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Broken Laces [Kindle Edition]

Rodney Walther
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Book Description

Rodney is excited to announce that his second award-winning novel, Space in the Heart, is now available!

The back-cover blurb for Broken Laces:
Everyone deserves a second chance.

Jack "The Cannon" Kennedy thinks he's living the American Dream. A fancy house in the Houston suburbs. A promising career. And a loving wife who tolerates his long hours and selfish ways.

In one horrific instant, he loses his wife. Then his job. Then his hope. And that just leaves Kellen, the young son Jack hardly knows or understands.

Jack realizes he must reconnect with Kellen or they'll never get past their shared grief. But Jack's biggest obstacle is staring back from the mirror.

Desperate to reach Kellen, he turns to baseball, the game he once loved. With Jack, a win-at-all-costs former star pitcher, coaching his son's Little League team, what could possibly go wrong? :

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Reached the Paid Top-100 of all Kindle ebooks during 2013!

From the Author

No offense to the thrill ride escapist fiction on the shelves, but I believe that a great story engages the reader's emotions. My goal as a writer is to take the reader inside the mind of interesting people in extraordinary circumstances. 

Readers who enjoy authors such as Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult, and Pat Conroy may appreciate my realistic-yet-complicated characters, straightforward narrative style, and emotional pull of the story.

Product Details

  • File Size: 863 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0982944608
  • Publisher: Redstone Ranch Press (November 10, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,984 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Nicholas Sparks . . . February 1, 2011
I am a voracious reader of literary fiction, and I am a fan of the works of Nicholas Sparks, Jodi Picoult, etc. I enjoy the realism of these fictional portrayals of romance, redemption, tragedy, and love.
I was browsing through Jodi Picoult's works on Amazon one day, looking for a new book to keep me occupied on an upcoming business trip, and I noticed this book and the great reviews it had received.
I was in the mood to try something new, and it was a good deal, so I ordered it.
I am glad I did.

I found the book enjoyable on many levels, and preferred Mr. Walther's writing style to Sparks' because of the readability and the ease of which he moves from scene to scene.
I found the characters to be interesting and believable, and I identified with Jack as he struggled to overcome the loss of a loved one, the challenges of fatherhood and coaching, and the every day struggles against his own flaws.

Rodney Walther is a skilled writer and I highly recommend this book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't wait to get back to it! December 3, 2010
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Jack is a regular guy, okay a driven, self-involved, confident guy who takes for granted the dearest parts of his life--until the death of his wife punches home the reality of his vulnerability. I wanted to smack him, then comfort him, then smack him again. The shake-your-head irony of his struggle combined with his own self-effacing humor, never mind bravado, makes Jack character I won't forget. BROKEN LACES is a wonderful read!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A powerful story April 21, 2011
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Due to his job, Jack is away from the house about 12 hours a day. It doesn't leave him a lot of time to be with his family, something his wife complained about often enough. When his wife dies in a car accident, Jack discovers he really doesn't know his 7 year-old son, nor does he know how to be a parent. The book is about the struggle and mistakes Jack makes with his son while dealing with his own grief. Jack hopes baseball, something he'd been very good at in his youth until his hand was injured, will bring him and his son together.

This book should appeal greatly to anyone who has been through little league or has a child who is playing. It will also grab many who lost a parent at an early age, or a spouse while raising a child. An excellent job has been done by the author in regards to the mistakes and misunderstandings that can happen between parent and child, especially involving grief or a parent's expectations of their young athlete. Jack struggles through a good portion of the book until finally reaching some realizations. The mistakes made are obvious to the reader, but then again, it's difficult to see the picture when you're standing in the middle of it. A large chunk of the book is devoted to baseball as this is Jack's passion.

I didn't have children, lose a parent at a young age or ever been involved in little league, so while a good read, I imagine the story doesn't have the same impact for me as it would otherwise. A good portion of the book deals with the struggle, which can get uncomfortable at times. A number of times I wanted to set the book aside and read something that didn't involve such emotional struggle, at least until 75% into the story when Jack starts seeing things differently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jeff Dawson Author,Coach,Umpire Single Parent December 28, 2010
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I just finished reading the book. I was torn between a four star and five star review. I really understand who Jack is. I went back to the days of coaching and realized in my last year of coaching that life was taking its' toll. Divorced, single parent, and a struggling company. I had become " Jack" in that last season. I was being way to hard on the boys and my son. It finally boiled over in a game to the point one of the assistants called me out during the game. I realized it was time to step down and regroup. The next year I was a supporting fan and did not interfere with the coaches. It was humbling but gave me a chance to reflect and just watch my two sons and daughter just play the game for fun. Baseball taught me how to be a dad again and to just sit back and relax.

Reading about Melanie was very difficult as I lost my fiance in 2009 to cancer. Those memories are always there and never completely leave us. Thank you Rodney, I needed that healing. I will be re-reading those parts again and again.

I don't want to steal any attention from Mr. Walther, but I couldn't help but notice how this book and two I just put out are really tied in with each other. A Baseball Coaching Manual that puts the fun back into baseball and Gods Plan A Glimpse Into Ones Life. All three make a perfect trilogy.

In closing the lessons Mr. Walther brings to light are true life lessons, baseball is a timeless sport and teaches us the value of friends, family and God. Thank you for an excellent book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly engaging December 10, 2010
Broken Laces starts with a bang. In the very first chapter, Jack Kennedy witnesses in his rearview mirror the horrific car accident that kills his wife. Before that terrible moment, Jack was the kind of guy we've all known, a successful businessman living the suburban American dream, a man whose work too often came before family. Now he's shattered, his young son is traumatized to the point of two-word sentences -- when he speaks at all -- and Jack is faced not only with single parenthood, but with the bewildering task of trying to gain the love of the boy he never really knew. The road ahead is something no parent should ever have to navigate. Jack stumbles along it in ways that make the reader sometimes hate him, sometimes love him, sometimes cringe, sometimes cheer, and sometimes literally cry. The author is a master at doing this to us, taking us on an emotional rollercoaster (pardon the mixed metaphors) and ultimately, thankfully, leaving us satisfied. People who like the stories of Nicholas Sparks will love Broken Laces. And people who like sports stories will be especially gratified because a key factor throughout the story, for both the highs and the lows, is baseball.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Baseball, the game that closes the gap between father and son.
Such a good story. A father who has to completely change his life when his wife dies. And the game that became the bridge between father and son.
Published 5 days ago by Jeanne M Abbott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Nice book
Published 1 month ago by Sportslink
5.0 out of 5 stars Father finds himself
I so enjoyed this book! It grabbed my interest at the start and never let go of it. Waither does an excellent work of character building.
Published 2 months ago by Pam Schultz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good read
Published 2 months ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story
The story is about how a man becomes close to his son partially through being manager of his son's little league baseball team. There is a lot about baseball.
Published 2 months ago by Sharon Harrah
5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't know what to expect with this story
I I did not know what to expect from this author, not having heard of him and the book being a free one. This story pulled me in right away! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jayna Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun book about life.
A great book about sport teaching life.Would recommend it to anyone growing up.Parent or child.Have fun with this book.Great read.
Published 3 months ago by Ed Matthews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
A page turner. Totally enjoyed the growing relationship between parent and child. But why need a misfortune to activate it?
Published 3 months ago by Bonita Norris
1.0 out of 5 stars Rather weak.
This story did not keep my interest. It rambled on with a lot of descriptive paragraphs on baseball and not enough substance to the story line. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B.J.G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad story but so predictable from start to finish and ...
I actually read the whole book but only because I had no others to start at that time. Not a bad story but so predictable from start to finish and was tired of Father's immaturity... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rose Ann Smith
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