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Seven Perfect Things: A Novel

por Catherine Ryan Hyde

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Another wonderful, wonderful book to read by Catherine Ryan Hyde. She never disappoints me. LOVED the cover. ( )
  nyiper | Aug 5, 2021 |
This is a charming story about a widower and a young teen who bond over seven puppies. I really liked Abby's gut and determination and Elliot's care when he least expects it. ( )
  eliorajoy | Jun 28, 2021 |
Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Sweet almost fairytale style story perfect for a youth or young adult reader. It was a quick read for me but would be long for many readers that age.

What I liked:
* Abby: thirteen, on eggshells around her father, realizes her mother is not happy, saves puppies, finds happiness and a sense of responsibility/family with the puppies.
* Elliott: recently widowed, professional, grieving, meets the puppies and Abby at his cabin, loving, kind, generous, a good man.
* Mary: Abby’s mother, in an unhappy marriage, dreams of leaving, not physically but emotionally abused, loves Abby, ultimately puts her daughter first.
* The puppies: bring joy into more than one life
* That there is a resolution that is happy for now and could be ultimately a happy for the three main characters and the dogs.
* It was a feel-good story with good winning out
* There was no violence or abuse except the negativity and underlying tension in Abby’s house
* That I could see a younger reader enjoying the book.

What I didn’t like:
* Abby’s father and the tension he created
* That I ended up skimming the book because it really was not a story for me….might be for my granddaughter in a few years.

Did I enjoy this book? Yes
Would I read more by this author? It would depend

Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review.

3-4 Stars ( )
  CathyGeha | May 27, 2021 |
Seven Perfect Things is another perfect book by author Catherine Ryan Hyde. I don’t even need to read the description before I choose one of her books, because I know if she wrote it I will love it. She writes about families. Real families. Not all of the story is happy, but all of it feels real.

Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble is a special girl. She’s bright, clever, kind. But her home life is not happy. Her father, Stan, is a miserable man who finds fault with everything and everybody, who feels cheated and passed by in life. He hardly even notices Abby exists. Which might be a good thing. To Abby’s mother, Mary, Stan is demeaning, demanding, bitter, verbally abusive, never satisfied or pleased with her or their life together. Not the man she thought she married. She knows she and Abby would be better off if they left their small town and the sad, mad man who runs their lives, but that’s a wish that has little chance of coming true.

Grieving widower Elliot Colvin is a good man, but life seems pointless to him now. Recently widowed after his wife Pat’s long debilitating illness, he doesn’t know how he’ll go on without her, or sometimes even why he would want to. He’s lost right now. Maybe some time at the cabin they used to frequent will providing some solace, some meaning. What awaits him there is not at all what he is expecting.

After rescuing seven puppies from drowning and learning that leaving them at the local shelter will almost certainly result in their deaths anyway, and knowing it is not possible to take them home, Abby hides them in a shed next to an abandoned cabin in the woods. Except that it’s Elliot’s cabin and it’s not abandoned, just unused during the years of Pat’s illness.

The inevitable meeting between Elliot and Abby, and the chance meeting between Elliot and Mary are both innocent and heartwarming, giving them all a glimpse of life that might have been or could be from now on, but is fraught with danger that Stan will find out. Innocent or not, he doesn’t want Mary to have friends, he doesn’t want Abby to have the puppies, he doesn’t want anything that moves them even a tiny bit out of his control.

Of course Stan does find out and what happens next makes this story even more wonderful – sad, hopeless, frightening, yet hopeful and brave. Thanks to author Catherine Ryan Hyde and NetGalley for providing an advance copy of Seven Perfect Things for my honest review. It is another in a long line of wonderful, satisfying books by this author and I recommend it without hesitation. All opinions are my own. ( )
  GrandmaCootie | May 8, 2021 |
Catherine Ryan Hyde has a way of writing people who come together and make each other better. This book begins with 13 year old Abby rescuing 7 puppies who have been thrown into a river to drown. Abby's home situation is such that she knows she cannot take the puppies home so she finds a place to keep them and takes on the project of taking care of them. In the mean time, Elliot has just lost his wife and is dealing with his grief. He arrives at his hunting cabin to find 7 puppies! As the story goes on, Elliot and Abby help each other and their new relationship spills over into their personal lives and futures.

I loved this. I loved courageous Abby and soft hearted Elliot. I loved Mary and how she found the courage with Abby's help to reach for a solution and change the trajectory of their lives. Add a bunch of cute puppies and what is not to love about this story.

My sincere thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book and give my unbiased opinion of it. ( )
  sdbookhound | May 5, 2021 |
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