23 December 2017

Baseball & First Love | Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

ABOUT THE BOOK

“This is a powerful story of grief, love, forgiveness, and holy mystery, and I loved it. Billy Coffey is a master storyteller.” —Lauren Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway

Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of his loves ruined him. Now he’s counting on the other to save him.

Owen Cross’s father is a hard man, proud in his brokenness, who wants nothing more than for Owen to succeed where he failed. With his innate talents and his father’s firm hand guiding him, Owen goes to college with dreams of the major leagues—and an emptiness full of a girl named Micky Dullahan.

Owen loved Micky from the first time they met on the hill between their two worlds: his middle-class home and her troubled Shantytown. Years later he leaves her for the dugouts and the autographs, but their days together follow him. When he finally returns home, he discovers that even peace comes at a cost. And that the hardest things to say are to the ones we love the most.

From bestselling author Billy Coffey comes a haunting story of small-town love, blinding ambition, and the risk of giving it all for one last chance.

“In one evening, a single baseball game, Coffey invites us into a lifetime. With lyrical prose and aching description we join Owen Cross on a journey of love, loss, faith, the unexpected—and America’s favorite pastime.” —Katherine Reay, author of Dear Mr. Knightley and The Austen Escape


MY REVIEW

Over the course of a single baseball game, Billy Coffey shares a story that connects past and present, first love, baseball, and a bit of magical realism. Steal Away Home is compelling and atmospheric, as engaging and charming as Coffey’s previous novels, and it’s a story I will not soon forget. I loved getting to know Owen Cross, his experience and history, and Coffey tells his story so beautifully. It was hard to put down. I enjoyed reading every page, highly recommend it to fans of the author, and look forward to reading more of his books in the future. 

★★★★★

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a complimentary copy of Steal Away Home and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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