Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Book Review: Miracle on the 17th Green by James Patterson and Peter De Jonge

Travis McKinley's life has drifted sideways. His job, his marriage, even his children all feel disconnected and distant. Has he really accomplished nothing of consequence in his life? One Christmas Day, Travis plays a round of golf and finds himself for the first time in the zone--playing like a pro. In astonishingly short order, Travis is catapulted into the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach, where he advances to the final round. And while his wife, his children, and a live television audience watch, a miracle takes place that changes Travis, and his family, forever.

First of all, I don't know anything about golf and I loved this. I felt like the narrator was some guy I knew telling a really good, personal story. The best part about this hopeful book, was that it was short, sweet and to the point.

With the good come the bad though. There are moments that you feel sort of let down because of the style of story-telling. While Travis tells the story like a man's man who is looking in on his life in disbelief, sometimes you want him to move the action forward instead of remarking about it in such a plain way. This is only a minor set back however since the story is so solid.

Somehow, Patterson and De Jonge make you care about this dude, and fast. They also take you on a wave of emotions that you didn't think would be pulled out of you. I rooted for Travis from beginning to end. I highly recommend this for anyone who loves books that tug on the heart strings and fans of golf! Comedic, heart-warming and inspiring.


  1. I love it when authors make you care for their characters! Great review!
    Krystal @

  2. I love heart warming and inspiring stories! I'm going to check this one out!! Thanks!

  3. You guys are welcome!! It was a fun swift read!!


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