Blog Tour Book Review: The Mermaid’s Daughter by Ann Claycomb

About The Mermaid’s Daughter

• Paperback: 448 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (March 7, 2017)

A modern-day expansion of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, this unforgettable debut novel weaves a spellbinding tale of magic and the power of love as a descendent of the original mermaid fights the terrible price of saving herself from a curse that has affected generations of women in her family.

Kathleen has always been dramatic. She suffers from the bizarre malady of experiencing stabbing pain in her feet. On her sixteenth birthday, she woke screaming from the sensation that her tongue had been cut out. No doctor can find a medical explanation for her pain, and even the most powerful drugs have proven useless. Only the touch of seawater can ease her pain, and just temporarily at that.

Now Kathleen is a twenty-five-year-old opera student in Boston and shows immense promise as a soprano. Her girlfriend Harry, a mezzo in the same program, worries endlessly about Kathleen’s phantom pain and obsession with the sea. Kathleen’s mother and grandmother both committed suicide as young women, and Harry worries they suffered from the same symptoms. When Kathleen suffers yet another dangerous breakdown, Harry convinces Kathleen to visit her hometown in Ireland to learn more about her family history.

In Ireland, they discover that the mystery—and the tragedy—of Kathleen’s family history is far older and stranger than they could have imagined.  Kathleen’s fate seems sealed, and the only way out is a terrible choice between a mermaid’s two sirens—the sea, and her lover. But both choices mean death…

Haunting and lyrical, The Mermaid’s Daughter asks—how far we will go for those we love? And can the transformative power of music overcome a magic that has prevailed for generations?

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Happy Monday!! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! I was actually laid up in bed for most of it, sick. Luckily I had my dog and a great book to keep me company!

Over the weekend I read The Mermaids Daughter by Ann Claycomb. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours. 

This book tells the story of Kathleen who has been plagued by a phantom pain in her feet and her tongue since she was little. Her mother suffered from this as well, but killed herself when Kathleen was still little. Kathleen, now an adult and an opera singer, struggles with this and travels with her partner to the country of her ancestry to find out more about herself and this issue that she is having. It is the story of multiple generations of women suffering with this curse because of the decision of one woman. It is based off the Hans Christian Anderson’s Little Mermaid tale.

In this story our main character is in a relationship with Harry, a woman she met in a vocal course in college. I love their relationship dynamic and the way in which they care for each other. Harry knows about the pain Kathleen endures, she plays the dual roles of lover and caretaker for Kathleen and sort of begins the quest to find out more about Kathleen’s situation. I enjoyed the chapters we got from her perspective and seeing Kathleen and what she goes through, through her eyes. I enjoyed pretty much all of the characters in this story and I was especially intrigued by ALL of the perspectives the story is delivered from.

I loved this book immediately and could not put it down. I love dark retellings and this was definitely dark. It was dark, atmospheric, musical, and beautifully written. I felt like I was there. Kathleen’s suffering was palpable, I could almost feel it myself. Exactly how I would imagine it in our world. This was a great blend of genre – contemporary with fantasy.  The writing was gorgeous and it seemed like every sentence was evocative of the sea.

This was an excellent debut and I cannot wait to see what else this author has in store for us. Whatever it is, I will be eagerly anticipating it.

I highly recommend to everyone but especially to readers that love retellings, especially darker ones. Five stars!

 

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About Ann Claycomb

Ann Claycomb’s fiction has been published in American Short Fiction, Zahir, Fiction Weekly, Brevity, Hot Metal Bridge, The Evansville Review, Title Goes Here, and other publications. She has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has an MFA in fiction from West Virginia University

Blog Tour Book Review: Just the Essentials by Adina Grigore

About Just the Essentials

Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Harper Wave (March 7, 2017)

The author of Skin Cleanse returns with a comprehensive guide to the ultimate ingredient for living an all-natural, plant-based lifestyle: essential oils.

For millennia, essential oils have played a key role in health and beauty rituals. From references in the Bible (frankincense and myrrh) to Hippocrates (who documented the effects of oils from over 300 plants) to Ancient Egypt (Cleopatra pioneered the use of fragrance), essential oils have been revered throughout human history for their healing powers and their unparalleled scent.

But in modern times, they’ve often been misunderstood, underappreciated, even cast as “dangerous”—and relegated to the dusty shelves of health food stores. That is, until recently. Today they’re back in the spotlight as increasing numbers of consumers are looking for all-natural alternatives to skincare products and opting for fragrance-free detergents and soaps, natural remedies for common ailments, and toxin-free home cleaning solutions.

Enter Adina Grigore, owner and founder of the wildly popular all-natural skincare line SW Basics. A former essential oil skeptic, Grigore learned everything she could about these potent plant-based compounds when she began formulating her products. And what she learned was that essential oils are some of the most powerful, healing, health-promoting compounds found in nature. That, and they smell pretty great too.

In Just the Essentials, Grigore offers a 21st-century guide to these ancient oils, offering a fresh, fun, and authoritative overview of what they are and how they can be easily incorporated into anyone’s life. From plant-based medicine to all-natural skincare to safer and cleaner household products to aromatherapy, this handy and entertaining guide provides detailed advice for a wide array of oils, safety guidelines, and a range of do-it-yourself recipes to get started. Inside you’ll discover such fun facts as:

  • Tea tree oil is a powerful antibacterial that is proven to be as effective for treating acne as benzoyl peroxide; it also kills oral bacteria and is a life-saver for tooth infections.
  • Cinnamon oil is a circulation-booster that helps to ease everyday aches and pains as well as headaches (even migraines).
  • Peppermint oil is brimming with antimicrobial properties; peppermint oil can be used for everything from alleviating digestive problems to cleaning your kitchen counters.

With lists of the best oils for beginners; instructions for diffusing and safe handling; and DIY recipes from dish soap to toothpaste to facial masks, Just the Essentials makes it easy and enjoyable to reap the many benefits of these pure plant extracts.

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils Can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life by Adina Grigore. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review of it.

Just the Essentials is a book all about essential oils. It covers the basics of what they are, what they can be used for, how to find quality essential oils and also includes recipes to incorporate essential oils into your every day life.

I first heard about essential oils when I started becoming interested in healthier living. I heard of them but I didn’t take it any further until I read this book. I have been curious about essential oils for about two years but felt really intimidated so I never really put forth effort to learn about them or try them so when I got the opportunity to review this book I jumped at the chance to see what kind of information this book could offer me in the hopes of starting my essential oil journey. Honestly, I had no clue where to even start.

Needless to say, I am SO glad I read this book. After reading I definitely feel ready to begin my journey with essential oils. Through reading it I learned that I actually have been using an essential oil topically, tea tree oil. I found that it helped heal my piercings faster when diluted with water, so it was cool to make that connection. 

I really loved this book. It was a really fun read which surprised me. Nonfiction books can either be really great fun reads for me or dull reads and this one was just super fun, at times humorous and it really just flew by. It is a super small book at about a little over 190 pages so it can definitely be read in a few hours but I feel like this is a book that I will keep in my collection as a point of reference to go back to when I want to refresh my memory on the benefits of certain essential oils. There are also so awesome recipes included that I can’t wait to try out like the face masks, counter cleaning product and various other skincare and hygiene type recipes that sound amazing. 

I found this book to be really helpful, fun and easy to understand and relate to, especially for an essential oil newbie like me. Most of all, it got me really excited to embark on my essential oil journey and find the oils and method of use that are for me. I am so grateful for this book and I highly recommend it if you are interesting in the topic of essential oils and healthy living. Five stars!

 

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About Adina Grigore

Adina Grigore is the founder and CEO of the all-natural, sustainable skin-care line S.W. Basics, which she started out of her kitchen in 2011. A graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Adina has worked in the wellness industry since 2007 as a private holistic nutritionist, a personal trainer, and a workshop coordinator teaching people about the DIY nature of wellness. S.W. Basics products are now sold internationally and have been featured in Vogue, O Magazine, W Magazine, the New York Times, InStyle, Real Simple, and Martha Stewart Living, among others.

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Blog Tour Book Review: The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata

About The Mermaids of Lake Michigan

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (February 14, 2017)

Elise Faulkner is more at home in the waters of her beloved Lake Michigan than on land where her beauty queen mom is always on her back about her lack of a social life; her sister is dating the boy of her dreams; her favorite penpal–the one who wrote about mermaids in Ghana–has gotten married and ended their correspondence; and no one’s allowed to talk about her glamorous great-grandmother, the deep-sea wreck diver. Elise is biding her time with books until she can flee. But then crazy Chiara Hanover pops into her life, as does Miguel, a mysterious carnival worker whose dark future has been predicted by a gypsy.

 

“A lyrical, compelling coming-of-age story with magical elements.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Elise Faulkner drew me into her head and heart so subtly, yet with such force, that by the end I was cheering her on. Suzanne Kamata has woven an honest, aching coming-of-age story that will speak to women everywhere.” ?Kristin Bair O’Keeffe, author of The Art of Floating and Thirsty

“Suzanne Kamata has written a novel of great charm and depth, with a bit of magical realism laced with humor. Elise, its engaging narrator opens her arms and her heart to life’s complexity, including family secrets and escapades with a magnificent new bestie–the irrepressible Chiara. When an unlikely romance unfolds with a mysterious drifter/musician, Kamata steers us expertly into darker waters. A jewel of a novel, set on the shores of Lake Michigan with Kamata’s signature compassion for all of its characters.” — Margaret Willey, author of Summer of the Silk Moths

“The Mermaids of Lake Michigan is a luminous coming-of-age story about a teen struggling against social norms and her own family legacy to find her way. Elise’s journey is hardly the stuff of fairy tales, as she ends up far from home, and far from the self she meant to be. Raw, real and even a bit magical.” — Kristina Riggle, author of The Life You’ve Imagined and Vivian in Red

“Suzanne Kamata’s new novel, The Mermaids of Lake Michigan, is a beautiful story about a teenage girl who must learn to balance her idealism and belief in mermaids with the harsh realities of growing up and trying to find people to love and trust. A page-turner set in the unstable years of the 1970s, I devoured it in one sitting. It brought back memories of my own adolescence and took me beyond, in that way all good novels do, into the wonderings of circumstance and the choices we would make if faced with hard decisions. Suitable for teens and adults alike, this novel will teach readers to believe in magic even in the face of tragedy.” — Cassie Premo Steele, author of Beautiful Waters

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Hello all! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

The Mermaids of Lake Michigan is a coming of age story about a young girl named Elise. She is an introverted bookworm until she meets Chiara, someone who challenges her to be different and to push her own boundaries. When she sees a handsome stranger at a carnival and runs into him days after, it seems like fate and through her experiences with these two people, her life is never again the same.

The Mermaids of Lake Michigan and how much I liked it, was a surprise for me. It is super short in length and when I held it in my hands I was nervous for it because of the length as some shorter books feel like they should be longer but I really felt like this book and these characters accomplished so much in so short a page length.  

The writing was beautiful and gripped me from the very beginning. There were a few paragraphs and dialogue sentences that I just had to read over and over because of how beautiful they were and how they made me feel about the characters. It definitely has a “coming of age” story feel right off the bat and I really enjoyed that as well as the atmosphere of it being set in the 70s. That was really evident in the narrative and the writing made it just so easy to be transported to that time frame, I could almost see the clothes, hear the music, feel the heartbreak and the friendships.

I literally read this in a day, really enjoyed it and recommend it if you’re looking for a really short read that packs a pretty nice punch of a story. I enjoyed this so much, it was super relatable and evoked feelings from my own childhood/teenage years when you are just finding yourself and who you are going to become. If you like coming of age stories, this may be to your liking! Four stars!

About Suzanne Kamata

Suzanne Kamata was born and raised in Grand Haven, Michigan. She is most recently from Lexington, South Carolina, and now lives in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan with her husband and two children. Her short stories, essays, articles and book reviews have appeared in over 100 publications including Real Simple, Brain, Child, Crab Orchard Review, and The Japan Times. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times, and received a Special Mention in 2006. She is also a two-time winner of the All Nippon Airways/ Wingspan Fiction Contest, winner of the Paris Book Festival Award, and winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award for the novel.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer

Wyoming BraveAbout Wyoming Brave

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (December 27, 2016)

THE WYOMING MEN ARE BACK! IN THEIR QUEST FOR TRUE LOVE ON THE RANGE, ARE THESE RANCHERS BOLD ENOUGH TO OPEN THEIR HEARTS TO THE WOMEN UNDER THEIR PROTECTION?

Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He’s closed himself off since his fiancée left him months ago, so he’s shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it’s only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren’s alpha instincts soon kick in.

The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He’s too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!

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TGIF everyone! I hope all of you had a better week than mine! Mine was super long and I am ready for the weekend to get some rest and reading in!

On this fabulous Friday I am reviewing Wyoming Brave by Diana Palmer. Thank you to TLC Book Tours, the author and HQN books for giving me the chance to be a part of the blog tour and read the book in exchange for an honest review of it.

In Wyoming Brave we follow the stories of two main characters Merrie and Ren. Merrie and Ren meet when Ren’s brother Randall offers her sanctuary on Ren’s ranch. Merrie is in hiding from a contract killer and Ren’s Ranch happens to be high security. Sparks begin to fly when Ren, who has recently been jilted by love and Merrie start spending more time together and finding out more about each other.

I was really interested to read Wyoming Brave because not only is it my first Diana Palmer book but it also my first Western Romance. I wasn’t sure what to expect because it is definitely outside of my comfort zone as I usually don’t stray from contemporary and fantasy romances. For the most part, I liked this book. I liked the story and a few of the characters. I really loved Delsey, I thought she was wonderful and I also really liked Merrie. There are things in the story that I didn’t really understand like the whole dynamic of Merrie’s family in the past with the mobsters. There were also alot of things that I personally don’t support in this book and that was difficult for me, and I’m wondering now if maybe all Western’s are like this so they may not be my cup of tea after all (use of animals for profit is an example). Again, that’s something personal to me that I see every now and then that bothers me in books. Being the completionist that I am, I had to keep going and I tried my hardest to not hold that against the book very much. But it was hard guys, it was hard.

Otherwise, I really liked Merrie’s interaction with Hurricane and how they instantly bonded because of their broken spirits. I also really liked the scenes where Ren and Merrie start to pull down their walls a bit and let each other in. I really liked their misunderstands and miscommunication sometimes, I’m a big fan of that because it reminds me of a Mr. Darcy/Elizabeth sort of dynamic. They had undeniable chemistry and I loved their romantic scenes together, especially when they find themselves leaning in or when he brushes his hand against her face. I think my favorite scene is the one where he first sees her painting of Hurricane and himself and realizes the magnitude of her talent and that he has misjudged her completely. Loved that.

3 stars for me. Although I liked this book, I don’t know that I’ll be reading very many Western Romances after this but I am always willing to give any books a read as I love to read just about anything and getting out of my comfort zone sometimes is good! Let me know if you have any recommendations on Western Romances that I may need to try. If you are interested in seeing what this book is all about, please enter the giveaway below.

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31ewq8ljtzl-_ux250_About Diana Palmer

The prolific author of more than one hundred books, Diana Palmer got her start as a newspaper reporter. A New York Times bestselling author and voted one of the top ten romance writers in America, she has a gift for telling the most sensual tales with charm and humor. Diana lives with her family in Cornelia, Georgia.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein

Lift and SeparateAbout Lift And Separate

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 1, 2016)

Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn’t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliché he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.

Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn.” —Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance

Lift And Separate takes us on a funny but moving journey through heartbreak, hilarity, betrayal, and healing. Marcy Hammer is a hammer indeed! Rooting for her all the way, one is exhilarated by the journey Marilyn Simon Rothstein gives her without ever burning a single bra! Hip-hip hurrah!” —Lanie Robertson, writer of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill, the Tony Award–winning play 

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Hello fellow readers! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Lift And Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein. Thank you to TLC Book Tours, Lake Union Publishing and the author for giving me the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

I really liked this book. I ended up reading it in just a day due to length and my general interest in the story and the characters.

Lift And Separate is the story of Marcy Hammer, who discovers that her husband of over thirty years has had an affair. It’s very much a story of her coping with this, as well as other losses she faces throughout the story. It’s about her finding herself and finding a way to live for herself after having lived for everyone else in the past – for her husband and her kids. It really is essentially the story of her coming into her own and discovering what she wants out of life rather than making sure everyone else around her is taken care of.

I love stories like this. While our main character definitely goes through some hardship, she comes out on the other side changed for the better I think. She’s confident and independent. I love that. I felt for her immediately and easily became invested in her character development. I love characters that are real…that make mistakes, have insecurities and have real world reactions. I felt like this about the characters in this book, which I really appreciated. I did find this book to be a bit humorous at times. There were characters that I definitely loved and that made me laugh every now and then like Marcy’s best friend Dana and at times, Marcy herself. Her mother was also a riot.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I am giving it a four star review. I recommend it for anyone who likes to read women’s fiction or is just looking for a good read about overcoming hardships like separation and loss.

img_2001About Marilyn Simon Rothstein

For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, and married a man she met in an elevator.

Lift And Separate is her debut novel.

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Blog Tour Book Review: This is Not Over by Holly Brown

About This is Not Over

• Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 17, 2017)

You’ll have your deposit within seven business days, just like it says on Getaway.com. I’ve put through a refund to your credit card for the full amount, minus $200 to replace the stained sheets…

Miranda

When 30-year-old Dawn reads Miranda’s email, she sees red. People have always told Dawn she’s beautiful, and she just hopes they don’t see beneath—to how she grew up, to what she’s always tried to outrun. She revels in her getaways with her perfect (maybe too perfect) husband, the occasional long weekend in luxurious homes, temporarily inhabiting other people’s privileged lives. Miranda’s email strikes a nerve, with its lying intimation that Dawn is so dirty you need to throw out her sheets.

Beware of your “host”

I wouldn’t have left a review at all, if I didn’t feel it was my civic duty to warn others…

57-year-old Miranda thought she’d seen it all, but she can’t believe her eyes when she reads Dawn’s review. She’s a doctor’s wife but she needs that rental money, desperately. People might think her life is privileged, but they don’t know what’s really going on. They don’t know about her son. She won’t take this threat to her livelihood—to her very life—lying down.

Two very different women with this in common: Each harbors her own secret, her own reason why she can’t just let this go. Neither can yield, not before they’ve dredged up all that’s hidden, even if it has the power to shatter all they’ve built.

This is not over.

This is so not over.

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Happy Thursday! I’m excited because tomorrow is Friday and also because I’ve been reading some pretty great books so far this year. That always makes me happy!

I just finished This Is Not Over by Holly Brown. I’d like to thank both TLC Book Tours and Harper Collins for giving me the chance to be a part of this book tour and read the book in exchange for an honest review of it.

This Is Not Over told in the alternating perspectives of our two main characters Dawn and Miranda. When the story starts Dawn and her husband have just returned from vacationing in Santa Monica where they rented Miranda’s home for a short while. Not satisfied with the rental and incensed by an email she has received from Miranda advising that she would be deducting the cost of ruined sheets from Dawn’s security deposit, Dawn decides to leave a review of the rental (and the owner) on the site she booked it on. This is the start of a furious back and forth between both women and it quickly becomes personal.

I wasn’t sure at all what to expect from this story. When I read the description, it intrigued me instantly and I just really wanted to see what it was all about and upon reading the premise, where the story would go. I did read a few reviews for it and saw it had mixed reviews so I was nervous going into it but I ended up really liking it. I was not a fan of either main character but that didn’t stop me from being able to enjoy the story.

I really liked the short chapters and the mix of formats used in this book, it was a pretty fast read for me once I got settled and buried my nose in it. I went into this book thinking that it was a psychological thriller and I think that may be where people are getting confused, it’s more of a light suspense novel I would say. I definitely would not try to compare this to some of the heavy psychological thrillers that are out there because if you expect that of course, you will be disappointed when you don’t get that. It definitely is a book that keeps you on your toes just interested in what these characters are going to do to each other next, it kept me wondering what was going to happen and where the story was going. Although I didn’t love either character, I was interested in what they did and seeing the inner workings of their brains, the assumptions and misunderstandings they made.

Overall, I thought this was an entertaining read. I think fans of reality TV, specifically the housewives shows, might really enjoy this book. These two characters are VERY dramatic and take things really personal, although they both do have some very serious things going on in their lives so I can kind of see why they’re fixating on this one thing. It’s something they are both fighting to control and everything just spins out of whack. When you sit there and read it, it seems so ridiculous but it is actually something that could very well happen in real life which is why I really liked it.

3.5 stars

About Holly Brown

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Holly Brown lives with her husband and toddler daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she’s a practicing marriage and family therapist. She is the author of the novel Don’t Try to Find Me, and her blog, “Bonding Time,” is featured on the mental health website PsychCentral.com.

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Blog Tour Book Review: Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

thumbnail_516dduv1x4l-_sx332_bo1204203200_About Say Goodbye for Now

Paperback: 364 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (December 13, 2016)

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.

“[A] heartwarming tale of transgression and redemption.” Kirkus Reviews

“A moving story about patience, trust, the families we choose, and the love it takes to let somebody go.” —Booklist

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Happy Monday! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Say Goodbye For Now  by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review of it.

Say Goodbye for Now is told in the dual perspectives of Dr. Lucy who is a retired doctor who lives a pretty reclusive life in the country fixing injured animals and the occasional injured human and Pete, a young boy who befriends Dr. Lucy when he takes an injured wolf hybrid to her for emergency care.

I was drawn to this book first of all, because there is a dog on the cover. I have said time and time again that a book cover that features some sort of animal on it will always reel me in. This cover was no different. I usually like to skip reading the book synopsis so I can go into books without expectations or being slightly spoiled on their plots and I definitely did that was this one so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I picked this book up.

I ended up really enjoying it. I loved the writing, which to me was simple in a very beautiful way. I loved the characters – specifically Dr. Lucy, Pete, Calvin, Justin and of course the plethora of animals we encounter in the story (especially Prince) and what they all learn from each other. There were alot of heavy, really interesting topics brought up in the story that I thought were handled really well and made the story just very real, tragic and also, touching. It dealt with the subjects of racism, child abuse, friendship, family and also, compassion both for animals and for our fellow human beings.

I am giving this book five stars. I loved it. It gave me so many feelings – dread, wamth, sadness…just a whole spectrum of feelings that I didn’t really expect. I could not put this book down and ended up reading it in a day.

thumbnail_unknown-2About Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty published and forthcoming books. Her bestselling 1999 novel Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologiesSanta Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.

Ryan Hyde is also founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton.

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