Say Goodbye for Now by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Say Goodbye for Now

“Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers once again with this feel-good story guaranteed to be a hit…” —Redbook On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.When Pete S...

Details Say Goodbye for Now

TitleSay Goodbye for Now
Release DateDec 13th, 2016
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Number of pages366 pages
GenreFiction, Historical Fiction, Romance, Historical

Reviews Say Goodbye for Now

  • Cindy Burnett
    4.5 starsSay Goodbye for Now is a beautifully written book that will stay with me for a long while. While the summary for the book focuses on the relationship between Dr. Lucy and Calvin, I felt the main character was actually Pete Solomon, who has become my favorite adolescent character in fiction today. Pete is such a kind and caring individual whose story is heart-breaking; I was rooting for him the entire book and was so thankful that he met ...
  • ♥ Sandi
    3.5 starsFamily...that can be those you are related to or those you choose to surround yourself with. For 12 yr old Pete Solomon his family became those he choose. Dr Lucy Armstrong had chosen a solitary life sans family and friends, until she met Pete. An injured wolf hybrid brought them together. Then Justin and Calvin Bell entered the picture and the family became larger. It is the 1950's and miscegenation rears its head. Years go by, life goe...
  • CL
    It's 1959 and the country is still prejudiced against anyone of color. When an abused 12 year old boy, Pete, finds what he thinks is a dog injured alongside the road he tries to help it and his best friend abandons him. Turned away from the vets because the animal is a cross between a wolf and dog he tries to make it several miles out of town to get help at a lady doctor who he has learned helps animals. Along the way he meets an African American...
  • Judy Collins
    Master storyteller, Catherine Ryan Hyde returns following Leaving Blythe River (2016) with another heartfelt powerful message with SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW. —With highly charged topics, from untraditional families; love, loss, racial tension, animals, and the chance meetings of four unique souls drawn together by an unbreakable bond. Lives which will be enriched by one another. Top 50 Books of 2016! Interweaving a story of a heartbreaking, forbi...
  • Carole
    Catherine Ryan Hyde knows how to write characters that I connect with better than anyone. I felt as though I personally knew Pete, Dr Lucy, Calvin & Justin. I thought this was going to be mostly about a dog, and though that's what brings these unlikely friends together, the dog is not central to the story. It's about being a good friend, helping someone, and doing the right thing. It's also about unfairness & cruelty. I was in tears after a certa...
  • Deanna Sletten
    Four lonely people find each other in a small, Texas town in the stifling time-period of 1959. When Pete finds a hurt dog/wolf on the side of the road, he takes the animal to Dr. Lucy, who lives alone on a small ranch and cares for injured and unwanted animals. Reluctantly, she helps the dog, and soon, her life becomes complicated as she becomes involved in the lives of Pete, his new friend, Justin, and then Justin’s father, Calvin. Normally, t...
  • Ezinwanyi~ThatEzi (Oh My Shelves)
    This story grazes upon on a number of sensitive subjects. There was the issue of a female doctor, Lucille “Lucy” Armstrong, whose husband left her as her professional standing exceeded his. In addition, her adolescent son resented her because of her work schedule. Adding insult to injury, Dr. Armstrong was lacking in respectable patients as many people in the rural area of Texas refused to be treated by a woman. Then author also deals with th...
  • Skip
    What a wonderful book to pull on heartstrings, set in Texas in 1959. Young Pete finds an injured dog/wolf on the side of the road, and when the local vet refuses to help, a helpful nurse sends him to the reclusive Dr. Lucy, who cares for injured or unwanted animals. Pete befriends Justin, neither of whom has a mother; however, Pete lives in a loveless home, while Justin lives in a loving one, with father Calvin. Pete and his father's relationship...
  • Barb (Boxermommyreads)
    I picked this book up after reading one which led to a huge reading slump and little did I know this book would be all I needed to cure it. I have previously read another book by Catherine Ryan Hyde, "Worthy," and although I adored it as well, I had no idea this one would be so much better.One early summer day Pete and his friend are headed out fishing. Along the way, they run into a large dog alongside the road who has been hit. Pete immediately...
  • Amy
    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.comAs much as I adore my creepy and intense thrillers and mysteries, over the Christmas holiday I wanted to snuggle up with a book that didn’t have a serial killer as a main character. I won a copy of Say Goodbye For Now from the author and was so exited as I’ve had several of her books in my TBR and hadn’t gotten around to them before now. I’m kicking myself now that I waited this long to...
  • Trudy
    3.5 Stars. So, I love this author and have read several of her books. However, this one left me a little flat. It's an awesome story, though. I just could not reach the level of emotion I should have felt while reading this. Some really horrendous events occurred here, but the characters' reactions were not realistic. They should have been "mad as hell", about some of the things which happened, but I just didn't get that while reading their dialo...
  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd
    Another brilliant book by a very talented writer that keeps giving us stories that we cannot put down! Say Goodbye for Now was another book of hers that I was completely engrossed by. It kept me engaged and turning pages. She mixes characters, both human and four legged into a story that warms the heart, gives back hope and promise in the world. I highly recommend this book and know for certain it would be a book club hit!
  • Tiffany
    This book gave me all the feels. It may take a few moments to get them back in check. Set in the late 1950s 4 people who aren't supposed to be seen together try to form a close knit family and friendships. Driven away by racism, hatred and violence they will have to work their hardest to try to make things work. If you've not read this book. Get your hands on It ASAP.
  • Eileen Goudge
    Beautiful and Life-Affirming As moving as Ms. Hyde's previous novels, this one hits all the right notes and leaves you satisfied, knowing that there are good people in a world full of bad ones
  • Nancy
    I love books by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This book deals with one parent homes, racial hatred, child abuse, commitment to promises, healing of broken hearts, etc. A young boy finds a dog hurt on the highway, and he promises the dog, that he will help it. The local vet will not work on a wild dog, which is probably part wolf. The boy gets his old wagon, and finds a recluse of a doctor, who takes in hurt wild animals, who agrees to help him. On the way...
  • Barbara
    Catherine Ryan Hyde, where have you been hiding? This story has such a lyrical, melancholy feel to it. The writing is so descriptive, every moment I felt I was there with Dr. Lucy as she took care of the gunshot wound of a thief, I was there as Pete's father berated him, and when Pete finds Justin after he gets beaten within an inch of his life, and for the tender, budding relationship between Calvin and Lucy. The writing had the feel of Kent Har...
  • Diana
    It is a rare book that captures the essence of a critical period in history in a way that resonates today. As I reflected on the impact of Say Goodbye for Now, I came to see that for me, and perhaps for anyone disheartened by the current unrest in our country, this is a story about finding a way to carve out, and protect, a space for possibility while living in a seemingly impossible time.Just as this novel was delving into the transformational p...
  • Jan
    Wow this was a wonderful book! It was a thoughtful, heartwarming story that tackled the difficult subject of racial prejudice in the late 1950’s. Hyde handled the subject well and with a lot of dignity. I absolutely loved the main characters. Petey was a great kid showing such honor and bravery in each difficult situation he encountered. I enjoyed watching Dr. Lucy’s guarded heart open up to much needed healing. With the addition of Calvin an...
  • Karen
    I received this ARC from in exchange for a review. 1950's Texas, 12 year old Pete rescues a wolf/dog he finds injured on the highway. He brings the hybrid to reclusive Dr. Lucy who is bitter, angry and disillusioned. Caring for the wounded dog, Lucy and Pete learn to love and trust again.Although the animals remain in focus, the book sweeps around the topics of racial bias, segregation, physical violence and child abuse. 3 stars
  • Maria
    Ainda estou amarga em relação ao enredo desse livro. A Catherine Ryan Hyde poderia ter feito coisas fantásticas com ele, infelizmente ela não fez. O livro se alterna entre os POVs da Drª Lucy e do Pete, mas eu só gostei de ler os capítulos com o POV do Pete.Teria sido melhor se o romance do livro tivesse acontecido entre o Pete e o Justin. Eu senti que eles tiveram uma ótima química e realmente conseguiram construir uma relação de afet...
  • Kari
    Say Goodbye for Now is a compelling and at times heart wrenching story. Initially set in 1959, it's the story of 4 people who find each other during unstable times and form strong bonds that sustain them through the ups and downs of the turbulent 60s. I found this book to be hard to read at times. Don't get me wrong, it was well written and the story is beautiful. What I found hard to read was how Calvin and Justin were treated just because of th...
  • Cheryl
    This is the third book I have read from this author. By far, this is the best book I have read from the author. Although, every book that I have read by this author is a good read. Ms. Ryan Hyde brings so much life to her stories and characters. She takes the reading game up a few levels. Instantly, I connected with everyone in this book from Lucy, Pete, Calvin, Justin and Prince. The way they were all brought together and bonded was great. I act...
  • Nancy
    Absolutely loved this book! I read it whenever I had a few minutes. Thank you again to Catherine Ryan Hyde for sharing an ARC with me.This was my 1st read of her but I now consider her one of my favorite authors! Be sure to get your copy on December 13th!!
  • Caryn
    Full review and giveaway on the blog:
  • S. Murphy
    I've been a fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde's work for some time. This just might be my favorite of her novels. As the white mother of bi-racial sons, this book touched me in deep ways. Loved the characters and the stark reality of the times (1959). Superb read.
  • Briana Alzola
    Sweet, heartbreaking and lovely. Did I mention heartbreaking? But still somehow positive. I think this is my favorite Catherine Ryan Hyde novel to date. I just loved it.
  • Kristen
    3.75... some parts of this book were very sad and I wished there had been a few chapters added at the end. Ended a bit too quickly for me - but other than that, was good.
  • Gayle Pace
    MY THOUGHTS Some are born into families, Some choose their families. Families are to be loved whether you are born with them or choose them. That is the basis of family, LOVE. Or should I say, it should be that way. Dr Lucy is trying hard to let her past be in her past, not by facingg it but by avoiding it. She lived on a Texas ranch, very alone in it's setting. Here are abandoned animals that need care and Dr. Lucy does just that. This allows he...
  • Angie
    Originally posted @ could kick myself for not reading any of Catherine Ryan Hyde’s books sooner due to how amazing a writer she is. Say Goodbye For Now, might be the first book of her’s that I have read, but it will not be the last. From the beginning the plot catches hold of you making it impossible to put down the book since the need to know what will happen next will overtake you. Furthermore, the ...
  • Rick
    One of her most beautiful books ever, Hyde shines with all the usual elements in place: flawed yet sympathetic characters, a deep spiritual message, several love stories, and an engrossing story arc. This time, she adds a mysterious wolf-dog hybrid into the mix as both plot element and symbol. Highly recommended.