Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Publication Date: June 19, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Women
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 30 works. Besides the about to be released Heaven Adjacent she also wrote the novel Pay it Forward. If that name sounds familiar it’s because it was the movie that featured Haley Joel Osment and Helen Hunt. Another book that Hyde released is a photo book of the photographs she has taken.
When Hyde isn’t writing she likes to hike, travel, ride horses, and of course take photographs. If you wan to learn more about Hyde you can visit her site here.
Author bio condensed from Goodreads
Heaven Adjacent Synopsis
Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.
In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.
Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more.
Heaven Adjacent Review
Can we just stop and talk for a second about the fact that every time I see a book cover similar to this I automatically think “romance novel”. You know the kind I’m talking about. Even after reading the synopsis I was still expecting it. I found it very refreshing to get though the book without it even becoming that. Now that’s not to say that this book is clinical, depressing, or anything like that. It’s just not filled with heaving chests, if you know what I mean.
So what is Heaven Adjacent about? Well you obviously read the synopsis above and know that it’s about Roseanna and her ragtag group of people that she has staying with her. However, what the synopsis doesn’t tell you is that Roseanna is more than a little rough around the edges and that the ragtag group of people living with her are doing so begrudgingly. To go along with that they’re doing things around the farm against her wishes. I’m not even kidding the first chapter of the book she states that the elderly gentleman staying on the farm was chopping wood for her and she didn’t want to because he could drop dead of a coronary and she’d have to deal with it!
You would think that because of these things that Heaven Adjacent would be an unpleasant book to read and that is so not the case. While Roseanna can be hard to like you eventually get to know her character and why she is the way she is. Due to this you actually start to like Roseanna, well I did, and pull for her and ragtag group of people. When Roseanna’s son shows up you start rooting for that relationship as well. Obviously for the book to be interesting there are going to be obstacles and while I won’t go into detail about them because as you know here at Southeast by Midwest we do NOT do spoilers. I will say that the obstacles are all believable and are handled in ways that you could actually see someone doing.
I have to say that if you’re looking for an amazing read this summer then give Heaven Adjacent a chance. I recommend purchasing it on the Kindle when it comes out as it might be one that you’re going to want to reread later, I know I do. However, if you want to wait until your library has it then that’s fine as well. Also, if you want a chance to win the book Goodreads is having a giveaway for it here (just scroll under the synopsis until you see the giveaway, if you reach the reviews you’ve gone to far) that is open until June 18th, 2018
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