Thursday, September 15, 2016
Homestands by Sally Bradley
Homestands by Sally Bradley is full of romantic whimsy! She writes big city fiction with real issues and real hope.
The story starts with Meg, a single mom who bumps into her ex-husband, Mike, who just happens to be a professional baseball player. When he meets her 6-year-old, who happens to share his last name, Meg is not prepared for this revelation of a secret she’s been keeping since he hurt her all those years ago.
Mike is surprised, but thrilled to have a son. Terrell is thrilled to have a dad. Meg is not thrilled to be hanging out with Mike on a regular basis again. Mike and Meg battle guilt and deep hurts as memories of their relationship pop up on a daily basis, spreading confusion and longing all over the place.
Chicago is the author’s hometown, and it’s obvious in this, her second novel. She paints the town with a personal touch, deftly weaving details that this former Chicago resident recognizes with glee. I like that the professional baseball team she chooses is a fictional team: The Chicago Wind. This team replaces the Cubs in Bradley’s fictional Chicago, but don’t worry, The White Sox remain.
The pacing is spot on, never flagging. I love the adorable 6-year-old boy, and I love how Meg’s thoughts and feelings ring very true to life. There’s lot to love here, check it out for yourself!
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