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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.
My review of this book:
Oh my word...what a talented author I have found here. Lily Malone's writing took my breath away. Every phrase, every bit of dialogue, every description has a fresh, unique voice behind it. Man alive, I LOVED this book! The story is gutsy and real and the characters are incredibly well drawn. The two main characters Jenn and Brayden are intensely likeable and I was attached to Jenn from the opening page. Her mothering especially of baby Seb just melted my heart. Lily is honest and raw in her writing and a beautifully natural story teller. A few of my favourite lines:
"Dry strands of brown seaweed as if the mermaids had cut their hair"
"Another giggle flies from my lips, vanishes in the sea breeze"
"Like the way he breathes me out, and I breathe him in"
WOW. I will be lining up to buy everything this brilliant writer produces from now on. Lily Malone deserves to be a household name. Blown away.
About Lily Malone:
An interview with Lily Malone:
Can you tell us briefly about your book?
Fairway To Heaven is one woman’s personal story about regaining her mojo on a Busselton beach. She’s been betrayed by her boyfriend (father of her child), and she retreats to the beach to lick her wounds and find the courage to start again.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’ve been in a writing vacuum for quite a few months, since I finished my latest romance So Far Into You. My current work is all of two chapters long at this point in time, and it’s a romantic comedy set in South West WA, based around a murder mystery.
What do you love the most about the main character in your book?
She’s brave. She’s resourceful and she’s doing the best that she can.
Where did the inspiration for this book come from?
Many playground chats with other Mums when my boys were younger. Motherhood is such a struggle for many women and not always just in an emotional sense – it can be physically challenging too the way motherhood impacts your hormones and your body, and balancing the needs of children, husband/partner and yourself (What? A mother has needs?) is a constant guilt trip (or it can be for some). It certainly was for me!
Which writers inspire you?
An American crime writer, John Sandford, and an Aussie crime fiction writer, Michael Robotham – they are two favourites. I always (kind of) made a plan to set out to write romance with balls. (Meaning, romance that wasn’t sugar-coated/emotional, but had a real element to it. I certainly think I achieved this with Fairway To Heaven... some readers might think it is ‘too real’).
What are you reading at the moment?
The second book in the Game Of Thrones series... but I’m struggling because I have seen the DVDs up to about Season 4, and I’m finding it hard not to skip through parts that I already know.
What tricks do you have to beat writer’s block?
I find exercise works for me. Going for a walk is a great way to solve a plot problem. The other thing that has really worked for me when I’ve been blocked is to write short stories, or even little snippets. I’m in a writing group called Naughty Ninjas and a while back we used to write 200-word snippets of a story based on a theme... that was great fun and really got me going. I need to take a bit of this remedy right now actually. I haven’t been writing much at all.
Do you write with a plan or do you see where the story takes you?
Absolute. Definite. Pantster here.
Do you write every day?
No! But once I get going I’m good at being disciplined. It’s starting a new story that is the hard part for me. Once I get involved in something, I know that I exclude family and friendships and this can get hard (particularly for family). So I think I am also fighting some inner guilt demons with my writing at times...
What do you hope readers will take away from your book?
That ‘romance’ doesn’t always equal “light and fluffy”... that real issues can be in a contemporary romance book. If readers have some awareness of the sexual health issue that plagues Jenn Gates, then all the better – it can be a difficult one for doctors to diagnose.
Which famous person living or dead would you most like to meet and why?
I’d really love to spend time talking cricket with Shane Warne.
(I interrupt this interview to say yes you read that right. I asked Lily to choose from ALL people living and dead and she came up with Warney. Rest assured I’ve mocked her enough about this on behalf of all of us.)
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Walking. Gardening. Wine. Walking in gardens, sometimes with wine.
Pick one series and tell us why – Harry Potter, Twilight or The Hunger Games.
Twilight. I got absolutely obsessed with the Twilight series going back a few years. I saw the movie first – didn’t even know there were books. I own all the movies, all the books, and I’ve read and watched them all multiple times. I haven’t read the others. The Harry Potter movies never did it for me and I thought the first movie of The Hunger Games was absolute crap.
Do you take negative reviews of your book personally or do you shrug them off?
I’m getting better at shrugging them off, but it sucks how much you might get six lovely 5 star reviews but the one that you remember is the 1 star review that said: “it sucked”.
What is your all time favourite movie?
All the Bourne movies with Matt Damon.
Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
Returning to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. I was there in about 1990. It’s probably my most amazing life experience to date – standing on the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe in the warm mist generated from the falls. Wow.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
A jockey, until I grew too big. I loved seeing Michelle Payne win the Melbourne Cup recently – first female jockey and all that.
What song would you pick to go with your book?
Love Minus Zero, No Limits by Bob Dylan. Bob Dylan is a favourite of my husband and Dylan’s music features a lot in Fairway To Heaven.
How did you go about researching the settings of the book?
That was easy. I grew up in the south west of West Australia and returned here (after about 12 years in South Australia where my hubby’s family is from). I wrote Fairway To Heaven after spending time on the beach at Busselton, and particularly when I found this little rundown shack amidst all these glass/two-storey palatial type homes. Plus, I like golf.