Say Goodbye for Now
On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.
When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-ol...more
Say Goodbye for Now is a beautifully written book that will stay with me for a long while. While the summary for the book focuses on the relationship between Dr. Lucy and Calvin, I felt the main character was actually Pete Solomon, who has become my favorite adolescent character in fiction today. Pete is such a kind and caring individual whose story is heart-breaking; I was rooting for him the entire book and was so thankful that he met Dr. Lucy.
The story opens in 1959 in a small West ...more
I enjoyed this book. I really thought that this was going to be a book about a dog based on the cover. I obviously did not read the book's summary prior to starting this audiobook. There is a dog in the book but that dog is really not the main focus of the story. This was a story about race, love, and what really makes up a family. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this wonderful story.
This book is told from two points of view. Dr. L ...more
Family...that can be those you are related to or those you choose to surround yourself with. For 12 yr old Pete Solomon his family became those he choose. Dr Lucy Armstrong had chosen a solitary life sans family and friends, until she met Pete. An injured wolf hybrid brought them together. Then Justin and Calvin Bell entered the picture and the family became larger. It is the 1950's and miscegenation rears its head. Years go by, life goes on, and the world catches up to this family.
—With highly charged topics, from untraditional families; love, loss, racial tension, animals, and the chance meetings of four unique souls drawn together by an unbreakable bond. Lives which will be enriched by one another.
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As much as I adore my creepy and intense thrillers and mysteries, over the Christmas holiday I wanted to snuggle up with a book that didn’t have a serial killer as a main character. I won a copy of Say Goodbye For Now from the author and was so exited as I’ve had several of her books in my TBR and hadn’t gotten around to them before now. I’m kicking myself now that I waited this long to read one of Ryan Hyde’s novels and I’m vowing here and no ...more
This makes my last book ...more
I actually bought this on Kindle ages ago, but kept not getting round to reading it. So when I spotted it available as an audiobook on Kindle Unlimited, I jumped at the chance to ...more
One early summer day Pete and his friend are headed out fishing. Along the way, they run into a large dog alongside the road who has been hit. Pete immediately wants to help the dog, because that's just the ty ...more
In fairness, this book has received almost al ...more
The perspective of the twelve year old boy is juvenile as it should be, laced through with that uncanny ability of the young to be wise beyond their years. Lucy, the purposefully isolated doctor, runs the gamut of emotion from suspicion and exasper ...more
The story focuses on the main two characters, Pete and Dr. Lucy and they respectively have their own issues, Pete with his abusive father and Dr. Lucy with a dark past of having divorced and lost her son to pneumonia; she secludes herself away ...more
I absolutely loved the main characters. Petey was a great kid showing such honor and bravery in each difficult situation he encountered. I enjoyed watching Dr. Lucy’s guarded heart open up to much needed healing. With the addition of Calvin and his son Joseph we have four hurt and oppressed human ...more
The 1950's seem too recent to call this a historic fiction story. And yet, the antiquated views on race relations that were common in those times make it feel further away than it was. (Or, even sadder, that some still hold those views. But I digress.)
This is the sort of book that pulls you into another time while making you happy that those times are (somewhat, anyway, we're learning) in the past. A boy finds an injured dog, a friend, and a new family, the story developing slowly, wi ...more
But one day that all changes with Pete, a little boy who found a wolf-dog injured and when the vet would not help him, he takes the animal to Dr Lucy. And that is when a friendship starts with not only the doctor but ...more
Set in the late 1950s 4 people who aren't supposed to be seen together try to form a close knit family and friendships. Driven away by racism, hatred and violence they will have to work their hardest to try to make things work.
If you've not read this book. Get your hands on It ASAP.
Just as this novel was delving into the transformational power of woundedness, millions of the walking wound ...more
I cannot recommend this book enough. I honestly did not know what to expect going in, and I took my sweet time when I realised what I had discovered. It was filled with so much injustice, love, anger, beauty, pain, empathy and unconditional care. The characters that fill this book are vivid and wonderful, complex and faulted.
I don't think I've read a book that has touched me like this one in a very long time. I would recommend that people go into this without k ...more
Personally to this day have deep scars related to a relationship with a wonderful man of Trinidadian descent. This began in the mid 70's, and recall the stares we would get when we were out and about. I was never sure in my own mind if my family would ever accept a permanent relationship with him. I was in m ...more
I'm an avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, and have released my fir ...more