I’m incredibly thankful that people are responding so favorably to my book. My vision has always been to encourage teens to find their gifts from God and hopefully deepen their faith. Below is a review I received from Children’s Bookwatch. Thank you God for leading me on this journey. ~Leslea
Children’s Bookwatch: November 2015
Fresh off a championship medal, Jake is becoming overwhelmed by everyone who wants something from him: reporters, fans, girls, companies, his parents. He can’t figure out who is real and who just wants something. To top it all off, his parents have dragged him to a middle-of-nowhere town in Colorado, far away from his teammates and anything interesting. Then there’s smart and savvy Sophie. She has spent the summer before her junior year of high school following Jake Taylor, recent snowboarding sensation, in every magazine and article she could find. Now he’s moved into Silver Springs and she finds out what the reporters and everyone else seems to have missed Jake’s letting the fame go to his head. He’s just a jerk and Sophie has no respect or patience for that. Peaceful Silver Springs, however, has an even bigger problem than Jake’s inflated ego. Wildlife is dying inexplicably, tires are getting slashed, and everything seems to be falling apart. Can Jake and Sophie work out their differences to discover what’s really been happening at the abandoned silver mine? Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be. Exceptionally well written and a thoroughly absorbing read from beginning to end, “The Perfect Blindside” is very highly recommended for high school and community library YA Fiction collections.