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26 12, 2016

Review: Triple Crown by Felix Francis

By | December 26th, 2016|Categories: Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Sports|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

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triple crown book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

I loved the books by the author’s father, Dick Francis, so how in the world have I missed those by the son? Darned if I know, but I won’t miss any more of them, I can guarantee that. I’m going back to start with the first one, in an effort to catch up. However, Triple Crown happily stands on its own, so you won’t have to fret at having missed anything.

You just jump right in here, at the beginning, the same as the protagonist, Jefferson Hinkley of the BHA, the British Horseracing Authority. But this time around finds him in the US in springtime–all because of the Triple Crown.

14 10, 2016

Review: Learning to Fall by Anne Clermont

By | October 14th, 2016|Categories: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Sports, Women's Fiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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learning to fall book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

Now in her early twenties, Brynn Seymour has always been around horses, which are, after all, her family’s main source of income. The family home is part of the Redwood Grove Stables, some forty or so miles north of San Francisco spread over grassy hills and valleys, perfect for the stabling and hunter/jumper training offered by her father. Beginning with smaller scale events, horses and riders gradually move up to the Gran Prix circuit with prizes of a million or so bucks. It’s big-time stuff!

An only child, Brynn has always wanted to be a veterinarian. She’s now just one year away from graduation when she accompanies her dad and their number one stableman Derek, to the biggest of them all — The Million Dollar Gold Cup Event in Canada. She is over-tired from studying and may have forgotten to securely latch the gate on the three horse trailer they’re towing.

11 06, 2016

Review: Love of the Game by Lori Wilde

By | June 11th, 2016|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Sports|Tags: , , |3 Comments

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love of the game book coverReviewed by Kelly Ferjutz

It’s summertime. Start with baseball, add in a touch of fantasy (of the sort to make every girl’s heart go pitter-patter!) and one can hardly go wrong with Love of the Game, the third volume of Lori Wilde’s Stardust, Texas series. The hero, Axel Richmond is way more macho than he needs to be for his own good, which of course, he refuses to acknowledge or understand, much less admit to. Currently, he is a baseball pitcher with a sore shoulder. Ouch! The female lead, however, is not your standard issue heroine. No, she’s a Ph.D in sports physical therapy, overcoming a tragic childhood, thanks to having been adopted by a great couple who treat all their well-loved adopted girls as their own.

11 05, 2012

Review: Calico Joe by John Grisham

By | May 11th, 2012|Categories: Contemporary, Family Saga, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Sports|Tags: , , |8 Comments

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Reviewed by Jennifer Rasmussen

Paul Tracey is on a quest to amend a wrong his father, a pitcher for the NY Mets, committed against one of baseball’s greats, a young up-and-coming rookie for the Chicago Cubs, Joe Castle “Calico Joe”.

In true Grisham fashion, the book opens with an incredibly in-depth accounting of Joe Castle’s first few rookie games, and Paul’s hero-worship of this superstar. The opening stories are so factual and detail-rich I had to have my baseball-geek husband translate a few of them, but then the story kicks into high gear as Grisham reveals the relationship–and life-changing event–between Joe Castle and his father. From that point on, I couldn’t put it down.

Grisham has a fantastic way of making the characters come alive and intertwines the events with an artistic flair. This allowed me to effortlessly switch between the flashbacks of

30 10, 2011

Review: The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

By | October 30th, 2011|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Sports|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

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Reviewed by Krista Castner

The college years are usually full of angst, longing, uncertainty and growth. The main characters in Chad Harbach’s debut novel, The Art of Fielding experience all sorts of conflicting emotions and life experiences as they each struggle to define who they are within the small rural Wisconsin campus of Westish College; and who they will become when they leave college.

This book has been billed as a baseball story. There are plenty of pages devoted to the discussion of baseball philosophy (the Zen of Baseball if you will) and lots of descriptions of baseball games. For those of you who aren’t baseball fans or who normally shy away from sports centered books I’d suggest stepping up and (ahem) taking a swing at this book anyway. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

To me this story was reminiscent of John