“The Girl With The Swing” is the fifth short story in the “Golf Is No Ordinary Game” series, but author G. Guilford Bartonmakes it easy for a new reader to jump into the series at this point.
(The only confusing thing is the golf lingo. I don’t play golf. A high school student just informed me last week that golf is more of a “social” sport, which convinced me well enough. I’ve never even thought of it as a sport at all.)
Anyway! This short story is an entertaining read. Barton does a great job of bringing you into the setting, making you care about the characters and dramatizing the situations so that you feel the intensity. All in an hour’s worth of reading.
It’s love at first sight for Adam, a 28-year-old Northern Californian just passing through Nebraska, when he spots Mary Ellen, a beautiful woman, playing golf. She’s tall. Young. Green eyes. Auburn hair. Striking.
|In other words, not as enchanting as this one.|
He asks her to marry him. They have to talk to her father. Pa says Adam can have his blessing …only if he can play Mary Ellen in a round of golf and win.
To the course they go!
And Mary Ellen is one competitive sportswoman. I love when stories/books portray their female characters as on par (pun! I could not think of another word!) with their male counter-parts.
Thank you, G.G.B.
A great short story has to have an interesting ending, and Barton accomplishes that. I won’t pull a New-York-Times-Harry-Potter on you. I’ll just say it’s a wonderful ending.
So if you feel stressed out, and a co-worker told you need to go hit some balls, leave your Man-Beast alone and read this short story instead. It will take you into one great game of golf. Something, I believe, Charles Barkley is still trying to do.
To purchase “The Girl With The Swing” for $1.00 on Amazon, go here.
To learn more about the golf-crazed Man-Beast otherwise known as G. Guilford Barton, go to his blog here.
Julie Chicklitasaurus quickly nibbled this book.