And My Father Was There

Eight Home Runs, One Unbreakable Promise

Fiction - Inspirational
284 Pages
Reviewed on 10/22/2018
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Author Biography

Noah McCaffrey lives in the eastern U.S. with his wife and their furry, four-legged children. He studied storytelling and film production long ago at a university out west. After a few years living and working in Hollywood, Noah moved away and began writing. Much of the past 15 years has been spent ghostwriting for other authors. He now writes for himself - and his gracious readers, of course.

He played baseball growing up, pitching and catching mostly. And he has spent a good portion of his life living and working with dogs. With those things in mind, it's no surprise that his favorite subjects--baseball (especially the early days of the game) and dogs--find their way into his stories. One thing he feels passionate about is writing wholesome, inspirational fiction tailored toward the whole family.

When not writing, Noah can be found watching classic movies with his wife, reading, or doing something outdoors with the dogs.

Look for more from Noah McCaffrey as he is presently at work on his next novel.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite

And My Father Was There by Noah McCaffrey is a fictional story that is built around a true baseball legend. The main character is a young man named Laird Young the third. He is the son of a former baseball player/former soldier from World War One. As the story begins, Laird is bitter toward his father for going off to war when Laird was only three years old and then coming home badly wounded and unable to interact with him for the past 20 years. A special gift from Laird’s Mom sets him on a journey of personal discovery that will lead Laird in many unexpected directions.

And My Father Was There is about several very important themes. It’s about the history of professional baseball during the early part of the twentieth century. It also gives us a painful look at the devastating effects a war can have on a soldier and his family. Although both of those themes are played out beautifully throughout the story, they are not the main theme that brings this book to life. And My Father Was There is first and foremost a vivid picture of an imperfect but happy American family during the 1940s. This book is a slice of Americana that gave me a glimpse back in time and made me wish I was there.

McCaffrey’s characters are all colorful and relatable. His plot moved slowly, just as a character-driven story should, but it was still full of enough twists and turns so that I found it difficult to put down at times. And My Father Was There will have you laughing and crying and reading with wide eyes to see what will happen next to the loveable characters of this all-American portrait. I enjoyed it very much and I’m not even a baseball fan. At least I wasn't before. Now I find myself wanting to learn more about the early days of baseball. Great book.

Edith Wairimu

And My Father Was There: Eight Home Runs, One Unbreakable Promise by Noah McCaffrey is a story full of inspiration that chronicles the relationship between a father and his son and their love for baseball. For as long as Laird could remember, his father had done nothing for him after he came back from the war. The Laird Allen Young II who leaves his family behind for France is not the one who comes back ten months later. When he returns, he is wounded and broken and nothing can be done to restore his physical and mental abilities. His son, Laird, grows up angry at being robbed of the one man he needed most in his life and, later, angry that it is his father who, after all, chose to leave.

And My Father Was There by Noah McCaffrey is a heartwarming story that instills hope and has an meaningful lesson. At first Laird’s stubbornness persists and his relationship with his father continues to suffer, even as his mother tries to reconcile father and son. Laird is a powerful main character who has flaws emanating from his anger and bitterness at his incapacitated father. His loss and stubborn attitude help create a realistic plot that easily delights. There is also a lesson to take away from this book on top of the pleasure that comes from reading it. The story also contains unexpected moments that make it stand out. And My Father Was There is a treat for every fan of baseball and every reader who appreciates an exciting story.

Stephen Fisher

And My Father Was There by Noah McCaffrey is a riveting story that begins with Laird Allen Young III telling the story about his love for the game of baseball. He is the son of a former Boston Braves player, Laird (Al) Young Jr. Shortstop, who goes off to WWI and gets seriously wounded by artillery fire. He is discharged and returns home in a catatonic state. Laird, his son, is raised by his mother, a strong-willed baseball statistician, who begins teaching her son how to pitch. After he grows up, he lands a spot in the Braves' minor league organization, the Hartford Bees. As the story unfolds, we learn a lot about both father and son, the heartfelt relationships with those around them, and we discover just what it is that resides in the tin box that sets Laird on an adventure of discovery.

McCaffrey does a remarkable job of telling this heartwarming story through the eyes of a struggling young baseball player who hated growing up without a real father, until his grandfather reveals important moments of his son's life. McCaffrey's characters are very real and believable. He is able to lead the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride of elating ups and heart wrenching downs. From beginning to end, this book is full of surprises, with a few change-ups, and curve balls thrown in for good measure. I was attracted to this book because of my love for the game of baseball and, having actually met some of greats mentioned, I was entertained on all levels. There were "Ah ha!" moments that reminded me of A Field of Dreams and Eight Men Out, but this surpassed them both. All I could say when I was finished was Wow! Right down the heart of the plate. The best story about love, life, and baseball ever!