- File Size: 524 KB
- Print Length: 331 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1974414477
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- Publisher: Creativia; 1 edition (July 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: July 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073Q55YZ7
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- Lending: Enabled
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One thing that this book does do very well is represent very real people, very credible characters. I personally did not find any of them especially likeable or compelling, but other readers might.
As other reviewers have noted, The Sweet Spot does give an excellent insight into the ugly truth beneath the polished veneer of the well-to-do golf scene, and the very uncouth harsh realities that still occur even in the quaint English countryside where caddies and chauffeurs are modern-day Victorian servants.
All in all, while I didn’t enjoy this book especially, I give it four stars for being very well-written and having content that I think can be of value to many, and challenge assumptions made about a society that does its best to manage its own image at all costs.
Anneli opens her book with the flavor that pervades this delightful tale. From Chapter 1, Olivia swore blue murder as she was nearly taken out by an oncoming battered Ford Fiesta speeding down the middle of the winding country lane. “What do you think you're driving? A bloody Routemaster bus?” she screamed at the passing car, only to be rewarded with the middle finger and a bundle of profanities from its elderly gentleman driver. She shook her head in frustration and pulled off the road into a lay-by overlooking the village of Appleton Vale, her new home. She was unprepared for the simple beauty of the village nestling in the valley. Of course, it helped that she had arrived on an unusually lovely October day, the sun at its very finest angle, hanging low in a motionless, brilliant-blue sky. As she breathed in the heavenly countryside air, she briefly recalled the conversation she'd had with her editor, Stella, when she'd asked for a sabbatical. “Are you completely stark raving mad? You'll hate it in the sticks and I need you here,” Stella said, astounded. “Don't stand in my way,” pleaded Olivia. “I've got to get out of London, it's suffocating and I need time and space to sort my head out. I almost died,” she reminded her boss. “And writing a book for a known misogynist is going to help?” was Stella's disbelieving riposte. “I've heard he's got a foul temper.” “Really, you're using that to force my hand?” Olivia shot back. “I'll be fine. Besides, there's no way any man is ever laying a hand on me again, well not the way Saul did.” Olivia winced as she remembered the violent battering she'd received from her ex-boyfriend. She'd spent a week in hospital and several more licking her wounds. During those dark first days, she'd swung so dramatically from one emotion to another that she'd given herself mental whiplash. But by the time her body had healed and the bruises had faded into obscurity, Olivia had hatched a plan to get her life back on track. Offered the chance to ghostwrite Sebastian Bloom's autobiography, she'd jumped at the chance to do it and leave London at the same time. Hopefully, getting her teeth into a new and all-consuming project would help her forget her recent past. And now here she was, about to enter the unknown world of quintessential English village life, and she was terrified. Etc.’
The synopsis better details the plot – ‘The Sweet Spot is a classic love story with a sexy, modern edge, set in the sleepy West Country village of Appleton Vale, and in the glittering world of professional golf. Olivia escapes London to overcome memories of heartbreak, and moves to Appleton Vale to ghostwrite the autobiography of Sebastian Bloom, former world number one golfer and global icon. But he doesn’t make things easy for her; Olivia is not ready for a new relationship and fights her feelings for Sebastian. Their story comes to a head at the most prestigious golf tournament in the world, The Open Championship, where Sebastian’s return to form sets up an explosive clash with his lifelong rival, Troy McLoud. As the lives of Olivia, Sebastian and the residents of Appleton Vale interweave, passions flare and the stakes rise.’
Tasty, full of flavor and merely a hint of what a fun book this is to read. Welcome to the literary world, Anneli Lort! Grady Harp, July 17
My point is, you don’t have to like golf at all to enjoy this book. It will give you some interesting insights into the sport. Turns out it is a bit more scandalous then what our grandfathers were watching.
You probably should enjoy love stories, this one will have you on the edge of your seat / page. There is so much drama, hurt and triumph in this book. It makes you want to give the characters a hug then fight with them to get their lives back on track. The main character leaves town and begins a new project which leads her to the new love interest.
I genuinely enjoyed this story. I felt it was very well written and had moments that made me feel really connected with the characters. Which, to me, is always a sign of excellent writing.
Let me admit that while this new entry doesn’t bring anything new to the genre, it was very enjoyable, everyone is looking for something, like they are missing something and are always in an eternal chase, one of the good things this book accomplish is making golf entertaining, I don’t like that sport.
Another good thing is that there are plenty of spicy and really sexy scenes to read, it was a delight and the best part it doesn’t feel out of place. If you are looking to renew your hope in romance you will have a great time reading this story.