Let me start by saying I was never a soccer kid, I’m not a soccer mom and I was never the one traveling on the weekends to out-of-town tournaments. I feared I wasn’t the target audience for this one.

But I was wrong. With insightful humor, relatable characters and peek inside soccer, Field of Schemes by Jennifer Coburn scored major points with me.

After her husband dies, Claire Emmett takes her 11-year-old daughter, Rachel, to the seemingly quiet Santa Bella for a fresh start. The idyllic suburb has a Stepford quality to it, and when Rachel is scouted for the elite travel soccer team they’re quickly dragged into the fast-paced and competitive world of soccer that makes me fear becoming a mother.

With crossing stories of handsome (and married) neighbors, frightening enemies out to see Rachel

sink, and a rather Hanzel and Gretel twist at the end, Field of Schemes is another page turner from the addictive Ms. Jennifer Coburn (for other amazing reads see Tales from the CribThe Queen Gene, and Brownie Points).

Even though summer is quickly coming to an end, pair Field of Schemes with The Naked Grape’s Summer White Blend. This crisp sweet wine complements Coburn’s strong wit and happy endings, perfect whether reading on the beach in your last summer vacation – or sneaking a glass into the tournament.

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xx, Syrah