Seven Perfect Things by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Lake Union Publishing, 2021. 318 pages ****
Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble is out walking when she sees a man throw a sack into the river. When the sack starts moving, Abby feels that she has no choice but to dive into the river. Imagine her surprise when seven puppies wriggle out of the sack Taking them to the pound seems her only option until she finds out what the future holds for them. Taking the puppies home is out of the question; her father already makes life miserable for her and her mother. Abby remembers a cabin in the woods where she may be able to keep them and visit them daily. Elliot Colvin has lost his wife and the purpose for his life when he crosses paths with Abby and the puppies at his cabin. That chance encounter gives them both the hope that they had lost.
Hyde's strength in her writing is her message of love and the belief in the goodness of people. The subject matter is not always an easy one, in this case abuse, however, Abby and Elliot find each other at the exact time that they are needed. Hyde brings humor and lightness through the antics of seven puppies and the lengths to which Abby hides caring for them.
Seven Perfect Things is a heart-warming book filled with the joy of new beginnings and courage found in unexpected places.
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Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of forty published and
forthcoming books. An avid traveler, equestrian, and amateur
photographer, she shares her astrophotography with readers on her