Feb 152012

With a Name Like Love      CONTEST DETAILS BELOW

Author: Tess Hilmo

Publisher: Margaret Ferguson Books

Published: 2011

Hardcover: 249 pages

ISBN: 978-0-374-38465-4

FTC FYI: I received a free copy which did not affect my review.

Reviewed by Mindy


Goodreads 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.”

Ollie travels around the South with her Reverend Father, Mother, and four sisters.  Ollie is the oldest.  It is July, 1957.  The Love family travels around the South in their trailer from town to town.  The Reverend preaches for a few days, then the family moves on to the next town. Ollie would love nothing more then to have a house with a mailbox, telephone and refrigerator.  This is what Ollie thinks of the town.

Binder was a pitiful place, worn thin from years of want. It was exactly like all the other towns her daddy dragged them through.  It was exsactly the kind of nothing Ollie had com to expect.

Except, maybe, for that boy

Ollie takes her sister, Ellen with her to pass out fliers.  On their way around town, Ollie sees an orange something in the poplars. When she tries to sneak up on it, there’s nothing there.  The girls arrive at a store and right away come to know that strangers aren’t welcome.  On the way out of the shop, Ollie sees the orange again. It belongs to a boy.  Ollie invites him to hear her daddy that night, and to bring his family. He says he can’t bring them.  His pa is in the cemetery and his mama is in jail for his murder.

This book was darling.  I loved the relationship between the Love family.  They are a family that would do anything for each other.  Even Martha, who was a bit feisty.  I don’t want to give too much of this sweet story away, but the family decides to stay in town to try to help Jimmy find out who murdered his pa.  He was not a good man, and had many enemies.  Ollie was, of course, my favorite.  There was another character that touched my heart, Mrs. Mahoney.  She was such an amazing example of unconditional kindness and love.   Jimmy was a favorite too.  His story will touch your heart.

4 1/2 stars out of 5.  With a Name Like Love is finalist for 2010 Whitney Award in the YA general category.  This truly is a great story of friendship and love of a family.  Find out more about Tess Hilmo here.  Follow Tess on Facebook.


Tess Hilmo is given away a copy of With a Name Like Love.  Leave a thoughtful comment, telling me something you love most about your family.  Contest ends Friday night at midnight MST.  Winner announced Saturday. Good Luck!  US ONLY.

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  20 Responses to “With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo”

  1. I’m a follower. :)

    This sounds like a great story. I love my family’s sense of humor! Always helps me lighten up when I get too serious.

  2. As a Whitney academy member, I’ve been looking forward to reading this one! If I won a copy, that would be double awesome.

  3. Thank you so much for reviewing and posting, Mindy! It means a lot to have people connect to this story that I carried around in my mind for so many years. Good luck to those who enter!

  4. Great review, Mindy! I’m slogging through “Wuthering Heights” at the moment and could use a happy read. In thinking about what I love most about my family, I guess I love the small moments that make you stop and realize what a blessing it all is. I love watching my kids share, or a random hug in the middle of their day. I love sneaking in each night to watch them sleep for a minute before I go to bed, and the love that overwhelms me no matter what has happened throughout the day. I love evenings where we have nothing more to do than homework and baths, and the happiness of just being together.

  5. Sounds like a wonderful book! My favorite thing about my family is how uniquely different we all are, but how we all fit togetherM

  6. One of my favorite things about my family is that we can laugh together. We’ve got some silly people in my family!

  7. I think one of the best things about my family are my kids’ smiles. They always brighten my day…and even have the ability to pull me from a grouchy mood. They are little pieces of heaven.

  8. Great review Min as usual. Something I love about my family is that even when things are hectic and we are running around like crazy there will be moments when my kids say to me, “I love you mom”. And that makes it all worth while. Love those kiddos.

  9. The thing I love most about my family is the love we all have for each other. The constant “Thank you’s,” the hugs and kisses and even the random text in the middle of the day saying “I love you mom!” I love my kids and my husband more than anything! I can’t wait to read this book. I know I’ve loved every book recommended to me by Mindy!

  10. This sounds like a great read! My daughters would love it too. My youngest daughter’s middle name is Tess- that must be a good omen!

  11. Tess gave ten years to create this story. It’s a must read for me.

  12. Sounds like a great book. Can’t wait to read it. I love when the world seems to pause for just a moment when I’m hugging, squeezing, and loving my kids. Their hugs bring me joy and peace.

  13. Sounds like a great book to share with my kids! I must say today I’m especially grateful that my family (including extended family) simply gets along and enjoys being together! I was just a juror on a criminal trial that ended up being one major family feud — so sad!

  14. I love how close my family is. We all love eachother and are practically together every second of every day. Sure, my brothers can be annoying, but I love them and am so glad that I have the relationship with them (and my parents) that I do.

  15. I’ve seen this book around a lot and I’ve been wanting to read it. I absolutely love the cover. We vacation as a family to the same place every year and it’s been a great way to keep our family together.

  16. Sounds like a great story. Can’t wait to read it.

    Something I love most about my family is how much they care for each other. Especially that my eight-year-old daughter is soooo helpful with my four-year-old son. She reads to him, and plays with him. They’re (usually) really good friends. I’ll be sad when she gets “too old” for him, but right now I’m loving it!

  17. My family is amazing. Even though they think I’m crazy, I love spending time with them, especially the snuggly time.

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  19. I just read this review finally. It sounds like a great book! I know the contest is over, but I want you to know I love my family dearly. My children are so sweet, bubbly, and innocent, and my husband is a caring soul who is quick to ask forgiven and always by my side to love me. Thanks for reviewing this book!

  20. Very good post. Want more.

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