A Man Like MAC
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From the Author
In A MAN LIKE MAC, I've explored the relationship between a disabled man and an able-bodied woman facing a terrible injury. My research led me to some incredible real-life heroes and heroines, people who shared their experiences and answered questions about difficult subjects. I was profoundly changed by what I learned. Courage has a new meaning for me now. The heart of this story is romance. Mac McCandless has loved Keely Wilson since she was 17, but he was her coach and teacher and such feelings were forbidden at the time. She's now 27 and locked in a battle for her emotional survival. Mac can't help her without reviving those old feelings. But he's not sure his heart can take losing her again. I hope you enjoy the story. This is my debut novel. You can write me at email@example.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I don't think I have ever read a romance in which the gentleman is handicapped to the extent of being a parapalegic. I gave five stars as the author did an incredible job of going inside the characters and making their hopes, dreams and challenges real. She did not gloss over and make a typical happy ending, although there was one, but not to the extent a magic cure or surgery mimimized the love in the story. I think the story opens the reader to the possibilities of love. I was rooting for Mac all the way.
Sometimes romances are thought of as "fluff". However, for some authors, like Roberts, Krentz and Balogh to name a few, I keep a pen handy as some passages stand out and make the reader look at life and its challenges a different way. Instead of just passages, this book has the power to shift your viewpoint and really see all people not just the "perfect" ones.
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Keely Wilson, a successful Olympic runner, is involved in accident which doctors predict will end her Olympic career. Refusing to accept the doctor's grim diagnose she turns to her former coach, John "Mac" McCandless. She believes Mac will provide her the rehabilitation she needs to get her back on track for the Olympic gold. In finding Mac she is devastated to learn he also has been involved in an accident and is confined to a wheelchair.
Mac McCandless has always held a secret infatuation with his once young track star Keely Wilson. Delighted to be given the opportunity to help Keely recover from her injuries he is unprepared for the reaction she has when she learns of his disability. Reviewing the medical records, he finds there is no hope for her to have a complete recovery. Now the challenge he is faced with is (1) to get Keely to accept her limitations, and (2) to get Keely to accept him as a man.
This book illustrates the true meaning of love and romance as well as to the phrase "Love Conquers All." Be warned, the tears and laughter are sure to flow once you open the first page of this book. Not only is the romance wonderful, it also provides insight about the challenges the disabled face on a daily basis.
It seems like romance publishers are so scared of heroes who aren't physically perfect in every way. Mac was in a wheelchair. I never thought Harlequin would have the guts to publish a book like this. I'm so glad they did. Who cares about the body when the hero is emotionally and mentally perfect? Then the writer goes and makes Mac sexy as heck too! Great, great, great!
Mac and Keely both have humbling and emotionally devastating changes they're still trying to come to terms with. They don't do it with so much moping and self-pity. They show the kind of humor and grace that shows real character and strength. Ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances with like that -- to me that makes a true hero and heroine.
I agree with what an earlier reviewer said. The point where this book drove me to tears wasn't one of the sadder moments. It was a sort of funny one where Keely does something to make Mac feel better after an embarrassing moment in bed. I started crying. What a great heroine!
The ending was perfect. Mac and Keely get their triumphant moment and the writer doesn't stoop to quick fixes or miracles. The book is a real keeper, and the writer is one to watch for!
I wish there were more books like this. It was fascinating and humbling to learn of the challenges the disabled meet and overcome everyday. It was also fascinating to see up close and personal a very interesting sport: wheelchair racing. It's easy to be condescending and think that wheelchair sports are not "real" sports, but this book will forever shatter that myth. Wheelchair athletes are proven to be as worthy of respect and awe as their ablebodied counterparts.
As I said, there should be more books like this. Then we could see as well an exploration of the moral issues Ms. Robinson shows that the disabled face: such as in their intimate relations, and in the procreation of children.
Beyond all this, A MAN LIKE MAC is simply a great story. Keely overcomes her self-image of being "only a runner" and learns to be a woman. And Mac learns to trust that a woman can love him even through the difficulties his condition presents. (I don't think I've ever laughed and nearly cried through a more unlikely scene before, but I did when Keely voided on Mac.)
Read and savor A MAN LIKE MAC. Then encourage the publishers of popular fiction to publish more books like it. Brava, Ms. Robinson!
By telephone, Keely persuades her former college coach John McCandless to oversee her training. When Keely meets Mac at Courtland College where he is the athletic director, she is stunned to see he is wheelchair bound. Because of her lung injury, Mac knows she will never be a world class runner again, but he will do anything for the woman he has loved since he first met her as a teenager. As Keely begins her soft training, her attraction for Mac grows, but she still has not reconciled the fact that her hero is a paraplegic. If she ever does, these two physically injured people will find a lifetime of happiness.
A MAN LIKE MAC is an extremely sensitive look at the relationships between individuals with physical handicaps and those who are able-bodied. The lead protagonists are a warm duo and the support cast provides additional understanding to the audience. However, what makes Fay Robinson's novel a must read is the author's ability to escort her readers inside the heart and soul of her characters without turning them into weepy wrecks. Fans who enjoy a delicate, but potent contemporary romance starring enchanting individuals who will steal your heart will relish A MAN LIKE MAC.