Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Review: Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Heaven Adjacent
by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Pages: 316
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.
In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.
Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more.

Kritters Thoughts:  Do you ever want to just run away?  As an adult the idea of running away seems more difficult than exhilarating!  With all of the responsibilities and such it doesn't seem as freeing of an idea.  Roseanna has recently endured a life tragedy and decides that the only solution is to pick up life and start over with a little less daily commitments, she leaves her partner at a law firm job and ends up in the country on a farm and that is mostly where this book begins.

This was one of those stories where I often asked myself, "Could I do this?"  I wondered if I could push the reset button and leave it all behind.  I love books that make me think about life and wonder what if.  Catherine Ryan Hyde showed the full picture with positives and negatives to a life reset and what you gain and what you miss.  The way she writes the book is easy to read but it in no ways would be considered fluff in my mind.  Her books have full characters who are struggling with something and have full stories in their books.  Like most of her books, I feel as though the secondary characters almost feel as full and realized as the main character out front.  

I love her writing, plain and simple.  I don't have to read the synopsis when pitched a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I am 90% sure I will love it no matter what her characters are up to!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2018 Challenge: 53 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Little Bird Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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