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Steal Away Home - eBook

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<p>“This is a powerful story of grief, love, forgiveness, and holy mystery, and I loved it. Billy Coffey is a master storyteller.”&nbsp;—Lauren Denton, <em>USA Today</em> bestselling author of <em>The Hideaway</em></p> <p><em><strong>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.</strong></em></p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>“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.”&nbsp;—Katherine Reay, author of *Dear Mr. Knightley&nbsp;*and <em>The Austen Escape</em></p>

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I was recently talking with another writer about Billy Coffey's work. She said, "He writes pretty sentences." I totally agree.Not only that, he writes in a way that seems effortless, those pretty sentences drawing you in and holding you spellbound until you look at the clock and realize hours have gone by. You realize you have to get things done - but you want just another few minutes to keep reading, because he's a doggone good story teller too.I loved STEAL AWAY HOME the way his main character, Owen Cross, loved baseball, and the way Owen loved Michaela Dullahan. The story in some ways was like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. You have the son from a respected middle class family whose talents in baseball just might see him to the big leagues. You have a beautiful young girl - Coffey snuck in another nod to baseball by giving her the nickname "Micky" - who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Strangely, it's the railroad tracks where something miraculous happens to these two - and while one acknowledges it, the other does not. This is when their forbidden love story begins to unravel, like a baseball that's been hit one time too many.This mesmerizing story is about the strength of family, faith, and love. It's about believing in what you can't see, about having your eyes opened to the impossible. With it's touch of magical realism, and an ending that is perfect, in my opinion, here you have a story to warm your heart. Highly recommend!

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“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

Steal Away Home - eBook

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Language
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Publisher
Thomas Nelson
Author
Billy Coffey
ISBN-13
9780718084455
ISBN-10
0718084454

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I was recently talking...
I was recently talking with another writer about Billy Coffey's work. She said, "He writes pretty sentences." I totally agree.Not only that, he writes in a way that seems effortless, those pretty sentences drawing you in and holding you spellbound until you look at the clock and realize hours have gone by. You realize you have to get things done - but you want just another few minutes to keep reading, because he's a doggone good story teller too.I loved STEAL AWAY HOME the way his main character, Owen Cross, loved baseball, and the way Owen loved Michaela Dullahan. The story in some ways was like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. You have the son from a respected middle class family whose talents in baseball just might see him to the big leagues. You have a beautiful young girl - Coffey snuck in another nod to baseball by giving her the nickname "Micky" - who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Strangely, it's the railroad tracks where something miraculous happens to these two - and while one acknowledges it, the other does not. This is when their forbidden love story begins to unravel, like a baseball that's been hit one time too many.This mesmerizing story is about the strength of family, faith, and love. It's about believing in what you can't see, about having your eyes opened to the impossible. With it's touch of magical realism, and an ending that is perfect, in my opinion, here you have a story to warm your heart. Highly recommend!
Most helpful negative review
Do you ever come acros...
Do you ever come across a book where you pray and hope that it will be a good one and maybe even exceed your expectations? Well sadly, this book did neither for me. Not that I didn't try to like this book. I got lost in the alternating switchbacks of storylines. There was never really much time spent in one time period; therefore, not allowing me to get grounded in any of the storylines. Additionally, I could not grab hold and connect with the characters within this story. Also, the beginning felt like slow reading. I had to take a break and walk away for a while. When I came back, I was hoping that the story would pick up for me. It never did. After reading for a while and only getting a third of the way into the story, I personally could not continue on. Yet, this does not mean that this book won't strike a cord with another reader as it seems it did with other readers.
Most helpful positive review
I was recently talking...
I was recently talking with another writer about Billy Coffey's work. She said, "He writes pretty sentences." I totally agree.Not only that, he writes in a way that seems effortless, those pretty sentences drawing you in and holding you spellbound until you look at the clock and realize hours have gone by. You realize you have to get things done - but you want just another few minutes to keep reading, because he's a doggone good story teller too.I loved STEAL AWAY HOME the way his main character, Owen Cross, loved baseball, and the way Owen loved Michaela Dullahan. The story in some ways was like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. You have the son from a respected middle class family whose talents in baseball just might see him to the big leagues. You have a beautiful young girl - Coffey snuck in another nod to baseball by giving her the nickname "Micky" - who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Strangely, it's the railroad tracks where something miraculous happens to these two - and while one acknowledges it, the other does not. This is when their forbidden love story begins to unravel, like a baseball that's been hit one time too many.This mesmerizing story is about the strength of family, faith, and love. It's about believing in what you can't see, about having your eyes opened to the impossible. With it's touch of magical realism, and an ending that is perfect, in my opinion, here you have a story to warm your heart. Highly recommend!
Most helpful negative review
Do you ever come acros...
Do you ever come across a book where you pray and hope that it will be a good one and maybe even exceed your expectations? Well sadly, this book did neither for me. Not that I didn't try to like this book. I got lost in the alternating switchbacks of storylines. There was never really much time spent in one time period; therefore, not allowing me to get grounded in any of the storylines. Additionally, I could not grab hold and connect with the characters within this story. Also, the beginning felt like slow reading. I had to take a break and walk away for a while. When I came back, I was hoping that the story would pick up for me. It never did. After reading for a while and only getting a third of the way into the story, I personally could not continue on. Yet, this does not mean that this book won't strike a cord with another reader as it seems it did with other readers.
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I was recently talking...

I was recently talking with another writer about Billy Coffey's work. She said, "He writes pretty sentences." I totally agree.Not only that, he writes in a way that seems effortless, those pretty sentences drawing you in and holding you spellbound until you look at the clock and realize hours have gone by. You realize you have to get things done - but you want just another few minutes to keep reading, because he's a doggone good story teller too.I loved STEAL AWAY HOME the way his main character, Owen Cross, loved baseball, and the way Owen loved Michaela Dullahan. The story in some ways was like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. You have the son from a respected middle class family whose talents in baseball just might see him to the big leagues. You have a beautiful young girl - Coffey snuck in another nod to baseball by giving her the nickname "Micky" - who is from the wrong side of the tracks. Strangely, it's the railroad tracks where something miraculous happens to these two - and while one acknowledges it, the other does not. This is when their forbidden love story begins to unravel, like a baseball that's been hit one time too many.This mesmerizing story is about the strength of family, faith, and love. It's about believing in what you can't see, about having your eyes opened to the impossible. With it's touch of magical realism, and an ending that is perfect, in my opinion, here you have a story to warm your heart. Highly recommend!

Billy Coffey sucked me...

Billy Coffey sucked me into Steal Away Home with his description of baseball and small town romance. I found myself immersed in the life of Camden, Virginia and what I thought was a coming-of-age tale. But like all of Coffey's books, this one has a twist, a bit of magic, and a message that made me stop and ponder. Steal Away Home is a book to be savored and is definitely a recommended read. Steal Away Home is told from the first person perspective of former high school baseball star Owen Cross. The book's framework is wonderfully creative, as it shifts from the action of a major league baseball game to recollections of his life. Each chapter is an inning of the game and a look back at what formed Owen's life. Owen's life was ordained by his father, and no one had doubts that he would one day be a major league player. But one night of mystery and wonder changes that forever. Characterization is strong in Steal Away Home. Owen's narrative allows the reader to know first hand his hopes, dreams, and motivations, but also gives a clear picture of the other characters. Owen's pure Virginia mountain cadence is a joy to read and adds greatly to the reading experience. As I said, the story itself takes over the reader's imagination - first with its small-town charm and promise of young love between Owen and Micky Dullahan, and then with an abrupt spiritual journey for the characters. There is a definite supernatural element in this book, but with different effects. It sets Micky free and paralyzes Owen with fear. A number of parallels can be drawn between Camden and the message Micky brings to both the shanties and the townspeople and the ministry of Christ. But as one character puts it, Micky is not Christ come back to life. But she does ask the same question - what do you love? This is the question the reader ponders for himself as well. Steal Away Home is a complex novel in characterization, structure, and message and would make a good choice for a book club. It is not a book to be hurried through, so make sure you have ample time to pause and think. Another winner from Coffey, it gets a highly recommended rating from me. Highly Recommended. Great for Book Clubs. Audience: adults. (Thanks to Thomas Nelson and TLC Book Tours for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Sometimes I have a pro...

Sometimes I have a problem following the author's stories like this one. I couldn't figure out at first what the book was about. I continued to read and suddenly it clicked. The author has a way of getting your attention in subtle ways. He is definitely a storyteller that weaves emotional characters into your heart. Shantytown is a place no one wants to be from or even visit. It's where the poor reside or people from the wrong side of the tracks as we use to say. There is a girl named Micky that lives there. She is a pretty special girl to Owen. I found it interesting that their relationship had to be a secret. Looks like some people just don't accept everyone no matter where they come from. Their relationship was a bit complex and at times I wanted to just give up on them. I liked the baseball references and knew that Owen was destined for big things.I didn't care for his parents much. They remind me of people who go to church to be seen and love to criticize everyone. They had an attitude of being so religious I wanted to scream. The author confuses me at times when he jumps from one time period to another. Owen wants to be in the big league with the pros and the book centers around how to achieve his dream. The story does have some redeeming qualities that make the book worth reading. One thing I could relate to was trying to get approval from a parent. It is never easy when the parent has their eyes set on what they want you to become. I've learned over the years that I don't need approval from anyone to be happy. I encourage readers to give this book a try. It will remind you that we all come from different backgrounds, but we are all equal I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.

The novel starts durin...

The novel starts during Owen's first and probably only Big League game. His entire life has been focused on baseball - it's the one thing that kept him close to his dad and the one thing in his life that he know he excels at. When then is he 29 and just playing in his first major league game after years in the minors? Somewhere along the way, he fell in love and that affected his laser focus on baseball. Michaela was a girl from the 'wrong side of the tracks' in a town that was very divided - the haves and the have-nots didn't mix, not in the school cafeteria and not even in the town church. So Owen and Michaela had to hide their feelings and meet in the woods to talk. He wants to protect her and she doesn't want to be protected - especially after a religious vision on prom night when she feels that her purpose in life has been revealed. This is a beautifully written story about baseball and love. It skips back and forth between the Major league game and Owen's past and interestingly, the author doesn't use chapter headings but he uses innings - top of the 3rd, bottom of the 3rd, etc. Even if you aren't a real lover of baseball (and I'm not) this is still a great read - beautifully written and though provoking. Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.

This was just OK to me...

This was just OK to me. I struggled with how the book was laid out. It just did not flow from past to present and back to past again very well.My thanks to netgalley and Thomas Nelson for this advanced readers copy.

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