Published by Thomas Nelson on January 2nd 2018
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Unfortunately, not all books are for everyone. One person may love a book while another may read the same book and feel that book is not for them. That was the case with this book. I really wanted to like it. The premise sounded interesting:
“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 loved Micky from the moment he saw her. They were kids from the opposite side of the track. He was from a middle-class family and she lived in shantytown. He is a baseball star destined for the big leagues and eventually he leaves Mickey for the dugouts and fame. Again, sounds great right? When you give up one dream, what happens to the other?
I found the writing to be all over the place and hard to keep track of at times. This really hindered my ability to enjoy the book. One thing that I liked was the Author’s unique way of having “chapters” but called them “innings” in keeping with the baseball theme.
I also think this book tried to be too many things all at once – a coming of age story, a love story, a baseball story, a story of faith/religion, a story of losses. I think if it would have just dedicated itself to one or two issues I would have enjoyed the book better.
There were several times I almost put this book down and did not finish. It was just hard to get into, keep my attention and at the end, I really felt meh about it. There were some beautifully written passages but not enough to win me over.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson-Fiction and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.