Leaving Blythe River by Catherine Ryan Hyde
File Size: 2543 KB
Print Length: 322 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 24, 2016)
Publication Date: May 24, 2016
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
New York Times bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde returns with an unforgettable story of courage.
Seventeen-year-old Ethan Underwood is totally unprepared to search for his father in the Blythe River National Wilderness. Not only is he small, scrawny, and skittish but he’s barely speaking to the man after a traumatic betrayal. Yet when his father vanishes from their remote cabin and rangers abandon the rescue mission, suddenly it’s up to Ethan to keep looking. Angry or not, he’s his father’s only hope.
With the help of three locals—a fearless seventy-year-old widow, a pack guide, and a former actor with limited outdoor skills—he heads into the wild. The days that follow transform Ethan’s world. Hail, punishing sun, swollen rapids, and exhausting pain leave him wondering if he’s been fooled yet again: Is his father out here at all? As the situation grows increasingly dire, Ethan realizes this quest has become about more than finding his dad.
From the bestselling author of Pay It Forward comes a story of nature revealing human nature—the trickiest terrain. Navigating an unforgiving landscape, Ethan searches himself for the ability to forgive his father—if he finds him alive.
I absolutely loved this book! Not only was this a great story, I felt like I was on this journey with Ethan, Sam, and Jone. The writing was so descriptive that it left no doubt in my mind what they were seeing. The cliffs, the water, the horses, donkey, Ruffus.
I loved that even though Ethan was afraid and didn’t like his dad at all at the time he went missing, that he still put on his big boy panties and got a search team together to go look for him. I loved that he straightened Sam out so that he was able to finally talk to Jone like he should have been talking to her all along. Jone, what a character. Well, really, they all were.
There is a sad undertone to this book because Ethan’s dad is missing on a trail, a trail with bears, but it is also at times very funny.
I could go on and on about this book, but instead, I just think I’ll recommend it to everyone. It’s not the type of book I usually read, but I loved it. A lot! It’s at the top of my favorite books of 2016. If there was such a thing as a 10 star rating, that’s what I’d give this book.