Author: Candee Fick
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Amazon’s website description of Catch of a Lifetime:
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.
I had the privilege of meeting Candee at the 2014 American Christian Fiction Writers Conference and we’ve kept in touch since then. Now her book, Catch of a Lifetime, has just released, which is so awesome and I’m honored to tell you about this book.
I liked the peek into college football that I got throughout this book. I know very little about football aside from what happens on the field during playing time, so it was fun to see some of the triumphs and struggles off-field. I liked how Reed was a coach who was a believer and how he struggled to maintain his integrity. It wasn’t easy for him, which I appreciated, because that’s real life right there. Cassie is a sweet heroine who I felt for as she had to work a job she’d never wanted, one she dreaded at first, actually. It was cool seeing how she started to heal from her past and learned how to forgive again. The way Cassie and Reed had to go about their relationship also was fun, yet also edge-of-your-seat. Candee wraps up the story well, I especially liked how she handled Reed’s family expectations. She threw in a twist at the end that had me hurting for Cassie, yet also showed the integrity of the people around her and their love for her, which was so sweet.
In all, I loved this book. I could hardly put it down, and I’m so excited for Candee and what she’ll be putting out next. Excellent fiction debut!
About the Author
Biography from Amazon’s website: 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. In what little free time remains, she enjoys exploring the great Colorado outdoors, indulging in dark chocolate, and savoring happily-ever-after endings through a good book.
In addition to her inspirational non-fiction titles, Candee has published a dozen articles in publications including In Touch, The War Cry, Exceptional Parent, and Special Education Today. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she was a Double Finalist and WINNER in the 2014 ACFW Genesis contest short novel category, 2011 Semi-finalist in contemporary fiction, and 2009 Runner-Up in women’s fiction. .~ To learn more about Candee and her other books, visit her web page: http://candeefick.com/
I was given a review copy of Catch of a Lifetime from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.