Mitch Ryland is a quarterback who is injured during a game. While he tries to hide the injury from the coach and the doctors it gets too bad. He is then haunted by his late father’s words that he would amount to nothing while pushing is wife away in the process. Serena Ryland knows something is wrong with Mitch and is determined to find out what and help him regardless of his wishes.
The beginning of the story leaves wondering how this book will end. By the end of the first chapter, I excited to see how this book will turn out. The author did a good job of drawing the reader into the world she created. The world is very realistic and the author established a sense of time and location to help the reader created a picture of what the world would look like. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were fascinating and believable. I loved that no matter how tough things got Serena stood by Mitch. While Mitch has many faults he handled them in a realistic and believable way.
The point of view alternated between Serena and Mitch, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat story lines. The main conflict of the story is Mitch dealing with losing his job while dealing with the demons of his past and moving forward. The characters seemed to fit the overall storyline. The level of conflict is perfect, anymore and it would have detracted from the overall storyline. The dialogue between the characters was sincere and distinct. The characters voice seemed to match not only the setting but seemed to fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but this book is more about the journey to the end than the end itself. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
The Final Quarter is the second book in A New League series by Anne Lange. While this book is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone novel with ease.
A quarterback facing the end of his career must come to peace with his past, and accept his present, before he can move on with his future.
Mitch Ryland accomplished what his father said he never would—he made something of himself.
When his wife suggests she’d like to start a family, Mitch is thrown for a loop. He’s never told her about his life before he ended up with his foster parents, or his plans never to become a father. So when he’s taken out of the game, his failings from the past come back to haunt him, and Mitch blames his injury on his loss of focus. He’s unprepared for his career as a professional quarterback to be over. Nor is he ready to tell his wife about why football is so important to him. He’d rather put emotional and physical distance between them and focus on getting back in the game.
Serena Ryland has dreamed of becoming a mother. But when she mentions the idea to her husband, he freezes her out and she has no idea why. She’s worried that if they don’t start talking soon, she’ll lose him forever. When he refuses to come home to mend from an injury, she takes matters into her own hands, determined to spend more time with him, hoping to reignite the romance in their relationship. But she’s unprepared for the things she learns on this trip. Her husband has been carrying a few secrets that just might change the outlook of their future.