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Casey and twin brother Griffin are engaging, spar like experts but always good-naturedly, and draw the reader right into their world. James draws her characters with plenty of quirks to make them interesting, and finds fresh ways to describe them. For instance, Casey’s boss repeatedly misplaces personal items and is often seen patting his pockets, belt, or wrist. in search of glasses, cell phone, or watch. Her nickname for him? Macarena Man.
James is obviously a keen observer of human behavior, which allows her to portray concise but powerful character interactions with crisp, clever dialog. I especially enjoyed Casey’s cheeky observations, even of herself. Here she’s thinking: “I sounded like a freshman at Smart Mouth Prep. I didn’t usually talk that way in front of my mother.”
Adding to the enjoyment of reading Casey’s story is James’s ability to create vivid word pictures and effective metaphors. For example, on one occasion Casey and Griffin, along with their spouses, are discussing how to proceed. The twins are of opposite opinions:
“I froze. It never occurred to me that Griffin would move forward without me. “You would do that, knowing the way I feel?” I turned to Sam and Jillian for support. They slid their chairs back a few inches over the border into Switzerland.”
As Casey grapples with forgiving, and even wonders if God exists, the spiritual themes are handled in a realistic manner, and with the grace and humor that characterizes James’s writing.
DOUBLE HEADER opens with a curve-ball first line that hooked me, and continued to intrigue, surprise, and charm me to the very end. The story came alive, and I find myself thinking about who should be cast in the movie version~which would be delicious to see.
An added bonus to the book was a great travelogue of the Boston area. It makes me want to venture there!
The plot entertained me while the characters’ relationships piqued my interest, pricked my conscience and provoked some thoughts and prayers to God; something that Christian fiction should do.
You don’t have to be a sports fan or know much about baseball to enjoy Double Header by Clarice James. The author has written an engaging character driven story that will keep you reading on to the surprising finish. On the surface Double Header is about Casey Gallagher and Griffin McGee, a sister brother team who write a sports column. Their personalities are as different as their regular jobs of marketing and teaching. Casey is strong-willed and likes being in control of her life. Griffin is easy going and flexible. Casey has her life planned out until an unexpected letter throws her a curve she is not prepared to handle. Double Header is full of witty repartee, but it is a deeper story of family, changing priorities and finding forgiveness and finding faith. It also a mystery that will keep you guessing till the end.