Double Header

Double Header

by Clarice G. James




Casey Gallagher has it all together-a lucrative marketing career in Boston, a happy marriage, and a successful sports column she writes with her younger brother Griffin. She's got a plan to save for a dream home in the suburbs and then have kids, even though her cop husband Sam doesn't see the need to wait.

The memory of her father still looms large four years after his passing. He was the cop who let her shine his boots, and she's idolized him since she was a little girl. Even Sam can't live up to his legacy. Then Casey receives a letter that bursts her balloon. Could her father not have been all she believed he was, and if so, how can her mother, who recently remarried and found a new faith, so easily forgive her former husband? Even the Red Sox rookies Casey and Griffin have recently befriended seem to have an inner peace that puzzles her.

As Casey attempts to fit the changes life throws at her into her idealistic plan, she is challenged by the dialogue running in her head. Is it her conscience, her imagination, or the voice of the God she's not sure she believes in?

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ISBN-13: 9781941291245
Publisher: Mountainview Books, LLC
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Double Header 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Double Header By: Clarice G. James Wow, this maybe Ms James first published novel , but she has penned herself a winner that is a dramatic story. I could not read fast enough to see what was going to happen next. The story and the characters both were easy to follow and I really enjoyed them . I did not play baseball , but I did play softball . You do not have to be a fan of baseball to read and enjoy :”Double Header.” Siblings Casey and Griffin both write a sports column called “Double Header.” Casey has her life all planned out, but Griffin is different . Casey gets a letter that involves her deceased father and it turns her world up-side down . What should she do ? Who should she tell? All through the novel Casey hears a voice talking to her. She is not really into the God thing, but who is talking to her and telling her what to do ? I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review.
Brab608 More than 1 year ago
The mark of a good book is feeling sad when I finish it. With “Double Header” Clarice James hit it out of the park. James does a good job writing believable dialogue and creating tension among and within her characters. Casey, the protagonist of the story is credible as a young, driven career woman struggling to have it all and realizing she can’t. Amidst those struggles and choices she finds new faith in God. The gospel is presented in a gentle but godly manner with Casey approaching God tentatively but seeing His faithfulness even with her hesitant efforts. I would have liked to see the other characters fleshed out more, in particular Casey’s mother. It is her faith that stirs Casey so I would have like to have learned more of where that came from. An added bonus to the book was a great travelogue of the Boston area. It makes me want to venture there! The plot entertained me while the characters’ relationships piqued my interest, pricked my conscience and provoked some thoughts and prayers to God; something that Christian fiction should do.
debhgrty More than 1 year ago
Deb’s Dozen: Baseball, Sibling Rivalry, Snappy Repartee, Mystery–Double Header Hits a Home Run! Double Header by Clarice G. James is a most delightful debut novel that will be enjoyed by both guys and gals. Siblings Casey Gallagher and Griffin McGee write a sports column titled “Double Header” noted for their bickering back and forth as well as snappy repartee. Casey also works for a marketing company, and her husband, Sam, is a police officer. Griffin, a school teacher and coach, is married to Jillian, who is expecting their first child. Off to their traditional stint at spring training watching the Boston Red Sox, Casey and Griffin are entranced by the pitcher-catcher team from South Boston, Mike Hennessey and Darin Flynn, dubbed by our trio, The Irish Twins. After the first day’s workout, the duo heads to a golf course to play nine holes. Griffin comes back with a tee time to Casey’s amazement and …with the Irish Twins themselves. Back at work at both their day jobs and their columns, Casey receives a letter that spins her world worse than a close pitch. What should she do? The letter’s contents concern her family—how does she determine the truth—and does she tell them? As Casey is working her way through the dilemma, she and Sam must come to grips with Casey’s unhealthy mourning of her dad’s death as well as the current state of their marriage and goals. Griffin and Jillian have the whole morning sickness what are we going to do now do we want to know the sex of the baby thing going on. On top of their day jobs and personal lives, their agent, Roberta, is nagging them about the future of “Double Header” … are they going to expand, do more TV and radio, write those sports biographies … or are they going to just keep schlepping along. You’ll absolutely love Casey Gallaher—the story is told from her point of view—and her wacky wit. I giggled and laughed out loud several times while reading. And Griffin is a typical younger brother. The Irish Twins are a delight as are Casey’s husband, Sam, and his protégé, Tommy Colletti. If you happen to be a Bosox fan and know the area, you’ll love all the local references. If not, you’ll still love the story, the mystery, and the repartee. Clarice James has knocked it out of the park with Double Header—five stars! Buy it now! Clarice James loves to read and write contemporary and historical women’s fiction (although Double Header is fun for both sexes). Years of writing for business and ministry have finally yielded to the fun of writing fiction. Clarice and her husband, David, live in southern New Hampshire. Together they have five married kids and ten grandkids. Find out more about Clarice at
DLiesner More than 1 year ago
Absolutely smashing! The only baseball I've watched is when a grandchild was participating, so I wondered my lack of sports knowledge would affect my response to this book. Not a bit! The baseball was integral, yet subtle, just as in real life vocations become background to our struggles and victories. Casey was smart, and fun, though a bit controlling. I appreciated that the men in her life (her husband, her brother, the baseball players, etc.) were good men. Far from perfect, they too were focused and sometimes frustrated but were still supportive as much as she allowed. I enjoyed 'watching' Casey mature and put others first, struggling to release barriers then opening her heart to new things. You'd think I was at a game or something, the way my heart was cheering for her and even starting to understand her wacky agent Roberta. I was going to read it again, but a baseball fan came over and I started raving about it. . .