Just After Midnight

Just After Midnight

by Catherine Ryan Hyde


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ISBN-13: 9781503904859
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 93,070
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than thirty published and forthcoming books. An avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, she has released her first book of photos, 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.

Her novel Pay It Forward was adapted into a major motion picture, chosen by the American Library Association for its Best Books for Young Adults list, and translated into more than twenty-three languages for distribution in over thirty countries. Both Becoming Chloe and Jumpstart the World were included on the ALA’s Rainbow List, and Jumpstart the World was a finalist for two Lambda Literary Awards. Where We Belong won two Rainbow Awards in 2013, and The Language of Hoofbeats won a Rainbow Award in 2015.

More than fifty of her short stories have been published in the Antioch Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other journals and in the anthologies Santa Barbara Stories and California Shorts and the bestselling anthology Dog Is My Co-Pilot. Her stories have been honored by the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest and the Tobias Wolff Award and nominated for Best American Short Stories, the O’Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Three have been cited in Best American Short Stories.

She is founder and former president (2000–2009) of the Pay It Forward Foundation and still serves on its board of directors. 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.

For more information and book club questions, please visit the author at www.catherineryanhyde.com.

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Just After Midnight 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KerryACroucier 4 hours ago
Beautiful! This is only my second novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde, and it was just as beautiful and compelling as her last novel. Faith and Sarah are two people who need each other, both coming to terms with the next step in their lives. Thrown together unexpectedly, they get closer and learn to trust, while helping Sarah come to terms with both the loss of her mother followed by the loss of her beloved horse. The relationship Sarah has with Midnight, one of love and trust, is perfectly magical. They understand each other in ways no one else does. There is so much depth to this book it’s hard to do it justice. It will remind you that there are still so many good caring people in the world. It will lead you through all the emotions and bring you to tears more than once. I look forward to Catherine Ryan Hyde’s next novel to see what she tackles next. #JustAfterMidnight #CatherineRyanHyde #LakeUnion
Anonymous 6 days ago
The topic of this book (horses) may not be for everyone but the underlying theme should be - be kind. All of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books teach through example without being preachy. Our character, Faith, is able to show empathy to Sarah who starts out as a stranger. Throughout the story, Faith interacts with Sarah in a way that ends up being a benefit to all involved. For me, this book started slower than other books by Ms. Hyde however, it supports my reasons for listing Catherine Ryan Hyde as one of my favorite authors.
Anonymous 7 days ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Fabulous, engaging story. Wonderfully written with exceptional character development. I would give this book 10+ stars if I could! We all handle traumatic events in our lives differently but what is important is that we get through them the best way we can. Enjoy!
lsmoore_43 10 days ago
I always enjoy books by Catherine Ryan Hyde. She knows how to weave a story that will capture your heart and keep you turning pages. This one is no different. It’s a very touching story of a girl and her horse. How they were separated and how it affected them both. The world of horses is a beautiful one and it was good to read a story that told so much about showing horses. Told so much about the bond between the horse and the owner. Sarah lost her mother to suspicious circumstances and she is pretty sure she knows exactly what happened the night her mother died. Also right after losing her mom, her dad sold her horse Midnight. She was so devastated that she could not eat or do much of anything. She was staying with her grandmother at the beach when she meets Faith. Faith was there hiding from her abusive soon to be ex husband. She is more than just mentally abusive. He has touched her so that in my opinion makes him physically abusive also. Together Sarah and Faith will go on a trip of self examination. Getting to know themselves and each other. Friends, one older and one a child of 14. There are many obstacles in their path for a while but they overcome so much. They become stronger then either things possible. Especially Faith. She is able to confront her ex and demand what is rightfully hers. Faith still has a lot to learn and trust if one of the big things for her. She’s lost faith in almost everything and everyone. But with her grandmother and Faith she can be ok again. The bond of friendship is strong. Strong between a woman who is helping and caring for a young girl who feels she has lost everything. Together they will have many ups and downs but in the end they will always have each other. This is such a good book. You will learn a lot about horses and friendships. Thank you to NetGalley, Lake Union and Catherine Ryan Hyde for a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion. This is my opinion of a wonderful story. A 5 star book that anyone that believes in bonds, love and friendships should read. Not a love story, just a story of love that truly knows no bounds...
LlamaJen 10 days ago
I enjoyed the book but it wasn't my favorite. I absolutely loved Allie and Bea, Heaven Adjacent and Leaving Blythe River and this book just didn't give me the same feelings. It was a great book, I just didn't love it. Sarah and Faith's relationship reminded me a little bit of Allie and Bea's. Loved parts of the story and most of the characters. I hate to say that I never loved Sarah. At times I just didn't like her. Would someone allow their granddaughter to go off with a complete stranger? I would have enjoyed learning more about Faith and her life. Enjoyed reading about the horses. Love the writing style. I always feel like I'm part of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books. Faith recently left her husband. She ends up at her father's beach house and befriends Sarah. Sarah is a fourteen year old girl who recently lost her mom and her horse. Her mom died and her dad sold the horse. Throughout the summer, Faith and Sarah spend there time getting Midnight, the horse, ready for shows and to be sold. Midnight is a very special horse and pretty much only likes when Sarah rides her. Faith and Sarah end up helping each. I did enjoy the book but had a hard time with the story. Some parts became anticlimactic, especially with Sarah's dad and Faith's ex-husband. Sarah was fourteen but at times I thought I was reading about a nine year old with the way she acted. I know she had a traumatic like with her mom suddenly and suspiciously dying. I think she grieved more for the horse than her mom. I'm glad Faith and Sarah found each other because they were exactly what they both needed. I definitely recommend the book and can't wait to read more books by the author. Thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, for a free electronic ARC of this novel.
TheBookBag 11 days ago
Catherine's stories are always filled with wonderful, caring characters—people I would love to know in real life. Just After Midnight is a touching story of a girl, her horse, and a horrible secret she has been keeping. And a woman who wants and needs to be there for her. It was amazing to see the relationship between Josie and Faith develop—complete strangers who were able to connect because of similar life experiences and because they each needed someone like the other one in their life. The loving, respectful relationship that Josie and Midnight had was also a beautiful thing to witness. As an added bonus, I learned so much about dressage training and all that goes into that type of competing. I love it when a story teaches me something I know little about. As with all of Catherine's books, Just After Midnight is full of emotion and feelings—emotions that will absolutely tug on your heart strings. You can't help but become deeply involved in the lives of the characters and you only want the best for them.
DeannaLynnSletten 12 days ago
A young girl is coming to terms with a tragedy. A grown woman is running from her husband. A grandmother is fighting desperately to get custody of her granddaughter. When these three people meet, their lives are forever changed, surprisingly by a beautiful horse. Author Catherine Ryan Hyde creates magic again in her latest novel, Just After Midnight. Hyde is a master at creating down-to-earth stories with characters that you feel you know immediately and want to root for from the get-go. She uses emotion and sometimes humor to keep a story flowing steadily along and knows how to make a reader connect to the real-life characters. Life isn’t glossed over in her stories, and that’s why they are so heartfelt. True, raw emotion comes through and that’s just one of the reasons her stories capture readers. I enjoyed reading Just After Midnight and recommend it to anyone looking for a story that will touch your heart.
Shelley-S-Reviewer 12 days ago
Just After Midnight is one of those stories that make you cry both tears of sorrow and of joy. It tells a story about two people who struggle in this world and are still able to touch others. Faith and Sarah’s relationship is just one that you want to have. I really liked the way the book told the story from just one point of view. I love the message this novel relays to its readers. That there is hope. That given time, there can be change. That ultimately, love reigns. And that often, doing what’s right can be the hardest thing you ever have to do, but it’s the only thing worth fighting for. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a masterful story teller. I have read most of her books, and I have loved them all, I get excited every time she has a new release. Some books are fun to read, but a few days later recede into one's memory. This story is unforgettable. I really loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. It is unusual and very touching. A lot of Ryan Hyde's books involve animals in their plots. This one is no different, but the involvement of the animals brings out the courage of the characters. Catherine Ryan Hyde is a most discerning and gifted writer. She writes quietly yet powerfully, with words chosen and placed carefully, words that enfold and pull the reader deeply into her story. As I read, I forgot that her characters weren’t actually living, breathing people. CRH is an exceptional author.
MatteaLC 12 days ago
A long time fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde, I really enjoyed this story. While I’m not a horse person, I found the journey of Sarah and her horse Midnight, very educational, in the world of dressage and competition. Sarah loses both her horse and her mother within a short period of time. She meets Faith, a young woman, on her own journey to turn her life around, and they follow Midnight, with the intent to fix both of their situations. A story of devastating losses, disappointments, trust and redemption. It reinforces how love and support can appear from unexpected places, and dreams can come true, with trust and acceptance. I wasn’t disappointed. My thanks to Lake Union, NetGalley and the author for the ARC. I hope that my review reflects how much I liked this book.
Holly 12 days ago
This book is a must read for any horse lover out there with a story that will have you rooting on two people who are trying to find their way after losses. With Faith escaping her soon to be ex-husband, she finds herself at a beach house but she could have never imagine finding a girl named Sarah on the beach with a horrific story to tell. As Sarah tries to move on from losing her mother after her father killed her, it takes meeting Faith and a mysterious stranger for the both of them to get away and go find the horse that Sarah dearly loves named Midnight. It takes a horse for these two women to find the strength that they didn't realize they had in order to live the life that they are so desperately needing. Everything will end in a way that both women can finally move on in the most exciting way ever! How can you not love a story that involves a horse that brings everyone together to create that exciting surprise in the end! Being that I'm not a huge horse lover, I do have to admit that it got a little boring with nearly everything centered on the horse at times but that ending truly made up for it. Thank You to Catherine Ryan Hyde for this story that makes me wonder what is next from you!! I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley!
PegGlover 12 days ago
Just After Midnight is an enjoyable, well-written, character-driven novel. Faith was hiding out at her family’s beach house. She didn’t want to be anywhere near her controlling husband when he discovered that she was divorcing him. Faith knew that her life was about to change in a big way but would never have guessed that a teenage girl was going to be the main reason for it. Sarah was crushed. She hated and blamed her father for her mother’s sudden death, for selling her horse, and for basically stripping her life of happiness. When Sarah met Faith on the beach, she had no idea what a good friend Faith would become to her. Although Faith was much older than herself, Sarah found that she could talk to her and that Faith understood her. Sarah would discover that although everything in her life felt hopeless and dark, that genuine loving kindness could turn everything around. Just After Midnight, is an uplifting and touching story. The loss fourteen-year-old Sarah had suffered was heartwrenching. The story itself, however, is heartwarming, and about, how kindness can heal even the most broken of hearts. If you enjoy touching stories and reading about horses, you’ll love Just After Midnight. Thank you, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy.
lauriesophee 13 days ago
This is a wonderful story which features family, loyalty, love and self- sacrifice. "Sometimes the worst circumstances bring out the best in people." This quote from the book is on target in the case of the two main characters, Faith and Sarah. These two, a teenager and a young woman, meet by chance but become very important to each other over time. Both are trying to escape conflicts stemming from their pasts. A horse, so loved and cared for with devotion, plays a pivotal role in the life of both women. Sarah is a self conflicted girl in need of support and advice. Unusual as it is for Faith to give of herself to help someone, she nevertheless steps up and becomes a friend and advocate for Sarah. In doing so, her better self emerges and sets her on a new direction in life. Well done!