The Circle of Friends, Book V...Heather

The Circle of Friends, Book V...Heather

by L. Diane Wolfe

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Overview

A new beginning awaits Heather Jennings at Clemson. Sadly, her father lies dying of cancer, her sister appears incapable of achievement, and a cocky player challenges her patience. Life changes when she encounters a man capable of handling her feisty attitude. 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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BN ID: 2940000835272
Publisher: Dancing Lemur Press LLC
Publication date: 03/15/2010
Series: Circle of Friends
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 406 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

L. Diane Wolfe Professional Speaker & Author www.spunkonastick.net www.thecircleoffriends.net http://www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com Known as “Spunk On A Stick,” Wolfe is a member of the National Speakers Association. “Overcoming Obstacles With SPUNK! The Keys to Leadership & Goal-Setting”, ties all of her goal-setting and leadership seminar’s information together into one complete, enthusiastic package. She also conducts seminars on book publishing and promoting, and assists writers through her author services. Her YA series, The Circle of Friends, features morally grounded, positive stories that appeal to both teens and concerned parents. Ten years associating with a motivation training system and experience as a foster parent gave her the in-depth knowledge of relationships, personality traits and success principles. Wolfe travels extensively for media interviews and speaking engagements, maintains a dozen websites & blogs, and contributes to several other sites and newsletters.

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The Circle Of Friends, Book V...Heather 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 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.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was a little leery of this fifth book as Heather was never one of my favorite characters. In fact, even in this book I disliked her personality and the way she treated her younger sister. Despite her sister being lazy I found Heather¿s reactions to be disproportional and over blown. Still I found myself enjoying this book a lot. I enjoyed seeing the progression of her relationship with Matt¿s older brother. Both their personalities were very strong and intriguing. Seeing how they adapted to each other¿s little quirks was great and I loved seeing their relationship progress. Another great part of this book is seeing updates on how the character¿s from the previous books are doing. So despite never really coming to like Heather I started to understand her and thought this was a nice completion to the series.
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing 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.
psychdoc66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good story that deals skillfully with grief, family relationships, and love. I especially liked how both Mark and Heather gained emotional maturity over the course of the story.
myoldkyhome on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good book. It's easy to get pulled into the lives of these characters. The best book in the series. These characters are very real. It's just unfortunate that it had to end.
LoriHedgpeth on LibraryThing 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.
jo-jo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series of books is considered to be part of the YA fiction genre, but they seem to reach into a place in my heart every time that I read one of them. I have only read a couple of YA fiction novels, not really sure if this is a genre that I want to continue with, but I know I can never go wrong with one of Wolfe's novels.Although this story is about Heather, I believe that it is just as much about Mark and his problems and how they come together to work things out as a team. These two strong and independent people had to reach deep within their souls to realize that they had something special to offer to other people, rather than only selfishly considering their personal well being. Heather has always had a strong relationship with both of her parents, but when her father becomes ill she thinks that she has to be the one to take care of everything for her mother. Since Heather lived in Clemson where she worked as an assistant basketball coach it became very frustrating for her to not be able to be there for her mother at all times. So she would find herself having feelings of anger towards her younger sister Dawn when Dawn would not step up to the plate and take on the responsibility that Heather could not fulfill when she wasn't around.I found myself very upset with Heather's attitude toward Dawn throughout most of the book. As an older sibling that no longer lives at home, I think that you automatically expect the younger sibling to take on more responsibility without taking into account the fact that they are still young and everyone deals with grief differently. I finally let up on Heather about halfway through the book when I realized that I probably treated my younger sister in a similar manner years ago. As the book proceeds and they deal with their relationship issues, I found that I couldn't stop the tears from flowing.Mark is another strong-willed individual that happens to be a workaholic so he never seems to have much extra time for leisure. From the moment that Heather walked into his office at the car lot that his father owns, that attitude slowly chips away. Mark also has a very strong anti-marriage attitude since his parents divorced when he was quite young, so the last thing that he expects is to fall in love with Heather. Since they both have very demanding work schedules and sometimes they can only see each other once a week, falling in love seems to be a very unlikely scenario so he considers their relationship to be a matter of convenience.I loved watching Mark and Heather grow emotionally throughout this book. As they dealt with the problems that arose, they found that they could count on each other for strength rather than trying to go it alone. This book was full of surprises that will keep the reader engaged both mentally and emotionally. I also want to stress that just because this book is part of a series it really does stand alone quite well. I have only read one other book in the series and I had no problem becoming immersed into the pages. With themes of love, grief, and forgiveness I think that this book will be loved by not only young adults, but anyone looking for a touching story.
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.