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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Full Count by F. Coe Sherrard is a fictional sports drama that revolves around two key players on the Lefton College baseball team; Shane Reynolds and Charlie Hamilton. As standout star in his high school years, the addition of having Shane as a pitcher on Lefton's Division III team is a boon when paired with senior catcher Charlie. The two are like peas and carrots both on the field and off, putting a school that had been previously disregarded for contention on the road to the National Championships. Meanwhile, the relationship between the boys leaves Charlie's mother in heartbreaking turmoil as she struggles to come to terms with a secret that could upend everything she holds dear and loves most.
Full Count by F. Coe Sherrard is a clean and interesting tale that delivers the kind of warm fuzzies that most sports stories are expected to offer these days. The small college setting makes for a comfortable underdog where the personal lives of the players and their families, as well as their time on the diamond, mesh together pretty well. The book is written as a drama as opposed to a suspense, so the revelation of the future rising action is written into the first act. This is something of a double-edged sword since it does a good job of laying an undercurrent of tension that carries through, but also softens the climax – which is visible from second base. Overall, Full Count is a really good, genuinely feel-good book that will appeal to readers of the genre.