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The Callahan Split: No One Knows You Better Than Your Sister by [Heidke, Lisa]
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No one knows you better than your sister.

In tennis, as in life, nothing ever goes truly to plan.

Samantha and Annie Callahan are successful doubles champions -- the toast of the Olympics, Wimbledon, and Flushing Meadow. But their winning partnership spirals out of control when Annie's new boyfriend announces their engagement at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Bear, the sisters' coach, guides Annie as much as she'll allow. But when she insists on dropping Samantha in favour of a singles career, her game and rankings plummet.

Samantha is left floundering. Disillusioned, her only sweet spot is the growing passion between her and Bear. Amidst rising anger and betrayal, Samantha completely changes both their destinies when she does the unthinkable after a devastating Wimbledon loss.

The sisters are driven to create new lives by confronting the past and taking control of the present.

But can Samantha and Annie both win?


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1621 KB
  • Print Length: 310 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Lisa Heidke (1 August 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0103TKLJC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #281,880 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Callahan Split is Australian author Lisa Heidke's sixth novel but her first foray into the world of self publishing, supplementing her successful career in traditional publishing.

Professional doubles tennis champions, sisters Samantha and Annie Callahan, have each others backs both on and off the court. Riding high after winning a gold medal at the Olympics they are favourites to win the Australian Open, until Annie's new boyfriend drops a bombshell just before their first match, and the girls relationship begins to falter. Samantha, ambitious and driven, is irate as a love-struck Annie loses interest in their childhood goal, and is completely devastated when her sister severs their partnership to pursue a singles career. Without Annie by her side, Samantha is lost and is forced to wonder if winning is really everything.

The Callahan Split is a story about sisters, Samantha and Annie share a close personal and professional bond which is severely tested when their goals in life no longer coincide. The main theme takes Heidke's protagonists on a journey of self discovery, but it also explores serious issues such as depression, anxiety, and abandonment.

I didn't relate particularly well to either sister initially. I found Samantha's single-minded focus and emotional immaturity draining, and Annie's desertion selfish. To be fair, the sisters have their reasons, not the least being their mother's abandonment, which had a significant impact on them both, and I wasn't entirely unsympathetic to the pressure they were both under as elite athletes trying to stay on top. Most of the story unfolds from Sam's perspective, and I grew to appreciate the hard earned growth her character experienced.
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Ok, confession time. I don't like tennis. It's something about the no set end time that gets me. But I've been a Lisa Heidke fan for years- and this book is Lisa at her best. Besides, this isn't a tennis book- it's about 2 sisters who just happen to play tennis as their career. Lisa examines their relationships and it's ups and downs in a way that only a sister can- and with her trademark honest humour. Both sisters are flawed, yet I cried and cheered for them both. As for Bear- yep, I'd fall for him too.
Congratulations Lisa- you've done yourself proud.
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By jm on 27 August 2015
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As someone who loves tennis and has a sister (with a love/not love relationship) I found this book very entertaining.
I especially liked the gossip about the pro tennis circuit - oh to be a fly on those changing room walls.
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Thoroughly enjoyed it ! I laughed and cried and couldn't put it down.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I don't think there was ever a time you felt that you needed to choose between the two or that either of them had a better point 8 August 2015
By Aly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The two sisters were certainly different, each had their different strengths and weaknesses. I don't think there was ever a time you felt that you needed to choose between the two or that either of them had a better point than the other. They were just at different points of their lives.

I don't think I was ever really lost while reading this book, except maybe on occasion when the tennis things got too technical but I don't think that happened more than once or twice at the most.

There were certainly several shockers that you might not be able to predict and these certainly helped to make the book a little more interesting, more so than watching the drama and intrigue of Samantha's life as well as what you know of Annie's.

Lisa Heidke has created a good, strong novel that follows the story of Samantha and Annie.

Find this review and many more at Reading Shy With Aly(http://readingshy.blgospot.ca)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters. What a journey! 4 August 2015
By Louisa B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Lisa Heidke explores the relationship between two sisters who have been almost inseparable all their lives, including their professional lives as doubles tennis players. They are in many ways the perfect Yin and Yang and they balance each other well. But everything starts falling apart when a man enters Annie’s life and I won’t say any more, as I don’t want to spoil the tale. This is a story about the complications of life and relationships, of two women who must find their own path and how people deal with tragedy in different ways. Great characters and one particular guy to hate! I thoroughly enjoyed it and discovered what it must be like having a sister you’re very close to. And if you’re a tennis lover, you are going to adore it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it 2 October 2015
By Jane - Published on Amazon.com
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Lisa's latest book explores the serious topics of family abandonment, sibling rivalry and depression but not in a depressing way. As is Lisa's trade mark, her witty observations provide the light and some genuine "laugh out loud" moments. There is a Annie and Samantha in all of us and Lisa's astute writing enables the reader to consider their own responses given the same set of circumstances and thus feel very connected to both sisters. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: 'The Callahan Split' by Lisa Heidke 27 May 2016
By Jody - "A Spoonful of Happy Endings" - Published on Amazon.com
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Professional doubles tennis players and sisters Samantha and Annie Callahan have everything going for them. After winning a gold medal for Australia at the Olympics, they are now the favourites to also win the Australian Open. However, their position as favourites is jeopardised when Annie's new boyfriend unexpectedly proposes to Annie right before the start of an important match. Annie is over the moon, but her game obviously suffers from it and this is only the start of a downwards spiral for both the partnership between Annie and Samantha, which also influences their bond as sisters. Annie and Samantha find themselves at a crossroads, both wanting different things. But will they be able to work things out, both on a professional as well as on a personal level?

'The Callahan Split' is author Lisa Heidke's sixth novel already, but my personal first experience with her writing. I wasn't too sure what to expect exactly when I started reading, but I was really captivated by Annie and Samantha's story from the first chapter and just didn't want to put the book down, but see what was going to happen next. I also really enjoyed the tennis/competition element in the book, to my personal surprise; I really felt myself rooting for Samantha and Annie and hoping they would overcome their differences and win. Unfortunately, this feeling didn't last throughout the entire book; at a certain point the story slowed down a bit and it didn't captivate me as much as the first part did, even though I was still curious to see what would happen to Annie and Samantha.

While I was interested in both Annie and Samantha and their storylines, I didn't really warm to them. If I had to pick one sister I could relate to it's probably Samantha, but some of her actions just made me want to jump into the novel and slap her in the face. I also missed a convincing romance storyline for both sisters; there is an element of romance in the book but I thought it was a bit disappointing. I know this review will probably come across as a negative one, but it definitely isn't all negative. I enjoyed this read; I think the great and addictive first 100 pages just made me expect something different than the direction the novel eventually took. Overall, though, I think 'The Callahan Split' has been a promising first Lisa Heidke read for me and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ... loves tennis and has a sister (with a love/not love relationship) I found this book very entertaining 30 September 2015
By jm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As someone who loves tennis and has a sister (with a love/not love relationship) I found this book very entertaining.
I especially liked the gossip about the pro tennis circuit - oh to be a fly on those changing room walls.

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