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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Jana Teppih

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calling the Curveball is the first book in Tracey Cramer-Kelly’s Lawson Family series. It is beautifully written story of second chances that throws us into loss, guilt, shattered dreams mixed with hope, faith, family and love … it is my first read by this writer and I am looking forward to the next book in the Lawson Family series as she introduced couple of characters whose story did not get its conclusion yet!
Calling the Curveball is the story of Kira Walker, recovering from a messy divorce couple of years earlier, and of Jamie Lawson who lost his wife 6 years ago along with his dream of succeeding as a baseball player. Neither of the think that they are ready to move forward until their paths collide at a little league Fourth of July softball tournament …
I invite you to discover their path after Kira boldly invites Jamie on a date … will it be a summer fling or is it a beginning of a new life … you will not regret the time you spend with them and their families and friends in this small Minnesota town!

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Karyn Taylor

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Calling The Curveball: A Lawson Family Novel is the first book in a new series by Tracey Cramer-Kelly. This was the first time I had read any of this author’s work so was unsure what to expect. Reading the blurb, this looked like just the type of book that I would enjoy and I’m so glad that I gave this book a chance as I really, really enjoyed it.
Jamie Lawson still hasn’t got over the death of his wife in a car accident 6 years previously. He is crippled by guilt as he was the driver of the car and they were having an argument at the time. Injuries he sustained in the accident put an end to a professional baseball career so now he umpires instead.
While umpiring a game he meets the beautiful Kira Walker, a divorced teacher who is in town to spend the summer with her sister’s family.
To say there is an immediate attraction is an understatement but both are broken, especially Jamie. From here we have the most amazing angst filled story of 2 people who are obviously very attracted to each other but are being held back by their pasts.
I loved the characters of Jamie and Kira and I was very quickly drawn into their story. My heart broke for them on so many occasions and being the big softie that I am, tissues were required.
Be prepared to be taken on an amazing roller coaster journey filled with highs and lows. Added to this is Jamie’s awesome family members who we get to meet. I’m sure we will get to know this family much more in the remainder of this series. I already have the 2nd book on my kindle waiting for me and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this intriguing family.

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Jenni Bishop

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel (Lawson Family Series Book 1) by Tracey Cramer-Kelly is the sweetest second chance romance and Tracey has knocked that sucker right out the park. I haven’t read anything by Tracey before and this book has made me a fan. The story is one that will stir up your emotions and make your heart ache. Due to the wonderful writings of this author the characters are lovable and they have had so much pain and suffering, loss and guilt in their lives that your heart breaks right along with them. But there is also so much love and hope, wonder and joy to be had that you are not able to walk away until you have finished the book in one sitting. The plot is spot on and Tracey’s words make it easy to envision the world in which they live.

Jamie was on his way to the big time just before tragedy struck and his whole world imploded. He was left a broken man who is still trying to move on but struggling years later. That is until a beautiful and brave woman takes the initiative and invites him to go on a date. Could she be the one to mend his broken and battered heart?

After a messy divorce, Kira Walker is still putting her life and her heart back together and is sworn off men. That is until a visit to her sister and a ball game, someone stir emotions long buried. Deciding to do something out of character, she surprises both herself and the object of her stirring emotions, by asking him on a date. Could he be the one to mend her broken and battered heart?

I absolutely cannot wait to seeing what comes next.

Reviewed by @jennadb

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Michelle King

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second chance romance! Jamie Lawson and Kira Walker were such interesting characters to get to know, along with all of their friends and families! Six years after his wife’s death in a car accident that also ended his hopes of a baseball career, Jamie still has not forgiven himself for what happened. He certainly doesn’t feel he is worthy of the attention of the new girl in town!

Kira Walker has also been dealt a pretty bad hand when it comes to relationships. Newly divorced, she decides to leave her city life behind for the summer and visit her sister where she meets the sexy umpire and decides a summer fling might be the thing to do!

There are lots of unexpected events throughout this story that will keep you enthralled up to the last page! You truly get to know the characters and feel like they could actually be your friends. They make you want to be there for them during the bad times and to help them celebrate the good times! I am certainly looking forward to getting to know more of the Lawson family in futures works by this author!

Reviewed by @chellek44

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly-Review by Moriah Venable

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Calling the Curveball is the first novel in the Family Lawson series by Tracey Cramer-Kelly. This is my first novel by this author.

Jamie Lawson has a bright future playing baseball until tragedy strikes, changing the course of his life. Five years later, he is still coping and trying to pick up the pieces of his shattered life.

In walks Kira Walker, who asked him and surprising he agrees but will the pain he still holds preventing him from finding love?

I don’t want to give anything away but this was an emotional story that I was not ready for but truly enjoyed. I fell in love with the characters as well as the supporting characters and hope we see them again in their own books.

The emotional roller-coaster ride from the relationship between Jamie and Kira just had me wishing for a happy ending for them and for Jamie to finally move forward in life and be happy. With such a simple plot, the story was more complex and intricate with the characters and their relationships to each other.

I hope there is another book in the series because I would definitely read it.

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Heidi Eich Woodring

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer-Kelly and is the third book in the Lawson family novel series. Jamie Lawson always knew that his life was baseball and one accident that changed his life forever and took his dreams away. Kira spending the summer with her sister, meets Jamie and wants him to be her summer fling. Together these two both with pasts that hurt him bring out side that they both need and enjoy! The question is, can they both let go of the past and hit a homerun together?
I love this book, I love the two main characters so much and Jamie’s family simply seal the deal for me. I wish the book was longer because I hated to see it end! I highly recommend this read and give it 4 stars.

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly – Review by Cassi Rogers

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When I first got the book Calling the Curveball (a Lawson Family Novel) by Tracey Cramer-Kelly, I didn’t think that it was a series. However the ending of the book kind of sets the stage for a next one to take place. I enjoyed this book so much that I hope there is another one to follow because I want to see what happens after reading the last chapter of this one. Jamie Lawson has always dreamed of being a pro baseball player and he was heading in the direction of making that happen. Unfortunately his life took in one instant when there was a wreck that left him injured and his wife dead. Since the accident 6 years ago he has made a life for himself even though he still lives with guilt and regret. Kira Walker has come into town to spend the summer with her sister, and on a whim of courage she ask Jamie out to a date. Reading about these two coming together and seeing the possibilities of a future relationship bloom between them was amazing. There was so much emotion in the pages of this book with not only Jamie and Kira but also their family and friends. This book put some things into perspective for me in my own life. This is a journey of hurt, guilt, love, and forgiveness. Definitely add this one to your reading list.

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Calling the Curveball: a Lawson Family Novel by Tracey Cramer Kelly

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Genre – Sports Romance

Page Count – 183 pages

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Striking Out…

Jamie Lawson always believed he’d make it to baseball’s big leagues, but when a tragic accident leaves him maimed, and his wife dead, Jamie heads back to his small Minnesota hometown with his dreams shattered. Six years later, he’s opened his own chiropractic clinic, but guilt and grief still haunt him. The closest he comes to baseball these days is coaching little league and umpiring for the town’s Fourth of July softball tournament. He certainly doesn’t have room in his life for the pretty stranger who shows up at the tournament and then boldly asks him on a date.

The Boys—and Girls—of Summer

After an ugly divorce, grade school teacher Kira Walker needs a break to reassess her life and come to terms with being single. Spending the summer with her sister, she attends the holiday softball tournament. But how can she keep her mind on the game—and her goals—when the umpire is such a distraction? She might be up for a summer fling if it was with Sexy Umpire Man.

Sliding into Home…

Kira’s got her own share of past hurts, but as the summer—and the romance—heats up, her playful nature coaxes Jamie into rediscovering parts of himself he thought he’d buried with his wife. Kira has thrown Jamie a curveball. Will he let her walk, or will he embrace the possibility that his glory days just might be in the future, with Kira?

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Tracey started riding motorcycles at the age of sixteen. A month shy of her eighteenth birthday, she left for Army basic training. She spent five years in the Army National Guard as a combat medic, where she fell in love with helicopters. She went on to get her helicopter pilot license outside the military, and has spent time with search-and-rescue teams in Idaho.

In 2019 she returned to school to re-certify as an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), and currently works at various sporting and music events when she’s not processing orders for the family business (Leader Motorcycle) or working at a substance abuse counseling center.

Tracey lives in small-town Minnesota with her husband, two kids and two cats. They are a true “soccer family” (she even worked as a referee for two years). She enjoys downhill skiing and spending time at the family lake place.

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CALLING THE CURVEBALL (A Lawson Family Novel – Book 1) By Tracey Cramer-Kelly – Review By Melissa Agena

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Definitely not what I had expected! But in a good way! Calling the Curveball is the first book in The Lawson Family Series by Tracey Cramer-Kelly. Jamie Lawson was headed to the Major League when a tragic accident happened, which ended his baseball career and killed his wife. Kira Walker recently went through a horrible divorce and is staying with her sister for the summer to get a fresh new start. There was definitely lust at first sight but after Kira got the courage to ask Jamie out things definitely went a whole other direction. Instead of this being a “summer fling,” this turned in to something much deeper. The walls each one has built up from their own pasts start to crumble and neither one of them really know how to deal with it. This isn’t the typical romance. This is much more realistic and much more raw. I was impressed that the author decided to not write full sex scenes. Not every romance novel needs it and this is definitely one that did not need it. What she did was perfect for this story. I loved all the characters and the twists and turns that came about. Kira was fun, feisty and very head strong. It was very refreshing. This story was an emotional roller coaster so make sure to have the tissues handy because there will be lots and lots of tears. All in all, I loved this story! I could not put this book down! Definite page turner that you don’t want to miss out on! I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

Review by @vegasdaisie

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Calling the Curveball: A Lawson Family Novel #1 by Tracey Cramer-Kelly – Review by Liz Vrchota

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This little novel was one of those that was just too short! I mean that in the best way possible too! I adored it. Tracey Cramer-Kelly brought ALL the feels to the table with this one and I couldn’t get enough. I found myself tearing up several times from emotional plot twists while reading, but also because this book was over. I was so thrilled that there will be more in the series to come! Another fab bonus is that she is a new author to me so I will be able to devour her other available titles while I wait for book two.

Calling the Curveball is one of those second chance romances that grips the heartstrings. Kira Walker is re-claiming her life the best she can after an ugly divorce. Her focus is on her career as a teacher and her self-worth., not men. When she spots a sexy umpire on a summer trip to visit her sister, she decides to take a leap of faith and ask him out. She is blown away at her guts, and even more shocked by his answer of yes.

Jamie Lawson is side-swiped by Kira asking him out, but can’t find a reason to turn her down. He hasn’t had the easiest past either though. One plagued with tragedy and broken dreams it has changed him from the man he once thought he would be. Will these two be able to find happiness together long term? Or will their pasts simply get in the way and only allow for a summer fling and more heartbreak?

Review by @lizaileen
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