Tennis enthusiasts will certainly be cheering for Sally Bradfield’s new novel, ‘Not Quite 30-Love’. She has delivered a light romantic plot set within the professional tennis circuit. The novel is framed around the heroine Katie Cook who is a likeable character juggling the role of a publicist while racing around major tennis events.
The author, who has a background of media work in the tennis community, is in her element when alluding to some real challenges faced by celebrity tennis players such as training and travelling. Contemporary themes such as privacy and social media are also powerfully addressed. The use of hashtags for chapter headings gives this novel a very modern feel.
I have not been paid any fee to write about this new charming novel which will appeal to any tennis fan!
By Viv Byrnes, Sydney Australia.
Reviewed in Australia on 21 February 2020
You don't have to be a tennis tragic to love #NQ30love. But for those of us who are, this was the perfect book to have on the go during this year's summer of tennis.
No question you're getting a true insider's view of the world of international tennis. With the drama -- and yes, the romance -- on and off the court, I wasn't surprised to learn Sally Bradfield comes from a career on the WTA/ATP circuits. The promise of 'Exclusive player access' is well delivered.
I found it fresh and funny on every page with a terrific lead character. Katie Cook is very believable for her marketing hutzpah but also her ability to create chaos and stuff up even her own best interests. (I was sure I saw her buzzing around behind the players in the post-match interviews at the Oz Open!)
A real page turned from a super talented debut author. Can't wait to read What Katie Does Next.
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Reviewed in the United States on 1 August 2020
If you are a tennis fan and are interested in a fictional account (with a lot of real-life anchors) of what happens behind the scenes and in the locker and press rooms, this is a quick and fun read. Almost as with an action novel, when you come to the end of a chapter, you want to keep going to find out what happens. It's a lot of fun.