Game of Sails: an Olympic Love Story Paperback – 23 Feb 2012
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About the Author
Carol Newman Cronin crowned a lifetime of competitive achievement by winning two races at the 2004 Olympics, and she can still be found on the water when she's not writing. "Game of Sails" is her third book.
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Exciting and well-written, Game of Sails offers a fresh perspective on a world that not many get to experience. There are three point of view characters in this book: Casey, Spencer, and Spencer's employer, sailmaker John "Gordo" Gordon. Cronin divides the book equally among all three characters, but the story revolves mainly around Spencer and his desire to make it to the Olympics. The relationship between Spencer and Casey seems unlikely at first, but ends up being believable, and the story provides great insights into what it's like to compete for and participate in an Olympic event.
Note: If you like books that explore sailing and history, check out Carol's wonderful young adult novels, Oliver's Surprise and Cape Cod Surprise.
Casey--the strong but not overbearing female protagonist with dreams of Olympic sailing--is the perfect complement to Spencer's laidback talent, both on the water and in the sail-building Loft. They are the perfect team. Only they won't know it until they've both grown through the rigors of designing and testing sails and training for the Olympic Trials. Cronin makes even scenes in the Loft fascinating and fun (laced with a bit of industry intrigue), but she really sparkles on the water. You don't need to know the difference between a tack and a jibe to feel the tension she creates in a sailboat, to experience the elation of victory and shed tears of defeat.