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The Circle Of Friends, Book V...Heather

The Circle Of Friends, Book V...Heather

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by L. Diane Wolfe

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When confidence turns to frustration…

A new beginning awaits Heather Jennings. The position at Clemson means she will finally realize her dream of coaching basketball. Heather is ready to focus on her duties, using sheer force if necessary to prove her independence.

Sadly, her triumph is hampered as her father and greatest advocate lies dying of cancer.


When confidence turns to frustration…

A new beginning awaits Heather Jennings. The position at Clemson means she will finally realize her dream of coaching basketball. Heather is ready to focus on her duties, using sheer force if necessary to prove her independence.

Sadly, her triumph is hampered as her father and greatest advocate lies dying of cancer. Battling her grief, she must also deal with a sister who appears incapable of responsibility or achievement. And once basketball season begins, a talented but cocky player who resembles her in every manner challenges all that remains of Heather’s patience.

Heather’s life changes when she encounters a man capable of handling her bold and feisty attitude. Straightforward and smug, he entices her to date him, and despite his gruff nature shows a great capacity for compassion. However, the last thing Heather needs is a serious relationship with a man equally fixated on work and opposed to marriage…

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Dancing Lemur Press
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Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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The Circle Of Friends, Book V...Heather 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Heather Jennings has a goal. She's determined to coach college basketball, and after receiving her Masters at Duke, she lands a job as an assistant girl's coach at Clemson. This works out perfectly in her plans as it keeps her close to home. Her father has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and she wants to be nearby for her family. It isn't until after she visits her married friends, Matt and Sarah, that she realizes that she is finally and truly over her longtime crush on Matt. After seeing the two happily married with newborn twins, she knows she could never have made Matt truly happy. Complaining about her junk heap of a car, Matt tells Heather to stop in at his family's car dealership and tell his brother, Mark, to give her a good deal. It's her hesitant trip in search of a new car that changes Heather's life. Neither Mark nor Heather was searching for love, and little did they expect they'd find it in each other. Both headstrong and self-assured in their goals, the two come to realize that they're perfectly matched for each other. Mark struggles to trust Heather after learning of her previous crush on his brother and having a mom that walked out when he was a teenager. Heather has never had a relationship that has lasted very long. The two slowly come together and admit that they're meant for each other. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something about HEATHER kept my attention far more than the other books that I've read in this series. I don't know if it was that Heather was a far more likeable character? Or if the author has developed in her writing since the beginning of the series? Or that the story takes place in a more confined time period unlike the others I've read? Or maybe it is just that Heather seems like a much more real person. Heather deals with real life and real situations. Anyone reading the novel can imagine themselves in her shoes. Life isn't sugar-coated for Heather and she exists in the here and now dealing with grief, friendship, and a real, deepening love for someone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She is a really good teen author, I started reading this series in 2005 but I started with the second book. Eventually I bought the other four as they came out. Each book is interconnected with the others and all from different points of view. This book is about overcoming things in life such as a parents passing, suicide, love, and learning to be less stubborn to keep someone you love, not to mention keeping in contact with friends that you started with in the beginning.
lynette355 More than 1 year ago
"Heather" is about a young 20's woman who is making on her own. She has a new job as a Couch and also is enjoying her relationship with her boyfriend. But there are many conflicts that she has to deal with (as all of us do in life). With her father dealing with Cancer and then seeing that thoughts of suicide are entering into the life of a young woman, Heather has a lot on her hands. Top that with the up and down of her serious romantic relationship, there is plenty to keep a young woman in a topsy-turvy state of mind. But Heather must also learn to concentrate on her job while maintaining her friendships too. Thus the lessons of life are set into place. I really did enjoy reading "Heather" and hope to go back and get the first 4 books in The Circle of Friends series. If you are interested you can check them all out at Wolfe's website.
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
From my blog: This was my first book by author (and motivational speaker) L. Diane Wolfe. I have not read any of the previous books in this young adult series but Ms. Wolfe stressed that I could pick up Book V without a problem. And she was right. While the main character in this book, Heather, was introduced in the earlier books (along with supporting characters we meet), enough background information and character descriptions are given so that this book can be a stand alone in and of itself. Interestingly enough, I wasn't sure that I liked Heather for the first third of even half of the book. I found her frustrating but she kept me interested and I never lost focus of the story. It came to me like a lightening bolt that Heather acted quickly, foolishly and without thinking at times because she was in her early to mid-twenties and she was very independent (or trying to be). In other words, very much like myself at that age. Once I was hit over the head with this literary 2x4, I understood Heather completely. She is definitely, to quote Ms. Wolfe, "ornery". She's argumentative and she's competitive. However, she is an excellent role model for teen girls who want to excel in sports and who strive to be independent. Book V: Heather showcases just enough basketball (Heather's passion) to delight sports fans and athletes and yet not so much that sports novices would be overwhelmed or puzzled. I particularly enjoyed Heather's relationship with her parents, as it seemed very realistic and well written. In fact, I felt I would like her family if I met them and each member reminded me of my own family or a friend's family. The cancer storyline is the "heavy" of the book but it's thoughtfully written, without unnecessary trauma. The romantic portion of the story, with Heather most certainly meeting her match, is somewhat predictable to this mother of a teenager but I still appreciated watching her relationship with Mark progress and how both of them, not just Heather, made subtle and not so subtle changes in order to accomodate their growing feelings. The strongest part of the book is Ms. Wolfe's ability to convey a message of strength and perseverance through her writing. Heather has many obstacles to overcome during the course of this book, ones that many of us face, and she tackles them and reacts in a fashion that is best described as brutally honest. The message received from Book V: Heather is that life is going to throw you some curve balls and it sure isn't fair but you will emerge stronger and know yourself better. I would recommend The Circle of Friends Book V: Heather to readers of all ages who want a good, strong story, with a positive role model, and who want to be encouraged and feel satisfied at the end of the book.
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
Heather Jennings has always been goal orientated, driven, self confident and has proven herself responsible. After graduating with Masters at Duke University, she immediately find her first coaching job as an assistant coach at Clemson University. It was what she always wanted But that personality is not without challenges. She still harbored the memory of his best friend marrying her roommate from college. Her father was terminally ill with Cancer and died a few months later. Her sister is having major self-esteem issue and she met a younger version of herself from one of her girls' basketball team and is proving to be as cocky as she was. She had resolved the first issue, a visit to Denver to see her married best friend Matt has proved that she is finally over him. Through the course of that visit she had mention that she needed a new car. Matt told her to check out his brother's car dealership. She did got a car a sweet deal a that. She has also found an unexpected relationship with Matt's brother. At first Mark seems to be so self assured and a bit cocky, but so was she but with that they make a perfect couple. Despite both having so many different issues, they actually kept each other in line. Mark was so sweet. Always there for her. When her dad died and when sister broke down and attempted suicide, etc... It was not easy since he is battling his own demons too not to mention they both have a career that demands attention / priority. But at the end of every week they always manage to find time for each other, whether just to vent out or encourage each other. It was quite a refreshing read. A story about family, friendship, grief and love. Something anyone can relate to. I haven't had the pleasure of reading any of Ms. Wolfe's book but this has proven to be a wonderful read. I would definitely pick up the rest of her books.