After losing her marriage, life savings, and waistline, Autumn Kovac is terrified of being hit by more heartache. So when her only child decides to try out for the football team, the overprotective, sports-illiterate mom has a near phobic reaction. But Zachary hasn’t smiled since his father left, and she’s desperate to make him happy (and doing nothing and hoping for the best hasn’t been working). She reluctantly enters a new world of youth competitive sports, full of overzealous coaches with Vince Lombardi dreams and fanatical parents trying to achieve vicarious glory.
Unexpectedly, Autumn begins transforming within this strangely addictive new culture, finding her voice, facing her past, tackling her fears…and uncovering the secret that’s been keeping her from her son. After meeting her ideal catch, she finds herself back in the dating game and discovers some fierce competition of her own. Will Autumn make it off the sideline? Can the underdog finally win?
What we say – Review by Elizabeth Wright:
This is my first time reading anything by Amy Avanzino, but after reading some of the reviews from her debut novel, Wake-up Call, I had high expectations. Luckily, although the second book in the series, From the Sideline works as a stand-alone novel and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Amy Avanzino has quickly developed a reputation for writing realistic characters and situations that truly touch the heart and inspire. I have to agree that this sincere and genuine writing came through straight away and I quickly found myself caught up in the story and speeding through it. I’m a firm believer that you can write about anything as long as you write with honesty and From the Sideline is a wonderful example of this.
Just like the protagonist, Autumn Kovac, I have zero interest in sports, but that certainly doesn’t limit the reading of the book. No prior knowledge required! In fact, if anything I think it probably helped because from the word go I was in the same boat as Autumn and could totally empathise with her situation. As the story progressed and I saw Autumn’s confidence and self-esteem grow I couldn’t help but smile along with her. In short, if you’re looking for an easy to read, heart-warming story, this is the one for you.
About the Author: Amy Avanzino
Amy Avanzino received a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s from the University of Washington. She is a former special education teacher who has spent the last several years writing and doing extensive hands-on research for her Wake-Up Series, the first of which is Wake-Up Call. She’s a contributing writer of Hap Scotch, a play performed at the 2008 Frigid Festival in New York, which won two Audience Choice Awards. Amy currently lives in the stands above the football fields, basketball courts, and baseball diamonds around Folsom, California with her husband and four children. Visit her at www.AmyAvanzino.com.