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Field of Schemes by [Coburn, Jennifer]
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About the Author

Jennifer Coburn is a USA Today best selling author who has written six novels and contributed to several literary anthologies. Over the past two decades, Jennifer has won numerous awards from the San Diego Press Club, and Society for Professional Journalists for articles that appeared in Mothering, Big Apple Baby, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Union-Tribune and dozens of national and regional publications. She has also written for Salon.com, Creators News Syndicate and The Huffington Post. Jennifer lives with her husband William and their daughter Katie in San Diego, California.

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  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 374 pages
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BOGR8ZE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,835 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Barbara Mcauliffe on March 18, 2013
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This book is almost compulsively readable, good plot, great characters, a situation that is in the news daily. I enjoyed reading it, but when I turned the last page I said, not so good.

The author leaves too many important plot devices unexplained. I understand that Mimi was feeding the girls high calorie treats to get them fat so that the parents would insist on her fitness training program. But I never understood why the fitness program was so important to her. Was it because she wanted to be a coach? Was it because she wanted to "save" the girls from fat? She's already the star of the show, so that can't be it. One line would have done it. The author understands that some things need a quick explanation--she gives us one line to explain why the widowed Claire doesn't need to work--but she doesn't have anyone say "she wants the coaching job" or "she is morbidly afraid of fat"

I understand that the point of this book is that Claire has to learn to stand up for herself and her daughter, but ... The coach had told Claire that he didn't want the girls doing fitness before practice because it tired them out, and she never mentions this to any of the other parents? I'm not talking about confrontation, just in chit chat. The parents are talking about the fitness thing constantly, didn't it ever occur to Claire to say, "Well, I agree with coach, it tires them out and they can't play"? Instead, she says nothing and it becomes a huge big deal and the kids get fat.

The drug use? The drug in question is not, as far as I know, helpful for athletic performance. Also, as an aside, if the author had thought about it, she could have had Ron's license suspended, really making his life hell.

The end is very, very rushed.
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I have three daughters who play competitive sports, including soccer, so I recognized every crazy parent and every over-the-top stunt in Field of Schemes. Of course most parents with kids in sports are completely normal, but the ones who are little-too-gung ho can sure add drama to the season. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Claire's transformation from naive soccer mom to savvy team manager who stands up and does the right thing. This story scored big in my book.
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Jennifer Coburn is an amazing writer with a great voice, no doubt. Tales From the Crib is one of my favorite books and The Queen Gene was quite amusing. But it seems like she's forgotten how to end a book. I remember when Reinventing Mona ended with a knock at the door, the main character thinking "who could that be, everyone I know is here," and then that's it. I don't mind that sort of cliffhanger in an epilogue that sets up a sequel but this was just the end of the book. Walking toward a door... Field of Schemes was like that. All Rachel talks about throughout the book is State Cup. The parents, Mimi, the coach, everyone wants to win State Cup. So then State Cup comes around, the girls play, they get to the next round, and the book ends. We don't get them see them all the way through State Cup? But that was the event driving the plot. It's like a book leading up to a wedding that stops after a practice run through at the rehearsal. Yes, the rehearsal gives us a sense of what the wedding will be like, but we've waited the whole book to see the wedding, so please let's see the wedding. It's implied that the girls will lose the next round, but so what? We want to see it. Especially since the split team was reunited again. How lovely would it have been to see them play their last game together as a full team.
Also, I don't believe for a moment that Mimi could get away with putting prescription drugs in the girls' food and not a single parent would call the police. They were low doses, but Mimi was drugging the kids, and when Claire ate a bunch of those Girl Power bars she went cuckoo. Nothing was stopping the girls from stealing bars (Rachel did) and that could have happened to any one of them.
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I received a copy of FIELD OF SCHEMES by Jennifer Coburn in exchange for an honest review.

Field of Schemes follows newly widowed Claire Emmett as she embarks on a new world outside LA so that she and her young daughter can start a fresh new life in the picture-perfect suburb of Santa Bella, CA. But, it appears as though things are different than what they seem once she gets settled and she learns very quickly that children's sports are in demand and the other parents are very involved. Things get complicated when sweet Rachel gets scouted for an elite team and poor Claire is thrown in head first into the world of drama and deceit and things go downhill fast as she realizes just how far some parents are willing to go for their kids.

I have been a big fan of Jennifer Coburn for quite sometime now (my favorite book is Tales from the Crib) and this book does not disappoint. I have seen first hand the crazy world that are competitive sports and I remember some of the parents and the things that they would do when I was a kid, and this book is just like that but to another level. This book is laugh out loud (as most of Coburn's books are) and was an absolute riot. I really enjoyed reading about Claire and I thought that Coburn excelled (yet again) with her character and story development. And poor Rachel, my heart ached for her. On and off the field, this book is a winner and I think that any fan of sports or of a good, fun read will enjoy this book.
4.5 stars
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