“Did you see that? She just reached up and plucked the ball out of the air!” I smiled at the awe in the voice of the stunned boy in my Junior High P.E. class. It was an impressive catch if I do say so myself. But I had learned from some of the best.
Brian, Scott and some of the other boys in my elementary class weren’t ashamed to have a girl play Pickle and Catch and various other games with them at recess. My dad also played catch with me. I had the proud distinction of being one of the first girls picked for teams and was picked before many of the other boys.
To say I was good at baseball, however, would be a lie. Frankly, while I was really good at catching fly balls, I couldn’t (can’t!) throw very well, couldn’t (can’t!) run very fast, and let’s just say that my batting average left something (a lot!) to be desired.
A Promise Forged
by Cara C. Putman
Series: Buckeye Promises #3
Publication Date March 3, 2010, March 21, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois, Indiana World War II Era - 1939 - 1946
Main Character Ages: 15-18, 25-24
Written for: Adults
A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman:
Kat Miller has dreamed of playing baseball her entire life. When she earns a spot on a team in the All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she finds that things aren’t as glamorous as she imagined. She struggles with long road trips, grueling practices, and older teammates who are jealous of her success. And to top it all off, an irritating reporter is constantly getting under Kat’s skin.
Events in Jack Raymond’s career have left him cynical and distanced from God. He never wanted to write at a small paper, and he certainly didn’t want to be assigned to something as inconsequential as a women’s softball team. Then Kat walks into his life. The fiery, young softball player somehow climbs the walls around his heart and makes him want to hope again.
When lies fly and the league appears to fail, will Kat and Jack’s new love survive?
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Kat adored playing softball and was so talented the boys on her older brother’s team had her fill in whenever they were short a player. When the opportunity arose for her to try out for the newly forming All-American Girls Professional Softball League, she was absolutely thrilled! And terrified. She was one of the youngest women trying out.
Jack was a disgruntled, cynical reporter, stuck in a podunk town reporting on a women’s softball team. He was so convinced that it was beneath his abilities and was determined to push through until he could be recognized for the amazing writer he knew he was. Of course, that didn’t stop him from complaining and criticizing the women on the team in the process…
I have to confess that when I first reading about Kat being seventeen and about to enter her senior year of high school (would she still be considered to be a rising senior in high school or is that only for college?) and then saw Jack was in his twenties, it just seemed wrong to me. Yeah, I know it wasn’t necessarily that uncommon in that day and age but it seemed strange. The irony of this is the simple fact that I was 18 and still in high school when my husband, then 29, proposed to me. Hmm.
Kat was very likable. Her strong faith and determination to do right was admirable, especially for a young girl away from her family for the first time. And especially for a young girl away from her family with older women who despised her for her convictions and youth.
I wasn’t as much endeared to Jack. He was a bit too worldly for my tastes, especially for a sweet girl like Kat. He was a terrible flirt and had women sitting on his lap. I did appreciate the faith journey he took, however.
The majority of the story was short snippets of things that happened on a single day told in either Kat’s or Jack’s perspective. Though that gave a sense of time and allowed the story to not appear to all happen in a matter of just a few days, it also made it seem a little choppy.
Guest Post from Cara
Each of my books starts with a hook that engages my interest, and then as I play with it, I think it will engage readers. A Promise Forged was no different. For this book I was writing a series of three World War II novels for Barbour. I already had two historical hooks that fascinated me: children evacuated from London to Ohio, a top secret project to break Engima in Dayton, but I needed one more. I knew the lead characters were going to be siblings, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the kid sister. Then I remembered the All-American Girls Professional Softball/Baseball League.
And I started thinking.
What would it have been like to desperately want a chance to play a sport you loved professionally?
And to be part of the nascent league when no one was sure whether it was a good or bad idea?
I decided that was the perfect place for Kat. She was the kid sister with fire and passion. She wanted a chance to prove herself, and this would be the perfect place. Then she needed a hero worthy of her. One who could go toe-to-toe with her and still see who she could be.
He came in the form of Jack, a cynical reporter who is disappointed to be assigned to cover girls’ baseball. But then he gets to know Kat and some of the others. And he sees something in her that she doesn’t see in herself. It’s the beginning of fireworks that he doesn’t think can go anywhere because she has to go home to her senior year of high school.
As I began researching the history of the league, I learned that the AAGPS/BL archives were kept at a small museum in South Bend, a couple hours from where I live. I spent a day there talking with the curator and exploring all the records. Because the league wasn’t expected to last there weren’t many records from the first year. That meant I had to guess about some things like schedules based on what happened in the years after.
A Promise Forged became a book I loved writing. Kat was feisty, Jack was cynical, and baseball provided a great setting. I can’t believe this football loving woman can admit that!
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- the movie League of Their Own
- a box of cracker jacks
- a $20 Amazon gift card!!
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