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Just After Midnight

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  7,583 ratings  ·  554 reviews

From the New York Times bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes an uplifting and poignant novel about friendship, trust, and facing your fears.

No longer tolerating her husband’s borderline abuse, Faith escapes to her parents’ California beach house to plan her next move. She never dreamed her new chapter would involve befriending Sarah, a fourteen-year-old on the ru

Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Lake Union Publishing
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-arcs
I swear there is no other author who writes about unlikely friendships quite as authentically as CRH does, many of her novels showcase new relationships between a young person and someone older but each new book sheds light on various themes and issues making them unique. I don’t often use the term page turner in WF but her books really are, once you enter the world she creates it’s hard to step back into reality.

This follows Faith, a woman who just left her husband and Sarah a young teenager wh
Faith can no longer tolerate the behavior of her husband, so she decides to escape to her parents beach house in California. She needs space and time to sort out her future. This is where Faith befriends a fourteen-year-old girl called Sarah. Faith quickly learns that Sarah is at risk from her father after her mother's death.

Faith and Sarah both suffered a loss and it didn't take them long to bond quickly, although it was an unlikely friendship.

Just After Midnight is a beautifully written nove
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just after Midnight is a novel by American author, Catherine Ryan Hyde. The Bolinda audio version is performed by Kate Rudd (who speaks clearly, if sometimes a little stiffly). When Faith finds herself at a Dressage show with a volatile fourteen-year-old girl in her care, it serves several purposes: Faith has filed for divorce and is avoiding anywhere her husband might be looking for her; Sarah is grieving the sudden and recent loss of her mother. The girl’s father, from whom her grandmother, Co ...more
Rating: 5 stars

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a late-comer to author Catherine Ryan Hyde. I’ve only read three or four of her previous books, but they have all been high-quality reads. This book extends that track record with me. It features a friendship between Faith and Sarah. It’s a bit of a murder mystery; a coming-of-age story; a woman leaving an abusive relationship story; and glimpse into the business of horse dressage. Whew, from that description, you’d think it would be all over the place, b
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
Thank you Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for the ARC.

They meet on the beach: Faith, in the proces of divorcing her mentally abusive husband, and Sarah, a 14 year old who accuses her father of the death of her mother. In the months that follow the woman track Sarah's horse, put on the market by her father to pay off his gambling debts. The horsewhispering is very soothing in the turmoil of events.
This book reads like a breeze, at the same time dealing with fear, safety and security, caring f
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
A huge disappointment from a favourite author. Seemed like a book more suitable for young adults. Hated the constant reference to “the girl” instead of using the girls name.
Nance Roepke
Dec 08, 2018 rated it liked it

Although her books are very formulaic and close to YA fiction , I have been a fan of Ms. Hyde and have read eight of her books. Perhaps it is because of the repetitive formula of each of her books that I have not really liked this one . Perhaps it is just that I have read so many of them . Or perhaps it is characteristics of this particular book as well as the difficult-to-believe aspects of her formula that makes it my least favorite . But I think, on top of those factors, there we
Dec 28, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a beautiful story about an unlikely friendship. Faith and Sarah are both dealing with significant trauma when they find each other, bonding through their struggles. Unfortunately, this was too horse topic heavy and I found my eyes glazing over often. For someone who knows nothing about horses, the jargon and technical wording was lost on me and detracted from the story. I almost gave in and put the book down at the beginning. I’m glad I pushed through to see this friendship develop but i ...more
Oct 11, 2020 rated it liked it
A pretty good book, but a bit too long on the descriptions and too much about horses for me to really enjoy.
Felt like a YA book.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

Just After Midnight will appeal to young adults who are transitioning to adult novels. The plot is quite uncomplicated with just hints of betrayal and fear. The major character, Faith, is leaving a bad marriage behind; although she states numerous times that her husband never hit her, there is enough of an underlying threat that she must keep her present location unknown to him. She wants out of her marriage to the point whe
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ Faith stood in line to buy two chicken soft tacos from the food truck serviced that weekend's dressage show.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is a genius in story telling. Her stories are a perfect blend of emotions, complex characters that you instantly love and a strong main plot with other beautiful side stories. She takes and blends it all together and creates magic. I loved how much I felt connected to this story and the characters within it. I felt everything right along with the characters
John Gilbert
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read, once you accept that dressage is actually a thing that consumes people's lives. Another older woman, younger lost teen, both looking for something that seems unlikely to happen, but of course as with all her books, good things come to those who persevere.

I have to say the structure of this novel, starting in the middle, going back to earlier, then coming to just before the story starts, was a bit disconcerting. But in the end, all is good, through thick and thin. Some likeable an
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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 wha ...more
Diane Perry
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Get your tissues ready because you will do the ugly cry. Sarah and Faith are both suffering for two very different reasons. They find a way to save each other through some of the worse heartbreak. This is a great book and a powerful story.
Angie Dokos
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story. I love everything I’ve read by this author. This book is great; very emotional, but great. I love the plot and the characters.
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
No longer tolerating her husband’s borderline abuse, Faith escapes to her parents’ California beach house to plan her next move. She never dreamed her new chapter would involve befriend-ing Sarah, a fourteen-year-old on the run from her father and reeling from her mother’s sudden and suspicious death.

While Sarah’s grandmother scrambles to get custody, Faith is charged with spiriting the girl away on a journey that will restore her hope: Sarah implores Faith to take her to Falkner’s Midnight Sun,
Having no particular knowledge of, or, interest in horses, I have had this novel on my Kindle for several years and am only now getting to it. I have to say, this novel will make a horse lover of everyone. Mostly though, this is a well written story of two people trying to get through some extremely difficult circumstances… together.

Set in a stiflingly hot California summer, the story follows Faith and Sarah on their interlude between trauma and starting over. Faith, who is in her late thirties
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 well deserved stars!!

Catherine Ryan Hyde is a very prolific author. I've only read a couple of her titles. But I want it known that I have thoroughly enjoyed all of them - Just After Midnight not being an exception.

We start with one of our main characters, Faith, looking out the window at her dad's beach house, which she arrived to the day before after leaving her husband. She goes out on the beach and talks to this young girl for a few minutes before the girl runs off. She notices what hous
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book and story as everything I've read by Catherine Ryan Just after midnight is not the exception.

A story full of emotions and a rollercoaster of not knowing what will happen. after leaving her husband Faith has decided to start a new life after all the fear she has felt for a lot of years. she embarks on a journey not knowing where she is heading or what life has for her but soon she sill meet people that will change her life forever and seething so different for the first time.

Faith didn
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 p
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced readers digital copy of this book from Lake Union Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review and unbiased opinion. A positive review was not required.

I love books by Catherine Ryan Hyde, they never fail to move and entertain me. Just After Midnight was no exception. The writing was stellar, the plot grabbed me from the first page. I loved the characters. true
The story left me with all the feel goods and shows true friendship can come in many forms. I ful
Chasidy Kaye Jones
Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for a review.
This book was a little better than ok to me. I figured out the end way before I got to it. Not a book I would choose to read a second time. I did not really have a hard time reading it but was ready to get done with it the whole time because I know I have better books waiting for me.
Jenny Whetzel
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I think any animal lover would adore this book, or anyone who enjoys reading emotional stories. I'm glad I read this. ...more
Deb Carlberg
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good read.
Lisa N
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m a sucker for a good horse story, and I’ve read several books by this author (some good, some not so good). This was just OK - 2.5 stars. It was sweet, but unrealistic. It’s really nice that a complete stranger would put her life on hold to help a sad teenager. But would a grandmother really let her 14 year old granddaughter spend the summer with a total stranger? Good enough that I was able to finish reading it, but nothing notable to make me recommend it to others.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde, having read 8 of her books. They are all different, but usually have a theme of a young person who is helped by someone more mature. This book carries forward that theme very well.
Set in the horse culture of Southern California, this book focuses on the relationship between a young teenaged girl and her horse. A child prodigy in dressage, Sarah loses her horse Midnight when the mare is sold by her father. Although a potential champion, Midnight will not perfor
Dec 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Received this in exchange for an honest review. Thank you. I have read two other Catherine Ryan Hyde books and thought this would be as good as the others which both received 5 star reviews on my part.
Let me say that I did not love this book. I found myself skimming over the subtext hoping to get to some meaningful dialog or something to move the story along. I did find Ms. Hyde has interesting insight on knowing your own worth in that Faith was willing to give up everything to be rid of Robert.
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully written novel about family and love and helping other people when you can. It's about a woman and a teenager with major problems that learn to help each other understand their lives and search for happier times.

Faith has left her mentally and psychological abusive husband and is hiding in her parents cottage on the Pacific shore. Sarah is a 14 year old girl, living with her grandmother and hiding from her father after the suspicious death of her mother. They meet and seem
Chronicles of a Bookish Mom
Catherine Ryan Hyde has another bestseller on her hands. Her upcoming release Just After Midnight continues her book theme of a plot that centers around a horse and an older character helping a younger character find a sense of peace and well being. Faith and Sarah are two people that have both suffered life changing loses in their own different ways. Faith has recently left her husband and is seeking refuge in her families beach house when she meets Sarah. Sarah is a 14 yr old girl that has wit ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This author for me has always written a good story, one that always keeps me involved. She always has a great message to portray, throughout the story,and of the people she is writing about.
This book centers around a 14 year old girl, Sarah and her horse midnight, Sarah's grandmother Constance and Faith a woman running from her past and a controlling husband.
After a tragedy, these three meet and bond together first as strangers, but then as a team. It is a story of the girl devastated by the sal
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