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The Winner's Game

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Ever since seventeen-year-old Ann Bennett was diagnosed with a life-threatening heart condition two years ago, her family has been pulling apart. Ann and her two younger siblings fight constantly, as do their parents. When the doctors announce that Ann's only hope of survival is a heart transplant by the end of the summer, the Bennetts decide to wait for news of a donor at...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Center Street (first published January 1st 2014)
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Christian Fiction Addiction
Kevin Milne has penned a deeply moving story, one that explores the true meaning of love and family and left me with a strong sense of hope. The characters are beautifully developed, and I enjoyed moving between the different points of views of the different family members. The actions of Cade and Bree left me laughing many a time, while Ann's humanness and struggles and ultimately bravery left me inspired. Just when I thought I'd figured out where the story was headed, the author threw in a twi...more
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Just when seventeen-year-old Ann Bennett believed she had everything going for her and she was truly at the top of her game, disaster struck that would change not only her life but the lives of her entire family. As a high school competitive swimmer Ann had hoped to clinch her final meet and show everyone just how good she really was. The butterflies she was used to feeling as nerves before each race, never bothered her until they began to attack her check and begin to bite as she was way ahead...more
Stress and more stress as the Bennett family hopes and waits for a new heart for oldest daughter, Ann. The story is told from the point-of-view of each of the family members: Dell, Emily, Ann, Bree and Cade. Each person experiences the stress in a different way and the children each desire to just go back to a normal life. A summer change of scenery at the family home in Cannon Beach, Oregon is supposed to be a chance for them to make memories, escape from the mounting stress at their Portland h...more
I LOVED this book and shed many tears while reading it! It's a new book which came out earlier this year. If you don't usually read Christian fiction, I suggest you still give this one a try! It doesn't 'shove' religion in your face. It tells the story of a family which is torn apart... partly because their oldest daughter, Ann, needs a heart plant or she'll die. And, partly because the parents marriage is falling apart. And, partly because the three siblings are having serious 'sibling rivalry'...more
I was surprised to really enjoy this book. It didn't seem like the kind of book I would like. I thought it would be cheesy and too sentimental. And somehow despite being cheesy and sentimental I still enjoyed it.

I thought the different character viewpoints were pretty well done. To me they read like the separate voices they were supposed to be. I thought that the relationship within the family and among the siblings was pretty realistic. It was annoying at times, like brothers and sisters annoy...more
Christina Hodge
Typical Kevin Alan Milne...a quick read, full of inspiration, and definitely does not disappoint. What I really love about this author isn't so much the plot as a whole, but the quotable statements that run all throughout the novel...these little snippets, are little learning lessons in itself...
Louise Droz
The Winner's Game reads like a Jodi Picoult novel. A family in crisis struggle with their emotions and commitment to each other. This was a quick read and I liked the setting.
WOW .... I LOVED this book!!

Its about a family thats crumbling. A husband and wife who have forgotten how to “love” each other, they have a teenage daughter with a critical heart condition, three kids who are constantly fighting with each other, and an aging grandmother who is not well. While the family spends time at the grandmas beach house, and with grandmas wisdom and her old journals ... they discover a game intended to remind them how to “love’ and appreciate each other, and how to suppor...more
I liked the story in this book, but it is written to cheesy for me to give it a very high ranking. It is full of trite sayings and explanations, do you know any 11-year-old boys who would say "light household chores?" I liked that the chapters rotate which character's perspective they are told form. But overall the book was just too cheesy, and I felt myself skimming some of the paragraphs to get to the actual story.
I so wanted to love this book. And I tried....I really did.

I just wasn't able to connect because the story is told from constantly changing view points. I could not find a rhythm and get locked into the characters or the story.

I was so interested in the subject matter, and had high expectations from reading the back cover. Sadly, I just never seemed to find the connection I was searching for.
Marvelle Morgan
The story is good. The concept of the game (Winner's Game) is great! (Every family would probably benefit from playing this game) I liked the characters. The writing was completely cheesy and, at times, I felt I was reading a novel written for teens.
Colleen Lahey
Great book with a wonderful ending. This is a feel good novel with many life insights. I like the way this author writes. I will be adding his other books to my 'must read' list.
Lanie Sjostedt
Loved this book!!! Maybe because we have a kid who has a brain injury and siblings fight constantly.....
But the idea of the game is inspiring and I cannot wait to try it out!
I loved this book. Kevin Alan Milne is wonderful writer. His books are the best! I was so happy how this book turned out. Thank you Kevin. Can't wait till the next book.
The first part of the book was slow and boring, but the second half of the book was much better! I even cried in one part of the book.
The mush caught up to me. I rolled my eyes and all, but it still caught up to me.
3 3/4 stars. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a young adult book. The plot was good but not quite rich enough.
Excellent story
Each chapter in this book is told by the different members of the family (mom, dad, two daughters and one son) so I had a hard time following who's perspective it was supposed to be. I think it would have been better as a third person narrative. I enjoyed the concept of the book, but felt that the ending was a little too sugary sweet.
This was a great story about a family trying to figure things out while waiting for their oldest daughter to get a heart transplant. It made me laugh, cry, and ultimately made me want to be a better, kinder person. Great book.
Very emotional, but thought provoking book about what it means to truly love one another.
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Kevin Milne was born in 1973 and grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, a quiet country town south of Portland. He earned a diploma from Sherwood High school in 1991, in a graduating class of fewer than one hundred students.

In college, after studying such varied fields as film, journalism, communications, pre-dentistry, pre-law, and German, Milne eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology...more
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