Outside the Lines, Second Growth, January 2018

*Book 3 in the Girls of Summer Series*

Outside the Lines is available in AUDIOBOOK at AudibleAmazon, and Apple Books.

Outside the Lines cover

Training Ground, book one of the Girls of Summer series, introduced Emma Blakeley and Jamie Maxwell, two young athletes with seemingly bright soccer futures. In book two, Game Time, those futures caught up to them–and brought them, at last, back to each other. Now, in Outside the Lines, Jamie and Emma are forced to come to terms with their relationship as each dedicates herself to a lifelong dream: making the 2015 World Cup roster for the US Women’s National Team, the top-ranked squad in the world.

Back in the States for the first time in several years, Jamie has decided to focus on figuring things out with Emma and staying healthy for her new NWSL club team, the Portland Thorns. Emma, meanwhile, a Seattle Reign mainstay, is trying to navigate conflicting commitments, both personally and professionally. But finding balance while living apart and playing for rival teams in the high-pressure world of professional sports might be more difficult than either anticipated.

Join Jamie and Emma for the latest installment in the ongoing story of their lives, loves, and would-be world championships in Outside the Lines, book three of the bestselling Girls of Summer series.


More books in the Girls of Summer series

  • Book one: Training Ground
  • Book two: Game Time
  • Book four: The Road to Canada
  • Book five: Girls of Summer

Purchasing Options

Outside the Lines is available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon, in a variety of eBook formats (including ePubPDF, and Kindle) from Bella Books, and in paperback and Nook format from Barnes & Noble. It’s also available in audiobook at AudibleAmazon, and Apple Books. Various electronic editions can also be found at Smashwords, iBooks, and KOBO, while paperback copies may be specially ordered through your favorite independent bookstore.

Reviews and Reader Comments for Outside the Lines

  • Reader comment, 4/23/18: “Christie knows a lot about soccer and it shows in her books. It’s very interesting to see the competition and the support between the players and in the teams. I loved all the dialogue, the secondary characters are great and Jamie and Emma are just people I would like to know in real life. In my opinion, this was the best book in this series. It’s great how the author creates their lives in and out of the soccer field. How they interact with each other and also how the families and friends are included.”
  • Reader comment, 7/20/19: “Most books, not to say I don’t love them, but you generally have the characters meeting, falling for each other, some small break up or issue around the 75% mark, and then the riding off into the sunset scene… But, you rarely ever get to see what happens next. You rarely experience everyday life with the characters, and see them navigate mundane issues alongside each other. This series gives you everything. From teenage angst and silliness and the bonds of friendship, to the throes of first love and heartbreak… to growing up, finding yourself… to re-finding that person, and relearning who you are when you are with them… to living and navigating life side by side… The pacing is perfect, the characters are lovely, and the setting is awesome. I have two words for you – women’s soccer!”
  • Reader comment, 4/29/20: “This series, while long [5 Books and more coming?] and frustrating at times, is amazing. I love the realism that the author brings to the story. Following a cast from teenagehood to adulthood is often difficult, but all those emotions associated with growing up compounded with falling in love and having your heart broken is so on point. It is a long and difficult journey for Jamie and Emma filled with moments of football, tender passion, pure adoration, and total devastation. Friends to Lovers? Never an easy thing. Can one’s soul mate be found at the ice machine?”