I'm 2/3+ of the way through Stealing Home and was really hoping to have it finished by the end of the week--thus waiting until the last day of the tour to post!
I chose this book because the story was about a baseball player, and I just couldn't resist. I usually struggle a little with historical novels for some reason, and admit that this book started a little slow for me. However, I'm really anxious to see how things work out for all four of the main characters.
Duke, Ellie Jane, Ned and Morris all have very different lives, but it is interesting how they all get pulled together--through the game of baseball! I need to finish up this entry so I can log off and go finish reading.
Because I know that someone worked hard to sum everything up in this book description below, I'll let you know more about the story line by sharing the information from the publisher, Multnomah.
About the book: It’s 1905 and the Chicago Cubs are banking on superstar Donald “Duke” Dennison’s golden arm to help them win the pennant. Only one thing stands between Duke and an unprecedented ten thousand dollar contract: alcohol.
That’s when sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville, Missouri, so he can sober up in anonymity. He bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts.
Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much–until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the star’s charm.
Then there’s Morris, a twelve-year-old Negro boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out.
Four individuals, each living in haunted isolation, each harboring a secret passion. Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?
Author bio: Allison Pittman spent seventeen years as a high school English teacher, and then shunned the advice of “experts,” quit her day job and set out to write novels that bring glory to God. She relishes inspiring other writers and leading the theater arts group at her church. She and her husband and three sons live in Universal City, Texas.Click here to find out how to get your copy of Stealing Home: http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601421364&ref=externallink_mlt_stealinghome_eaj_0408_01