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A heart-stirring novel about the joy that comes from finding love in unexpected places by the New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.

Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble lives in an unhappy home in the Sierra Nevada foothills where her father makes life miserable for her and her mother, Mary. One day Abby witnesses a man dump a litter of puppies into the nearby ri
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Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: May 4th 2021 by Lake Union Publishing
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    Christine
    Ms. Hyde, you had me at “a new book from Catherine Ryan Hyde.” You double had me with that cover--PUPPIES! Seven perfect puppies! I didn’t even read the blurb. Gosh, this lady gets me every time—she has never let me down. This is my 5th book of hers and all are 5-star reads IMHO.

    This author is a bit like another favorite of mine Sonja Yoerg. They both have a clear style, but you never know how either one is going to package it. In the case of CRH, you can always count on a great story containing
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    Kat
    *As a preface to my review, I want to add this content warning: the story does contain a brief scene of animal abuse, as well as instances of emotional abuse and physical intimidation. These aren't dwelled upon or detailed in nature, but are central to the story's character arcs. Naturally these are upsetting topics, so you may want to avoid the book if you feel particularly sensitive to those issues.*


    When 13-year old Abby sees a man throw a sack into the river, she can’t imagine the path that h
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    PattyMacDotComma
    4★
    “In that split second, Abby saw the sack move. But not move the way the current moved it. Something jerky, from inside. It sliced into her belly like a cold knife.”


    If you’ve read the promotional blurb, you already know that young Abby is going to rescue a litter of pups who have been flung into the river. They are just lucky that she happens to be a strong swimmer on her school swim team.

    This is a warm, feel-good story about a young girl, her lovely mum, Mary, and her dreadful father Stan. His
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    Erin Clemence
    Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: first-reads, kindle
    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

    Expected publication date: May 4, 2021

    After the year we have all had, what better way to brighten up your reading life than with seven playful puppies? Catherine Ryan Hyde’s uplifting, light-hearted writing style is back in full swing with “Seven Perfect Things”.

    Thirteen year old Abby Hubble is on her way home from swim practice when she sees a man throw a m
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    Pauline
    Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    A thirteen year old girl rescues a sack with seven puppies that has been thrown into the river. She can’t take them home so she keeps them in a shed next to a cabin that hasn’t been used for a number of years.
    This is the first book I have read by this author and I really enjoyed this story, I will be looking out for more of her work.
    There were quite a few memorable characters in this book and the story really lifted my spirits.
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for my e-copy in ex
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    Sherri Thacker
    Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: netgalley-books
    A very touching and heartfelt story by Catherine Ryan Hyde. I loved the characters in this book and teenager Abby was a very brave teenager who really made the story “come alive.” Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
    The Cats’ Mother
    Seven Perfect Things is a wonderfully heart-melting contemporary story set in rural Northern California, about how an abandoned litter of puppies changes the lives of three unhappy people. It’s not due out until May, but the joy of being up to date with all my review deadlines is that when I want to read a book I know will have a happy ending and no violent death, I can bump one up the queue! Catherine Ryan Hyde has perfected a formula to create beautiful stories that are all completely differen ...more
    Betül
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    Seven Perfect Things was such a wholesome story. I loved that it was told from three different POVs: Thirteen-year-old Abby, her mother Mary, and their sort of neighbor widower Elliot. I especially enjoyed reading the chapters told from Abby's POV, because there is just something refreshing seeing the world through the eyes of kids. She was such a brave young girl, and I admired her strength and caring personality. The seven puppies w
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    Literary Redhead
    The story of these perfect puppies, tossed in a river by an abusive man, captured my heart, as did the three hurting characters who rally around them. Abby, 13, rescues the puppies and takes them to a shelter, which has no room. She hides them in a cabin in the woods, where Elliot, a grieving widower, discovers them. Abby’s father is a cruel man, and Abby and her mother Mary suffer greatly because of him. When Elliot meets Mary, Abby so wishes they could find new life together. A poignant story ...more
    Josh
    Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Seven Perfect Things Book Review
    Compelling, heart-warming, nostalgic, poignant.

    I love this one, the story is wonderfully written, it's an easy-read, very entertaining, I hope the writer puts more feeling into it and I can give it 5 stars.

    What is this book all about
    This book revolves on the three main characters
    Elliott who is facing a tremendous loss of his life, he is trying find a way to cope his despair
    Abby the girl with a big heart, she notice a wriggling sack being thrown into the
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    Julie
    Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Thank you Netgalley, Lake Union Publishing, and Catherine Ryan Hyde for the ARC of this bookI I have read many Catherine Ryan Hyde books and have loved them all. Some I love more than others and this is one of them. Abby is a teenager with a loving mother and a distant, mean father. One day she sees a stranger throw a bag into the river. The bag is moving. She dives in and is able to get it out of the river. What follows is a beautiful story of love, growth, and strength. The characters are well ...more
    Marianne
    Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    4.5★s
    “I just think it’s odd how we parse out our empathy. Why we only have empathy for those who remind us most of ourselves. I’m not saying I don’t understand it. Sure, it’s easy to have empathy for someone who’s just like us. It comes naturally. I just think it’s a shame we can’t take it a bit further. I can’t help wondering what the world would be like if our empathy muscle were a bit more developed.”

    Seven Perfect Things is a novel by award-winning American author, Catherine Ryan Hyde. Thirte
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    Donna Hines
    Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    Love is a splendid thing!
    A beautiful story of a young woman's determination to save seven puppies while in an ironic twist also saving herself and her loved ones.
    When Abby rescues a litter of puppies from a river she'd never expected it would lead anywhere remotely close to the alteration of the lives surrounding her.
    Her home life is anything but kosher with her parents Mary and Stan. The father is abusive and when he decides to take over he literally terrorizes them from behind closed doors. Th
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    Anneke
    Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley-read
    Book Review: Seven Perfect Things
    Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
    Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
    Publication Date: May 4, 2021
    Review Date: October 21, 2021

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the blurb:
    “A heart-stirring novel about the joy that comes from finding love in unexpected places by the New York Times and #1 Amazon Charts bestselling author.

    Thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble lives in an unhappy home in the Sierra Nevada foothills where her fath
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    Kevin Kern
    Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    I really don't have the words to describe this story, except it is wonderful and full of real life. Also, there are 7 little puppies who bind it all together. It is a book about grief; growing, unbridled love; deep fear; the total brutality of words and true friendships, new and old that allow for an escape to a different life. Then there are the puppies, too.
    Catherine Ryan Hyde has written another great book.
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    Diane Merritt
    Oct 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Was such a touching book. Loved Abby and her story. Was a great easy read of a feel good book that touches your heart.

    Thanks to the Author, the publisher and NetGalley fir an early release of this book.
    Jan
    I could not put this book down! I read it in one sitting! If you love dogs, you will enjoy this book!

    The book centers around three people: Abby, a 13 year old girl who saves 7 puppies from drowning; Elliot, a middle-aged man devastated by his wife's death; and Mary, Abby's mom who is living in an abusive relationship. They all are struggling, and then they encounter seven perfect things, wriggling, playful, innocent, giving unconditional love - 7 puppies!

    I ho9pe you will delight in this book as
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    Barbara Powell
    Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
    This is a feel good story about a girl who finds someone throwing a bag of puppies into the river and she dives in to save them. She knows she can’t keep them because her dad isn’t a nice guy. Thankfully, their neighbor, who has recently lost his wife, offers to help her keep them as they are companions for him as well. In the process, he realizes how much they can all help each other make life better.
    There were some tough moments but I found myself cheering for the happy ending.
    Thanks to netg
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    Val
    Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    4 Enthusiastic Stars

    “No, the really tough bit is when you find yourself dropped on the other side, and you have to find a way for your life to go forward from there.” ELLIOT from Seven Perfect Things

    “I mean . . . you just make the best of happy while you’ve got it, right?” ABBY from Seven Perfect things

    This book opens with 13 year old Abby happening upon a man dumping a “wriggling sack” into the river. Out of pure instinct, Abby dives in the cold water, determined to save whatever might be in th
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    Carla Suto
    Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    SEVEN PERFECT THINGS by Catherine Ryan Hyde is a heartwarming and moving story of hope, love and unexpected friendships. It is told from the points of view of the three main characters, thirteen-year-old Abby Hubble, her mother, Mary and their neighbor in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Elliot Colvin. Abby’s father, Stan makes life miserable for her and her mother. He is cold and controlling and they live in constant fear of upsetting him. One day Abby witnesses a man throwing a sack of puppies int ...more
    Agnes (BookBubbe)
    Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley, five-stars, arc
    If you ever want an uplifting book, make sure you order this one when it is released on May 4, 2021. I received an ARC from Netgalley and when I started this book, well, I didnt put it down until I finished it. (two day read)

    Seven Perfect Things are 7 puppies. Now who doesnt love puppies. 13 year old Abby sees someone dumping them into the river, she jumps in and rescues all of them and realizes she cant bring them home. While dealing with a controlling father and a frightened mother, Abby takes
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    Maria
    Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Received an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for a fair review
    An uplifting, heartwarming story, “Seven Perfect Things”, by Catherine Ryan Hyde (Lake Union Publishing), is more a book about a very brave, honest teenager, and how her selflessness positively affects those around her, than a romance.
    I really liked Abby’s odyssey and seeing the world through her perspective. The story revolves around the young heroine and the seven puppies and the author writes their adventures showing the enjoyment a
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    Jan Crossen
    Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I read an ARC of this book and found it to be truly wonderful. It is a story of bravery, heroics, commitment, responsibilities and relationships. It is about love, creating a family, and the miracle of second chances. And it is about seven perfect things which have the charms of youth, innocence, and sweet puppy breath. Could anyone possibly ask for a better read? I think not! Seven Perfect Things is available for pre-order now via Amazon. It will be published on May 4, 2021. Make sure you have ...more
    Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
    Got this book as ARC from Netgalley
    I am very glad that Elliot kind of "came out" and found happiness after his wife died, so did Abigail and her mother. But i was feeling very sad til 60% of the book and it kind of affected the reading experience i think, but i also found it boring and meh.
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    Shelby
    Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    5 Perfect Stars-thank you to NetGalley and Hyde for the chance to read this wonderful heart grabbing book.

    Lonely widower, head strong 13 year old and a mother stuck in what can only be described as a difficult relationship. Add to that 7 adorable puppies and you have a heart grabbing story.

    I also love finding new to me authors. I will be seeking out more to read.
    Marj Ward
    Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    WOW! How I love this Author's writing. Her books deal with pretty common issues. This one deals with loss (Elliot), a strong, loving 13 year old girl (Abby) and a woman who has lived in an unhappy marriage for many years (Mary). The characters portrayed and the story made me "feel" which I admit this Author's books do have that effect on me. I highly recommend this book. It has now become another favourite of mine written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Many thanks to NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing an ...more
    Melody Morris
    Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Seven Perfect Things – Catherine Ryan Hyde

    Elliott Colvin is a middle-aged man, caught in a nightmare, as he cares for his beloved wife Pat, who is dying of a disease that has slowly stripped away the essence of who she is. Some days she is conscious, most days not, Elliott realizes it is just a matter of time before his beloved Pat dies. Experiencing this loss, day by day, has changed who he is as well as his beliefs, as he struggles with who he is becoming.

    Abigail “Abby” Hubble is a small town
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    Joan
    Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Abby Hubble is on her way home from school, so when she sees a man behaving suspiciously on the brow of a bridge, she watches what he is doing. She sees him get a sack out of his car and throw it into the gushing river. Abby doesn’t hesitate as he drives away. She looks down into the river and sees movement within the sack. She has the feeling that the thrashing within the sack is something alive. Abby is thirteen years old but she attends swimming club and is a very strong swimmer She doesn’t n ...more
    Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
    How I read this: Free ebook copy received through NetGalley

    Wow, I blazed through this one, literally started reading at 11 in the morning and was finished after dinner. And I'm going to be very unoriginal and give this yet another 5 stars, like I do for most books by Catherine Ryan Hyde, because they're just that awesome.

    This story involves seven perfect puppies, as per the title, a really mature and cool teenager (loved her), her mother who's in an abusive marriage, and a really really decent m
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    Beth
    Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: reviewed
    Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the chance to read and review this book.
    I can always count on Catherine Ryan Hyde for a good story. Often, it's a good animal story. This delightful book is no exception. Elliot is a grieving new widower who is desperately looking for solace and peace of mind. Abby comes from an unhappy home in which her father is a bully at worst and indifferent at best. On her way home from a difficult day of middle school, 13-year-old Abby witnesses a perso
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