by Kate Christie
On the longest day of the year, anything can happen…
Sam Delaney has all she asks from life: a job and a place of her own arranged exactly the way she likes it. The death of her older brother, and her parents’ denial, have left her shaken and grateful her simple needs are being met. She’s not looking for the future—today is all she needs.
It’s the last summer Emily Mackenzie will get to spend hanging out with friends, soaking up the sun and checking out the women on Seattle’s sporting fields. Come fall, she’s an assistant soccer coach with responsibilities. She’s planning on making every day of summer count.
When their paths cross, Emily is surprised Sam remembers her. Years ago, they played soccer on the same high school team, only Sam was the star and Emily the new kid. Their youthful camaraderie had been simple, but under the warm Seattle sun, simple is the last word that describes their feelings.
In this rich story of long days and hot nights, newcomer Kate Christie follows the collision course of two women during the summer that changes their lives.
Kate Morgan West - April 2011: The story is told in first person narrative by each of the characters in turn, flipping back and forth between the thoughts, feelings and perspective of each protagonist. I enjoyed this view into the brains of Sam and Emily, and I found it entertaining and interesting to get the take each of the characters had on the same situations. And, I have to admit I loved reading about the streets, neighborhoods, zoo and even our local WNBA team here in Seattle. Christie did an excellent job on the details and this first effort was an enjoyable read... After reading these two novels, I'm really looking forward to Christie's third called Beautiful Game, due out in July 2011.Just About Write
Lynne Pierce - November 2010: ...A realistic depiction of two women struggling to establish a relationship and it focuses on what happens as a relationship develops, especially when one participant is somewhat reluctant.