#RomCom #My #Bookreview Of Come Back To The Ballpark, Maisy Gray by @cynthiatennent

Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray (Comeback Romance Series Book 1)Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray by Cynthia Tennent

4 stars

Come Back To The Ballpark, Maisy Gray is a romantic comedy set in Indianapolis. The story revolves around Maisy who is seen as a lucky charm for a baseball team. Maisy had previously been the girlfriend of star pitcher Kevin Halderman, but he broke her heart when he dumped her for a supermodel. Maisy immediately left and the team have been struggling ever since.

Now, a few years later, Maisy returns to the baseball game whilst on a school trip. A last minute player change has Kevin pitching once more. When cameras spot Maisy in the audience, her face appears on the big screen and the team, coincidentally, win the match. Fans and the media become very vocal in their demands to have Maisy back for every game, believing that she is the reason for the win. But Maisy has moved on with her life. However, trying to say no to those who want her back is hard. Can she prove that she’s not the lucky charm they all believe her to be?

This was a fun story. I don’t know much about baseball, but the romance and the comedy were the primary themes. Maisy is an inspiring school-teacher in a small-town. She meets the current team manager in a bar and they both bond with a desire to turn the TV channel away from the re-runs of the recent team win. Sam Hunter’s plans to trade Kevin have just been sent awry by Kevin’s surprising performance. Sam has no time for superstition from the fans or the players, but team owner Mr Zumaeta has big designs for Maisy, and he orders Sam to bring her back.

I liked Maisy and Sam, they were well-written characters. Maisy’s say-it-as-you-see-it attitude added to the comedy. There were some good secondary characters too: Zoom, the team owner and Maisy’s mum. I also enjoyed the opposites of statistics and superstition and their roles in a team’s sporting performance. This is the second book I’ve read from the author and I would be happy to read more.

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Book description

Come Back to the Ballpark, Maisy Gray is a romantic comedy about a reluctant woman who is a baseball team’s lucky charm and the man who must get her back in the game…

Maisy Gray is no one’s lucky charm. As far as she’s concerned her low down spineless cheating ex-fiancée and his team can rot in last place forever. Of all the stupid days to return to the ballpark, she manages to do it the very day her ex pitches a no-hitter.
“Maisy’s back!” The newspaper headline credits the miracle on the mound to the return of the lucky girl who was once a fixture in the stands. Now, frenzied Turbos fans want Maisy to sprinkle her magic pixie dust over their team again.

Turbos General Manager, Sam Hunter, doesn’t believe in superstition. But he likes his job, so he agrees to his boss’s stupid plan to get the pretty rabbit’s foot back to the stands. He’ll seduce Maisy, reunite her with her ex, offer money, and do whatever it takes to win. It should be easy. Except it’s not. And when the seduction part of the plan backfires, it’s not just the season that’s at stake. It’s Sam’s heart.

About the author

Cynthia Tennent was the original book thief, stealing romance novels from underneath her mother’s bed when she was just 12. As an adult, she grew serious and studied international relations, education and other weighty matters while living all over the world. In search of happy endings, she rediscovered love stories and wrote her own when her daughters were napping. She lives in Michigan with her husband, three daughters and her collie dog, Jack.

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#NewRelease THE BOOKSHOP ON AUTUMN LANE by @CynthiaTennent #RomCom #TuesdayBookBlog

The Bookshop on Autumn Lane (Truhart #3)The Bookshop on Autumn Lane by Cynthia Tennent
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Bookshop on Autumn Lane is a fun #RomCom set in Truhart, Michigan. It opens with some of the inhabitants of Truhart waking Trudy from her sleep in her 1973 VW Beetle, concerned she is a vagrant of some sort. Instead they find the new owner of “Books From The Heart”.

Trudy has been left the shop by her namesake Gertrude, but instead of it being a delicious gift Trudy sees it as a millstone around her neck. Its only saving grace being that she might be able to sell it to fund her travel dreams.

It soon becomes apparent that Gertrude senior got a little carried away with her book obsession and Trudy accepts the help of visiting English Professor Kit Darlington to sort and clear the books. Kit’s English mannerisms are a hit with the local Truhart ladies who insist on calling him “My Lord” and he soon becomes more than friends with Trudy, but what is Kit hiding from? Will Trudy ever be able to sell the shop and make her travel dreams come true?

This was a fun read, I would be in heaven if a relative of mine left me a shop packed with books, I would want to read the lot. I loved all the parts for Lulu the VW Beetle, I’ve always been a fan ever since the TV days of “Herbie”. For animal lovers their is a lovely role for Moby, a loyal friend to Trudy and the amusing stereotype of Kit and the English ways and sayings were well presented in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

Book description

Big dreams can come true in a small town…
 
While some young women would jump through hoops to claim ownership of a bookshop,
free-spirited Gertrude “Trudy” Brown wants nothing to do with the rundown store her late Aunt Gertrude left her.  Having suffered from dyslexia all her life, books aren’t exactly her friends. With not much more than a collie dog who’s scared of his own shadow, and a rusty but trusty ’74 Beetle, Trudy arrives in the tiny town of Truhart, determined to sell off her cumbersome inheritance as quickly as possible…

But Trudy is not the only stranger in town. Christopher “Kit” Darlington, a professor of American Studies at Cambridge, is searching for an elusive manuscript—and he secretly thinks Trudy’s ramshackle bookshop might hold the key to its discovery. As these two opposites spend the autumn days together, cleaning out Trudy’s bookshop, they soon find that uncovering both literature and love can be equally mysterious…

Trudy’s never been  the type to stay in one spot too long, but something about Kit makes her consider starting a new chapter—and maybe even finding there’s a happily-ever-after…

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