Friday, January 22, 2016

Catch of a Lifetime by Candee Fick

He breathes football. She shudders at the very mention of the sport. After a tragedy involving a football player destroyed her family, athletic trainer and graduate student, Cassie moves across the country looking for a fresh start, but a change in financial aid lands her in the middle of her worst nightmare. 
Meanwhile, rookie coach Reed worries his dream career will slip away as injuries plague his players and his star receiver teeters on the brink of ineligibility. As the two work together to salvage the season, sparks fly, and Reed must eventually choose between the game and the woman he loves.
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Candee Fick is the wife of a high school football coach and the mother of three children, including a daughter with a rare genetic syndrome. When not busy with her day job or writing, she can be found cheering on the home team at football, basketball, baseball, and Special Olympics games. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she has been a Genesis Award double finalist and winner over several years. 
You can learn more about her and connect via her website

According to FTC guidelines I am required to disclose that I received this book from and the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

My Thoughts:
If you enjoy football and romance, I think you will enjoy this book. Personally, I know just about zilch about football, so keeping up with the football jargon, plays, etc was a bit challenging for me. Nonetheless, it did not take away from enjoying the book.

Once I got past the first few chapters, I got into the story and enjoyed seeing how it played out. Cassie has just recently changed schools due to tragic circumstances surrounding her previous school. She also hates football, well, maybe not the sport exactly, but certainly those egotistical guys playing on the field, who think they are "all that". But God has plans for Cassie, and they can only be fulfilled if she is willing to surrender her will to His, as well as, take a few chances. There is also that five-letter word, that holds a huge punch - TRUST. And that is something Cassie struggles with.

First day on the job, Cassie meets Reed, rookie coach, struggling to find his worth and value apart from what his family thinks of his career choice. A man with a deep relationship with God and great values, but also a man whose life is surrounded by football, and football players. Even after Cassie gets to know him, can she let her fears go?

This book is about love, trust, forgiveness, and so much more. I really enjoyed how Candee weaves together the story along with the faith of those involved. Pretty much it is a predictable read, just a steady paced enjoyable book. There is a bit of a twist towards the end, that adds a bit of excitement and it contains a meaningful ending.

This is the first book I have read by Candee and aside from my cluelessness about football, I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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