This is the ninth novel by Billy Coffey who lives with his wife and kids in the Shenandoah Valley. It concerns a young man driven by his father to succeed as a baseball player who leaves his first love to pursue the game and returns to try to discern where this has left her, a young woman whose upbringing is decidedly less advantaged than his. “This rich and masterful tale is touched by the miraculous and is cleverly delivered as the first-person recollections of a seasoned catcher. Fans of America's favorite pastime will enjoy this book from page one. As the main character's memories crowd in between the third and fourth inning, there is a universal and undeniable draw to the complexities of growing up and chasing a dream or love. Coffey has composed an incredible literary journey of life, faith, love and baseball.” – RT Book Reviews. “Coffey pens another nostalgic, lyrical tale blending faith elements with the supernatural . . . Coffey entrances readers with this quiet tale of love, loss, and deciding what matters most in life.” – Publishers Weekly.
Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2018. 376 pages with discussion questions. Trade paperback