Years ago I read Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and really enjoyed it. It was recently on my radar as a potential book for my two teenage daughters. Say Goodbye For Now is Hyde's latest novel, and one I quickly became engaged in last night.
Pete has found a dog badly injured along the side of the road. Unable to let him suffer, he spends a day with the dog, taking it to a woman he has heard will help injured animals.
Dr. Lucy has been alone for a long time. She seems to like her solitary life with her dogs and horses she cares for. But then Pete shows up with the dog he has found and Lucy opens herself up to getting attached to people again.
In addition to a dog, Pete has also made a friend. Justin sees Pete walking with an injured animal, and the two begin to talk. Unfortunately there are many people in town who don't believe that black and whites can be friends.
When Lucy meets Justin's dad, Calvin, she is instantly taken with him and he with her. However, the two are barely given a chance to know each other before Calvin and Justin must move away in order to protect themselves from hatred in the town.
Years pass, and Lucy and Pete remain together, while still writing and occasionally talking to Calvin and Justin, awaiting a time when they can see each other again.
This is a feel good story. Despite the fact that there is hatred and racism and an angry father, overall Say Goodbye For Now has a message of hope. I loved this novel. Pay It Forward is also a fantastic novel, and now after two good reading experiences with Hyde's work, I feel compelled to read more of the thirty plus books she has written.
I can see plenty of book clubs enjoying this book and finding lots to discuss.
Thanks to TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book for my review. All opinions expressed are, as always, my own.
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