Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Four Days by Jamie Campbell

Told in the first person (past tense), "Four Days" is Luci's story of collapse and rebuild; of broken love and the promise of future love - and redemption. A Contemporary Romance that includes a road trip through New Zealand, a hero, villains, a foul-mouthed best friend, and tennis.

Luci's Wijn's six year career as a professional tennis player started with early promise; then came mediocrity; then came life as just another obscure player moving from tournament to tournament. With her career in limbo and her personal life in turmoil Luci has spent the last six months hiding from the challenges ahead. But at her best friend's wedding it dawns on Luci that she has only four days until her first tournament of the year. With life on and off the court catching up with her, and events conspiring against her, Luci has no choice but to let a man she hardly knows help her through what just might be the most important four days of her life.


Here is what reviewer Ashleigh Zavarelli said about Four Days:

"Four days. Two people who are struggling to find themselves. A twist of fate.

These are the ingredients of a great romance novel.

When Luci and Jimmy find themselves on an unexpected road trip through New Zealand, the journey quickly becomes about much more than reaching the final destination.

Along the way, we learn about the characters, as well as the backdrop around them. Luci is Flemish, Jimmy is a New Zealander. They both have a love and passion for sport, and they both feel the pressure to perform.

When they practice together, you can clearly see the parallels of Luci’s inner conflict and the weaknesses in her game. I thought this was a brilliant way of deepening her character and allowing us to get to know to know her in the subtlest of ways. So often you find authors telling you what a character is thinking or feeling. This was not the case with Jamie Campbell. The highest compliment you can pay to a reader is to allow them to see these details for themselves.

By the end, Jimmy and Luci’s personalities were so imprinted on my mind that I’d felt as though I’d known them for years. He was the calm in her storm. The man who took the time to observe and reflect on his surroundings in a way that most never did. He was kind and patient, and sweet in the simplest of ways.

Luci, on the other hand, was complicated. She was socially stunted in some ways due to her circumstances, and she wore her emotional armor well. She admits that she feels younger than her age, and you can clearly see this shining through in her personality. She is Quiet. Stuck inside her head too much sometimes, and very curious at others. She is funny in a dry way, with her broken English and attempt to make sense of the world around her.

The interactions these characters have together are simple, yet powerful and moving. I would dare say that it would be impossible not to read this book and reflect on some of your own shortfalls and misgivings as a person.

Heartache, acceptance, growth, love… this book has it all.

If you are looking for something to pass the time, this isn’t it. You will become emotionally invested. You will feel emotions on opposite ends of the spectrums. And when the last page has been read, you will yearn for more.

Hats off to Jamie Campbell for writing such a beautiful story."

To check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Four-Days-Luci-Wijn-Novel-ebook/dp/B00VWAPNE0/ref=cm_rdp_product

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