After Abby watches a man toss a bag into the river, she knows she must pull the bag out especially, because the bag is moving. When she finds seven puppies, she knows she can’t bring them home. Her verbally abusive father will never let her keep them. What follows is a story of love and friendship.
Abby’s father, Stan, is a jerk, and not just to her. Her mother, Mary, wants to leave, but it’s hard for a non-working parent to save up to get out of a tough situation. Compiled with Abby’s desire to keep these puppies, they’re both low-key fighting for something good. I liked Elliot from the moment we meet him. He’s going through something incredibly hard, but his compassion shines through.
I love to read Ryan Hyde’s books because they make you feel good. There’s always the right amount of angst or problems that arise that have you cheering on the characters when good things happen. Seven Perfect Things is a touching read. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing, for sending this along.
Seven Perfect Things is available on Amazon for $5.99, it’s enrolled in KU.
About the Book:
Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble lives in an unhappy home in the Sierra Nevada foothills where her father makes life miserable for her and her mother, Mary. One day Abby witnesses a man dump a litter of puppies into the nearby river. Diving in to rescue all seven, she knows she won’t be able to bring them home. Afraid for their fate at the pound, she takes them to an abandoned cabin, where all she can offer is a promise that she’ll be back the next day.
To grieving widower Elliot Colvin, life has lost meaning. Looking for solace, he retreats to the hunting cabin he last visited years ago, before his wife’s illness. What he discovers is not at all what he expected: seven puppies and one determined girl with an indomitable heart.
As Abby and Elliot’s friendship deepens, Abby imagines how much better her life—and the puppies’ lives—would be if her mother were married to Elliot instead of her father. But when Abby’s father moves the family hundreds of miles away, Abby and her mother must decide how long they’re willing to defer happiness.
Seven Perfect Things is a story about joy, where to find it, how to know it when you see it, and the courage it takes to hang on to it once you have it.