The Incredible Winston Browne

Thomas Nelson. Mar. 2021. 352p. ISBN 9780785226406. $26.99. CF
Moab, FL, is barely a dot on the map, but it is all that most of the motley cast have ever known. In the mid-1950s, everyone shows up to church socials and keeps their ears glued to the radio to hear Jackie Robinson and their beloved Brooklyn Dodgers hit it out of the park. Town favorite Sheriff Winston Browne is dying of lung cancer caused by a steady diet of cigarettes, but faced with the possibility of his last baseball season, he leans into his ordinary life and ends up changing the trajectory of two orphans for the better. The various characters strengthen their connections to one another in the midst of tragedy, although they surprisingly don’t go deeper in their relationship to the Eternal.
VERDICT Dietrich (Stars of Alabama) imbues plenty of Southern charm and colloquialisms in a read that will appeal to people of all genders, and especially to fans of small-town living. Readers who enjoy well-developed, realistic characters similar to those from Charles Martin and Lauren K. Denton will want to watch for more from this author.
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