From the back cover:
SHANNON DE CROIX HAD BIG PLANS
But a serious injury ended her dreams of making the nation’s top ski team. Now, with her handsome coach, Hudson Landers, at her side, Shannon hopes to compete again. But though she trusts Hudson’s judgment, she wants to train harder.
[“HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE THE FATHER HAS LAVISHED ON US.” – 1 John 3:1]
Hudson cares too much about Shannon to let her risk her life just for the sake of competition. He fears that one more fall could destroy her future and break her heart. Can Shannon and the disabled kids he coaches show him that falling down and getting back up again is what faith and love are all about?
I also received this book from the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt from Elizabeth Goddard. This is the second in the trilogy.
Shannon seems very much like a ski diva from the get-go in the scene of her accident and her skiing shortly thereafter, disregarding Hudson’s plan for her. Reading on you see how Shannon really feels about her life and skiing. Hudson, Shannon, and the rest of the characters in the book seem so real. It was really touching to see this story come full circle. You are rooting for Shannon (and Hudson) from an early point in the book. Shannon’s dad and Shannon’s coffee shop pal are interesting people!
I didn’t realize that you could ski in New Mexico or that their was a team that trained together for the Olympics at a certain point in training. I haven’t read a book before that I actually felt that skiing was something anyone could do. This story made me feel that it was totally possible for me to pick up skis and learn (and such admiration for those who devote their whole lives to skiing and once they compete in the Olympics then have to move on with their lives)!
The book feels a little bit like a Hallmark movie that I saw about a family ski lodge. I suppose that’s a good thing that I can feel/imagine a movie while reading the book. This is a bit of a change from the first book in the trilogy, even though some of this book is also set in New Mexico. It was neat to see the change in landscape from book to book.