and fellow player Sam. Shame her boyfriend - his arch-rival - would sooner smash a racquet over their heads than agree to a simple change of partners.

As the Wimbledon Championships play out, Lucy fights for her life on and off the courts. The question is: what will she be left with after Wimbledon?

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A chick lit / romantic comedy novel about romance, family, tennis and having the guts to move on to a new phase of your life.

Over 20,000 downloads and counting!

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Selected praise for After Wimbledon:

'After Wimbledon is a sumptuous summer read that will delight everyone, even those who aren't into their tennis.'
-- Best Chick Lit


'I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting book with strong characters and a great storyline.'
-- Chick Lit Reviews & News


'After Wimbledon was a quick and fun read with some interesting glimpses into the professional tennis world and I just loved the characters!'
-- Novel Escapes


'Jennifer definitely throws a few surprises in here and some things go the way I wasn't expecting. With a very satisfying ending I can't recommend this book more. Just brilliant.'
-- Book Addict Shaun, Amazon.co.uk Top 500 Reviewer

'For someone like myself who's into tennis, chick lit and celebrity gossip this one really was a great eye opener and brings the reader right to Wimbledon.'
-- Frothy Reads

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Editorial Reviews

From the Author

Posted to my blog 10 Oct 13

How After Wimbledon Came to Be

Having finished my degree, I celebrated by taking six months off to backpack round Australia.  At some point -  I think it was in Sydney - I decided it was time to tackle a second novel.  Unlike with The Dr Pepper Prophecies, this time I knew I could do it.

I was very into tennis at the time (I still enjoy it, but don't follow it as much as I did then) and had been in Melbourne for the second week of the Australian Open.  For the first time I actually went to Centre Court (the Rod Laver Arena there) and I saw Venus Williams and Roger Federer play.  I know there was a third match, but I can't remember now who was playing.  Obviously, it wasn't that good!  I spent much of the rest of the week hanging out in Federation Square, where they had a huge screen set up.  It was beautiful weather and the atmosphere was wonderful - definitely one of the highlights of my trip.

It was also one of the low points, because while I was there I broke up with my boyfriend.  We'd been together several years and I had agonised for months over whether I should break it off.  I hadn't expected to meet 'the one' at that point in my life (I was 23 when we started dating) and consequently had managed to convince myself that he wasn't it.  At 27 I married him, which just goes to show how much I know.

I sat on my dorm bunk bed (deeply luxurious this trip was) and wrote.  I can't actually remember how long it took me - I shall have to dig out my travel diary - but I wrote quite intensively so I don't think it was much over a month.  I had a cold during some of it, which helped since I didn't want to go anywhere anyway.

The first draft of what I then called 30 Love was a lot different to the version that will be published.  A good chunk of it was more like therapy, with Lucy doing much agonizing over her decisions. Good for me, but quite boring to read!  I also felt it had got a bit too dark in places.  Someday maybe I'll type up some of it, so you can see what I mean.  The basic plot, however, remains the same.

Unlike with The Dr Pepper Prophecies, which I took out and edited several times over the years, After Wimbledon sat in a drawer until after I published TDPP.  When I started typing it up, I became eager to find out what would happen next (I couldn't remember after all that time!).  I hope you feel the same when you read it.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't go there if you don't LOVE tennis! January 9, 2014
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Just imagine page after page of description of tennis matches...so boring I was skimming. It was like watching paint dry.
That aside, it wasn't a bad plot and was a fairly decent read.
Wish I had noted the edits, but it needs some work.
This author has potential and I would give her writing another go, as long as it wasn't more tennis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read January 29, 2014
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Really enjoyable book, very easy to read - makes you feel that you are part of Wimbledon. Will be certainly reading more of her work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars She did it again. March 2, 2014
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As in The Dr Pepper Prophecies, Jennifer Gilby Roberts did it again. I didn't think I would like After Wimbledon. However, when I started reading it, she drew me into the story and I was hooked. Couldn't put it down. I read it in a few hours. This is not the genre I usually read, so this is really a feat. I only started reading it because I enjoyed The Dr. Pepper Prophecies so much. After Wimbledon is definitely a good read. I urge you to try it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I know nothing about tennis, and I still loved this book February 20, 2014
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This book was a great read. Exactly what I look for in my reading - a fun escape that kept me turning the pages. Jennifer Gilby Roberts is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her writing is witty and her characters are realistic. I enjoyed Lucy and the well-developed cast of characters that surrounded her.

On a side note: I have basically no knowledge of the game of tennis, but despite that I was still easily drawn into the tournaments and even felt excitement (and some anxiety) as they played. It actually made me want to learn more about the game.

Looking forward to more books from this author!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun read! well done! February 16, 2014
By C. May
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A fun British rom com that centers around the game of tennis and Wimbledon. I thought the characters were well developed and the story line had some unexpected twists. I would definitely read another book by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Brit Chick Lit - 3.5 stars February 16, 2014
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+++Minor Spoilers+++
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to. If you aren't a fan of tennis, it may not work for you. I liked the characters and the author writes well. The h is an average sort of tennis player on the womens circuit and she's thinking of retiring. She's been in a 4 yr relationship with one of the top mens stars, who is also a bit younger than her. Their relationship is only about sex and they don't speak to each other about anything other than hooking up when they are in the same town. The H is the top mens star and is the h's boyfriend's biggest rival. The H is pretty cool but the h's boyfriend is an ass. The interesting thing in this story is that no one really gets what they deserve. The jerk boyfriend doesn't get exposed but the h suffers a lot. The h's mother is an outright b**ch but she emerges unscathed.

It's a quirky story and no fairy tale and I think I would've preferred that the h be less 'slutty'. The H is a dream and I'm still not sure what he saw in the h. I think the epilogue saved the book for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Tennis Interesting Read February 4, 2014
By Jim zzz
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As a tennis fan, this book really was enjoyable. The story line was interesting and I liked that depth that the author developed in the main characters, especially Lucy. I noticed that I started speed reading during the tennis matches due to the excitement generated by the author. Very nice!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun sports romance March 27, 2014
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Fun story. I am glad I found this book.

Jennifer Roberts seems to have a genuine knowledge about what it's like to be involved in the challenging and somewhat glamorous world of upcoming tennis stars, and I enjoyed the privilege to visit it for the three days I spent rather wrapped up in "After Wimbledon."

The writing was so skillful with engaging dialogues that I would love to read more from this writer in the nearest future.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun lighthearted reading
Published 2 months ago by Curt H
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Controversy (of Controversy Unleashed) on "After Wimbledon"
Lucy Bennett’s life decisions are the focus of Jennifer Gilby Roberts’ 107-pager “After Wimbledon.”

She is a tennis pro contemplating retirement, among other things,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Boyd
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks the fizzle of Dr. Pepper
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy lite read
Very cute and easy to read. I don't play tennis but still enjoyed the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Game, Set, Match!
Ms. Roberts has created an absolutely charming romance that faces ups and downs as champions strive to survive the highs and lows of the Wimbledon Tennis Championship. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Celia Kennedy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very cute!
Published 5 months ago by MJ
1.0 out of 5 stars It was a boring book as far as I am concerned and one ...
There were some silly things about the book, including the character stating that she had no talent as a tennis player, but had won a grand slam. Read more
Published 5 months ago by selimas
4.0 out of 5 stars After Wimbledon by Jennifer Gilby Roberts
After Wimbledon is a light, refreshing romance mixed with a dash of quirky and fun instances. Lucy Bennett’s career and love life could be falling down around her or she could be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars a sumptuous summer read
Are you still feeling bereft because Wimbledon is over? Then this gorgeous little romance is the perfect way to keep your tennis fever burning. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BestChickLit.com
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!
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I was so excited to read this book and it’s my first review for chicksthatread, so I hope you like it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Simona Elena
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More About the Author

Jennifer Gilby Roberts has a degree in physics and a postgraduate certificate in computing, so a career writing fiction was inevitable really. She was born and grew up in Surrey/Greater London, but now lives in Richmond, North Yorkshire with her husband, small daughter, two middle-aged cats and a lot of dust bunnies.

Her main job is taking care of her daughter, who was born three months premature but is now a healthy toddler. She can also be found getting red-faced at zumba class, reading historical porn (aka regency romance) and humming nursery rhymes while going round Tesco.

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** Parker Sisters Series **

#0 Wedding Hells (short story)
#1 The Dr Pepper Prophecies
#2 But I Said Forever

** Related to PSS **

Cupid on the Loose! (short story anthology)

** Stand-Alones **

After Wimbledon (also part of the Have Chick Lit, Will Travel box set)
Early Daze
Flights of Nancy (short story)

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