Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wish by Jake Smith

This is a very touching novel. Make sure you have your tissue ready.

Aaron is a seven year old whose leukemia has been in remission. But now it's back. When he gets to meet a baseball player from the Detroit Tigers, Aaron has one wish – that his dad would get to play for the Tigers.

Jim thought he might play professional baseball at one time. In college he met Emily and suddenly baseball wasn't so important. The dream lingered, however, and he now coached and played city leagues. When the Tiger organization offered to make it happen, James was torn. It would take weeks. He'd have to work his way up through the farm teams. Did he still have what it would take? Could he be away from his son for that long?

This is a well crafted and moving novel. The characters are great. I loved that little Aaron. What a sweet and courageous boy. This is a wonderful novel of a father's love, a family's perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

It is also a novel that emphasizes the work of finding donor matches for marrow transplants. You can go to to find out more about being tested for being a matching donor.

Jake Smith is an author and editor of three national, award-winning bimonthly magazines.. He lives in Traverse City, Michigan with his wife and children. A former assistant high school baseball coach and All-State shortstop, he now spends his time on the field helping coach his kids' youth baseball teams. Wish is his debut novel. You can find out more at

Tyndale House Publishers, 312 pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.

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