Review: Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde


Release date: June 19, 2018

Publisher: Lake Union

Genre: Contemporary Fiction


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.


There is a little bit of magic in every CRH book I’ve read, not true magic but just a magical feeling I get whenever I’m reading one of her books. She doesn’t ever shy away from heavy issues but she manages to write about difficult subject matter and important issues with grace and humility. I always finish her novels having learned something, not only about myself but about humanity in general and I never feel like I’m being lectured but rather I’m lost in the pages of a page turning story.

Roseanna is the kind of character I’ve come to expect in a CRH book, she isn’t wholly likable or relatable right away but as she grows throughout the story you fall a little bit in love with her. She wakes up for work one day and decides she’s just had enough so she drives out to the middle of nowhere and buys a ramshackle farm with picturesque views. I’m sure we’ve all thought about running away before at some point in our adult lives and Roseanna just up and does it. While I adored her what made this book special was the eccentric cast of characters that enter her life after her move. Most of them also stole a piece of my heart but a few were awful, much like real life, but they were unforgettable in their own way.

I imagine book clubs devour CRH books and this one would be ideal as well, there is much to discuss and dissect and could provide endless hours of conversation. If you’ve never read one of her books before she’s a highly recommended author, I loved every single one that I’ve read and plan on continuing as long as she keeps writing.

Heaven Adjacent in three words: Perceptive, Heartfelt and Enlightening.

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to Little Bird Publicity for my review copy.

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