Monday, June 8, 2015

Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde

What They Say.....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.

What I Say....As I picked this book up and read the blurb, I thought this probably wasn't good timing for this book.  Last Wednesday was the day I had surgery, and the afternoon before I had to put my sweet dog, Honey, to sleep.  After my daughter's graduation, she went downhill very quickly.  Suddenly, she couldn't walk more than three steps without collapsing.  Even though I've known it was coming, it didn't make the actual day any easier.  Add that to the post op meds and exhaustion, and I wasn't sure I wanted to read a book about heartbreak, especially one that might involve a dog.

But I actually really enjoyed this book.  Yes, tears were shed, but they were the cleansing kind.  Virginia was a romantic, but a realist at the same time.  The supporting characters were sympathetic and realistic, especially for me, as I grew up in a small town similar to this book.

Two good people, separated by tragedy that come back together.  This wasn't a love story, it was a family story.

If you have liked Catherine Ryan Hyde's previous books, like Pay It Forward (the CRH book everyone knows) or Don't Let Me Go (my favorite CRH book), you will like this.  It's the perfect quiet read for summer.

Current Goodreads Rating 4.17

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