~Catherine Ryan Hyde~

The Language of HoofbeatsThe Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am happy to be a regular reader and reviewer for Catherine Ryan Hydes books in the UK and the publishers always send me a copy when each book is released. This one was of no exception and I eagerly wanted to get 'stuck in' and read it.

Its never hard with this authors books to jump right into the story. Its like diving into a sea and exploring your surroundings. One by one you start to unfold what is what.

We have a nice little Town, everyone seems to know each other, we have a Sheriff, AND we have Clementine. Clementine is married to her long suffering husband. They had found it difficult in all the years they had been married to conceive a child. Later in life Tina is born. However, Tina didn't have the fullest and satisfying of lives and took her own life. I am mentioning this as there is a horse involved. Her parents had purchased her a horse, thinking that riding and exercise might help, having an interest. Tina looked after that horse very well, it was never once neglected. But since Tina has taken her own life Clementine cannot bear to look after the horse, she wants to, but she cannot. Her husband cleans up, he is the one that does the raking and the feeding.
How can I describe Clementine? Well, if you have ever come across a complainer, a busybody, a nosyparker, someone who is constantly at the window and has opinions about "everything" in life and surrounding them, then you are coming quite close to Clementine and what makes her tick.

Then we have Paula and Jackie who are legally married lesbians who move in across the way from Clementine. They had decided not to have children of their own but to adopt, and adopt not just any child but children who have difficulties emotionally that they feel they can help. Paula is a Vet, so she's taken over a practice there in this little town. There are no problems. Except the lady across the way ....Clementine.
Paula and Jackie have one child that they went onto adopt and two children they are fostering. One of them being a girl named Star. Star figures quite a bit in this storyline. Very negatively at first.

Clementine has a problem with the family, and the children, especially Star. She finds her rude and obnoxious.

We have the Sheriffs involvement with several things that happen, one very serious one.

We also have Clementine becoming quite ill and the 'family across the road' getting involved to look after her and what happens there.

Its a well thought out, developed read that you would expect from this author.


I was intrigued about the title of this book. THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS
OK, I thought, this is about a horse. I'm not really 'into' horses, I love them, just don't know much about them and never gone out of my way to learn.
Was I going to enjoy this book if its about horses?

Well, horses for courses! because, this fabulous author shows human nature in this book. Its not just about a horse, its about humans, its about also how animals can effect us, our emotions and also how they can help in certain situations of our lives. Everyone who has a pet knows the rewards of this!

I thought Clementine was a grumpy old woman who should get a life and get her nose out of others lives.
As it progressed, I did a 100% turn around. How we judge other when they appear grumpy all the time, or they don't have a decent word to say!!! well, its made me think, just what are their circumstances for acting this way, Clementine wasn't liked by any one much at all. Not even her husband. Who walked out.

Can people change no matter how old they are?

I also loved how Catherine Ryan Hyde made the involvement of a lesbian married couple. I am a person who says 'live and let live' and 'people are people no matter how they chose to live' I am very open minded.
I like to call it, Acceptance of Life, black, white, fat, thin, tall or small. We all are the same.
So this was a refreshing change to have a married couple of the same sex, its showing how that family functions.
The children called them P-Mom and J-Mom, I found that rather nice.

I don't want to give anymore away than I already have, but I would like to say, its a great story, its human and humane, it certainly makes you think about certain things.

This author has such an insight to people, to emotions, to feelings and so can influence an readers calmness when reading or excitement, even indifference and then.....understanding.

I would like to emphasis, because I am a regular reader for Catherine Ryan Hyde via her publishers sending me the books, it doesn't mean I HAVE to like them, I am honest, open and direct, but kind.

I really don't have a downside to this book at all, its all good.

View all my reviews Where We BelongWhere We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One word. Great! One name. Angie.
It never ceases to amaze me how Catherine Ryan Hyde can get to the very core of her characters.
Angie, the little girl with the grown up mind and decisions.
Angie. The little girl with the huge responsibilities.
Truthful. Honest. Understanding beyond her years.
If anyone ever questions the way Angie is portrayed has never had an experience in life where you have to grow up fast.
Angie did. Her sister had special needs. Any disability or illness makes children grow up fast. I know first hand.
The friendship with her neighbour, the man who wanted to retire away from it all.
Right down to Sophie and the dog. This kept me reading for hours.
Catherine, you've done it again. Another awesome read that will stay with me.

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Take Me with You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Take Me with YouTake Me with You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was lucky to be given a complimentary book from Lake Union Publishing

This book will be released in July

What a thoroughly satisfying pleasant read.

A science school teacher who has been sober now for a couple of years takes off for the summer on a trip.

He has an ex wife who was driving while under the influence of alcohol had a terrible traffic accident killing their son. 

He has to pull in at a roadside to get his vehicle looked at and here is where he meets Wes the Father, Seth his young son and Henry the youngest. 

Things start to developed from there.

This book had me thinking. Friendships are sometimes formed out of the unlikeliest of people, age and sex. This unique story Catherine Ryan Hyde has woven has showed me how we continue to learn and how we continue to grow. 

It also has taught me that we learn very much from each other.

Unlikely friendships, unlikely bounds all interwoven in a fantastic tale in only the style this author has. 

Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Pay It ForwardPay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am so happy to be a part of Catherine Ryan Hyde's read and review team in the UK. I love her books and look forward to each one as she releases them.

This story was different to some of the books she has written about as in style of writing. I found it fascinating to read it from all angles, and from Trevor's point of view as a child. 

I think most reviews have expressed what the book is about, and the extra challenge that was weaved in, Trevor taking this seriously did a superb job to change the world. I kept thinking "out of the mouths of babes" another cliche was " from small acorns big trees grow".

Its not often a book leaves me in tears. The last 30-40 pages just made me cave in. I was so reading between the tears in my eyes.

Catherine Ryan Hyde has such a unique style about her, there are a few authors that can do this. They move you to tears, passion, hate, fear, emotions that you have they can bring out in you. If an author can do this, they are doing their work properly, as life evokes emotions. So should books. 

I felt quite enpowered after I read this, quite sad too. I knew why it had to end this way, there was no other way to do it.

Thank you Catherine for another amazing read. 

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The story of how a boy who believed in the goodness of human nature set out to change the world.

Pay It Forward is a wondrous and moving novel about Trevor McKinney, a twelve-year-old boy in a small California town who accepts the challenge that his teacher gives his class, a chance to earn extra credit by coming up with a plan to change the world for the better -- and to put that plan into action.

The idea that Trevor comes up with is so simple and so naïve that when others learn of it they are dismissive. Even Trevor himself begins to doubt when his "pay it forward" plan seems to founder on a combination of bad luck and the worst of human nature.

In the end, Pay It Forward is the story of seemingly ordinary people made extraordinary by the simple faith of a child. In the tradition of the successful and inspirational television show Touched by an Angel, and the phenomenally successful novel and film Forrest GumpPay It Forward is a work of charm, wit, and remarkable inspiration, a story of hope for today and for many tomorrows to come

I have been asked by Catherine Ryan Hyde to be one of her UK reviewers, I am over the moon. So as I read her books and review them I will also be adding my reviews to this dedicated page

I was so excited to get this book in ARC from the publishers, I even messaged Catherine on Good Reads to tell her! I love this author and have read almost all of her books. A friend online who shares the same taste in books as I do encouraged me to read one of her. I did. Thought, not bad, really enjoyed it, so I went on to read another then another........;

This is about 2 sisters, they find themselves having to leave home. I don't like giving much of the stories away on books I read as I feel it spoils it sometimes for others. I can say, that on reflection as I finished this book this book today I thought of the times we take things for granted, or question the motives of our nearest and dearest and think we know best. These two children taught me this is not the case in life. And not everyone is who they seem to be. Only what they want to appear to be.

I hope I've whet your appetite for when this novel is released in September of this year [2013]

GREAT BOOK Catherine Ryan Hyde.


Carly and her little sister Jen are walking. Something terrible has happened. Something that has left Carly in charge, her faith in humanity shattered. She knows they need help. But she is terrified of her sister being taken away from her. All they have is each other.

Carly wants them to find their way back to the last person she knew she could trust - their stepfather. But Jen holds a secret about him which, if she's telling the truth, will put them both at far more risk than they could imagine.

And so begins a journey, across hundreds of miles, which neither girl could have anticipated. It isn't an easy one, and is often dangerous. But along the way they are also confronted with the unexpected kindness of strangers. And ultimately, should they choose to accept it, some new relationships that hold the potential to change everything

When I Found YouWhen I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What an absorbing read! I got into this book right away. It intrigued me throughout the book. I thought it was very well written with a lot of emotion, common sense and well being. I normally don't have much time in the day to read, but I found time in between cooking meals and cleaning. I picked it up at any oppotunity as I wanted to know what happens next.

The character were very well explained and portrayed, the narration was not overly long and when conversations were being had between characters you felt you were taking the part. I will definatly be reading more from this author.

View all my reviews Becoming ChloeBecoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a quaint little read, but not the best book of hers I have read, nevertheless I did enjoy it.

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