Day 16: Welcome to L.E. Harvey

L. E. Harvey is a writer and model from Harleysville, PA. L. E. Harvey is also an activist for human rights, animal rights, women’s rights, and gay rights. When L. E. is not writing or working on the political scene, she models as a pinup and “alt” (alternative) model. A fun, vivacious, studious, and very creative person, L. E. Harvey brings life to all of her various forms of work.

It may seem odd that I’d want to discuss a book like Imperfect during the holiday season. In actuality, it’s perfect holiday reading.

Imperfect is a very touching story. It’s the first in a set of two that tell the life of Carol Mathers. She was born a sickly child, in a home fraught with undercurrents that threaten to sweep away any chance she might have for a ‘normal’ life. Now in her mid-thirties, she’s a highly sought-after IT guru in St. Louis.

She has built a great life for herself with her partner, Alexandria, even though the two face prejudice as lesbians, and as an interracial couple -fighting tragedy and sometimes, finding triumph.

During her tumultuous life, Carol discovers that she has acquired AIDS as a result of a childhood transfusion from the dark period of time before AIDS was widely known… or understood, not even by the medical profession. Now, the two women face even more obstacles, prejudice, and a strange, new life as AIDS patients.

Carol learns just how much her chaotic past has affected her, and how she can never really escape it, even as she tries to move on with her life. An unexpected event creates even more pain and tragedy in Carol’s life, and causes her to wonder about the meaning of and purpose of her own life… or if there is any purpose at all…

I know, I know. It doesn’t sound like a warm, fuzzy story. But, you will actually want to grab it, curl up under the blanket and read by the fire.

Imperfect is one of those stories. It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and pretty much everything in between. It’s very emotional. Which is good. You truly feel what the characters feel. You’re experiencing life right along with them.
It’s also very cerebral. It will make you think. This book challenges you.

It’s spiritual, emotional and simply beautiful. Reading Imperfect leaves you wanting more. Author Malcom Campbell said of Imperfect: “The ending hit me like a ton of bricks because I really liked these people,…I must tell you that after your powerful ending for Imperfect, I’ll be waiting to read Impeccable as soon as it’s hot off the press.” This book stays with you, and leaves you wanting more. Books like that have always been my favorite kinds of holiday reading.

I’m sure that you, like me, have been pleasantly surprised with certain things throughout your life. Sometimes the least likely “suspect” turns out to be the best person or thing for the job. So even though Imperfect may seem like an unlikely choice for holiday reading, you might just be pleasantly surprised!

Happy reading and happy holidays! 🙂

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Readers, L.E. is giving away of a signed copy of Imperfect to one lucky commenter. The contest is open to everyone. To enter the drawing, you need to leave a question or comment for L.E. and then leave your email address in your comment. The winner will be chosen on Saturday, December 18.