Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Heart-Lightening Literary Fiction from Catherine Ryan Hyde. Review and #Giveaway

Posted by Susan B James on 3:00:00 AM with 2 comments
Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde made me feel better about our world. I am delighted to have an ARC to give away. (paperback. US Only)

From New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde comes a moving novel about two strangers who find that kindness is a powerful antidote to fear.
Raymond Jaffe feels like he doesn’t belong. Not with his mother’s new family. Not as a weekend guest with his father and his father’s wife. Not at school, where he’s an outcast. After his best friend moves away, Raymond has only two real connections: to the feral cat he’s tamed and to a blind ninety-two-year-old woman in his building who’s introduced herself with a curious question: Have you seen Luis Velez?
Mildred Gutermann, a German Jew who narrowly escaped the Holocaust, has been alone since her caretaker disappeared. She turns to Raymond for help, and as he tries to track Luis down, a deep and unexpected friendship blossoms between the two.
Despondent at the loss of Luis, Mildred isolates herself further from a neighborhood devolving into bigotry and fear. Determined not to let her give up, Raymond helps her see that for every terrible act the world delivers, there is a mirror image of deep kindness, and Mildred helps Raymond see that there’s hope if you have someone to hold on to.

I loved it. 15-year-old Raymond and the 92-year-old Mildred drew me into their hearts. I didn't want the book to end.

This is a "growing into a possibility of better things" novel. It acknowledges the terrible divisions fears and prejudices have created in our society and leads the reader to the realization that every good act performed is a blow to these divisions. In spite of everything the news clamors us to believe, there is so much good in the world and I love Catherine Ryan Hyde because she spotlights it in her beautifully written books. 

So, my friend, if I have interested you, please enter below.

Plus, FREE
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Sally will be on my blog June 4th, but that will be too late for this promotion and I didn't want you to miss it.

Now it’s her life or his.
After Miranda Whitley stops crooked cops from assassinating a prominent Seattle judge, she’s next on the hit list, and her survival depends on the buff FBI Agent she’s had one awkward encounter with. But can she find him in time?

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Happy Reading.


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