Win a copy of With a Name Like Love! Details at the end of this post.

It was the eighteenth of July, 1957, when Ollie’s daddy slowed their rusted out Chevy pickup near the junction of Highway 20 and Carter Road. They had come to set up for a three-day revival. Ollie sat in the truck bed with her sisters. She was thirteen and the oldest of Reverend Love’s five daughters, followed by Martha, Gwen, Camille, and Ellen. Ellen was at Ollie’s side, clutching Baby Doll Sue and singing “Mama’s Little Baby.” Ollie noticed her sister was getting the words twisted up and wrong – again.

It may have only been nine o’clock in the morning, but the summer sun was already high in the sky and sweating up the land. Fields of soft green barley laid themselves out across the earth in perfect rows – as if God had reached down and combed them just so. Ollie noticed a carved up plank of wood that someone long ago had shoved into the dark Southern soil. It read: Binder, Arkansas.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Tess Hilmo

About the book:

With a Name Like Love is a page turning, middle grade murder mystery full of heart and soul.

What people are saying:

“Hilmo creates a family, a town and a mystery that readers won’t soon forget … A story about the meaning of home, justice and love, beautifully told.”–Kirkus, starred review

With a Name Like Love is just the sort of book I adore: a couldn’t-put-it-down mystery, richly drawn characters that grabbed me from the get-go, and a vivid small-town setting.  Two words for Tess Hilmo’s charming and suspenseful debut novel: Love it!”–Barbara O’Connor, author of The Fantastic Secret of Owen Jester

Released: September 27, 2011

About the author:

Tess Hilmo is a writer, family girl, hike taker, occasional nap stealer and lover of diet coke.  This, her debut novel, was inspired by her affinity for old, Southern gospel music like “This Little Light of Mine” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot”. You can visit her at


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