Defensive Mindset

Defensive Mindset is set in the world of women’s football and follows Jessie Granger, estate agent and star player for the team, and Fran Docherty, a troubled and withdrawn woman with an amazing talent for the game.  I must admit that I’m not a big football fan but this book is about so much more than that.  Football is the background only and the real strength of this story is the depth of emotion, the understanding of despair, trust and love.  Wendy Temple has written a fantastic story that deals with a relationship full of difficulties and turmoil but she also managed to make it joyful and incredibly sexy too.  Jessie’s life is safe and ordered and meeting Fran has made her re-evaluate all she thought she knew.  Fran is a complicated and apparently anti-social individual.  Once we delve into her background we realise there is so much more to her and I really grew to admire her.  The setting of Portobello in Edinburgh was interesting and I even found myself rooting for their team.  I highly recommend it.
I was given this ARC by Ylva Publishing in return for an honest review.

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2 thoughts on “Review of ‘Defensive Mindset’ by Wendy Temple

  1. I loved this book! It’s gritty, even dark at times, but it also has humour, love and friendship. I was expecting a football story, but I got so much more.

    Jessie is a talented footballer who plays for the local team while running the new branch of the family estate agents. She is dedicated, hard working and reliable.

    Fran is a complex, difficult character, she is everything Jessie isn’t. A former drug addict with a smoking habit, she plays football for the money. She doesn’t like to talk, especially about herself.

    Football throws these two characters together and while the action takes place on the pitch, the real drama slowly unfolds in the quiet moments that Jessie and Fran share together.

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