“…the opportunity of a lifetime.”
When physiotherapist Molly Matthews is offered a dream job by a guy who shaves his legs and has an obsession with his bicycle, she has serious doubts about accepting. But, as she keeps telling herself, it’s the opportunity of a lifetime and she’ll never get another chance like this. So, she does what anyone in her position would do – she agrees to join a professional cycling team for the most prestigious race in the cycling world – The Tour de France.
The reality, though, isn’t exactly what she had anticipated; instead of eating out at restaurants in pretty French villages and spending her free time lounging around the hotel pool, Molly finds herself living out of a suitcase for three weeks, massaging eight pairs of sweaty legs, administering ice baths and treating saddle sores.
And neither did she anticipate falling for a gorgeous, passionate, professional rider by the name of Alexander Duvall…
The author says that it’s not a book about cycling but about the romance in it, but in my opinion she did a splendid job in combining both!
Ok, maybe the stages are not 100% accurate but who cares? I most certainly did not. I was captured by the atmosphere the author created and I felt every cheer, every effort, every ache and every other emotion that passed through the story.
I have to admit I am a sportsfan and I could really picture the cyclists fighting for every second, every meter, every victory.
At a certain point in a certain stage (no, I am not going to reveal it. You will have to find out for yourself 🙂 ) I had tears running down my cheeks. It was soooo beautiful. Indeed, sports can be that emotional and beauthiful.
The author proves that sports is not a one man show but a team effort. Of course the athlete has to deliver during the competition but he will even be better with the support of a good team.
A truly splendid book that I could not put away. This book deserves the yellow jersey 😉 5 stars.
Thank you, Lilac Mills and Rachel’s Random Resources.
About the author
Lilac spends all her time writing, or reading, or thinking about writing or reading, often to the detriment of her day job, her family, and the housework. She apologises to her employer and her loved ones, but the house will simply have to deal with it!
She calls Worcester home, though she would prefer to call somewhere hot and sunny home, somewhere with a beach and cocktails and endless opportunities for snoozing in the sun…
When she isn’t hunched over a computer or dreaming about foreign shores, she enjoys creating strange, inedible dishes in the kitchen, accusing her daughter of stealing (she meant to say “borrowing”) her clothes, and fighting with her husband over whose turn it is to empty the dishwasher.
Social Media Links