The Value Of Kindness
Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a charming contemporary novel that will delight the reader.
At the heart of the novel are seven wonderful puppies who are bundles of fun. A thirteen year old girl rescued them and she needs them as much as they need her. The puppies give unconditional love and enable her to experience the freedom to express her true emotions.
Within the novel there is an abusive relationship that affects all those within the family. The abuse is emotional but it leaves scars.
In contrast we see a loving widower who also lets the puppies minister to his heart and soul.
The healing power of small puppies as their helplessness and playfulness brings out the best in those around them.
Walk Me Home by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a contemporary novel about searching to belong and I really enjoyed it.
Sixteen year old Carly and eleven year old Jen spend much of the novel walking. They are on a journey looking for home. Carly has a restless spirit that cannot settle. She is focussed in her search. Jen has a calmer nature. She knows a truth that Carly has yet to grasp – home is not a place, home is a relationship and being with people who love you. Will Carly ever grasp this truth?
Carly and Jen are a unit. They are sisters. They have a bond. Carly has a dominant personality. She loves Jen but doesn’t always hear correctly what she is saying. Carly wants Jen and everything else in the world to fit in with her views. She fails to mould her life into the circumstances and people around her.
Road Trip Bonding
Take Me With You by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a gentle coming of age story. It is a road trip where so much more is seen and felt than just scenery and climate. Bonds are formed that will last a lifetime.
Catherine Ryan Hyde shows that being a father is more than just the biological act. A true father is someone who loves you unconditionally and who will put you first. For children, for anyone, being made to feel second class is deeply distressing. It is possible that a perfect stranger may behave more like a father than one’s real father. Sometimes when our biological fathers let us down, there are others to step into their shoes.
The book is about a journey of discovery. It is about experiencing new things and discovering who you are. The journey is more important than the destination. “It’s more about being than doing. When you find a place you like, you just be there.”