Baseball, Blue Jeans, Struggling Moms, and Imaginary Friends
Baseball, Blue Jeans, Struggling Moms, and Imaginary Friends is an underdog story about young Peter Marshall wanting to play baseball. He is faced with all kinds of hurdles, including no one to help at home as his mom, Vicki, struggles with the personal and financial difficulties of widowhood, working several jobs to provide for her children and save their house from foreclosure, all the while trying desperately to get a foot on the professional ladder. It's Peter alone to face the challenges, overcome the conniving plots of a villain, and somehow get selected and play like a hero on a baseball team. The story involves unusual relationships between Peter and his imaginary friends," and hilarious interactions on and off the ball field.
“I connected with this captivating and inspirational story on a personal level. I rooted for Peter and Rosies’ Café in the exciting sports scenes! I cried, laughed, booed, and cheered as the story unfolded. The blend of history is icing on the cake. Highly recommend to moms and young athletes.”
Kathlyn Carter Smith, Award Winning Author, Member Oklahoma Writers Federation Inc. and Tulsa Night Writers.
“Awesome and page-turning story! Would be a fantastic movie.”
Dian S., avid reader from Burlington, Wisconsin.
“Every parent with a child in any type of competition as well as all coaches should read this excellent story of individual perseverance and team building.”
Milt Bassett, Executive Director, Oklahoma Coaches Association
The setting is in Tallahassee, Florida, in the historical area where Hernando de Soto and his men camped over winter in 1539 and celebrated the first Christmas in what would become the United States. The area has a rich history of the Apalachee Indians, Spanish and French occupation, slavery, and the Civil War. The landscape is hilly, with many streams, lakes and majestic Live Oak trees with Spanish moss hanging nostalgically from each limb. Lots of birds and wild animals live in the surrounding woods. The Florida State Capitol is six blocks away, and the area is steeped in government history. The ball field sits close to the site of the mansion and stables of William Duval, who was appointed by President James Monroe to be the first Territorial Governor of Florida. Check out my additional background information.