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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Spinning by Michael Baron

Spinning by Michael Baron
Publisher: The Story Plant
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (296 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Camellia

Dylan Hunter has it made. At 29, he has great friends, a huge job, all the women he can handle, and no commitments. A public relations executive, Dylan has dashed up the ladder of success by mastering the art of the spin – bending the truth to his and his clients’ needs. But when a former lover steps back into his life with a three-year-old girl by her side (no, she’s not his), Dylan suddenly finds himself in a place he can’t spin himself out of. And when Dylan unexpectedly becomes the child’s sole guardian, he finds himself to be like a circus performer trying to keep all of his spinning plates from crashing to the ground. In what seems like a blink of the eye, Dylan Hunter’s life has changed completely…whether he’s ready for it or not.

Spinning has some poignant scenes that take one’s breath away, humor that sparkles, and characters that stir up a wealth of emotions.

Driven, unfulfilled, and clueless about why he is restless, Dylan Hunter is convinced he is right on track with his ‘life plan’. He is materially successful, but seemingly has not matured past the hormone-driven adolescent stage in life, even though he is twenty-nine years old.

When three-and-a-half year-old Spring and her mother Diane come into Dylan’s life, he discovers new facets of himself that have never developed. His life takes a detour into Spring’s world of wonder where she finds her reality. She tugs him along to play with ducks, draw on the wall, and into a whole new world of food—all of these far, far away from fast-paced business deals, booze, willing women, and pursuit of good seats at sports events.

Dylan’s friends and business associates, Billie, Laurel, Jim, Amanda, Hank, Mr. Mason, and Mr. Waverly, all function behind their professional and social facades until little Spring and Dylan’s situation becomes scary, so soon after suffering heart wrenching tragedy. All their pseudo-sophistication slips away as they rally around, working tirelessly trying to insure a happy outcome for Spring and Dylan. The interaction these characters have is intriguing.

“…a little child will lead them” is a golden thread of a theme all through Spinning. The precious, precocious little pied-piper Spring lures them all away from their shallow, self-serving pursuits and into a world of true heartwarming love that promises happy-ever-after for many.

Michael Baron, with delightful humor, exquisite description, and exceptional understanding of the emotional needs of people, makes Spinning a testament of love that gives strength and courage to overcome tragedy and meet and beat difficulties in life that seem insurmountable. His writing has a magical quality that touches one’s heart and soul.

Spinning, with is seemingly shallow characters, pulls the reader into compelling events that help these characters become remarkable and so real one can feel their pain, fears, needs, and joy. The range of emotions Michael Baron weaves into Spinning makes it a story that lingers in the mind and heart.