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After Wimbledon by [Roberts, Jennifer Gilby]
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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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  • File Size: 857 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494312603
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZ88WIS
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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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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. Please, if you have won a grand slam you have talent. It was a boring book as far as I am concerned and one you should skip
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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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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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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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Unlike some other reviewers who have stated you have to be a tennis fan to like this book, I found it very easy to read. Granted, I played tennis a bit when I was young, but I never watch it on tv, and it's not much different than when you're reading about a businessman or his secretary doing whatever.

I loved this book! It was well-written, the characters were really great and for the most part, likeable. I will be reading more of this author's books!
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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.

You don't have to enjoy tennis to love the characters, but if you're someone like me - life comes to a screeching halt for every Grand Slam - this book will be doubly enjoyable. We meet Lucy Bennet, age 28. She's played tennis her whole life, and her family has managed Englands illustrious tennis facility for decades. Her star has reached its summit, and she's thinking of retiring.

Boyfriend, American Joe Harker, ranked second, is going to stay on the circuit until he dies. You get the feeling he's an unpleasant Andy Roddick. Ms. Roberts does a great job at pulling in some of John McEnroe's witticisms here.

Ranked first, Sam Pennington is at the height of his ability and is Joe Harker's nemesis. If you are a tennis fan, I thought of Patrick Rafter. Kind, hard working, completely committed to his passion. Sam is beginning to think about life after tennis.

The trio have been travelling the globe playing at the same tennis tournaments for years. Just as Wimbledon begins Sam and Lucy finally truly noticed each other.

Read this laugh out loud novel. This book has the perfect amount of believability and fantasy. I found myself unable to put it down.
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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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