- Paperback: 294 pages
- Publisher: Live Wire (February 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0983802920
- ISBN-13: 978-0983802921
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Game of Sails: an Olympic Love Story
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"Cronin nailed it- the drama of the races, the joy of success... I couldn't put it down." --Dan Tucker
"Casey and Spencer are so believable I half expect to run into them at the grocery store." --KT
"GAME of SAILS will have you sniffing for salt air and rooting for the underdog." --m.a. from MA
About the Author
Carol Newman Cronin crowned a lifetime of competitive achievement by winning two races at the 2004 Olympics, and she can still be found on the water when she's not writing. Game of Sails is her third book.
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Exciting and well-written, Game of Sails offers a fresh perspective on a world that not many get to experience. There are three point of view characters in this book: Casey, Spencer, and Spencer's employer, sailmaker John "Gordo" Gordon. Cronin divides the book equally among all three characters, but the story revolves mainly around Spencer and his desire to make it to the Olympics. The relationship between Spencer and Casey seems unlikely at first, but ends up being believable, and the story provides great insights into what it's like to compete for and participate in an Olympic event.
Note: If you like books that explore sailing and history, check out Carol's wonderful young adult novels, Oliver's Surprise and Cape Cod Surprise.
Every Since She Was Five Years Old, Casey Morgan Dreamed Of Winning In The Sailing Competition Of The Olympics And Beating The Other Women At The Miami Regatta Would Get Her Closer To Her Dream. She Would Take First Place, Winning Against Her Friend Rachael To Gain Points If She Just Was Faster! Just As The Gun Sounded, Spencer Harding's Boat Tangled With Hers And About The Time She Got Untangled There Was A Winner........
Spencer Harding Couldn't Believe How Rusty He Was, Tangling Up With Casey! It Had Been Years Since He Entered A Competition With His Designing And Selling Sails And He Thought He Could Quickly Pick Up Where He Left Off But Found It Wasn't Easy As He Thought!
Carol Newman Cronin Spins A Truly Suspense Packed Story That Keeps You On Edge As You Journey On Casey's Olympic Dream And Whether You Know A Jibe From A Mast, You Can't Help But Root For Casey And Spencer!!
Casey--the strong but not overbearing female protagonist with dreams of Olympic sailing--is the perfect complement to Spencer's laidback talent, both on the water and in the sail-building Loft. They are the perfect team. Only they won't know it until they've both grown through the rigors of designing and testing sails and training for the Olympic Trials. Cronin makes even scenes in the Loft fascinating and fun (laced with a bit of industry intrigue), but she really sparkles on the water. You don't need to know the difference between a tack and a jibe to feel the tension she creates in a sailboat, to experience the elation of victory and shed tears of defeat.
This is a book about Olympic sport and endeavour, and the tangled web it can weave in private lives. I suspect that it's mainly going to appeal to those with an interest in sailboat racing, but it's a rattling good story about top flight competition and should be tackled by anyone with an interest in sport and people.