Heaven Adjacent

Heaven Adjacent

by Catherine Ryan Hyde

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ISBN-13: 9781503900394
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 98,380
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of thirty-three published books. Her bestselling 1999 novel, Pay It Forward, adapted into a major Warner Bros. motion picture, made the American Library Association’s Best Books for Young Adults list and was translated into more than two dozen languages for distribution in more than thirty countries. Her novels Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List; Jumpstart the World was also a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards and won Rainbow Awards in two categories. The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award. More than fifty of her short stories have been published in many journals, including the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and the Sun, and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts, as well as the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her short fiction received honorable mention in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, a second-place win for the Tobias Wolff Award, and nominations for Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have also been cited in Best American Short Stories.
Hyde is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation. As a professional public speaker, she has addressed the National Conference on Education, twice spoken at Cornell University, met with AmeriCorps members at the White House, and shared a dais with Bill Clinton. An avid equestrian, photographer, and traveler, she lives in California.

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Heaven Adjacent 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
KrittersRamblings 2 days ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings Do you ever want to just run away? As an adult the idea of running away seems more difficult than exhilarating! With all of the responsibilities and such it doesn't seem as freeing of an idea. Roseanna has recently endured a life tragedy and decides that the only solution is to pick up life and start over with a little less daily commitments, she leaves her partner at a law firm job and ends up in the country on a farm and that is mostly where this book begins.
Julie12 4 months ago
This book is about a woman who does something I think a lot of us would like to do...leave our hectic lives and live a simple, quiet life on our own terms. Roseanna is a very successful lawyer in New York City. She has lived a driven life all about getting to the top of the ladder and she has sacrificed many things in her life to achieve this success. She is the owner/partner with her friend and they both dream of the day when they can retire. Everything they do revolves around getting to retirement. When her friend dies one day in the boardroom of a stroke two years before she's going to retire, it sets Roseanna on this new course of living life to the fullest now. We follow along as Roseanna finds an out of the way farm where she can live a solitary life, however, things don't quite work out the way she planned. She has others that come to her land wanting to live the same type of life. She hasn't told anyone where she is in her old life, but they find out when a journalist does a magazine article about her. This is when her son shows up and they try to reconcile a relationship that was always put on the back-burner for Roseanna. This is an interesting story line, however, it never really went anywhere for me. I felt like the characters were a little bit cardboard and there was never really any point to the story. I actually had a really hard time finishing the book. I know that this author is highly thought of so I will try another of her books in the future because I can see she is a good writer. This particular story just fell flat for me. I'm giving this book 2 out of 5 stars. *This book was provided to me by Little Bird Publicity. I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.
Lilac_Wolf 5 months ago
A Lilac Wolf and Stuff Review **Many thanks to Netgalley for this review copy.** I've only read a few of Catherine's book, but they strike me as being deep stories about the strength and struggle of family. This book is no different. We've got Roseanna, a New York attorney, a partner in her firm, a clearly successful woman who suddenly runs away from home and refuses to go back. Her law partner and best friend had died suddenly. The woman had been working herself to the bone for years so she could retire early and then just dropped dead. Roseanna was heartbroken, but I think also afraid of the same happening to her. She buys a farm on a whim, and moves right in. Giving up many luxuries, but finding that she can live without a lot of them just fine. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this story. I'm sorry to have to leave Rosie's farm. I'm quite satisfied, though. Reading one of Catherine's books is like eating a hearty comfort food meal. Grab a copy, she keeps her prices pretty low for how well she writes.
KerryACroucier 10 months ago
How much is enough? Is life passing you by while you are working to get to the next level? So many put off so much, thinking they will get to it when they retire. They save, but forget to enjoy and experience life every day. This novel has resonated with me and continues to sit in my mind. I absolutely loved it and hated putting it down when life intruded, though I had to remember that every day is important. Catherine Ryan Hyde did such an amazing job creating characters and a story that really makes you rethink life: where you are, where you are going…and mostly what is REALLY important to you in life.
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
This was a book that will certainly make you stop and think about life. Losing a best friend can do crazy things to a person. Or maybe it’s not crazy but more like making you wake up and see what you have and what you truly want. Roseanna was a high powered attorney who had it all. Her own law practice with her best friend a nice apartment overlooking a park and a car that was to die for. But when her friend and partner die she starts looking at life a bit differently. She gets in her car and leaves. She has no real plan but once she gets there she knows it is the place for her. A nice piece of land with a small shack of a house and a few other buildings. She buys it and intends to spend her life alone there. But there are other people who live there and she becomes friends with them. No one, not even her son, Lance, can get her to come back to the city. He stays with her and they finally start talking and become much closer. This is a good story that will keep you wanting more. Even after the last page I was not ready to let it go. It’s a story that will make you fall in love with people again. Some tears are mixed in and some laughter. The kind of story that you will love reading. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a great story teller. I look forward to more of her awesome books. I received a copy of this via @NetGalley #Lake Union
lsmoore_43 More than 1 year ago
This was a book that will certainly make you stop and think about life. Losing a best friend can do crazy things to a person. Or maybe it’s not crazy but more like making you wake up and see what you have and what you truly want. Roseanna was a high powered attorney who had it all. Her own law practice with her best friend a nice apartment overlooking a park and a car that was to die for. But when her friend and partner die she starts looking at life a bit differently. She gets in her car and leaves. She has no real plan but once she gets there she knows it is the place for her. A nice piece of land with a small shack of a house and a few other buildings. She buys it and intends to spend her life alone there. But there are other people who live there and she becomes friends with them. No one, not even her son, Lance, can get her to come back to the city. He stays with her and they finally start talking and become much closer. This is a good story that will keep you wanting more. Even after the last page I was not ready to let it go. It’s a story that will make you fall in love with people again. Some tears are mixed in and some laughter. The kind of story that you will love reading. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a great story teller. I look forward to more of her awesome books. I received a copy of this via @NetGalley #Lake Union
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Heaven Adjacent is a deceptively simply constructed, but beautifully told latest book from the talented Catherine Ryan Hyde. It is the story of Roseanna Chaldecott, a driven, successful Manhattan lawyer who spent decades practicing law with her best friend, Alice. But one morning, Roseanna simply cannot go to the office so she calls her office and notifies her secretary that she will not be coming in, gets into her Maserati, and starts driving. She ends up lost in the foggy foothills of the Adirondacks where she spies a seventy-six acre dilapidated farm for sale. The main house is in disrepair, but does offer a few pieces of furniture, as well as a functioning bathroom and kitchen. It is in better shape that the guesthouse in which Roseanna soon discovers a mother and her five-year-old daughter are residing. Roseanna's introduction to Patty and little Willa provides the first clue as to the depth of Roseanna's story. After that heartbreaking beginning, Roseanna goes about settling into her new home. Roseanna soon learns that the rundown barn is actually a warehouse full of scrap metal. Only the deceased former owner,. Macy, knew why she collected it. But little Willa comes up with the idea of fashioning it into sculptures of animals. Before long Roseanna learns to weld and the metal menagerie continues growing. Roseanna escaped New York City to find solitude, quiet, and be alone. But despite her best efforts, she manages to attract squatters -- homeless, down-on-their-luck folks who need a place to lay their heads -- and is largely unable to evict them. And the farm is full of the noises of life -- a squealing little girl, a rambunctious dog, and even an elderly horse! But is the noise a reporter for the New York Times makes that disrupts Roseanna's new life. His story on her increasingly famous metal sculptures lead not just her former law partner, Jerry, to her, but also her thirty-year-old son, Lance, with whom Roseanna has always had a tempestuous relationship. Heaven Adjacent is populated by a case of quirky characters that keep the story interesting and entertaining, But in the skilled hands of Catherine Ryan Hyde, the tale is an exploration of relationships, priorities, emotional openness, and family. It is a look at values and how each individual must determine what matters most to him/her and how he/she wants to spend his/her days. It is a study in second chances, reconciliation, and living a life that has meaning and finally finding a home. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
Most authors who have a long list of books tend to trade quality writing for quantity. There are exemptions to this and one of the best is Catherine Ryan Hyde. Her writing is full of heart and you never put down something she has written with disappointment. Heaven Adjacent stands along with all the other books by Hyde that I love. Catherine Ryan Hyde’s books always shine a bright light on a moral lesson in her stories. Heaven Adjacent is no different. When I finished this book, like all her others, I felt more knowledgeable and have a better perspective on the quandary affecting the book's protagonist Roseanna. Usually, I try to not get into much detail regarding the story itself because I don’t ever want to ruin anything for the people who read my reviews. I am making an exception due to the fact I saw a great deal of myself in Roseanna. Therefore, helping me rethink the path that I am on and how I am handling it. After losing her best friend and law partner, she ran towards solitude purchasing a small secluded house with a great deal of land. While on this journey with her you realize that what you're feelings are telling you what is best might not always be what heals those deep wounds. As the story progresses, Roseanna softens around the edges relinquishing the badass lawyer attitude, learning that what you think you need is not always true. Hence, that what you least expect in life helps to heal those wounds also giving you a different outlook on it. As always for this author another spectacular read.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
ks Browse ▾ Community ▾ Search books 46 23 Debbie Krenzer Debbie Krenzer's Reviews > Heaven Adjacent Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Goodreads Author) 12691311 Debbie Krenzer's review Jun 21, 2018 · edit really liked it bookshelves: ebooks, net-galley-books This was definitely the quirkiest bunch of characters I've ever seen all in one book. Roseanna is a high powered attorney who snaps when her best friend and law partner suddenly dies. She decides to go for a ride in her Maserati and winds up buying a piece of property that includes 76 acres near the Adirondack Mountains. No only does Roseanna get those 76 acres with hills, creeks, a barn and a small guesthouse, she also gets squatters. It's a story about a lot of things including finding yourself, finding and connecting with your adult son again, helping others, and love in many phases. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and getting to know these quirky characters. I chuckled many times while reading this book. Definitely entertaining! Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
DJTP More than 1 year ago
Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan, a new to me author I can't remember having read this author in the past but will sure be checking out more books by her. This book took me awhile to get into but once I did I couldn't put it down. Enjoyed the storyline. Likable characters, and great dialogue. A great story when I was in the mood for something different.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
I just absolutely love Catherine's stories and the wisdom that she shares. Her stories are always filled with normal, down-to-earth people who struggle through life but come out better in the end. She always fills her stories with life lessons—lessons we could all learn from. Heaven Adjacent is a thought provoking look at a woman who decides she is done with her current life and sets out to find her little piece of heaven on earth. As her new life evolves, is this really what her idea of heaven is? She was looking for peace and quiet. Can her life be filled with people and still be what she's looking for? As I was reading this wonderful story, I couldn't help thinking that maybe the wisdom imparted here should spread like Catherine's 'pay it forward' did. We should all look for what makes us happy and strive for that little peace of heaven on earth, like Roseanna did.
LlamaJen More than 1 year ago
Roseanna, a New York City attorney, decides to run away from her life. The death of Roseanna's best friend and law partner, Alice, had a profound affect on her. One morning Roseanna just decides to drive until her car runs out of gas and that's when she finds the farmhouse for sale and decides to buy it. Roseanna was in search of silence and solitude and thought she found it until she realized there were people living on her property and more were to show up. A journalist does a story about Roseanna and the animal sculptures decorating her yard, which causes her son and eventually her other law partner to find her. She didn't want want them to try and take her back to the city. Roseanna ends up with several people living on her land, a dog and a very old smelly horse. All end up becoming her family. I LOVED Allie and Bea, Leaving Blythe River and The Wake Up, so I was hoping I would enjoy this book and not be disappointed. I definitely wasn't. This book isn't action packed, it deals with family relationships, forgiveness and loss. It's simply the story of Roseanna as she copes with life changes, mending her relationship with her son and creating a new family. I enjoyed the interactions Roseanna had with her squatters and definitely Ernest. I loved the story line, characters and writing style. I'm glad I don't have to walk up a mountain every time I needed to used the phone!!! I highly recommend the book and look forward to the next one.
EmmabBooks More than 1 year ago
What Makes Us Happy Roseanna leaves New York and moves to a totally different life in the country. Why? And can she survive the reactions of those she leaves behind? A bird tapping on Roseanna's window opens her eyes to change needed in her life, and there and then she makes a drastic decision. As Roseanna's reasons for this massive lifestyle change become clear, so through Roseanna's eyes the reader is shown lots of interesting ideas on what makes people happy, alongside a great story with lots of interesting characters. A thought provoking, and often fun, book about what heaven on earth can look like - and how different it may be to initial ideas. Naturally acceptance of what is right for one person might be totally wrong for another is included. A wonderful and uplifting novel. 4*s from me, as there were quite a few time changes in the novel, which I found confusing. However I just accepted them so they did not detract too much from the story. There is a great list of discussion points at the end of the book, so definitely recommended for Book Clubs.
PegGlover More than 1 year ago
When Roseanna’s friend, Alice, died, Roseanna was changed forever. The two of them had been best friends and workaholics. Alice took her overworking habits, however, to an extreme. She never took a vacation. Alice was saving her money for early retirement. The problem was, though, that Alice never got the chance to enjoy her savings, before she died. That incredibly, sad fact, changed Roseanna. So even though Roseanna was a successful senior partner in a Manhattan law firm, she walked away; leaving everything behind. Roseanna bought a tiny rundown house, on seventy acres of land. What Roseanna thought she wanted most in the world was peace, quiet and solitude. But what she discovered made her happy, was something, entirely different. Roseanna was flawed. She had a problem being intimate with people. She kept everyone, including her thirty-year-old son, at arm’s length. But, something magical happened on her country farmland, which made her rethink everything. Heaven Adjacent is an emotional and touching story about relationships, forgiveness and finding happiness. Most people understand that happiness comes from within. It also comes from sharing one’s life with others, showing kindness, and helping those in need. Roseanna discovered that when she let go of her rigid, and selfish ways, something beautiful happened, so magical, that she would pay any amount of money, to keep it. Heaven Adjacent is a well-written, thought-provoking, and humorous story. I loved it. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
lauriesophee More than 1 year ago
"Maybe everything deteriorates in time, and maybe that doesn't make it any less worth having it while it lasts." This is a novel that many need to read and really look at the message given. A brilliant book that I actually felt I was living in. The details of the land and the feelings of each character described was amazing. Rosanna- a NYC attorney gets into her car one morning after losing her "best friend" who dies suddenly, and drives until she runs out of gas. She finds herself in a small country town and decides then and there, that she has had enough of the pressures and noise in her life. She moves into a tiny rundown cabin on a large piece of property. She finds a whole new world, relationships and happiness that she never had embraced before. It wasn't easy lessons to lear, until she accepted and opened her heart. Definitely a terrific story!
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
While Pay It Forward is one of my favorite movies, reading Allie And Bea shattered my mind, so it was no wonder I nearly jumped from joy when this book landed in my hands. And once again, I am sitting here, humbled and in awe by a brilliant story, the clever plotting, and the characters whom will stay with me, destinies and lives that touched my heart, life-lessons that had a profound impact on me. Such an inspiring, uplifting, real, and raw story about life, priorities, relationships, family, and friends. At first, I wondered why the timeline was chopped up and the story went back and forth within three to four years, but as the story unfolds, it all starts to make sense, and I turned to appreciate it being presented as it was, so I could understand the nuances and tones of the events. Roseanna Chaldecott's struggle to find peace, to realize her true life goals, her needs, the bare necessities she needed to be happy, and the priorities she would and could set in her life, is a journey and a battle that will make the reader evaluate and ponder on their own life as well, if they allow the story to touch their minds and hearts. Her relationships have always been distant, keeping people at the arm's length, even her son. The patching of the most important connection in her life, to Lance, while finding her true self, was eye-opening and inspiring. The story shows repeatedly, how people are capable of change, or refind themselves when the core values are recognized and set in place. What do you really need to be happy? How much material things do you really need to live a satisfying life? Are things, success, being right, winning the argument, being the best more important than inner peace, meaningful relationships, deep connection to the people surrounding you? Contentment, joy, and peace of mind, or being busy, dealing, and wheeling through life? Each one of the cast and crew in the book contributes with their unique stories, their unique way of life and living, their character, highlighting some of the major characteristics in most of us. This story gives hope, it encourages to look deep inside and embrace what you find. It reassures that there is still goodness in people, it cheers you to re-define what makes you satisfied in life, what family means to you, and how happiness is not tight to the material possessions. If read with an open mind, this heartening story just might change your way of thinking or at least give you a new aspect to the outlook of life. ~ Five Spoons!
teachlz More than 1 year ago
My Review of “Heaven Adjacent” by Catherine Ryan Hyde Lake Union Publishing, June 19, 2018 I appreciated and enjoyed the thought-provoking novel ” Heaven Adjacent” by Catherine Ryan Hyde. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women’s Fiction. What would you do if a tragedy made you re-evaluate everything in your life? How would you handle a terrible tragedy? Roseanna Chaldecott is a high-powered and successful attorney in Manhattan. Roseanna is wealthy and has the opportunity to live in a materialistic and extremely comfortable way. When Roseanna’s partner and best friend pass away unexpectedly, she takes off in her Maserati, unsure of where she is going or what she is going to do. The author describes the colorful cast of characters as complex, complicated, quirky and unpredictable. This is a story of second chances, searching for what is important, finding meaning, love and forgiveness. It is also a story about finding where you belong, and where your home and heart is. Roseanna, finds over seventy acres of land and is looking for serenity, peace and quiet. She purchases the land without really looking at everything. What Roseanna doesn’t realize is that she does have a story to tell. Also she seems to find a knack of finding some quirky people, and animals that already are living on the land. Roseanna thinks she wants a simple life. She has to climb a steep hill to use her cell- phone. In reality, she is hiding. A newspaper reporter is fascinated by Roseanna’s story and writes about it in the newspaper. When it is published, her estranged son Lance comes to take her home. Her partner threatens if she doesn’t return to the law practice he will sue her for everything. This is a heartwarming novel that I highly recommend to readers of Women’s Fiction. Of course, some of my favorite parts center around the animals in the story. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.