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Preview — Just After Midnight by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Just After Midnight
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...more
This follows Faith, a woman who just left her husband and Sarah a young teenager wh ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Sarah lost her mother to suspicious circumstances and she is p ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I'm an avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer, and have released my fir ...more