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Whether you are a man or a woman, whether you like sports, or even if you don’t, get this book and read it. You’ll thank me.
The main appeal is that this is a good story. The struggle to be as good as you can be at your chosen profession, the difficulties that sometimes complicate that, and figuring out how to deal with it, is something many of us can empathize with. I’ve also read a couple things lately that talked about how fiction can help us better understand the lives of people not like us, and this was good for me to imagine the challenges of being a woman in a male-dominated profession. I suspect men and women are going to benefit from reading this kind of tale in different ways, but benefit regardless.
I’m not a big sports fan, but I’m sure those who are will enjoy the baseball part of the story. As someone who came of age about the same time as the characters in this story (late 70s) I found myself experiencing a bit of nostalgia that the typical reader wouldn’t. (But I refuse to call this historical fiction for you young’uns.) All in all, a good read, even for those who would typically stay away from women’s fiction or sports fiction.
I was also curious as to the status of female umpires in the major and minor leagues. How credible was this? What I found is that the first woman to work as an umpire in the minor leagues of professional baseball did so in 1972, so the story could have happened as indicated. But 45 years later it looks like women umpires are still a rarity with the first woman to work in the major leagues not doing so until 2007 and very few that work in professional baseball at any level. Maybe the difficulties Margie experiences are more contemporary than I thought.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Not a bad story. Not bad at all.
Couple of items to watch:
1) Excessive name tags
2) Sentences beginning with and, and but, and so.
3) I felt a little cheated with the cover-up. Never figured out how high up it went
4) Margie’s character came across a little wishy-washy at times.
5) The death of their father was covered but I’m curious how he died
6) All chapters began with “THE” Break it a little
7) Lot of sentences ended with, though. Took some edge and emphasis on some of the thoughts.
1) It’s a baseball book. How can you go wrong?
2) Enjoyed many of the field situations and the descriptions. Puts readers right on the diamond
3) Did I miss where the name Bargie came from?
4) Liked, Pat. She’s a crusty ole broad.
5) Good to see Wes and Margie got back together. Gonna be one hell of a trio!
6) Little polish, it’s a solid four stars
Thank you for the opportunity of being a beta reader. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Go TIGERS!
I’ve collaborate with Laurie in the past. I don’t always like or agree with the topics she writes about, that aside, she does have a gifted pen. I am a die-hard baseball fan and her love for the game shines through in this fun, hard, gritty tale of the minor leagues and how hard it is to make it to the “show” for players and umpires.