Title: Cold Day in the Sun
Author: Sara Biren
Series Status: Standalone
# of pages: 320
Release Date: March 12, 2019
My Rating: 3/5 stars
Holland Delviss wants to be known for her talent as a hockey player, not a hockey player who happens to be a girl. But when her school team is selected to be featured and televised as part of HockeyFest, her status as the only girl on the boys’ team makes her the lead story. Not everyone is thrilled with Holland’s new fame, but there’s one person who fiercely supports her, and it’s the last person she expects (and definitely the last person she should be falling for): her bossy team captain, Wes.
* I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review *
This book hit me more in a middle point where I was interested and excited to read this book but it fell a little flat for me.
I really enjoyed the concept of a girl playing on the boys high school ice hockey team and getting to see the trials and tribulations that she faces from that but I felt like the romance was a little too pushed with all these important issues going on. That wasn’t to say I didn’t enjoy the romance there because it had it’s ducking adorable moments to it but overall I felt like the story started with a strong push on understanding Holland’s life while playing ice hockey and then quickly just turned into romance. It felt kind of out of nowhere and a big leap and while it added to the overall story I didn’t care for it as much as if it had been started later and more of a subplot.
Something I really did like was how Holland carried herself throughout the book and the amount of female supporters she had around her. Throughout the entire story we get to see her interact with different generations and while the older generation is pretty much made of crotchety old men it was nice to see the level of support she got from her teacher and the encouragement she was able to give to the younger girls in her life. I thought this contained a great message and was probably my favorite part of the novel.
Another great thing was the open ending where there is no clear ending or true direction to what will happen to Holland next and that was something that I really enjoyed. We really don’t see her story resolved and she still has leagues to go in her life and I think that may have upped the rating for me since there was no cutesy perfect story ending (even if the ending still was pretty darn cute).
Overall I enjoyed that there was a strong feminist theme throughout this story even though I wish it had more prevalent than the romance and also I have to give props the incredible music that is constantly referenced throughout.