The Home Game, my second novel, is the story of two brothers who are complete opposites. John is a hard worker who puts faith, their father, and the family farm before everything else in his life. Levi’s total focus is baseball. When he’s not playing his favorite sport, Levi is trying to win the heart of pretty Hannah Weaver, otherwise known as the “only Amish girl who can’t cook.” But when a sports talent scout discovers Levi and his incredible pitching arm and offers him a chance to go pro, even Hannah can’t stop him from leaving their community and the Amish lifestyle behind. Sibling rivalry, untold secrets, broken paths, and plenty of surprises await the Troyer family as this story of a son’s dream and a father’s love unfolds.
In addition to writing the novel, I also wrote the stage script for The Home Game Musical, which had its premiere this past Friday at The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana, Indiana. On hand for the premiere were Executive Producer Mel Riegsecker and Producer Dan Posthuma. The show’s Director/Composer is Wally Nason, and Russell Mauldin did the arrangements and orchestrations.
Accompanying my husband and me to the premiere were Rev. and Mrs. Paul Bane, and Bill Hemrick, co-founder of Upper Deck baseball cards.
I hope readers will enjoy the story of The Home Game. Portions of the book were written in each venue where our Amish musicals are playing. The Home Game is our fifth, including The Confession, based on Beverly Lewis’ trilogy, and Half-Stitched, based on Wanda Brunstetter’s book, The Half-Stitched Amish Quilting Club. My first novel, Josiah for President (Zondervan Publishers) is our third musical, which will be playing in Sugar Creek, Ohio, Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania, and Shipshewana, Indiana this year. (visit www.bluegatemusicals.com for show dates and times).
The Home Game is for anyone who enjoys Amish romance, baseball, and a tale with lots of twists and turns. It’s also for anyone who has ever had a dream and swung for the fences, who has found the courage to get back up after being called out, and for all those who have opened their arms and welcomed them home. I hope you enjoy it.
“A heartwarming depiction of Amish life, a woman’s love for her man, and a man’s love of baseball. Bolton hits it way out of the park!” Beverly Lewis, author of The Shunning.
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Martha Bolton is the author of 88 books, including her newest, The Home Game, which has now been adapted into a play. She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for fifteen years, and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Lyrics. She has also written for dozens of comedians and entertainers, including Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton, and Mark Lowry. Her popular series of books for middle-agers (Didn’t My Skin Used to Fit?, Cooking With Hot Flashes, and others) have addressed the subject of growing older in a fun and fresh way.