“steal away home” by Billy Coffey, book review
Owen Cross was introduced to a baseball moments after birth. His father knew that with enough practice, Owen would make it to the big leagues. And practice they did, everyday, everyday, everyday. And the hard work paid off when Owen was offered a scholarship to play college ball and later with the pros. But Owen had to give up a lot… Micky…
Micky Dullahan was from Shantytown, literally, the other side of the tracks. But she and Owen were friends, until THAT day. Following the prom, they all went to the woods where there was dancing, drinking and foolishness. The foolishness included playing chicken with an oncoming train. When Micky stood on the tracks, Owen knew he had to save her. But in saving her from the train, he lost her in his life.
This is an interesting story exploring the coming of age theme. The author goes back and forth from before Owen is playing in the pros and after. Honestly, I had a hard time following the 2 story lines, even though the characters were all the same. The story did not just flow for me, and I wanted to give up several times. Those who have more of an interest in baseball would probably have an easier time and enjoy it more.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson. All opinions expressed are my own.