Synopsis: Chin Music. A 95 mile-per-hour fastball thrown at a hitter’s chin -- an instant’s difference between disrupting the batter’s concentration and hitting him in the head. As a metaphor in life, chin music is the split second when destinies are altered and all of our certainties about who we are change forever.
Ryan Buck, a high school senior and talented athlete, is weighed down with guilt over the horrific accident that has shattered his family’s idyllic life. His dad is dead, his younger brother is maimed, and his mom, Susan, is overwhelmed. Suddenly, life is full of challenges. In the aftermath of the crash, Susan is forced to sell the valuable Babe Ruth artifacts that have been in her family for five generations.
A chance meeting with Sam, a retired businessman and baseball memorabilia collector, leads to a close friendship that provides the support Susan needs to investigate a secret that has plagued her family for as long as she can remember -- the remarkable encounter between her great grandmother Zel and the immortal Yankee slugger. As Ryan labors, baseball becomes his only outlet, emotionally and physically. When his superior talent for the sport is recognized, a chance at the major leagues becomes a reality, leaving Susan torn between her excitement at Ryan's prospects and protecting her family from the truth that will turn their world upside down.
At once a moving story about a troubled kid's dream of making it in baseball, and the struggles of a Mom suddenly alone, trying to do the best for her family, Chin Music will leave readers cheering for more.
My Review: Chin Music, a fastball under the chin that makes you take notice of your surroundings. Edelstein has created a captivating tale about the great, great-grandson of Babe Ruth.
While tragedy has befallen their family, the Buck’s rally and soon find themselves engulfed in an intense story of the Yankee great and his lady barber. Chin Music is a very compelling story and a very quick read. I found myself dreaming of the warm Florida sunshine during spring training. Ryan Buck’s first at-bat as a Yankee is gripping and I felt like I was in the park watching the entire thing unfold.
This is a must read for any sports fan, and especially so for a baseball fan.
Meet the Author: Lee Edelstein is a successful entrepreneur whose business activities kept him too busy to devote much time to writing. Now retired, he has graduated from penning the occasional short story for family and friends to his first novel, Chin Music, where he channels a lifelong passion for baseball into a charming story. Lee and his wife, Janet, split time between New York and Florida.
Purchase It: You can purchase Chin Music online at Amazon for $14.95 (Kindle version $6.95)
Giveaway: I have one copy of Chin Music to giveaway (US/CAN)! All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know your favorite baseball team. Mine is Detroit Tigers! Make sure you leave me your email address too! Good luck, contest ends, March 11th at midnight (EST).
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