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Hyde’s followers, who love the warmth and inspiration they draw from her work (Walk Me Home, 2013, etc.), won’t be disappointed by this latest effort.
August is on his way to Yellowstone to go camping, but his RV has broken down, leaving him and his small part–Jack Russell terrier, Woody, stranded in a one-horse desert town. While the mechanic, Wes, works on the vehicle, the science teacher frets that he won’t have enough money to make it to the park. He’s not going for pleasure, although that was the original purpose of the trip; instead, he’s transporting some of his son’s ashes so he can sprinkle them around the park. He and Phillip, who was killed in the car accident that led to the breakup of August’s marriage, had planned the trip together. Now it seems as though the RV’s engine repairs will eat up most of his cash. Then Wes makes August an offer he can’t refuse: Finish your trip, but! take my two boys with you, and I won’t charge you anything. The boys, 12-year-old Seth, and Henry, 7, will go into the foster system if Wes, who's scheduled to serve 90 days in jail, can’t find an alternative. August refuses but finally relents, and what follows is a lifelong bond among a recovering alcoholic, a wise young boy who's been forced to play the grown-up since his mom walked out, and sweet but silent Henry. Hyde’s books can be almost relentlessly uplifting, but in her case, that’s not a bad thing. She does it well and manages to avoid bringing religion, schmaltz, or improbable outcomes into the mix, instead relying on crisp, clean prose and a straightforward method of storytelling that has its own unique appeal.
A story about good people doing their best to survive, combined with a message that will cause readers to close the book feeling a bit more hopeful about humanity.
“Bestseller Hyde’s (Pay it Forward) 24th book digs deeply into the ties of love, between both family and strangers...Hyde gives her characters great internal depth, and the book’s scope gives readers time to savor this memorable, moving journey.” —Publishers Weekly
- ASIN : B00GP0JWMQ
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (July 22, 2014)
- Publication date : July 22, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2421 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 363 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,604 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The plot is simple as you've probably already read. It's the characters and their personalities that make you believe they're real. They're not perfect, but they try to be good people. Makes you think ... just enough. There's so little plot it should be boring, but instead I couldn't put it down. There's no bombs, explosions, crime, drugs, aliens, politics or romance. What there is is people. All I can do is urge you to take a chance, except "I don't like to tell people what to do". Oh, and now I'm off to buy a camper ☺️
Of course there are some unrealistic instances...hence the listing of "fiction". I also saw complaints about too much or too detailed conversations or descriptions. I didn't see that as as problem. I was too busy reading the conversations and descriptions to notice.
I really enjoyed watching the growth, trust and understanding develop between the 3 main characters, August, Seth and Henry. I would've kept reading had the author jumped forward another 10 years to catch us up on their relationships, individual growth and how their dreams had panned out.
The only advice I'd give us to not start reading the "8 years later" section at 10 p.m. if you have a commitment early the next day. Other than that, I'd highly recommend you pick it up, kick back and relax. Enjoy the ride.
The most important event of science teacher, August Shroeder's, summer is a trip to Yellowstone. As he sits in the hot, independently owned garage and waits for his motor home to be repaired, it seems obvious this year's goal will be impossible. Then he is offered a deal ... all repairs are free if he'll just agree to take the mechanic's two boys along on the trip. Despite his need to visit Yellowstone, August feels the responsibility is far too great and resolves to turn the deal down. As a last ditch effort, the mechanic offers the truth ... he's going to jail for 90 days and has nowhere to leave his boys. He even points out that the last time he had to leave them, they were sent to Child Services and his youngest son hasn't spoken a word since. August still refuses and is firm in his decision, until finds himself headed to Yellowstone with two boys he never intended to become involved with.
The boys have never traveled far from their home at the back of the garage. Nothing prepared them for the wonder and majesty of the trail of National Parks August takes them to visit that summer. He is kind, caring, smart, and nothing like their father. The 3 months pass quickly but another kink is thrown into the plans. During one of their regular calls to the jail where their father is being held, he tells August that 3 more months have been added to his sentence. Once again August balks at the thought of getting even more involved by taking the boys back to his home in San Diego to stay until their father is released. But, he's grown fond of them and warms to the idea when he's faced with the thought that otherwise they'll be returned to Child Services. Once again, this book takes an unexpected course.
This story was such a pleasure to read and re-confirms how a random act of kindness (even one as huge as August commits to) can change so many lives. Most of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books concern troubled children and how the actions of adults can affect them. I spent a lot of time with my daughter when she was growing up. It was fun and we enjoyed our adventures. Quality time spent with a child is the best investment you can ever make.
This book deals with several serious topics: Alcoholism; grief, less-than-perfect parenting; debilitating health issues. But in spite of (or maybe because of) dealing with these issues, lessons are learned, wonderful relationships are formed, and unforgettable memories created.
The book has a positive message, but sometimes it feels like the reader is being spoon-fed each "lesson". Often there's a whole page of stilted dialogue when a couple sentences would suffice. It's like, the reader is always ten steps ahead of the writer.
This is not a book for someone in a hurry. It's for someone who likes to saunter. It's not for someone who wants a book with lots of complicated plot twists or "graphic realism". It's definitely "PG rated" and you'll pretty much know where it's headed before it gets there. So just relax and enjoy the ride.