Series: Luci Wijn, #1
Author: Jamie Campbell
Publication Date: October 5, 2015
Publisher: Eltham Press
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
“I knew. I always knew that his hold on me was so close to absolute that it made no odds.”
When your partner, your lover, your coach cheats on you it’s supposed to be easy to end things. It’s supposed to be.
It wasn’t. Not for twenty-four-year-old Luci Wijn. Not even being a world away from that man was far enough to end it.
Luci had long ago given up on having the life she’d planned. On having a career she’d be proud of. In her first season she had come so close to the making the top fifty in Women’s Professional Tennis. So close. But in tennis an inch is a mile and one year counts for nothing in the next.
James Bell was a quiet ride to the airport. He should never have been anything more. Yet Luci’s slide to the bottom of the world ended when she met James.
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Four Days is a story of two people who grow a relationship from silence. Two people who become a little less lost by dealing with that silence. Four Days is a book of a hope.
Four Days is unlike any other new adult contemporary sports romance I’ve read. In fact, I wouldn’t necessarily categorize it in that genre. Four Days felt more like it belonged in the women’s fiction genre to me. The focus of the story wasn’t the romance. Yes, Luci did connect with James along the way and a big part of the story was her sport, but that wasn’t what stood out. The focus of Four Days was a meandering journey of self-discovery and healing for Luci.
To be honest, I had a bit of trouble connecting with Luci at the beginning. Four Days was told in her first person narrative and her thoughts drove the story. Luci was very negative about the turns her life had taken, and what should have been a happy time felt depressing. As the story went on, I found Luci to be a very interesting character. She really just needed someone to help raise her confidence and show her there was more for her. I loved that James was that character. His support and desire to help Luci improve brought a lightness to the story. James helped push Luci to attack the challenges in her way. Their connection in the end was sweet and sexy.
My favorite element of Four Days was the setting. The descriptions of New Zealand were beautiful. I felt like I was experiencing Luci and James’ cross country trek myself. Over the four days, New Zealand truly became a character.
Four Days may have not been the contemporary romance I was expecting, but it was a beautifully written story of a woman finding herself, her sport and possibly a new romance again.