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Inhaltsangabe: James McConnell’s one wish is that his nine-year-old son will finally be healthy enough to play a game of catch. Then he and his wife, Emily, receive news they’ve dreaded: Aaron’s cancer has relapsed.

As the family steels themselves for a draining treatment regimen in yet another hospital, Aaron receives the gift of a lifetime―a personal visit from one of his favorite professional baseball players―and the chance to make a bold request, his wish: to see his dad play in one major league game.

A former college standout, James fears he doesn’t have the talent it takes, even for one game, and that he’ll miss what could be Aaron’s precious last weeks. Yet how can he refuse his dying son’s wish?

Poignant and triumphant, Wish is the story of a father’s love, a family’s perseverance, and the miracles that can happen when you believe in the impossible.

Review: "Wish pulled at my heartstrings like few books ever have. It's a poignant reminder that life, like any great game, is less about the final score and more about how we play. Baseball fan or not, you'll find something to love."
--Kevin Milne, author of One Good Thing

"A delightful, remarkable debut novel, Wish reveals the power of faith and love in the most difficult of times. But it is more a story of hope than heartbreak. I recommend it highly."
--Dan Walsh, bestselling author of The Unfinished Gift

"Wish grabs a hold of your hand and beautifully walks you through baseball's greatest potential. As a father who loves the game, I came away from the story realizing I have not wished enough in my life."
--Doug Glanville, ESPN baseball analyst, author of The Game From Where I Stand, and former MLB Player

"A heartbreaking--yet uplifting and totally enthralling--novel about fathers and sons and families. It's a triumphant tale of the mysteries and wonder of our own humanity."
--Doug Stanton, New York Times bestselling author

"A moving and magical story about the things we hold most dear. Wish will grab hold of your heart."
--Jason F. Wright, NYT bestselling author of Christmas Jars

"What a great read! It was like watching a dream come true before your very eyes. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend it."
--Bobby Richardson, former New York Yankee ('55-'66)

"The subject of bone marrow transplantation lies close to my heart, as my father received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1990 for his pioneering work in the field. Wish captures the human story behind the science with remarkable insight and compassion. Anyone who has ever endured--or simply imagined--the emotional rollercoaster of a critical childhood illness in the family will be deeply affected by this book.
--E. Donnall Thomas Jr. M.D.

Smith weaves emotional tension into this spiritual story of leukemia and baseball.
A nine-year-old boy suffering from leukemia makes a selfless wish that challenges his father, in Jake Smith’s moving Wish. Their shared love of baseball adds depth to the father-son relationship.

Smith introduces his first work of fiction with the dramatic moment when James McConnell learns that his son, Aaron, first diagnosed with cancer at age five, is again critically ill. James and his wife, Emily, had dared to believe that Aaron’s five months of complete remission would continue indefinitely. Instead, Aaron, his parents, and his six-year-old sister, Elizabeth, move into a family suite at a pediatric cancer research hospital in southern central Michigan, where he faces more aggressive treatment.

The family’s emotional tension about Aaron’s illness looms large in this story. When James and Emily meet with Aaron’s new oncologist, Dr. Barna, to discuss his chances for recovery, the doctor tells them that finding a bone marrow donor match for the boy’s rare tissue type is the best chance for his long-term survival. “Define long-term,” Emily responds, wanting the most definitive prognosis the doctor can’t give.

An effective use of analogy heightens the book’s poignant message. For example, when Aaron begins to improve, the family attends a Detroit Tigers home game. James, who abandoned his dream of playing professional baseball to marry Emily, shares with Aaron the thrill of walking onto an major-league field before the game starts. A religious man, James describes the space as a “cathedral” and compares the middle of the field to a “sanctuary.” Smith writes, “He felt so small, so insignificant, and everything around him seemed so holy.”

Smith convincingly shows Emily and James’s devotion to each other and their children.

A revealing moment occurs just as the family prepares to leave the hospital after Aaron’s

treatment has ended. Concerned about Aaron’s lack of enthusiasm for feeling better and going home, James reminds his son that he is a cancer survivor. His son replies, “No, Dad, that’s just it. I’m not a survivor. I’m just surviving.”

Smith’s competent prose style and flawless editing reflect his professional experience as a magazine editor and author of nonfiction articles and books. A well-researched story, Wish offers an insightful look into the perils of childhood leukemia. While the focus on baseball may not interest some readers, this story of a family struggling to overcome their son’s devastating illness holds universal appeal. (ForeWord Reviews)

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