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The Golfer's Carol

By: Robert Bailey
Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
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Publisher's Summary

An inspirational and heartwarming novel for lovers of Mitch Albom and Andy Andrews, blending elements of It's a Wonderful Life and Field of Dreams into a moving story all its own.

Four rounds. Four heroes. Four life-changing lessons.

On the morning of his 40th birthday, Randy Clark believes the only way he can help his family is to end it all. Standing on the Tennessee River Bridge in Decatur, Alabama, with his dreams of a pro golf career long gone, his marriage struggling, and facing financial ruin, Randy sees no other alternative to help his wife and daughter but to jump, which he plans to do in the next 24 hours. 

But his plans are put on hold when the ghost of his best friend - who did live out the fantasy of playing the PGA tour - reveals to Randy that he will be given a wonderful gift: four rounds of golf with his four heroes, the champions he's looked up to his whole life, each with a life-changing lesson to impart. 

For anyone who has ever dealt with tragedy, adversity, or failure, The Golfer's Carol will bring grace that stays with you long after you've listened to the last moments.

©2020 Robert Bailey (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Inspirational fiction is a tough genre for a writer because the story must ring true or its power is lost. The Golfer’s Carol - the latest offering from best-selling author Robert Bailey - is sharp in its dialogue, real with its relationships, and fascinating in details of the game. That combination not only reveals how well Bailey nails the concept, it greatly increases the power and value of what will be a ‘go to’ gift for many people." (Andy Andrews, New York Times best-selling author of The Noticer and The Traveler’s Gift)

"A fun, fast read, this novel kind of sneaks its wisdom up on you. I thought it splendid." (Homer Hickam, author Rocket Boys and Carrying Albert Home

“A celebration of faith, family, and the human spirit, The Golfer’s Carol is a page-turning story of love and second chances that is sure to become a classic. The four inspiring lessons will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.” (Winston Groom, author of Forrest Gump

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Inspirational and wonderful novel!

Whether you are a golfer and golfing fan or you hate the sport, jut get this book and listen to it.

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Eye-opening | Inspirational!

Every so often I come upon a book that I want to share with everyone that I know and hope they read it. This is one of those books. It is filled with life lessons, quotable quotes, humor, tear causing talks, and more.

Even if you never heard of a Texas wedge or a driver, you will enjoy this book. The main character, Randy - is going through a tough time in his life. Self-doubt - debt - despair | Then his 'best-friend' dies in a car crash sending him into a world filled with lessons and truths!

This book will make you laugh, cry, and think. As noted, even if you are not a golfer, you will enjoy this book.

Four rounds. Four heroes. Four life-changing lessons.

A must listen! To learn the life lessons.

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No Mr. Potter but a good Carol, this book hits 🏠

Some of us when we have a great loss or a failure or a combination of things will set out thinking Thier spouse and children/ grandchildren will be better off if only you aren't there. They will plan to be gone but as Randy found out he had a lot to live for. mr.bailey yet again writes a home run.

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outstanding book

any golfer who's a true golfer and has the Love of the game will absolutely love this book it's heartfelt it's loving it's caring it's life's lessons and I am so grateful that I found it and I read it so thank you Kindle for having this available for me to read if I had to rate it on a scale of one to five I would give it a 10

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Not a golfer

I am certainly not a golfer but this book has the uplifting story we all need to hear again and again. I loved it.

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Wonderful story

Really enjoyed the storyline and can understand desperation in thinking there is no future. Robert Bailey did a great job

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I loved it.

I needed a “feel good” story during these strange times. This was it. If you want to feel warm inside again, listen to this story. It helps if you also love golf (which I do). Thank you Mr. Bailey and Mr. Lindstrom.