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!