When You Least Expect It By Lorna Schultz Nicholson
How long can Holly keep her secrets?
Avid competitive rower Holly is seventeen. There is nothing she wishes for more than to compete in the Olympics. When she fails to make the rowing team that is going to Europe she is shattered. Her dream has exploded, and she is left dealing with the disappointment. She is also confronting a new reality at home: she and her mother have moved in with her mother’s annoying new boyfriend, Super Stew, and his two sons.
This move is a blow to the close relationship Holly thought she had with her mother.
Holly’s not a quitter. She lands a summer job, and then she is handed an unexpected lifeline in the person of a man who offers to coach her in a single rowing boat. For a girl raised without a father, the coach’s generosity – and rigorous demands – are a gift. But where did he come from and who is he, really? Discovering the answer plunges her into sadness – but then he inspires her to work beyond her comfort zone. Holly feels her mother won’t support her so she secretly trains. And when Holly starts seeing someone from work who could become a significant romantic partner, she hides that from her mother as well. How long can you keep secrets like this? This page-turning story is enhanced by fascinating detail of what it means to be a competitive rower — as well as an emotional core that is powerful and compelling.
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