Ten years ago, Braden was given a sign, a promise that his family wouldn’t fall apart the way he feared.
But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden’s father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son’s hands; Braden is the key witness in his father’s upcoming trial.
Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden’s saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.
Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.
Conviction is a heart breaking story really. Braden seems to not even realize his home life is a wreck. Gradually he begins to have flashbacks of his chaotic past after his father is arrested for murder. As these flashbacks happen he becomes aware that his father may have not been such a wonderful person after all. Now he faces a decision that will test his loyalty and his morals. I wouldn’t say I loved it, but I did like it.
Mostly I wasn’t a fan of how bitter his brother, Trey seemed. He acted as if he had been inconvenienced to come home and care for his younger brother while their father was in jail. They did eventually patch things up and once they got past their own issues, their ‘brother bond’ finally showed through. When it did it was great, it just took a really long time to get there. Since my thing is caring brothers, this was on the weaker side for that.
I would say it’s worth the read, it’s a book I might read through again but would be a long time down the road after I have forgotten most of the story line. With that said, it did end very well and the brother relationship I like was there.