Goodreads: Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Rating: Very Good
Source: Little Bird Publicity
Description: Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.
In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.
Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more.
Why I Picked This Book: I've seen this author around for quite some time but never managed to actually read her. This book really appealed to me with the main character upending her life and whatnot.
My Impression: I love books where the main character is taking a long look at their life and determining what really makes them happy and this was a very interesting take on that. This isn't a unicorn and rainbows kind of book. The author doesn't wave a magic wand and make Roseanna likable and happy and things are not always easy. I enjoyed how perplexed she was by the influx of squatters and visitors all looking for their own peace as she's trying to hold on to the bit she's found for herself.
The developing relationship between Roseanna and her son Lance was interesting and felt very genuine. It wasn't always smooth and there were some step backs or plateaus. As well her own self-discovery isn't always smooth. Her epiphanies don't always stick and sometimes it takes her awhile to really process stuff.
This a kind of a quiet book. There aren't big events for the most part and while there is conflict that isn't the real meat of the book. The focus is on relationships, development, and self discovery but in a subtle way that feels incredibly genuine. This is my first Catherine Ryan Hyde book but it definitely won't be my last!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author? Absolutely! I really enjoyed this one.
Would I Recommend this Book? Definitely! This was a really lovely read.