A new standalone book from Kelly Jamieson but never fear there is still a hint of hockey about this one. Drew has hit rock bottom. At thirty he is a washed up ex-NHL player. Surgery on his knee has been unsuccessful and for the first time in over twenty years hockey isn’t at the centre of his life. Now he has no job, no wife – she cheated on him with one of his team-mates – and has lost everything apart from a love of beer and whiskey. His future seems to feature a life spent in his shorts on the sofa playing video games and drinking himself into a stupor.
When he is approached on the street by a woman calling his name he thinks that it is just a fan who recognises him. Little does he realise that this meeting with Sara will change his entire life. She has an eleven year old daughter from a one night stand when they were just eighteen and it turns out that Drew is a father.
This is such a poignant and emotional story. You can’t fail to be moved by Sara, her sister Peyton and their struggles to provide for Chloe. To give her the life that she deserves. Drew has his own battles too as he finally comes to realise that there is life after hockey and that he still has some worth, a purpose.
Dancing in the Rain is a bit different to Kelly’s normal books. The main protagonists are that little bit older than her usual characters with a bit more life experience and a whole heap of baggage.
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UK Publication Date: Apr 11 2017. 311 pages
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