Take Me With You – Catherine Ryan Hyde

Seth and his little brother Henry haven’t had the most stable of upbringings. Their father has been in and out of jail; their mother took off years ago and hasn’t been seen since. Life is constantly uncertain – but a twist of fate could be just what they need.

August stopped drinking the day his son died. While on a journey that’s very close to his heart, a breakdown leaves him stranded in a small town and at the mercy of the local mechanic – Seth and Henry’s father.

But then August is presented with an offer he doesn’t expect: take the two boys with him for the summer, and pay no charge for the repairs.

As the unlikely trio set out on their road trip, the most unlikely, unforgettable friendship begins to take shape.

Take Me With You is a moving, thought-provoking story that fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis or Diane Chamberlain will love, or the perfect read for those looking for something special to curl up with.

My Review: Every now and I then I like to take a break from all the murders/psychological thrillers and crime books and read a book that takes me on a different journey altogether.  Take Me With You was certainly that book!  August Schroeder is a grieving father on his way to Yellowstone Park in his motorhome with his son’s ashes when he breaks down in the middle of nowhere and Wes the mechanic tows him to his garage.  Finding himself agreeing to look after the mechanic’s 2 young boys for the summer the trio set off on an adventure of a lifetime.  Seth is the most adorable 12 year old, eager to please, polite, thoughtful and so observant and little 7 year old Henry who has chosen to not speak to anyone due to his childhood trauma’s broke my heart in two.  This is a wonderfully descriptive and emotional novel which proves that even wrong turns can change your life for the better.  This is a real story of love, friendship, forgiveness and understanding.  I also shed a couple of tears during this beautiful journey too.

About the Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 14 novels including Pay it Forward (which was made into a feature film starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt), Love in the Present Tense (a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller), Chasing Windmills, When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. Catherine lives in a small town in California.

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