Did you ever set a goal so high that you needed to jump over the moon in order to reach it? That's the exciting theme of JUMPING OVER THE MOON. The novel is about life and love, and there also is some great baseball action with a team made up of Lakota Indians. The story's main character, Phineas, has a generous heart, but it's also a heart that's failing. Before he dies, he wants to spend more time with his wife, and he must prepare his nephew to run the family business. But his most unusual life goal relates to his ongoing rivalry: Phin wants one last victory over his longtime friend, Mort. Set in Southern California in the late 1920s, the strong economy of the Roaring Twenties helps Phin and Mort live out their sporting fantasies with a type of one-upmanship that far exceeds normal standards of friendly competition. After a lifetime of sporting duels, battling for the last coveted slot in the Los Angeles Winter Ball League becomes their final challenge
|Publisher:||Reed, Robert D. Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
E Dee Monnen loves collecting interesting bits of baseball history and sharing quirky baseball facts wherever she goes. She's been a guest on more than 200 radio programs and several television shows, including a national appearance on Fox & Friends. She has also been a guest speaker for symposiums, various book clubs, and corporations.
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In “Jumping Over the Moon” author E Dee Monnen focuses on setting a goal so high you might need to “jump over the moon” to reach it. The protagonist Phineas Gannon is a man of fine character with a generous spirit. Over the years he has neglected attention to physical exercise and a moderate diet. A visit to his doctor confirms his suspicions that he is at risk of an impending major heart attack. Threatened by this knowledge and the certainty of a shortened lifespan, Phin takes a serious look at what he wants from life. He begins training his nephew to take over the family business in preparation for early retirement to enable him to spend more time with his wife Maggie, who he adores. Phin also wants one last win over his lifelong friend Morton Cunningham. For many years they have had a rivalry centered on promoting an annual competitive sports event. Mort is currently two wins ahead. The story takes place in the outskirts of Los Angeles in the midst of the Roaring Twenties. It is a wonderful “what if” fictional story based on the history of the Lakota Indians and professional baseball. In their latest and final challenge the stakes are high as Phin and Mort battle it out for the last slot in the Los Angeles Winter Ball League. Mort has recruited a team from major league professionals. while Phin is counting on an unproven team of nine Lakota Indians. Both men have taken over family businesses and use their unique talents to make them successful. Phin exercises his talent of problem solving as he faces hurdle after hurdle in recruiting an unproven team of nine Lakota Indians. In the process Phin establishes a kindred spirit of bonding with an Indian old-timer, Amos Wise Heart. Through this new friend Phin begins to see life in a new way. Author E Dee Monnen is recognized for her collection of baseball trivia through her writing and public appearances on radio and TV. “Jumping Over the Moon” is highly entertaining, and motivating, a unique blending of information, philosophy, and faith. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.