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Feature book: Perfect Pitch

21 January 2015

Perfect PitchPerfect Pitch by Mindy Klasky

Samantha Winger is the reigning North Carolina Summer Queen. She is on a contract that stipulates she is not allowed to bring the position, the contest or her own character into disrepute by her actions. She is happy with that as she has a goal and wants to make sure her music program is set up and placed in schools. But when she is faced with DJ, she finds that she is doing all she can to throw all her good work out the window.

DJ Thomas is a baseball player who is trying to turn his son, Trey, into a great baseball player. Although he is a good player, DJ lives in the shadow of his father, Dan. His father often denigrates DJ (which probably has more to do with his fear his son may end up being better than him but that is probably a whole other story). DJ unintentionally insults Sam in the press but does his best to make it up to her. When they meet, the hormones start reacting. The two of them try keeping their relationship under the radar and have some success until one incident. Then Sam is forced into resigning her crown.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a reasonably quick read. The reader knows from the opening salvo that Sam and DJ will be thrown together. There is a chemistry between the characters that ignites early in the story. Then the tone mellows as Sam connects with DJ’s son over music. DJ struggles with the fact his son likes music and is not as intent on baseball as he wants him to be. Then he gets it and the three make a cosy family. The information about baseball does not overwhelm the story so the reader has clear access to the characters. This was an unexpected treasure.

Reviewed by Heather

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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