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It's going to take more than summer loving to heal old wounds, but a remote beach, old friendships and a bit of sunshine might just spark a second chance at love.
When Jennifer Gates drives to Sea Breeze Golf Club to kick off date-night with her boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find Golf Pro Jack giving one of his lady students a private—and very personal—lesson in bunker-play.
Lucky for Jenn, her best friend gives her the keys to the Culhane family's beach shack on the white-pepper shores of Western Australia's Geographe Bay. Jenn hopes a weekend on the coast with her young son will give her the space she needs to rebuild her confidence after Jack's betrayal.
But she's not the only person seeking sanctuary by the sea. Brayden Culhane is there too, and Jenn can't look at Brayden without remembering the tequila-flavoured kiss they shared on the shack steps years ago.
As long-buried feelings are rekindled, and a friendship is renewed, Jenn knows it is more than lazy summer days bringing her mojo back. Romantic sunsets, ice-cold beers and the odd round of golf can only go so far, because this time trusting Brayden with her heart won't be enough. Jenn has to learn to trust her body, too.
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00TQIML4A
- Publisher : Escape Publishing (1 April 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 881 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 270 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,024 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found Lily's writing to be fluid, natural, topical, sensitive and insightful. At the same time she kept things light and added a lot of humour.
MC Jennifer Gates was a relatable character - hard working, a mother, dealing with the fallout from an unfaithful boyfriend and at the same time, dealing with a personal condition.
The plot helped readers to get to know Jennifer. Fed up with her lot, she packed up her little son, Seb and headed off to the Culhane family beach house in Busselton, Western Australia (at the invitation of her BFF, Emmy Culhane). Unbeknownst to Jenn, Emmy's brother, Brayden, was also at the house on a break from his mining job, after a serious incident. They had had a fledgling relationship years ago and the opportunity to develop their feelings arose, again.
The main theme of FTH was becoming the driver of your own destiny (with support from those who matter) and it touched on courage, challenges and perseverance.
As a writer I read with a fairly critical eye (and not on purpose. It just happens.) But something happened when I read Fairway to Heaven.
I just read. I fell into the story and was swept along by thoughtfully conceived characters that set this story apart. I have read Lily Malone’s previous work and with this book she has really hit so many perfect shots (excuse the golf analogy). The writing in first person, present tense is not a favourite of mine, but for some reason (must be the characters) I didn’t notice after the first few pages. Her characters are very relatable and authentic. Brayden is a bloke I loved for his emotional contribution to the story (and I was grateful there was very little mention of manly body parts! In fact, he could have been less hunky and I would have related to him even more).
As for the main character – Jenn! Seasoned authors will tell you: “Avoid putting babies in books.” This is largely because the little characters must be accounted for to avoid readers asking, “Where’s the baby right now?”
Lily is obviously a mother and an author unafraid to go with her own. Her writing is fresh, her beautiful turn of phrase sometimes making me think, “Why didn’t I think of that!” This is most evident as she showed me the devoted mother/son relationship in a way that gave me goose bumps. When Jenn and Seb (the baby) are together the writing made me miss not being a mother. Truly lovely in every way.
The theme is about finding the courage to move forward, the plot containing certain women’s issues (again, something that surprised me for a split second and then I thought … You know what? This is so real.) This is a contemporary story about a very real woman facing real life challenges – moments in her life that are both heartwarming and at times hilarious. I look forward to more.
So getting to Jack it's the standard 'you don't know what you've lost till it's gone' scenario. One my pet peeves is cheating. I also like Jen stuck to her guns & wasn't backing down, however part of the reason was to do with Brayden her longtime crush. The details of why it never was a real thing between them had to do with the FI/FO job he had with the mines for 8yrs, a common thing here in Oz.
A setting also in our great country did it for me. The golfing idea was a bit different too.
Overall a very good story dealing with a woman who knows what she wants & goes for it.
Fairway to Heaven is a delight. Enough happens to keep the plot rolling along, but it's the precise, sensory writing and appealing characters that made me want to keep picking it up.
I don't, it's fair to say, read much romance, and I did learn a lot more about the workings of the female body than I needed to, but Lily Malone had me in the palm of her hand until I turned the last page.
The story is about love, friendship, motherhood, strength, dragging oneself out from the depths of a bunker they're not sure how they fell in! Don't let the golf element spoil your ideas, it is woven skilfully through and actually made me interested in the sport for the first time in my life, however it doesn't fill every page - it's delicately intwined.
I'm always blown away by how much I enjoy Lily's style - and I feel like as a relatively new author she is coming into her own with unique flair that I can't wait to follow!
Well done, this is a win!
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So what's it about? Well essentially it's a friends to lovers story, one of my favorite tropes. The lead characters had me laughing and crying. I really, really love a realistic male lead who had a few (although, let's face it... not insurmountable) imperfections and the leading lady was simply brilliant. I've also got a huge soft spot for the addition of a kid into the plot. It's often hard to manage and Malone does it well.
What's not to like? Well, if you're someone who is looking for a novel that's completely escapist, this might not be for you. It's more a down to earth story. Also, if you're looking for something set in the States and that's that, you're gonna have problems. Personally, I loved the location, the characters and the voice. Australia, particularly Western Australia is such an wonderful location and Ms. Malone manages setting wonderfully, making you feel like you're right there and leaving you a little bereft at the last page.
I went out and brought all of her other books after reading this one. It's rare that I find an author that really makes me sit up and feel that "new book" excitement but Lily Malone did it for me.
As an author I tend to read with a critical eye, but I found myself falling right into this story and going along for the ride. I loved the simple way she uses words with such lovely and often poetic turn of phrases make this story a real gem.
"Dry strands of brown seaweed as if the mermaids had cut their hair"
"Another giggle flies from my lips, vanishes in the sea breeze"
"Like the way he breathes me out, and I breathe him in"
WOW. I will be lining up to buy everything this brilliant writer produces from now on. Lily Malone deserves to be a household name. Blown away.
There she finds Brayden Culhane taking sanctuary by the sea with his own problems. They renew their years-old friendship. Can she trust Brayden with her heart? With her son?
I highly recommend this book. The angst is held to a minimum and I consider it to be a somewhat light read!