Heart of a Champion

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Heart of a Champion

Christy Blair is a determined figure skater with a dream – one in which she becomes the Canadian Champion. At twenty-one years of age, she knows the time has come that she must land her Triple Lutz or her dream will be over forever. Since she began skating at fourteen years of age, she has always loved figure skating and has wanted to be a Canadian Champion for quite some time. Unfortunately though, her parents never took her serious enough with her skating and now they have threatened to cut her from the money in the bank account they have set up for her to help with her university tuition, food and other things she might need along the way.
She is more determined than ever now that she must get a coach who is talented enough and willing to take her on, but not charge fees she hardly can afford since her parents cut her monetary lifeline. While researching the best coaches around her, she stumbles across the name Jason Hill. Inquiring a bit further, she discovers that it is indeed Jason Hill, the Canadian National Silver Medalist in 2000 and 2001 that she knows of and admires greatly. She will do whatever it takes to convince him to become her coach and get her to finally land the Triple Lutz she needs to master so she can qualify at Sectionals than Nationals. But being as prepared as she is, things become more and more of a challenge in her life and makes her question if she truly has a heart of a champion.
Does Jason finally cave in and take Christy on as a student? Does all of her hard work finally pay off and does she land her Triple Lutz? Does she make it to the Sectionals or does she become so defeated with all the road blocks that she finally abandons her dream? 
Ms. Colombo definitely has a winner here. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline because it was different and fresh. I love watching figure skating events so reading this story was a pure delight for me. I admired Christy because she was determined to reach a lifelong goal even though quite a bit of odds were against her. I fell in love with Jason because he too was determined to achieve his dreams even though his hip injury had taken him out of ever competing again. It was such a pleasure to see two strong characters working through the obstacles life threw at them along the way. Ms. Colombo did a fabulous job with the development of the story and the characters. This is definitely a keeper in my library and one I would highly recommend to other readers!

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2008 4.50