After Ben Dalton's Olympic ski racing dreams were shattered by a serious injury, he fled back to Scotland and a job as a trainee instructor with White Cairns Ski School. With time and therapy he's able to ski again, but his near-miss with what he thought he wanted has left him isolated and confused.Working with a promising young racer only adds to his confusion, making himAfter Ben Dalton's Olympic ski racing dreams were shattered by a serious injury, he fled back to Scotland and a job as a trainee instructor with White Cairns Ski School. With time and therapy he's able to ski again, but his near-miss with what he thought he wanted has left him isolated and confused.Working with a promising young racer only adds to his confusion, making him question if leaving the racing circuit was the right decision. But at least Ben finds a new friend in her chaperone, Neil, who seems more at home in the world than Ben ever was. Having someone he can open up to for a change is a revelation for Ben, who has never felt comfortable anywhere--even with himself.He faces hard decisions. He can fight for a coaching position which might convince him to stay in Scotland if he's selected, but he's torn by the lure of a gold medal. Afraid that either choice will leave him feeling disappointed and hollow, just like always, Ben is forced to look deep within himself and explore why nothing ever fits. But at least this time, he has a good friend to help him....
|Title||:||The Racer Trials|
|Number of Pages||:||90 Pages|
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The Racer Trials Reviews
The Racer Trials, the fourth episode in the White Cairns Ski School series, has quickly become my favourite. Like all of the stories in Roz Marshall's Scottish saga, this one focuses predominantly on one of the instructors at the ski school.Ex-racer Ben Dalton is struggling to decide if he wants to pursue his new job as a ski instructor, or return to the excitement of the racing circuit. On top of this, he has to deal with a mysterious Valentine and perform racer trials for the Ski Development Trust. Ben's confusion is mounting, and just as he begins to feel like he's drowning, a new friend arrives to keep him afloat.Roz Marshall's writing keeps going from strength to strength and I've really enjoyed watching her and her characters grow. As always, her descriptions of Scotland, and now New Zealand, leave me wanting to hop on a plane. I've connected with the characters and it becomes impossible not to empathise with them. I'm sad when they experience heartbreak; I cringe when they're embarrassed. And, as always, the ending is tantalisingly suspenseful and leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to see what happens in part five!
I love the White Cairns team. They're rich, realistic characters in a unique setting, and Roz Marshall tells their story in a wonderfully engaging way.Each episode of this series centres on particular characters, and mixes work and pleasure, with the title of this particular instalment giving a very accurate indication of what a reader will find within. The stories are self-contained, with some elements concluding, as well as a cliffhanger or two, to keep you dangling in anticipation.I can't say much more without giving away the story, but there are some intriguing revelations in store for Jude and her extraordinary staff team.I keep saying it, but I think this is my favourite episode so far. I love a good series, and this, in my mind, is one not to be passed by.If you enjoy a spot of winter sport (vicariously or for real), a sprinkling of love and romance, the trials of family life, well, they're all in here. Recommended.
Never thought I would be a fan of an 'episode' series. However this author has perfected the method and provides you enough information to keep you hooked without feeling like you are missing something. Let me just say I didn't see the ending curve ball until it hit! Can't wait for the next chapter. WaAR
4 starsI purchased The Racer Trials by Roz Marshall and this review was given freely.In this short story, things heating up romantically for Ben, Mike returns to New Zealand to help care for his father who suffered a stroke, Debbie and Callum share a bedroom, and Winters Ski School starts training racers. Multiple cliff hangers end this short book.
As we learn more about the team and White Karnes this story of Ben . Has he learned the truth. It didn’t shock me Ben’s epiphany. How will Debbie react and will Callum still be on the sideline. Can’t wait to find out.
Once again, the weirdness of leaving a 'review' of my own story... Hopefully it will give some insight into the background of the book.This episode is mostly about Ben. It wasn't meant to be, but he 'told' me he wanted to find out who'd sent his valentine... Yeah, I know :-S So I had to write the story to find out!Ben is an ex-British ski team racer who got injured and had to return to Scotland. The job with White Cairns Ski School happened along at just the right time for him, and he was very useful to the team in Ep3, helping them in their attempts to win the annual ski school race.In Ep4, we find out more about why Ben left the racing circuit, he finds out who sent his valentine, he finds romance :-) and he has something of an epiphany.This episode is also partly set in New Zealand, in a small ski resort town in the North Island which I visited a number of years ago. The ski area is set on the slopes of a reasonably active volcano, and I remember being rather surprised when they told me that if the sirens went off, it didn't mean that a storm was coming in (as it would in Scotland) but that the volcano was about to erupt!Anyway, Mike is in NZ to deal with family matters, and he is faced with some life-changing decisions. He doesn't have an easy time of it, but at least he gets to do some glacier skiing.Back in Scotland, the rest of the gang are trying to cope with being a couple of instructors down, and various awkward situations and revelations (no spoilers!).Because of some of the issues and emotions the characters face in this episode, I have to admit finding it one of the harder ones to write. But the couple of ARC reviews it's had so far make that effort seem worthwhile. If you've still to read the book, I hope you enjoy it!
A nice and clean soap A nice and clean soap where all the action all the "sex/action" ( is there is any takes place off to the side unseen , was curious ,don't read clean,soap or serial stories too much going on and hard to keep up w/ what really got me is Ben seemingly started a relationship w/Debbie has her all hot and bothered,sleeping together ? Thought soo,now unsure,Ben who seems completely and happy hetro takes one look at Neil while one a phone call is suddenly now wants Neil when some huge revelation hits him solely based on the lustful look Neil seems to be giving him and it's suddenly Debbie who? Let's go someplace private Neil ( wink wink nudge nudge) possibly not sleeping w/Neil now and kissing him in public... WTF/WTH ?!?? One lustful look and he has suddenly clarity he's gay and is ready to jump into bed w/a guy ??? When 5 seconds he was supposedly into Debbie ?!? Riiiight.... I even though m/m is right there w/clean,soaps or serials on the list types of books I'm NOT normally into... Bens sudden and complete switch felt like total BS... Sudden clarity I'm sure happens but going from clarity to jumping in like he seems to do,after what ever he had just started w/Debbie .... Yeah right... No Thanks...
I'm very frustrated! I normally avoid episodic series for just this reason. The story is hotting up and the characters are starting to take on form and dimension, and I have to wait......... The life and times of the instructors at the White Cairns Ski School are starting to come together and while Mike is off in New Zealand to attend to a family crisis, Callum, my favourite height challenged character is having to make choices about his future. Ben on the other hand, finds that his life is taking on a new direction - one that he definitely didn't anticipate. Debbie still has her head in the clouds, hoping for her hero to swoop her up, and Jude is having to face her own reality. Through it all, loyalties are being built within the hodge-podge group of young people and the sense of strengthening family ties grows. While intimacies are hinted at, the story remains clean and the reader has no choice but to become more and more invested in the characters. I received a free copy of this book from the author, and this is my honest and voluntary review.
Finally starting to make sense!This is such a good story, but I don't like that it comes in drips and drops. With this episode it starts to fall together. Finally!