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Seven Perfect Things: A Novel Paperback – May 4, 2021
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A heart-stirring novel about the joy that comes from finding love in unexpected places by the New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.
Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble lives in an unhappy home in the Sierra Nevada foothills where her father makes life miserable for her and her mother, Mary. One day Abby witnesses a man dump a litter of puppies into the nearby river. Diving in to rescue all seven, she knows she won’t be able to bring them home. Afraid for their fate at the pound, she takes them to an abandoned cabin, where all she can offer is a promise that she’ll be back the next day.
To grieving widower Elliot Colvin, life has lost meaning. Looking for solace, he retreats to the hunting cabin he last visited years ago, before his wife’s illness. What he discovers is not at all what he expected: seven puppies and one determined girl with an indomitable heart.
As Abby and Elliot’s friendship deepens, Abby imagines how much better her life―and the puppies’ lives―would be if her mother were married to Elliot instead of her father. But when Abby’s father moves the family hundreds of miles away, Abby and her mother must decide how long they’re willing to defer happiness.
Seven Perfect Things is a story about joy, where to find it, how to know it when you see it, and the courage it takes to hang on to it once you have it.
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“Hyde clearly demonstrates her uncanny ability to show human nature at both its best and worst, in ordinary people who sometimes do extraordinary things.” ―Bookreporter
About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author of forty books (and counting). An avid traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she shares her astrophotography with readers on her website.
Her novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages in over thirty countries. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow list, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. Where We Belong won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award in 2015.
More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other journals; in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts; and in the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Copilot. Her stories have been honored by the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and have been nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in the annual Best American Short Stories anthology.
She is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. 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.
For more information, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (May 4, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1542021545
- ISBN-13 : 978-1542021548
- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This story will clutch at your heart for so many reasons including loss, domestic abuse and the finding of redemption. I think I've used the word "redemption" for many of this author's books because she deals with redemption in so many ways.
Having read two of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books in a row, and in the space of just a few days, I've come to understand that there is no such thing as Hyde overload, and that's fortunate.
This story follows Mary and thirteen year old Abby, mother and daughter, as they navigate the destructive path their husband and father, respectively, has drawn for them. He is psychologically abusive to both women.
Abby sees someone throw a bundle in the river, and she jumps in to retrieve it, finding seven perfect puppies inside. She can't bring them home because she would never be allowed to keep them. She finds an empty hunting cabin with a shed and decides to house them there. When the owner, recently widowed Elliot discovers the puppies, the story unfolds.
Each of the main characters are emotionally damaged, and don't know if they will ever be whole. There are moments that keep you on the edge of your seat. Puppies can so often lessen the pain.
All the superlatives apply to this book.
Ms Hyde's books are always well-written and impeccably edited. I especially like her ability to express her character's thoughts and feelings. There is a lot of wisdom to be found in her writing.
I pre-ordered this book when I heard it was being released. The story held my interest and I finished in just a couple of days.
There is a magic moment in reading when sometimes a word or a phrase enters my heart and mind at the same time, creating a mini-explosion of pure delight.
This book’s phrase “riot of puppies” is like that: you get exactly what it looks like and feels like and means.
That is what this book did for me on a larger scale, too.
Not every chapter of this book brings only delight, though. Like all good books, it offers us people who have hurdles to overcome. And Abby Hubble has her share of them. So does her mother, Mary. So does Elliot Colvin, who recently lost his wife.
Through a chance occurrence and her own strength of will, Abby is able to save and rescue seven puppies. And her journey of trying to keep and care for them—allows herself and other people in her life to be saved and rescued, too.
I’ll let you find the other “riot” phrase in this heartwarming, delightful story.
Wow! Catherine Ryan Hyde, the author of “Seven Perfect Things” has written a captivating,
heartfelt and memorable novel. The Genres for this book are Literary Fiction, and Fiction. For
those animal lovers, such as myself, I promise that you will be smiling and saying, “Awwww” to
yourself. It is amazing how we can forget where we can find love. The author vividly describes the
characters, and events. The timeline of the story is set in the author’s present. The author
describes her characters as complex and complicated. I love that the author writes about
friendships of different ages, determination, happiness, courage, love and hope.
Abby is a 13 year old girl that witnesses a man throw a bag into the water. She is a determined and
fierce swimmer, and gets the back and discovers 7 puppies.
Abby tries to bring them to the pound and when she discovers they have no room, and what they
intend to do with the puppies, so Abby finds an abandoned shed and takes care of them there.
Elliot, is the owner of the house and shed, and is returning for a quiet visit after the death of his
wife. He is quite surprised to find the puppies and Abby. Elliot, once an avid hunter, has lost the
desire to hunt animals or fish. He has changed his feelings about living and dying.
Abby is in love with the puppies and notices their individual personalities and gives them names.
She cleans up and lovingly plays with them.
Abby’s father is a mean-spirited and abusive man to both Abby and her mother. I appreciate that
the author discusses emotional abuse, and of course taking care of animals. I highly recommend
this memorable, entertaining and thought-provoking novel.
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Thoroughly recommend this book as a feel-good read.