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Published on March 11th, 2009 | by Niamh


Love in the Present Tense

‘Love in the Present Tense’ by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a sweet and lovely story. Love in the Present Tense book cover

It’s about a teenage mum, Pearl and her young son Leonard, aged five. She sometimes leaves him with a neighbour to be minded, a 25 year old guy named Mitch, who grows quite fond of Leonard, a sweet and wise young boy. When Pearl one day leaves Leonard with Mitch and says she doesn’t know when she’ll be back to pick him up neither of them think anything of it but Pearl doesn’t come back at all and after some time Mitch assumes a father role, taking care of Leonard and his problems with his sight, getting him into school, etc.

Leonard is later adopted by another, more suitable family, to the heartbreak of both Mitch and Leonard.

Mostly the book is about love.

The pure love between a mother and her son that gets him through life and difficult situations, the love between the boy and his protector, Mitch who eventually learns from Leonard about ‘forever love’.

It’s a moving book, easy to read, sweet, lovely and inspiring, I’m glad I’ve read it.

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2 Responses to Love in the Present Tense

  1. Darren says:

    The story itself sounds interesting, but it sounds overly sentimental. Is it mostly a big pile of mush?

  2. Niamh says:

    No not at all! It mostly focuses on Leonard as he grows up He’s considered a wise little boy, always a bit ‘zen’ about things because he has this constant belief in his mother and her love for him. Ah maybe you’d consider it mush but I thought it was lovely >:)

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