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Keeper and Kid
by Edward Hardy
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St. Martin's, 2008 (2008)
* * *   Reviewed by Lori Waddington

Thirty-six year old James Keeper has a good life. Recently divorced, he is living with his girlfriend, he has a great group of friends, and he loves his job at an antique store called Love And Death. Everything is going along fine until James receives a phone call from his former mother-in-law informing him that his ex-wife has died. Her will assigns guardianship of a three-year-old son - of whose existence James was unaware - to her ex.

James, of course, is completely unprepared for fatherhood, and three-year-old Leo is no ordinary child. He only eats round food, refuses to bathe, has an invisible friend named Calvin, and exhibits the vocabulary of an 'old person in a small person's body.' In addition, James' girlfriend, who has never wanted children, leaves him not long after he brings Leo home.

Even though James is determined to take care of Leo himself, he soon realizes that he needs help, and turns to family and friends for assistance. As James and Leo become more comfortable with each other, life starts running more smoothly for both father and son, and James decides it is time to get his girlfriend back.

I loved Keeper And Kid. Leo's vocabulary had me laughing out loud, and James' struggles had me cheering him on. Author Edward Hardy has written a wonderful novel filled with humor, sadness and love.

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