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Take Me With You by [Hyde, Catherine Ryan]
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Hyde’s followers, who love the warmth and inspiration they draw from her work (Walk Me Home, 2013, etc.), won’t be disappointed by this latest effort.

August is on his way to Yellowstone to go camping, but his RV has broken down, leaving him and his small part–Jack Russell terrier, Woody, stranded in a one-horse desert town. While the mechanic, Wes, works on the vehicle, the science teacher frets that he won’t have enough money to make it to the park. He’s not going for pleasure, although that was the original purpose of the trip; instead, he’s transporting some of his son’s ashes so he can sprinkle them around the park. He and Phillip, who was killed in the car accident that led to the breakup of August’s marriage, had planned the trip together. Now it seems as though the RV’s engine repairs will eat up most of his cash. Then Wes makes August an offer he can’t refuse: Finish your trip, but! take my two boys with you, and I won’t charge you anything. The boys, 12-year-old Seth, and Henry, 7, will go into the foster system if Wes, who's scheduled to serve 90 days in jail, can’t find an alternative. August refuses but finally relents, and what follows is a lifelong bond among a recovering alcoholic, a wise young boy who's been forced to play the grown-up since his mom walked out, and sweet but silent Henry. Hyde’s books can be almost relentlessly uplifting, but in her case, that’s not a bad thing. She does it well and manages to avoid bringing religion, schmaltz, or improbable outcomes into the mix, instead relying on crisp, clean prose and a straightforward method of storytelling that has its own unique appeal.

A story about good people doing their best to survive, combined with a message that will cause readers to close the book feeling a bit more hopeful about humanity.


“Bestseller Hyde’s (Pay it Forward) 24th book digs deeply into the ties of love, between both family and strangers...Hyde gives her characters great internal depth, and the book’s scope gives readers time to savor this memorable, moving journey.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

  • File Size: 3059 KB
  • Print Length: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (July 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Judith D. Collins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 22, 2014
Format: Paperback
A special thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for introducing me to such a talented author, and providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Take Me With You was totally Amazing!! This is one of those rare books you will want to Pre-Order or purchase the day it is released.

From the first page, this heartwarming story, grabs you and pulls you in, with a strong hold until the ending, and thereafter in your thoughts. My only issue was having to stop and finish work – and this is the type of book, you want to savor every word, as it will transform your life, as you cry and laugh with characters you learn to love and care for.

My favorite part was learning to “Just BE.” We all are guilty of rushing to arrive at our destination and do not enjoy the journey, and the experience of the present time.

This engaging story begins with a guy named August (a former alcoholic) divorced, school teacher, still grieving his teenage son Philip who died in a car accident. Now he is taking his motorhome, alone for the summer to visit the national parks, hike, and scatter his son’s ashes for his final goodbye.

However, fate steps in when he has problems with his RV and calls a towing company (man named Wes, also an alcoholic raising two small boys). Little does August know, while he is awaiting the repair of his RV, in order to get back on the road, this connection with this man and these two small boys, will change the course of his life forever, as well as the lives and destiny of these two small boys (Seth and Henry).

An unexpected twist of fate lands August with two extra passengers for his journey, two half-orphans with nowhere else to go.
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The plot involves a recently divorced man, who has lost his only son to an accident. He unwillingly takes two young boys on the road for the summer, travelling to national parks in the west. It is tailor made to tug at your heartstrings. Nevertheless, the author skillfully avoids the obvious, and weaves a story that is satisfying and absorbing. I enjoyed reading this novel, and I recommend it to all kinds of readers.

The main character, August, a recovering alcoholic and burt-out science teacher, is not always kind or likeable. Sometimes he is truly annoying. I credit the author with the ability to create realistic characters, people who are good and bad, entertaining and boring, strong and weak. The characters and the situations made the action immediate and emotional. The author wrote a hopeful and optimistic story, one that will leave you feeling better about life, but not through manipulation or pretense. This story is as real as life itself.

The characters travel through some of the west's iconic parks, described in good detail. Parts of this are almost a travelogue, or a guide to the best features of Zion, Bryce, and Yosemite. I enjoyed the details, but the story is paramount in this novel, and it comes to a satisfying conclusion, although not the one I had predicted. I can't say enough good things about this novel, or this writer. It may not be great literature, but it is a great story, well told.
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Take Me With You is such an amazing and satisfying read that words fail me to describe its elegant prose, well-drawn characters, and a storyline that is sure to please Catherine Ryan Hyde's multitude of fans throughout the world who eagerly await her next novel; and Take Me With You will also earn her plenty of new ones. I started this book and could not put it down: I took it with me everywhere: to Starbucks, to the gym, to doctor appointments, and even on daily errands. (My partner did most of the shopping while I sat in the car and finished a chapter I'd started at home.) Take Me With You is that good. Poignant, funny, with great dialogue and characters you will immediately identify with. And there's a bonus: a road trip or two through some of our country's most beautiful and breathtaking settings sure to please any reader. What are you waiting for? Grab your copy now. People will be talking about Take Me With You for some time to come.
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Format: Paperback
Catherine Ryan Hyde has once again written a fabulous story in this novel, interwoven with all of her favourite pass times. It features two young boys, their alcoholic father and a recovering alcoholic who is a passer by who gets tricked into taking the two boys on an epic journey in a camper van, fulfilling a deep need for himself.

It’s an absolute cracker of a story. August Schroeder, the passer by, is a teacher grieving for his 19-year-old son who died in an automobile accident while his mother, also a heavy drinker but just under the legal limit, was at the wheel. She walked away unhurt but deeply affected by the loss of her son. August had not taken a drink since Philip’s death, which ended his marriage. He had planned a holiday to Yellowstone with Philip but was now taking some of his ashes to be scattered in an act of remembrance. The camper van had broken down and Wes; the boy’s father was repairing his van. During the course of the repairs Wes asked Schroeder to do him a favour. He needed a minder for his two sons while he served a gaol sentence of 90 days. He asked Schroeder to take his boys with him for this trip of a lifetime in return for doing the repairs for free. It was the only way that August would be able to afford to complete the journey. The two boys were well behaved and friendly. After some careful thought August agreed, accepting a refund for the tow back to Wes’s yard and money for their keep.

The three of them start off on their adventure as soon as the repairs are completed. The oldest son, Seth, aged twelve, was a lively and helpful lad, full of wonder at the natural world and enthusiastic about every new experience.
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