Sweeper: A Sports Romance Novel
Amy Daws, LLC $14.99 paperback (ISBN 978-1944565404)
The numbers speak for themselves.
Sweeper: A Sports Romance Novel by Amy (Danielson) Daws is ranked number one in Kindle sports fiction, number one in Amazon sports romance books and number one in Kindle sports romance. It’s also ranked number 32 out of all Kindle books.
Daws, originally from Estherville, Iowa, now lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., where she’s a full-time writer, specializing in romance and, more recently, sports romance.
So what could possibly be the reason for Daws’ meteoric rise in the publishing charts?
A big part of that answer likely lies in the depth of her characters and how their interior struggles impact their relationships.
Daws begins Sweeper from the perspective of Zander Williams, an American soccer player who finds a place on a team in Great Britain, the heart of the soccer, or more appropriately, football world. Zander is struggling with the recent loss of his father, but perhaps equally, the possibility that his real father may be Vaugn Harris, coach of his soccer team.
Yet another challenge for Williams is Daphney, a beautiful yet broken young woman whose struggle to find intimacy is overshadowed by a past relationship.
Zander and Daphney have a lot of problems to work through before they can have a meaningful relationship. For Zander, it’s needing to know who his real father is, a need that leads him to desperate measures when he unknowingly uses Daphney. For Daphney, it’s learning to trust Zander – something that’s nearly impossible given her previous relationship.
Daws’ use of dialogue is, as the British would say, spot on. She takes us into the world of elite football where we can smell the locker room.
Beyond that, though, Daws makes Zander’s and Daphney’s inner conflicts real and convincing. We feel what they feel, and we’re there with them every step of the way. By alternating points of view between Zander and Daphney, Daws draws out her story tension to the breaking point where we feel like their coach as well, not in football but in their relationship.
If you like romance, if you like sports or if you like a good read with real characters in real situations, this is a book for you. Daws has transcended the romance genre to give us a true picture of real people as they struggle to live real lives.
(Michael Tidemann writes from Estherville, Iowa. His author page is amazon.com/author/michaeltidemann.)
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