Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Charming Novel: Allie and Bea (Review)

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.

Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.
Allie and Bea: A Novel
Catherine Ryan Hyde
Pub Date: 5/23/17
Lake Union Publishing
Genre: Fiction
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Allie and Bea is a charming novel of determination in the face of unexpected circumstances as two completely different people find adventure. Catherine Ryan Hyde makes readers believe in the goodness of human nature.

Bea and Allie's stories are told in alternating chunks throughout the novel. When Bea finds herself living in her van followed by Allie's world crumbling around her, I had no idea how their two stories would merge. Their stories finally converge and the overall picture becomes grander. At this point, readers are taken on a wild adventure along with our leading ladies!

Bea and Allie make the unlikeliest of partners as they take on the Californian coast. Each new town provides a lesson in opening up, growing up, and even finding the courage to explore. I highly recommend Allie and Bea to readers who want a humorous, feel-good story!
*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*

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