Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Narrated by: Laural Merlington
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
Release date: 06-19-18
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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.
This is a feel good book although there are a few sad moments. It’s about an older women finding herself before it’s too late, like it was for her best friend Alice. Her journey leads her to a piece of heaven out in the country which is out of her comfort zone since she lived her whole life in NYC. She meets some wonderful people and a few not so wonderful people. Her son Lance finds her and tries to talk her into going back to her life in the city but she won’t do it. So they end up working together to find their way to the relationship they both want.
There are a few times this book made me laugh out loud.
I loved every minute of this book. The narrator did a great job with the voices. My favorite voice was the little girl named Willa. The narrator did such a great job with her voice. She sounded adorable!
This story has a great message: YOLO. Don’t spend your life thinking about what you want to do when you retire. Live your life NOW.
Another message is that family isn’t only the relatives you have, family can be the people you meet in your life that you choose, or choose you, as part of their family.
Love this author!
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