Reviewed by Kayla S.
StealingHome will appeal to fans of Christian literature and romance novels; it is an uplifting story about faith, often in times of adversity, and of how people transcend their stereotypes in personal relationships.
For the impartial reader, Stealing Home tends to unravel a bit like a soap opera. The characters rarely breach one dimension, only revealing an all-too-clean-cut “true” nature after the other characters (and the reader) are forced to believe they are something else. Even then, their metamorphoses are predictable; I could sense an agenda in the writing, attempting to show that each character had redemptive qualities.
Pittman does have some good moments. The book, which involves the story of a fallen baseball star, is cleverly arranged into nine “innings.” She structures the book as a game, playing on the undertones of trickery and skill involved in these characters’ relationships. However, it is merely something to acknowledge and forget, as with most witty snapshots in the book, which are fleeting and far too sporadic.
You will find very few surprises here. Stealing Home is a quick, entertaining read that touches on issues like addiction, romance, redemption, piety, and forgiveness in the framework of the American pastoral.
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.