Friday, June 23, 2006

Robin Lee Hatcher's Diamond Place ~ Reviewed

Diamond Place
By Robin Lee Hatcher
Published by Revell
ISBN 10: 0-8007-1856-9

Nobody loves baseball more than ten-year-old Lyssa Sampson. Nobody. For as long as she can remember, she's had only one dream: to be a pitcher at the Little League World Series. But Coach Mel Jenkins has other plans, and Lyssa sets her mind to a little innocent scheming to make her dream come true.

When Coach Jenkins appears to be interested in Lyssa's single mother, Terri, Lyssa sees an opportunity for a little matchmaking. Maybe her efforts will help her mother find happiness again—and give Lyssa a chance at her dream at the same time. But will Terri and Mel hit it off? Or will misunderstandings spoil Lyssa's plans?

The third book in the Hart's Crossing series, Diamond Place is warm and engaging. Part of the book is in ten-year-old Lyssa's point of view, and Hatcher finesses you right inside that kid's head, not to mention her heart. Her skill at transitioning from child to adult is smooth and totally believable. A story without a villain, yet enough conflict to make it a page-turner, I really enjoyed this little book and wished it were longer. I'm looking forward to the next in the series—that is after I go buy the first two, and read them.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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