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Three Days at Wrigley Field
K.P. Gresham, author
“Any team can have a bad century.” (Jack Brickhouse, Chicago Cubs TV Announcer, 1948-81) Which is more important, tradition or victory? In 1998 Rachel Caravetti, a star athlete with gaps in her past, pushes professional baseball to answer that question. She has the pitch to win. Does baseball have the guts to hire her? The owner of the Chicago Cubs is dying of cancer. He is desperate for his team to make it into the World Series, but the team’s relief pitching is hurting. Kevin Boswell, the slumping ace pitcher, stands to lose his job if Rachel succeeds; he is also the only man Rachel has ever loved. To what lengths will the devious manager of the Cubs, the commissioner of baseball and Mike’s scheming granddaughter go to keep Rachel out of professional baseball? In this struggle for a World Series Cub appearance, anger, skill, fear, dreams and raw talent lock in deadly battle. The beloved “Friendly Confines” cradles the last dreams of a dying man and the struggling romance between two people who love baseball as much as they love each other. On its pitcher’s mound, Rachel faces her deepest fear and learns that her biggest challenge has nothing to do with baseball.

Quarter Finalist

Plot/Idea: 10 out of 10
Originality: 9 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 9 out of 10
Overall: 9.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: This novel is expertly plotted and engaging. The author does a fantastic job keeping readers on the edge of their seats, including those who may not baseball fans.

Prose: Gresham seamlessly uses multiple points of view, combining each story into a perfect timeline replete with well-placed mini-cliffhangers.

Originality: The combination of love, passion, illness, and the business of baseball makes this an original tale that will appeal to readers of all stripes.

Character Development: Each character—both primary and secondeary—in this story stands out as a clear individual. Readers will strongly relate to each character, including the antagonists.

Blurb: This is a fast-paced story of love, hardship, fear, trust, and shady business decisions. It's also a love letter to baseball and a powerful page-turner.

Date Submitted: August 26, 2018

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