Michael Sheehan's writing debut is mostly a winner. The story has a sad beginning, made sadder by the real-life tragedies that inspired the main character; but Danny Grace, and his killer pitching arm are a winsome combination.
It helps that the book is populated with so many interesting and likable characters. Josh Sizemore as the aging catcher and mentor; Johnny Flint, the philosophical right-fielder; and Joy the smart-mouthed love interest.
I found myself looking forward to Danny & Johnny's long talks about the nature of God and faith and the universe. Mr. Sheehan never writes more engagingly than during his character's many conjectures upon the state of the human condition as it pertains to the spirit.
The assertion of a quantum mind isn't my favorite, but it does make for fascinating discussion. Still it's hard to disagree with the simple statement that "If we all lived as if God were walking beside us every moment, maybe society's worst problems could be resolved, especially the destructive acts that break the commandments." I especially agree with Johnny's (the philosophical right-fielder) assessment of human nature as a mathematical equation. (You'll have to buy the book in order to find out just what that equation is, lol.)
One Fine Season is a rare love story that my husband might actually enjoy as well. I'll admit that I had a tendency to skim the game passages, as the author's knowledgeable but complex baseball terminology had a tendency to pull me out of the rhythm of the story. Though there was plenty of good old-fashioned sports drama to hook me at the end.
An excerpt can be found here. And if you want to know more about the book, the author and maybe even baseball, you can check out the website, onefineseason.net
The only drawback is one that I wish the editors had been a little more in tune with. Every so often, Michael Sheehan imbues his main characters with an oddly stilted and formal speaking style. I understand his decision to avoid teenage-boy patois, but grown men and women aren't much for that kind of talk either.
All in all, a fine story, that could have used a heavier hand in editing.
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In the interest of full disclosure, I was given a copy of One Fine Season by Michael Sheehan to read by Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for a fair and objective review. I did not take payment from the publisher or author of this book beyond a copy of the book in question. Disclosure Policy