“Jack always said that bunker was ours. When we’d tee off the twelfth, he’d wink and say,’ Ready for the fairway to heaven, babe?’ Now it feels more like the highway to hell.”
Fairway to Heaven
It’s going to take more than summer loving to heal old wounds, but a remote beach, old friendships and a bit of sunshine might just spark a second chance at love.
When Jennifer Gates drives to Sea Breeze Golf Club to kick off date-night with her boyfriend, the last thing she expects is to find Golf Pro Jack giving one of his lady students a private—and very personal—lesson in bunker-play.
Lucky for Jenn, her best friend gives her the keys to the Culhane family’s beach shack on the white-pepper shores of Western Australia’s Geographe Bay. Jenn hopes a weekend on the coast with her young son will give her the space she needs to rebuild her confidence after Jack’s betrayal.
But she’s not the only person seeking sanctuary by the sea. Brayden Culhane is there too, and Jenn can’t look at Brayden without remembering the tequila-flavoured kiss they shared on the shack steps years ago.
As long-buried feelings are rekindled, and a friendship is renewed, Jenn knows it is more than lazy summer days bringing her mojo back. Romantic sunsets, ice-cold beers and the odd round of golf can only go so far, because this time trusting Brayden with her heart won’t be enough. Jenn has to learn to trust her body, too.
I should start by stating that Romance in not a genre I usually favour but Lily Malone’s writing style is a bit like a good Australian Sauvignon Blanc – full bodied, fresh, crisp with hints of spice and a satisfying end note 🙂
To start with – I love the cover of this book – it is so reminiscent of many of the coastal holidays we have had with wooden stairways leading to spectacular beaches in the south west of Western Australia. The settings in the book are beautiful and show case the coastal towns of the Geographe region superbly.
Lily Malone’s characters are warm, generous and supportive and soon feel like friends you have known for a long time. We quickly have a vested interested in the outcome of the protagonists’ journeys.
The dialogue is contemporary and youthful and flows easily – Lily makes writing look easy. And Lily shares a wonderful and realistic understanding of what it is to be a woman, to be a mother and be the parent of a toddler. “It’s taken the bottle of milk and a back patting marathon, but Seb is officially in bed for the night. The peace is so beautiful someone should paint it.” I think most parents can relate to this!
This is a warm and enjoyable novel yet manages to touch on many contemporary issues; the Fly In Fly Out Lifestyle, motherhood, parenting, and sexual health to name but a few. A very enjoyable read Ms Malone.