A football player who’s lost. A woman in danger of losing all she loves. Could he be the Christmas Miracle she’s been praying for?
Pro football player Tucker Jackson has a chip on his shoulder. His mother died when he was young, his father threw himself into his work, and the team he now plays for is in danger of losing their season. His anger drives him to a bar where an ensuing fight earns him service at a community center. Can he find a way to tame his ire before it destroys his dreams forever?
Shelby Doll has a heart for kids, but the community center she runs is short on funds. Tucker Jackson is her last hope to keep the doors open, but will he leave her in a lurch when it matters the most?
I didn’t realize this took place during Christmas and I normally only read/listen to Christmas books in December. it’s not a major part of the story, so it’s not bad to listen to during any time of year. it’s a pretty simple story with with a lesson. nothing too crazy. I really like that the author narrates her own books. and she’s actually good at it!
Patricia Reichardt –
It’s a skill to teach and entertain without realizing you are being taught and Lorana Hoopes has it in spades. This book has so many little lessons, all leading to the big one and I heard them all while I was falling for Tucker and Shelby. Tucker is a professional football player with an anger problem. When he goes to far, he is forced to do community service in a local center. Here he meets Shelby, and learns there is more to life than just him. Her faith is strong, and she loves her job. But will it be enough to help Tucker find his way? I love this book! The sports romance is a big draw for me, the unmistakable draw to helping others, and the finding of faith to help you through are just a few things that kept me enthralled. Hoopes narrates the story perfectly, letting us feel all the emotions. A great start to this series and I can’t wait to see what else is coming.
What a fun book to listen to. I enjoyed watching the changes in both Tucker and Shelby as they helped one another see the value they each had. Humor offset some of the more serious parts as the characters interacted with the kids. And then the way real life seemed to interfere with the connection and trust between Tucker and Shelby and they both had to learn to give things to God. The story also addressed the issue of places of ministry like the community center that in reality do exist. I’m a push-over when it comes to Ms. Hoopes’ books. She never fails to keep me involved and hold me to the end.
The narration is again superb. Ms. Hoopes really knows how to express each character.
I requested this audio book from Audiobooks Unleashed and have voluntarily left this review.