The heart of a champion may surprise you.
When an injury sidelines college swimmer Anna Callaway, her dreams are crushed. She pours herself into her sports marketing practicum, helping a local special needs organization promote their athletic event. What she doesn’t expect is a swim team ripe for the Special Olympics—and their handsome but stubborn coach.
Craig Holt has dealt with eager and ignorant volunteers before. No matter how determined or persuasive uptight Anna might be about coaching his team to the Special Olympics, he has no intention of allowing her to raise the hopes of his swimmers, his sister, or his guarded heart.
Then Anna herself gets a second chance at becoming a champion. Will she pursue her lifelong goals or make room for a new dream?
I enjoyed reading Spring Splash and learning more about special needs swim teams. The story is set in Georgia, USA, where Craig is the coach of the local special needs swim team. Anna is a college student and swimmer who was injured and missed out on qualifying for nationals. Anna starts working on her sports marketing college project with the special needs swim team and Craig is her supervisor.
Craig and Anna are drawn to each other, but Anna is Craig’s student for the duration of the college project placement and that makes everything complicated. Craig is very protective of his sister, Margo, who is a gifted swimmer on the autism spectrum with sensory issues. He’s reluctant to let Anna encourage Margo to step outside her comfort zone in the pool.
A fun and beautiful romance unfolds as Craig and Anna fall in love while preparing the swim team for the Spring Splash Meet and potentially qualifying for the Georgia Special Olympics team. The supporting cast of characters in the swim team family were delightful and true to life. I loved the focus on health and fitness in the story. I recommend Spring Splash to readers who like contemporary romances in a sports setting with special needs athletes.