Bookwoman: Puppy love – Broomfield Enterprise

“Seven Perfect Things” by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Thirteen-year-old Abby sees a man drop a burlap bag off a bridge into a swift creek. She jumps in and retrieves the bag, which turns out to contain seven puppies. Though she attempts to donate them to the local pound, circumstances there are not good and she decides to keep them instead.

Abby has an emotionally abusive father, so she takes the pups to an abandoned cabin in the hills above her town. She figures out how to house, feed, water and clean up after them, but doesn’t know how long she can continue to keep the secret.

In a parallel story thread, we meet Elliot, a grieving widower who owns the cabin. When he arrives from the city and discovers the dogs, complications ensue. Fortunately, he is a kind man, and once he learns Abby’s and the pups’ stories, he agrees to help.

Abby’s mother, Mary, wants to leave her husband, but can’t figure out how to make it happen. When he moves the family hundreds of miles away from the cabin, all the difficulties come to a head.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is best known for her novel “Pay It Forward,” which led to a national movement of kindness. This book follows in that same vein.

Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation.


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