Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hillari's Head by Tim Stutler

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Overview

Paralegal Kristina Orris has moved to San Diego seeking a new life – a  normal life. She is burdened by the memory of Hillari, a sister with an oversized head and disfigured face. Home-schooled by a protective single father, Kristina herself had a vexing speech impediment and rarely left the house while growing up. But after her dad died, she knew she couldn’t stay. Kristina dreamed of being a lawyer. Pursuing such a goal might prove painful for any cloistered, mumbling orphan; but it would be impossible yoked to Hillari. At 18, Kristina abandoned her home, her past – and Hillari.

Now, eight years later, Kristina meets attorney Gideon “Duck” Ducker, “the single homeliest man she had ever laid eyes on.” But she instantly bonds with the warm, self-effacing lawyer. Kristina takes a paralegal job at Duck’s law firm, where the two are thrown into the most tumultuous and fascinating case of their lives. Everything is coming together nicely for Kristina. Only one thing prevents her from becoming the confident, fulfilled woman she longs to be: the swelling burden of guilt and shame over her past. But is it too late to redeem herself?

Alternately touching, humorous and heart wrenching, Hillari’s Head is about family, intimacy, resilience and, ultimately, acceptance. With its intriguing characters and elements of comedy and tragedy, Hillari's Head will appeal to fans of Nora Ephron (Heartburn) and John Irving (A Prayer For Owen Meany).


My review

I just finished this book today. 

I am a huge Law & Order junkie and I have been since the original L & O started in the 1990s!  So I was really looking forward to reading this book.  I love stories that have characters who overcome something in their life, that are easy to read, that cause a "say what" moment, and that have characters that make you both laugh and cry.  And to top it off, if I come across a book that has ALL of that PLUS has a Law & Order feel to it, then I'm hooked.

And that is what Hillari's Head did!  Tim Stutler did a great job writing this book!  Hillari's Head is easy to read, hard to put down, is funny and touches your heart!

There will be no spoilers in my review because you really need to read this book!  Instead I will talk about the characters.

The first character you are introduced to is Kristina.  What Kristina goes through as a young child and young adult is heart breaking.  After she moves to California, she becomes intrigued with one of her neighbors.  The author does a great job describing this neighbor!  As you read the story, you can easily picture Judge Monday!  You are then introduced to Gideon "Duck" Ducker, a friend of Judge Monday's.

As you read this story, you can easily picture the characters, and you will feel like you get to know them.  What I really appreciated about this book is that it was about lawyers, the practice of law, and WRITTEN by a lawyer. 

Hillari's Head is a great book that talks about acceptance, embracing your past, moving on with your life, and love.

This is definitely a 5 star ***** book that you must read!

Hillari's Head will be available to purchase August 1, 2013.

Thank you to Tim Stutler for providing me with an advance copy of the book for me to review.

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