If you live in the South, you know how important football is around here. If you don’t live in the South, you should understand that weddings, funerals, and everything in between is planned around “the big game” – whatever game that might be. It’s THAT IMPORTANT!
If you live in a small town in the South, the high school football team members are collectively and individually town heroes and Friday nights in the fall are spent watching the hometown heroes go to battle on the field. The rest of the weekend being enjoyable depends on the outcome of this game. This is serious business.
Things are no different in Lawton, Alabama. The Lawton Lions Football Team carries a lot of weight on their shoulders during the Fall of each year – some more than others. The Field Party will tell the stories of the guys listed on the Lawton Lions Roster. The ups and downs, victories and defeats, and daily life drama both on and off the football field.
The first book, Until Friday Night, is the story of Senior – Running Back – West Ashby.
To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.
Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.
As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.
West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…