Tuesday, June 11, 2013

With a Name Like Love - Tess Hilmo

Please welcome Guest Reviewer, Cayenne DaBell!

Summary:  When Ollie’s daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father. Jimmy insists that his mother is innocent, and Ollie believes him. Still, even if Ollie convinces her daddy to stay in town, how can two kids free a grown woman who has signed a confession? Ollie’s longing for a friend and her daddy’s penchant for searching out lost souls prove to be a formidable force in this tiny town where everyone seems bent on judging and jailing without a trial. From goodreads.com

My review: This was a well-written, beautiful story about how doing the right thing takes courage, thought, and a lot of love. The 13-year-old protagonist is endearing, intelligent, and believable. I cared about her and her family. Even though Ollie is always trying to do the right thing, she still has a jealous younger sister and her own unhappiness with her family's unsettled way of life to face. When she finally makes a friend she finds that his trust will require all her faith and ingenuity to gain. In the process she and her family are able to solve a murder and help a whole town find healing. 

My rating: 4.5 stars

For sensitive readers: There's some animal mutilation and a description of a gruesome murder.

1 comment:

MindySue said...

Thanks for the great guest review, Cayenne!

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