Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cheerleader Dad by Mary Marvella


A sweet contemporary romance reminiscent of the Parent Trap movies. Single parents raising eleven year old daughters must try to resist the ploys their children use to push them together as well as the growing attraction that sparks between them.

About the Author:

Mary has been a storyteller for as long as she can remember. She made up stories for the other children and created the details for their “play like” or “let’s pretend” games. Sometimes the details were so real they scared Mary.

Mary was born in Augusta, Georgia to two eighteen-year olds. Her daddy, a young Mississippi man, was stationed at Camp Gordon and fell in love with a young girl selling flowers. Look for details in her blogs.

Mary graduated from Mercer University where her mama worked in the library. Her mama started working there when Mary’s daddy went to college to become a preacher and a teacher. Mary taught language arts for fifteen years—perfect for her BA in English. Her M.Ed. in Counseling served her well during her years as a school counselor and as a teacher later.

Now she tutors, teaches writers, and edits. Her inner English teacher loves the editing part. Mary helped her husband photograph hundreds of weddings. Her daughter is her cover artist now. Danielle was raised in the photography business. She doesn’t read Mary’s books. Something about TMI.


I’m glad the blurb mentions the Parent Trap movies. Otherwise, I would have deducted roses because of the resemblance. A pair of eleven year-olds who are best friends decide to try out for cheerleading. Each girl lives with a single parent. Alex lives with her mother, Lily, and Jaycee lives with her dad, Jesse. The girls are practically inseparable and decide their parents should marry so they can be sisters. The problem is, Lily and Jesse are perfectly happy as they are—or so they think.

But the perfect match-making opportunity comes along when the girls decide to try out for cheerleading, make the team, and the coach has to quit due to pregnancy. The school can’t afford to hire a new coach right away, so the parents decide to hold their own cheerleading camp. And Alex and Jesse end up organizing it.

Cheerleader Dad is a nice, sweet romance. Lily and Jesse feel they have to hide their budding feelings from their kids, not realizing they’ve been set up. There’s a truly funny scene in a movie theater when the girls ditch them on what was supposed to be a family date. It’s almost worth buying the book just for that scene. But I recommend Cheerleader Dad as a breath of fresh air.

Heat Rating:  G
Length:  218 Pages
Print:  $9.99
Digital:  $2.99

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