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That's when sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville, Missouri, so he can sober up in anonymity. He bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts. Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much-until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the star's charm. Then there's Morris, a twelve-year-old boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out. Four individuals, each living in haunted isolation, each harboring a secret passion. Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?
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Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2009
Its 1905 and the Chicago Cubs are banking on superstar Donald "Duke" Dennisons golden arm to help them win the pennant. Only one thing stands between Duke and an unprecedented ten thousand dollar contract: alcohol.
When sportswriter David Voyant whisks Duke to the one-horse town of Picksville, Missouri, so he can sober up in anonymity, Duke bides his time flirting with Ellie Jane Voyant, his unofficial chaperone, who would rather hide herself in the railway station ticket booth than face the echoes of childhood taunts.
Ned Clovis, the feed store clerk, has secretly loved Ellie Jane since childhood, but he loves baseball and the Duke almost as much--until he notices Ellie Jane may be succumbing to the stars charm.
Then theres Morris, a twelve-year-old Negro boy, whose only dream is to break away from Picksville. When Duke discovers his innate talent for throwing a baseball, Morris might just have found his way out.
Providence brings them together. Tragedy threatens to tear them apart. Will love be enough to bring them home?
Stealing Home took me by surprise with gripping characters who dare to defy traditions of race, relationships, and what it means to be a woman, a man, a friend. With baseball in the 1900s as a metaphor, Stealing Home is a skillfully woven story about believing in the game of life, love, and ultimately in the victory of change. Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House
There is no doubt about it. Stealing Home has earned a place on my keeper shelf. Allison Pittmans wonderfully drawn characters captured my heart and never let go. I hurt with them, laughed with them, loved with them, and cried with them, and I will surely never forget them. Dont miss this book! Robin Lee Hatcher, best-selling author of Wagered Heart and A Vote of Confidence
The fabulous ensemble cast of Stealing Home broadens the scope of Allison Pittmans well-crafted novel, setting it apart from typical period romances and grounding the story with historical relevance. Yes, readers will want Ellie Jane to find love, but theyll want much more than that, toojustice for Morris; hope for Ned; peace and victory for Duke. And they wont be disappointed. Stealing Home drew me in from the first pitch and held me until the final strikeout. Christa Parrish, author of Home Another Way
Allison Pittman hit one out of the park with Stealing Home. The superb cast of characters in this tender story of hope, love, and healing settled in my soul and made me long to stroll down to the town square and linger a while. An unexpected delight in this lovely tale was the narration by Morris, an innocent yet perceptive young man who knows the citizens of Picksville better than they know themselves. More than the story of a few characters, Stealing Home is a study of small town life at its very worst and its shining best. Megan DiMaria, author of Out of Her Hands and Searching for Spice
Allison Pittman is a master at creating a fictional world so real youll never want to leave it. She balances light humor with insights into romance that make you re-examine your own heart and soul. She keeps you guessing all the way to the grand slam of an ending. And when she writes about baseball, you feel as if the bats in your own hand, swinging at the fastest ball you ever saw. Stealing Home covers all the basesa home run of a novel. Caroline Coleman, author of Loving Soren
Written with an elegant flair, Stealing Home is a tremendous story of love, patience, and hope against hope. Alice J. Wisler, author of Rain Song and How Sweet It Is
RadioladyToronto, OntarioAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2011RadioladyToronto, OntarioAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An engaging story about a time in the history of sports that most of us would know nothing about. Throw in some quirky characters, a small town mindset, racial tension, finding love and God...and you have the makings of a great novel! A bit of a surprise ending but it kept the pages turning!
Christine Howard5 Stars Out Of 5July 21, 2009Christine HowardBeautifully written, with engaging character, set against a wonderful time period in American history; wrappred in a web of interlocking themes. This was a genuine treat to read and so incredibly refreshing from the junk many Christian authors are penning these days. Thank you, Allison Pittman. My 29 year son, an avid baseball fan read the book as well. He found the racial tension and pressure of major league sports even 105 years ago fascinating.I'd reccommend this book to anyone.
Betty PHawley, PennaGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5July 17, 2009Betty PHawley, PennaGender: femaleAnother good book from Allison. Makes one sorry that Negro ballplayers, no matter how good they were, could not get into M.L.B.
schoolmarmHeber Springs, ARAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 19, 2009schoolmarmHeber Springs, ARAge: Over 65Gender: femaleWhen the great Duke Dennison arrived in thesmall town of Picksville, God through othersopened his eyes to life that is rich and fullminus the liquor and fame. A very good read.
Christy Lockstein5 Stars Out Of 5June 5, 2009Christy LocksteinStealing Home by Allison Pittman is a stunner of a historical novel. Ellie Jane Voyant has lived her life in 1905 Picksville, Mississippi as an eccentric outcast. Ned Clovis has loved her since he was 12 years old, but his life of silence since he lost his hearing has made him an outcast as well. Morris, a 12 year old Negro boy has a life very different in Picksville from Ned and Ellie, but he's trying to make something of himself, with a future and an education. Their lives are all irrevocably changed by the appearance of Duke Dennison, a high-priced baseball player drying out from alcohol abuse in their small town. Pittman captures perfectly the atmosphere of an insular small town with its petty abuses and crimes, along with the joy of a game of baseball. Baseball becomes the unifier of these four disparate characters giving Ellie a place of her own, Ned a voice, and Morris a presence. Duke's struggle to be more of a man is its own beautiful story. I don't want to give anything about this beautifully written story away, so please get a copy and read it!