Friday, March 2, 2018

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Steal Away Home

About Steal Away Home

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (January 2, 2018)
“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
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Review: I'm hard pressed for words to describe this book. There's romance between Owen and Micky, the girl from the wrong side of town. There's family drama with his family and with Micky's as the town is very much segregated between have's and have nots.

We see parts of the story told through Owen's memories as he is playing is likely one time game in the major league.

This book is weird. Its good, but oh is it weird. I often found myself thinking "This is why men don't write much good romance." Then I thought, but this isn't a real romance, at least not in the conventional sense. I

I loved seeing Owen and Micky through the years and how their relationship progressed and what happened after the prom. There's a certain amount of mystery there, as you learn about the events of their prom night and graduation.

I've finished the book, and truth be told, I'm not exactly sure what happened.

This is more than boy meets girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Its more than a book that through some strange turn of events ends up rooted with some sort of spirituality. Its more than a book about a boy that loves a girl and baseball.

Perhaps that's what this book was about, "something more."

This book was beautifully written and an easy read. It left me puzzled more often then not, especially the ending, but I think that was really what Mr. Coffey intended.

Rating: 5 flowers


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