About the Story:
After four years with her boyfriend, Cadie McCaffrey is thinking of ending things. Convinced Will doesn’t love her in the “forever” way she loves him, Cadie believes it’s time for her to let him go before life passes her by. When a misunderstanding leads to a mistake, leaving her hurt, disappointed, and full of regret, she finally sends him packing.
But for Will, the end of their relationship is only the beginning of his quest to figure out how to be the man Cadie wanted him to be. With the dubious guidance of his former pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, Will attempts to win her back. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong?
Resembles: Claire Foy
Physical Description: Fair complexion, dark hair, 5’4”, and a constellation of freckles across her nose.
Work: Head of Accounting for Prime-Time Programming at ASN (American Sports Network)
Loves/Interests: Cadie loves rom-coms…and pretty much all romance movies, actually. She’s a die-hard Barry Manilow fan, no matter how much she gets made fun of for it. And she loves living in New York City (Greenwich Village, to be exact). She lives across the street from Magnolia Bakery, and there are few things in life she loves more than Magnolia’s banana pudding.
Hates: She’s not a sports fan. Needless to say, that makes her a bit of an outcast at a sports network!
Favorite Romantic Comedy: If forced to choose, You’ve Got Mail. But Sleepless in Seattle is right up there.
Favorite Flower: Daisies are her favorite flowers—and not just because they are also the favorite of Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail.
Quirk: Apart from having the musical tastes of a housewife in 1976, her biggest quirk is probably her ability to put aside whatever angst she is facing in order to enjoy a pastrami sandwich from Sarge’s Deli.
Greatest Struggle: As Cadie says, “Cary Grant does not exist in my Millennial world.” She wants romance, but she is so focused on the unrealistic Hollywood standard of romance that she tends to miss the real-life romance playing out before her eyes.
Family History: Cadie is the only child of parents who are famous for being Christians. Her dad, Oliver McCaffrey, is a megachurch pastor. Her mother, Nessa McCaffrey, is the host of Love God, Love YOU! on the HTT (Holy Trinity Television) network. Cadie has a great relationship with her dad, who has always been there for her, but her mother is a piece of work, and Cadie has always felt like a disappointment to her. She grew up on Long Island, where her parents still live, in Syosset.
Best Friend: Cadie’s best friend is Darby, who works with her in the accounting department of ASN.
Resembles: John Krasinski
Physical Description: Cadie’s first impression of Will: “He was taller than me, but not as tall as most of the guys from The Field, who regularly made me feel like a Hobbit. No, he was just the perfect amount of tall. Okay…probably not an athlete. Although he was fit and muscular. At least not a star athlete. A golfer, maybe? His face drew me in—with its crinkly eyes and perfectly shaped mouth. But it was also just the tiniest bit…goofy. His nose was a little too big, as were his ears, and while he was handsome—without question—he was also blatantly imperfect. So probably not an on-air personality.”
Work: Researcher at American Sports Network. But he starts moving up the ladder when he breaks open a Major League Baseball scandal big enough to result in the cancellation of the World Series.
Favorite Sport: Baseball
Loves/Interests: Loves sports, obviously, but not playing them as much as analyzing them. Field of Dreams is his favorite movie. He’s a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. His favorite music is 90’s rock—Pearl Jam and U2, in particular—but really anything is better than whatever Cadie is listening to.
Hates: He really hates Cadie’s taste in music.
Greatest struggle: He has a tendency to try and handle everything himself, and as a result he sometimes puts his relationship with God on the back burner.
What inspired him to become a sports researcher? In Will’s words, as he explains to Cadie why Joe Montana was his hero: “Montana was the best of all time. It didn’t matter what was happening on the field all around him—his head was always exactly where it needed to be. He could size up fifty yards of chaos in an instant, and zero in on exactly the right play at exactly the right moment. He made me realize that sports—when done right—isn’t just about strength and speed and agility and all of that. Yeah, Montana had an arm like no one else, but he’s in the Hall of Fame because of his brain.” That sums up Will’s passion for sports. It’s all about the brain side of it.
Best Friend: Will’s closest friends are Kevin Lamont (former NBA star/Will’s boss) and Ellis Haywood (former NFL defensive lineman/on-air host).
Will is from Boston. He moved to New York to attend graduate school at Columbia, and never left. He still lives in the same Morningside Heights apartment, near the campus of Columbia.
He became a Christ-follower in college.
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About the Author:
Bethany Turner is the author of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck and the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado. A former bank executive and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned 35), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn’t matter what anyone else has to say. Because of that, she’s chosen to follow his call to write. She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.