Sunday, June 15, 2014
Wish by Jake Smith Review
James McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.
As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime—a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players—and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.
A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?
Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.
Jake Smith is the editor of several national, award-winning bimonthly magazines. He has also written several outdoor and dog-training books and published more than 150 articles in national outdoor magazines. A former assistant high school baseball coach and two-time All-State high school shortstop, Jake now spends his time on the field coaching his kids' youth baseball teams.
While researching Wish, Jake talked with current and former Major League Baseball players, children's hospital administrators, pediatric oncologists, and families who fought against childhood leukemia and other illnesses. Their expertise, along with tours of C. S. Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and "behind the scenes" of Comerica Park (home of the Detroit Tigers) and Fifth Third Ballpark (home of the West Michigan Whitecaps), provided the basis for Wish. Jake hopes this novel will help support children's hospitals, patient and family foundations, and participation in the National Marrow Donor Program's bone marrow registry (bethematch.org).
Jake holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife sciences and management and lives in Traverse City, Michigan, with his wife, Vickie, their three children, and their Labrador retriever. Visit him online at www.jakesmithbooks.com.
Cassandra's Review Q&A
What did you like about the book and why? The story was made to raise awareness of bone marrow donors and the need for them. It has a powerful story line.
What did you not like about the book and why? It was so sad. I mean a real tear jerker.
What did you learn? That donors make such an impact and that one father had such a huge love for his son that it made this book so good.
To whom would you recommend this book and why? Teens or adults. I would not want my younger children to be sad and think of this at their age as they can not really connect well.
Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.