Review: The Hail Mary by Ginger Scott

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

What It’s About:

Sixteen years is a long time. In a marriage, it’s a milestone. On the gridiron, it’s a miracle. Reed Johnson wants more time for everything, but time is funny that way.

It can be cruel.

With a body that can’t quite take the hits it used to and a heart tired of being torn in two different directions, Reed is faced with a reality he’s not quite ready for—life without the game. He became a man under Friday night game lights and in college stadium tunnels, and without the grit and the glory that’s earned ten yards at a time, he’s afraid of what kind of man he’ll be.

But there’s more than a game at stake now.

Reed’s wife, Nolan, is afraid too. She’s seen what can happen when the love of her life pushes himself too hard, and she can’t escape the nightmares she relives after almost losing her entire world to one single play on the field.

There is no compromise when it comes to football. Same goes for the heart. You’re either all in, or you get crushed. For Reed and Nolan, the clock is ticking down. Time…it does that. One way or another, they’re going to have to make a choice.

This is their hail Mary.

This is win or lose.

(The Hail Mary is book 3 in The Waiting Series, which follows high school sweethearts Reed Johnson and Nolan Lennox through football, life, love and everything messy that goes along with it. The series begins with Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long. Book 3 is for more mature readers and deals with adult themes.)

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My Thoughts:

The Hail Mary is the fantastic third book in Ginger Scott’s The Waiting series. This book is the quintessential arc from a YA novel to a NA novel to a realistic adult romance.  It is perfection! The series started with the over-the-top angsty Waiting on the Sidelines and Going Long. Those two books are quintessential Young Adult and New Adult romance novels.

While the first two novels in the series were filled with dramatic highs and lows, the latest novel’s drama and vibe is much more mature. Nolan and Reed are married. They have parents who need help. They have a teenaged child and careers, and one of those careers is taking a lot out of their relationship.  Ms. Scott has beautifully transitioned Nolan and Reed’s love story in The Hail Mary.  The naïve hopefulness is gone, and in its place is the weight of everyday life.

Football is a tough career.  It is tough on the body and it is tough on relationships.  While Reed will remain QB1 in Nolan’s heart, how long will he remain physically with her if he continues to make himself a tackling dummy on the field?  As Nolan and Reed have seen both on and off the field, life can change in an instant. They have been in a long push-pull battle of their wants and needs.  This creates a highly emotional read.  I deeply felt all the stressors weighing down on their relationship.

I loved this mature, realistic series conclusion; it is a fabulously crafted story.  The flashbacks are a perfect reminder of why these two got together and stayed together.  I absolutely adored Reed’s memories of their budding relationship in high school. The alternating POV narrative perfectly reflects all the unsaid hopes and resentments between a long-married couple.  The Hail Mary is Ms. Scott’s most genuine novel to date.  It lovingly shows how much effort goes into a marriage and a family, and it beautifully depicts the difficult challenge of conflicting needs and life choices.

Whether you’re a long time fan of Nolan and Reed or you’re new to their love story, you can’t help but be affected by the beauty of this tale.  The saying about nothing worthwhile coming easily comes to mind when I think of Nolan and Reed in The Hail Mary.  Their respective and collective victories and losses changed them but not their love and devotion for one another.  This beautiful love story needs to be on the big screen!

 

Start books 1 & 2:
Start with Waiting on the Sidelines here-https://amzn.to/2pU4JXy

Review: Waiting on the Sidelines by Ginger Scott

Going Long is book 2, and find it here –https://amzn.to/2yk3lSC

Review: Going Long by Ginger Scott

 

 

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