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Heaven Adjacent

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  4,121 ratings  ·  416 reviews

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a bittersweet novel about healing old wounds and finding a new place to call home…

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no pla

Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published June 19th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs

There is a little bit of magic in every CRH book I’ve read, not true magic but just a magical feeling I get whenever I’m reading one of her books. She doesn’t ever shy away from heavy issues but she manages to write about difficult subject matter and important issues with grace and humility. I always finish her novels having learned something, not only about myself but about humanity in general and I never feel like I’m being lectured but rather I’m lost in the pages of a page turning story
Jun 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Heaven Adjacent is a thought provoking novel filled with quirky characters.

Roseanna is a high flying attorney until she up and leaves it and everyone behind. A life changing moment happens when her attorney friend Alice dies before she can experience the joy of retirement and doing all those fun relaxing things she plans to do. However Roseanna leaves behind one irate partner in the business who isn't impressed by her departure. He plans revenge! I didn't like him at all!

When Roseanna settles d
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was not expecting to give this book 5 stars. Originally, judging by the blurb on GoodReads, I thought that it might be a 3 star. I love being wrong! I found a new favorite author. Ms. Hyde's writing style is simple, clear, concise and held my attention throughout! There are not many authors who can do that.

The plot is simple enough -- a fifty something lawyer gets tired of the grind after a friend her age dies, decides to chuck it all and heads out into the country. Green Acres anyone? I would
Since reading "Allie and Bea" last month (GR links aren't working), I'm really enjoying reading this author lately. In this novel, the main character, an attorney in mid-life, has just lost her best friend and law partner to a sudden illness. Her friend was planning to retire early at 55, and was working hard to make that happen. Roseanna doesn't want this to happen to her, so she decides to bag her stressful life in NYC and enjoy life in the country now. The only problem is their remaining law ...more
Linda Zagon
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 mate
Rating: 4/4.5 stars

This is another heart-warming book from Catherine Ryan Hyde. After reading; The Wake Up, and Allie and Bea recently, I’ve become quite a fan of her writing. This author pulls off a mean feat. She is able to write heart-warming without being smarmy. This book is a classic trope of
“Chuck big city life and step into an unknown rural setting.” (In other words, a Fish Out of Water story.) While this is a theme found in lots of books, Catherine Ryan Hyde manages to pull it off in a
Heaven Adjacent was my first Catherine Ryan Hyde read, and it certainly hit numerous spots throughout the story. If I’m being completely honest, I wasn’t sure what I was going to receive at first as it took a while before I was sucked into the book, but by the end I found I’d rather enjoyed this one.

It is hard to explain this story without giving too much away, without writing out all that happened. Just know it is a story that deals with numerous topics throughout, a story that looks at many di
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Bittersweet and beautiful is all I have to say. Read it and savor it. A perfect book to get lost in.

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Autumn Branson
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining Nice Read

I enjoyed the flow of this book. The characters were very relatable and likeable. The story was enjoyable and easy to follow even though it jumps in time and back.

Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Heaven Adjacent by author Catherine Ryan Hyde is a thought-provoking book which will keep your interest and have the reader anxious to read all the way to the end. Roseanna Chaldecott, a successful lawyer runs away from her life! At first, as I read about Roseanna Chaldecott and her actions after the shocking unexpected death of Alice, her closest friend, and work colleague, I wanted to say, "No, don't do this. Take a vacation or take some time off, you are making a mistake!"
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Patricia Krejci
Jul 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
I usually love Catherine Ryan Hyde's books but this one was boring. It just kept rehashing the same theme of doing what you want before it's too late. I never understood why the main character was in jeopardy of financial ruin when she had been a partner in a law practice, had a Maserati and a condo overlooking Central Park. The other characters were never developed especially the little girl. It didn't even seem that she needed a name. For all Rosie cared the girl could have just been called "g ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 lea
Donna Hines
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, netgalley
An emotional tug of war involving the reality that love cannot buy happiness and sometimes family is not always formed by blood relatives.
The importance of family life and career revolves in ebbs and flows as we see Roseanna Chaldecott a NY lawyer find true happiness on 76 acres of land she shares with a few squatters.
Those 5 squatters had a mission and it involved changing of hearts.
When two in particular move to the forefront in this powerful novel we are dealt a serious reality check as the y
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
CRH has been on my radar for years because of all of the great reviews and ratings that so many of my friends on here have given to so many of her books. Although she has been on my to-read list for a long time, this is finally my first book of hers, and it definitely will not be my last. I can't think of how many times I've fantasized about doing what the main character in this book does -- head out in my car in whatever direction and great distance I feel like at the moment, with no return dat ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ Roseanna was standing under the barely warm water in her tiny, cold makeshift shower hen the bell at the gate began to clang.

Are you living the best life you can? This book really made me think about this and many other things. about the life I am living. So brilliantly written and moving Heaven Adjacent was a story that will stick with me for a long time. Ryan Hyde writes stories that pull the readers in and makes them think about the world in a new, more significant way. Her char
Lynne Thompson Schauer
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really wanted to give this book 5 stars especially after reading all of the 5 star reviews. I had to take a star away because I just didn't like the beginning. Almost considered to abandon, but I didn't and I'm glad. After about 1/3 of the way through, it was difficult to put down and I really had an interest in the characters (some you will love, others not so much). Highly recommend, just give it a chance to draw you in.
Janet C-B
This is a story about a high-powered attorney who leaves her job, abruptly, after the death of a close friend. It is a book about re-evaluating what is important, making changes, family relationships and friends. I enjoy reading books by this author.
I rate this book 4 stars.
Gracia Casey
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved loved this story. CRH is one of my favorite authors and she does not disappoint. This book has touched my heart and there are lines in it that will stay with me.
Diane Perry
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. A very enjoyable and relatable story. Rosanna is at the top of her game. She thinks she is living her best life. Then her friend dies and everything changes. She embarks on a journey to find out what life truly means. She is a no nonsense woman and I loved her. I think you will too.
Carla Suto
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
HEAVEN ADJACENT by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a beautifully-written and thought-provoking story of love, friendship and life lessons that is told with honesty, humor and empathy. The main character, Roseanna Chaldecott, is a driven and successful attorney living the high life in Manhattan when her law partner and closest friend dies unexpectedly. Shocked and suddenly feeling adrift, Roseanna escapes from everything in her rigid life including her law firm, clients, home and even her son. She settles ...more
Deanna Sletten
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Rosanna has a high-powered job and everything that money can buy but when her best friend passes away suddenly, Rosanna has second thoughts about the life she is living. On a drive outside of the city, she comes upon a run-down farm that calls her name. A place to be alone and rethink her life. But after buying it, she finds she is not alone. Other people are drawn to her little piece of heaven too. And when her son shows up on her doorstep, wondering what has gotten into her, she isn’t sure how ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-this-book
This was a really good book. It actually had me thinking about things personally. I enjoyed Roseanna's character and really loved how she had the strength to just "run away" from home under such devastating circumstances. Of course she also had the financial ability to do that. I think the best part of the story is how she found her "heaven". In this tragedy Roseanna was able to open her heart to her son and built a new relationship with him. As well as those who inhabited her land. I was fortun ...more
Judith L. Comstock
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have given every other Catherine Ryan Hyde novel I have read 5 stars. For whatever reason I did not like the main character of this book not did I feel any empathy for the other characters since I did not think they were well developed. Oh well, stuff happens, I won't stop reading her books.
Phyllis Freeman
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok

I am a fan of this author's books. I have read most of them and loved them. This one not so much. Boring, repetitive, and drawn out.
Terri Pardo
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not her best

Not what I expected from CRH. Usually love all of her books but this one was a little too simple.
Books and Spoons
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, a ...more
"There had been no obligation to begin this story. There was no obligation to finish it. She was writing these new life rules as she went along."

This is a story that challenges one's idea and perception of true happiness. Roseanne has climbed the ladder and has it all, but the view of her life isn't as grand as she had hoped. Following the tragic loss of a dear friend who did not get the chance to enjoy life and the things she had worked so hard for, Roseanne becomes inspired rewrite the ending
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
We all have dreams that we put away until later. That vacation, that car, that house in the country or on the beach or in Paris. Those things we talk about when we talk about someday. And in the meantime, we are going about our everyday business of working, working, working, and tucked in between what we have to do are the things we want to do. But what if someday never comes?

In Heaven Adjacent, Roseanna Chaldecott had a good life. A great life, by some standards. A fancy car, financial security
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
With HEAVEN ADJACENT by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I definitely got more than I bargained for with a storyline that is rich in detail, full of depth, and very thought-provoking.

Roseanna Chaldecott had it all but when her best friend suddenly dies, it prompts Roseanna to change her life so drastically that most people don't even know where she is. Finding herself in the stunning Adirondacks, Roseanna finds solace in an old farm with land as far as the eye can see. But she also finds that she isn't as a
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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“Because it’s everything a person needs to live a decent life. It has a stove for heat. A fridge to keep your food cold and a stove to cook it when you’re ready to eat it. It has a bathtub and a shower to get you clean after your chores and a bed to lie down in at the end of the day. And that’s all a person really needs. And I think the whole trouble with us is that we think we need so much more.” “It’s nice to have more than just the basics of survival.” “Is it? Maybe. I don’t know. I think it’s a trap. We have all this ‘stuff.’ And we think we need it. But it never feels like enough, and we only end up working to defend it, and to get more.” 2 likes
“I’m starting to see that we make choices at an early age,” Roseanna continued, “when we’re too young to know what will make us happy. But they’re more or less permanent choices. They don’t have to be, I guess. But somehow we end up thinking they have to be. It’s hard to make a change after so many years, and we don’t want to let people down by breaking our promises. But what we do to those poor people is worse. We blame them for the fact that we’re not happy. Because that’s easier than blaming ourselves. Because if we blame ourselves, then we have to fix it, and that’s a tricky thing.” 1 likes
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