Saturday, May 16, 2015

Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Book summary(via Goodreads):

Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.

Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiancĂ© set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he’s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.

***Many thanks to Net Galley and Lake Union Publishing for the opportunity to read an advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion:

Longtime readers of my blog are well aware of my love affair with the writing of Catherine Ryan Hyde. She writes incredibly believable, flawed, beautiful characters and has a way of making a 'simple' story(i.e. no giant plot twists, explosions, etc.) beautifully nuanced and softly entrancing, so that the reader falls into the story and comes out the other side a changed person. This novel is no exception. 

This novel begins with a tragedy and leaves the reader wondering how the characters will come back together again. I fell promptly in love with the characters and lost myself in the gently meandering story, fully content in the way that everything came back together. As with all Catherine Ryan Hyde's novels, I turned the final page feeling a deep desire to be a better person. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

This novel is fairly slow moving. However, while not a nail biter, it is a perfect novel to wile away a Sunday afternoon or bring to the beach. 


4 stars.

Find on Amazon: Worthy

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