Spreading the Awesome (books) and giveaway

So, I wanted to take part in the “Spreading the Awesome Blogfest over at Elana Johnson’s blog today by sharing a much-loved book with you and then giving away a copy. So, I ran to my upstairs bookcase and grabbed Love in the Present Tense by Catherine Ryan Hyde.

I love this book. I love the story; Hyde’s writing is so honest and– human. I actually love the book itself. Do you have one of those books whose cover just stirs something inside? This one does that to me.


The cover moves me so much so that it is always moved to the top of the little stack of books that acts as a bookend holding up the others on the shelf. I see it every time I reach the top of the stairs.

So, I can’t give you my copy – I will order you a brand new one via amazon.com. :)

My little synopsis: Pearl is 13, pregnant, and responsible for the murder (accidental?) of the baby’s father, who is also a cop. Moving from place to place over the next several years, Pearl is running from the crime. When it finally catches up to her she disappears, and her son Leonard is left behind with Mitch, their 25-year-old neighbor. This book is about love, and what that looks like. Bonds, and what makes family. Told in the voices of the main characters, Hyde’s tale grabs you from the first line, by Pearl, age 13: “One night when I was seven, I watched a man die.”

Here is how to win a copy of Love in the Present Tense, winner chosen on 5/10 by random.org:

1st entry – comment on this post

2nd entry- follow my blog (mention this in comment)

3rd entry – link @ your blog or tweet about this post (comment a link please)

Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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