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“CHANCE FOR HOME,” by Traci Hunter Abramson, Covenant Communications, $15.99, 234 pages (f)

“Chance for Home” by Traci Hunter Abramson is a fun summer romance with a baseball twist.

Kari Evans needs a change of scenery after she discovers the guy she’s been seriously dating for six months is already engaged to someone else. A summer in Washington, D.C, with her brother, Ben, who plays for the Washington Nationals baseball team, and his wife, Maya, Kari’s best friend, sounds like a welcome retreat.

Ryan Strobel, third baseman for the Nationals, has had it with women who want nothing more than the social perks of being seen with a professional baseball player. When his ex-girlfriend, Brandi, won’t leave him alone, Ben suggests Ryan pretend Kari is his new interest.

Initially, Kari goes along with the charade as a light-hearted way to help her brother’s friend. Complications ensue when the friendship rather unexpectedly quickly heads toward romance.

Ryan’s mother is injured in an accident and needs care. Brandi keeps showing up without an invitation and Austin, Kari’s ex-boyfriend, unexpectedly appears. Kari wants to be a doctor and isn’t sure she can keep that dream and continue the relationship with Ryan.

Of course everything comes to a satisfying conclusion, but getting there is an entertaining journey.

This is a clean, well-spun summer romance that’s easy to read. Although no religious affiliation is mentioned for either Kari or Ryan, their behavior reflects high moral standards.

Other than quite a bit of kissing and one punch to someone’s face, there is no sexual innuendo, foul language or violence.

Baseball fans will appreciate the descriptions of behind-the-scenes ballpark interactions and activities.

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Abramson is a Whitney Award-winning writer whose novels include “Code Word” and “Deep Cover.” She and her family currently live in Stafford, Virginia, where she coaches the high school swim teams.

Rosemarie Howard lives in a 100-year-old house on Main Street in Springville, Utah. She enjoys creating multimedia projects. Her website is at

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