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The Sweet Spot, by Anneli Lort, caught my eye recently, during the excitement of The Open Championship, and it's quick ascent into the top 10 of the sports fiction chart, but it is, undeniably, a romance novel. The Sweet Spot tells the tale of strong female lead, Olivia, who is recovering from an unhealthy relationship and an unforgiving heartache. She moves out of busy London to heal in the countryside, taking a career opportunity to ghostwrite a globally famous, golfing legend's autobiography, Sebastian. The setting of Appleton Vale is so beautifully described that this book could truly heal anybody's heartache with its idyllic nature, and the struggles of being in a new place and overcoming a bad relationship are well-portrayed. The characters of this romance novel are wonderfully developed, their quirks, histories, motives and weaknesses outlined early on. Sexy Sebastian is witty and alluring, providing Olivia exactly the distraction she needs, until his feelings for her begin to overcome them both. Whether you're interested in golf or not, I feel that the tension and competitive narrative of the book, as it develops, is a great pace changer and makes a great page-turner. I could not put the book down! If you're looking for a peaceful feel-good setting with a romantic twist, and like authors such as Jilly Cooper and Joanna Trollope, you'll love this! And, if you can't get enough, I hear it's a series and book 2 is on the way!
This book was recommended by a teacher in a lit class long ago. I purchased an ex-library copy years ago and it lived in my shelf unread until now. I read the stories a few a day. At first I was interested in them but after getting about halfway through I got sort of bored of "the grotesques." I like the ideas that he was presenting and his description of everyday life in small town Ohio at the turn of the century but it was somewhat the same over and over which is probably part of the point. Things get more varied again though near the end when the short stories start wrapping up into some kind of a conclusion. The way the author writes is neat in a way where you can really picture the characters. the moments and feel what they feel. I felt like I was visiting the town in each story. Has anyone else read this book?