The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl

1st-Place Catholic Press Association 2016
Silver Medal - Illumination Christian Book
Award 2016

He's an egotistical snowboarder with a silver medal. She's a judgmental honors student with a flair for photography.

Fresh off a championship medal, Jake Taylor’s parents have dragged him to a middle-of-nowhere town in Colorado, far from where he wants to be. Smart and savvy, Sophie has spent the summer before her junior year of high school avidly following Jake Taylor in every article she can find, but now she sees the “truth” behind the story — he’s really just a jerk. When the only thing they can see is each other’s flaws, how can Jake and Sophie work together to figure out what’s really been happening at the abandoned silver mine? Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be.


“If an author was a chemist and a book was a potion, this one would be a sure mixture for success. A dash of romance, a theme of mystery, a foundation of faith.. a pinch of humor and wit, and you have: a lovely Catholic book, perfect for the teenage reader."

~Goodreads review

Fun fact

One character in the Blindside series is related to a character in Leslea Wahl's novel An Unexpected Role.


Leslea Wahl featured her novel The Perfect Blindside on the 5th Faith Through Fiction episode about finding purpose. Check it out here.


eXtreme Blindside by Leslea Wahl

Book 2 in the Blindside series

A fantastic action-packed Christian mystery.

After winning Olympic silver, teen snowboarder Jake Taylor is struggling with sudden fame when he's offered a gig he can't refuse: becoming a spokesperson for a state-of-the-art athletic training facility. Training for its first competition, Jake relies on his faith to help him find ways to use his fame to help others . . . when athletes mysteriously start getting sabotaged one by one. Time is running out for Jake and his girlfriend, Sophie, to figure out what is going on before he is also sabotaged . . . or worse.


“Full of thrills, chills—and a few spills, eXtreme Blindside is an engrossing read that delivers top-shelf excitement, an intriguing mystery, and a dose of romance set against the backdrop of Olympic-level extreme winter sports. Two mittened thumbs-up!” 

~Author Claudia McAdam

Fun fact

Leslea Wahl’s real-life pets always make cameo appearances in her stories.