Book: Head Over Heels by Marteeka Karlandcategories: Book, Athletes, Turning Points, Pain, Comfort, Gymnastics, Olympics, Contemporary Romance
Marteeka Karlandabout this book: I was inspired to do this story after being reminded of an older gymnast I'd followed closely four years prior to the London games. She wasn't supposed to compete in 2012 in London (though I found out later she did,) but her story in 2008 really inspired me. While Natalia isn't anything like the gymnast in question, I admire any athlete who can be so dedicated and determined to, not only compete in two or even three Olympics, but six. And do so simply for the love of the sport and her family.
I think Zechariahs and Natalia had good chemistry in the book. She's struggling to find her place in a new life while Zechariahs has waited patiently, wanting to guide her into that new life. Natalia's mother was... difficult. While there is never really "closure" with Natalia and her mother, I felt it was more true to life. Moms usually want what they feel is best for us and Natalia's mother has transitions to make herself before she can accept Nataila's choices at the end.
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