This series was written by James Patterson and co author Peter DE Jonge in 1996. I hope you enjoy the Miracle series review. It includes, Miracle on the 17th Green (1996), Miracle at Augusta (2015) and Miracle at St. Andrews (2019). I listened to an interview with Patterson that implies that there will most likely be a 4th Miracle.
Even if you know nothing about golf, this is a magical and inspiring series. Travis McKinley, a former advertising writer turned pro golfer, struggles to find his way in these books about life, love, family and miracles.
James Patterson was an ad writer himself. When he’s at home in Florida, he enjoys playing four to five rounds of golf weekly. He plays nine or eighteen holes early in the morning and then gets back to his writing.
Patterson has played golf with three different U.S. Presidents and helped caddie for Tommy Bolt! He has a 13 handicap and has made 6 holes in one in his lifetime.
With his passion for golf and writing different genre’s, writing this series was a no brainer for Patterson.
Miracle on the 17th Green
James Patterson’s 12th novel introduces us to a fast moving golf fantasy. Fifty year old Travis McKinley feels as though he has accomplished nothing of meaning. Travis loathes his job, his marriage has lost it’s passion and his children are becoming more distant.
On Christamas day Travis plays a round of golf and for the first time ever, he is in the ‘zone’. He is playing like a professional. Sinking putt after putt he gets so caught up in the excitement that he misses Christmas dinner with his family. This is catastrophic for his already troubled marriage.
Travis becomes too preoccupied to notice that his family is collapsing. He enters the PGA Senior Open at Pebble Beach. On the 17th green a live television audience (including his wife and children) is watching, when a miracle takes place, A miracle that will change everything.
Miracle at Augusta
The second inspirational book in the series is a story of hope and redemption, set one year after Travis McKinley’s big golf tournament. Although he is still playing hard, Travis has some doubts. He worries that he may be out of his league and this frame of mind is not helping his game.
After getting into an altercation that goes viral, Travis’s career is in peril. Everything begins to fall apart. Although he realizes that this is all his fault, Travis decides to make some changes rather than giving up.
Travis reaches out to Jerzy, a troubled 17 year old with a natural golf swing. When he teaches the boy golf and watches him prosper, Travis’s love for the sport once again, begins to shine through.
As the two set out to achieve the impossible on the world’s most treasured golf course, Travis learns that some of the greatest miracles take place when no one is watching.
Miracle at St. Andrews
In the third book Travis McKinley is on his way to a new season, Travis misses a putt on the 18th green, he’s off the Senior Tour. An unfathomable stranger tells him to go back to the beginning, back where it all started. Travis takes this advise to heart.
The McKinley family travels to their inherited home in Scotland. The place where golf was born. When Travis steps foot onto the old course at St. Andrews, it feels like sacred ground and the magic of the game takes over.
A television adaptation of Miracle on the 17th Green (1999) starred Robert Urich and Meredith Baxter. A 50 year old, Mitch McKinley loses his job, which feels like the end of the world. Mitch pursues his lifelong dream to become a professional golfer and when he joins the Senior Tour, his family is neglected.
I hope you enjoyed the Miracle Series review. This is a whole other genre to try out, it’s an inspirational drama with a little golf. Maybe a good gift for Dad or Grandpa. Thanks for visiting. Happy Reading!