Tuesday, April 3, 2012

With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

Ollie's dad is the Reverend Everlasting Love, a preacher who travels from town to town with his wife and five daughters.  When the Loves set up a revival in Binder, Ollie knows they will be leaving in three days.  But on a trip into town she meets Jimmy and learns that his mother is in jail for killing his father.  Jimmy knows his mother didn't do it and Ollie believes him.  She petitions her father to stay in Binder longer than usual so they can try to help Jimmy and his mother.  They find that the townspeople of Binder run the gamut from kind people who open up their homes to the Loves to those who have already decided that Jimmy's family is no good.  This is a charming book that drew me in with a simple story.  Although it didn't "wow" me, it made me feel warm and happy as I was reading it, even though I wasn't sure why.