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Friday, June 10, 2022
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Book: The Putting Green Whisperer
Author: Zoe McCarthy
Genre: Christian fiction
Release date: 2018
Suddenly unemployed, Allie Masterson returns home to Cary, North Carolina where she caddies for her father on the PGA Seniors Tour. There, she encounters a man who possesses an alluring gift of reading the contours of the green. Fascinated with his uncanny ability, Allie is excited to meet the Green Whisperer—until she discovers that the easygoing caddy is actually Shoo Leonard, the boy who teased her relentlessly when they were kids. Despite Allie’s reservations, she agrees to use her sport science degree to become his trainer when Shoo sustains a hand injury—and then she falls for him. Shoo Leonard is grateful to Allie for her singular determination to get him ready for the PGA tour, but he isn’t ready for anything more. Still raw from a broken engagement and focused on his career, he’s content to be her fist-pumping buddy until the chemistry is undeniable. What seems like a happily-ever-after on the horizon takes a turn when Allie decides she’s become a distraction to Shoo’s career. Is it time for her to step away or can The Putting Green Whisperer find the right words to make her stay?
Zoe M. McCarthy, a full-time writer and speaker, was pegged an expressive analytic in a personality test. Isn’t that an oxymoron? But it’s true. Zoe couldn’t survive without expressing her creative imaginings. Yet this retired actuary and introvert receives her energy from being alone in her home office overlooking the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.
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The Putting Green Whisperer came about when my sister and I sat under a shade tree near a green at the PGA Senior’s Tour golf tournament. As we watched senior pro golfers and their caddies come through to putt, two young caddies standing just of the green with their backs toward us caught my eye. They talked quietly while their pros prepared to putt. He was tall and she was petite with her long blonde pony tailing protruding from the back of her pink ball cap. I day-dreamed how a romance might begin between the two caddies. I turned to my sister and pointed at the couple. “My next book will be about those two caddies.” My reviews of the book tell me readers who don’t care for golf enjoyed the romance and readers that love golf said I got the golf right.
It is not a usual thing for me to pick up a book about golf. In fact I don’t care for it at all. My middle son loves it and plays whenever he can and watches it on TV often. Picking up this book I was not sure how entertained I would be . The author proved me wrong and not only do I find golf more interesting I also learned more about the sport. It is not all glamour and fun, but hard work and many days away from home.
Allie was a good character and I liked how she came back home to do something with her father that they had enjoyed when she was younger. Being a caddy for her dad introduced her to a man who would soon become intriguing with his gift as a green whisperer. The back story of how Allie and Shoo knew each other was not an easy thing to read but Allie never knew the whole truth until they finally sat down to talk after many years had passed. The pain she endured left an emotional scar on her and I liked how Shoo was able to explain what happened that she never knew about that day. It reminds me how kids can be cruel at times but sometimes they don’t realize the scars they leave on the person they bullied.
Shoo has a lot of proving to do to have Allie finally realize that he is not the mean person she always thought he was. Their love for golf will help them reconnect and allow Shoo to show how how much his faith means to him. I admired Shoo for his desire to be an example to the youth and show them they should not give up on their dreams. He does have a few issues about playing pro golf which made the story a journey of trusting God.
The story also gives us a look at Allie and Shoo as they take jobs as caddie’s on a golf tournament. Shoo desires to be on the PGA tour next year but he really needs to work long hours and let his hand heal. Allie does a great job of helping Shoo get in shape and I liked how they were able to overcome their past and start new. The author takes their relationship slow and allows for Allie to deal with her mother’s death. I loved how Allie began to let God heal her heart and you could feel her emotions as she discovered a real relationship with God. As for her and Shoo I will let readers discover if they become closer or just stay friends. I loved how the author put faith in the story with a lesson on finding closure, healing from loss and finding out that God has a plan for each of us.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.