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Brave Girl, Quiet Girl From New York Times Bestselling Author Catherine Ryan Hyde Comes A Gripping And Emotional Novel About Friendship, Motherhood, And The Journey Toward Finding A Place To Call Home Brooke Is A Divorced Single Mom, Financially Strapped, Living With Her Mother, And Holding Tight To The One Thing That Matters Most Her Two Year Old Daughter, Etta Then, In A Matter Of Seconds, Brooke S Life Is Shattered When She S Carjacked Helpless And Terrified, All Brooke Can Do Is Watch As Etta, Still Strapped In Her Seat, Disappears Into The Los Angeles NightMiles Away, Etta Is Found By Molly, A Homeless Teen Who Is All Too Used To Darkness Thrown Away By Her Parents, And With A Future As Stable As The Wooden Crate She Calls Home, Molly Survives Day To Day By Her Wits As Unpredictable As Her Life Is, She S Stunned To Find Etta, Abandoned And Alone Shielding The Little Girl From Than The Elements, Molly Must Put Herself In Harm S Way To Protect A Child As Lost As She Is Out Of One Terrible Moment, Brooke S And Molly S Desperate Paths Converge And An Unlikely Friendship Across Generations And Circumstances Is Formed With It, Brooke And Molly Will Come To Discover That What S Lost And What S Found Can Change In A Heartbeat


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  1. says:

    This is my third book by Catherine Ryan Hyde and the third that earns 5 stars from me This author really knows how to push my reading buttons I am thrilled that I have so manyof her books to read, not to mention she puts out at least one new book every year I have been slumpish in my reading the last several months, taking 10 17 days to read one book instead of the usual 4 5 days It seems all the info out there on the Trump impeachment and the COVID 19 pandemic has drawn me intha This is my third book by Catherine Ryan Hyde and the third that earns 5 stars from me This author really knows how to push my reading buttons I am thrilled that I have so manyof her books to read, not to mention she puts out at least one new book every year I have been slumpish in my reading the last several months, taking 10 17 days to read one book instead of the usual 4 5 days It seems all the info out there on the Trump impeachment and the COVID 19 pandemic has drawn me inthan my books, which is a pretty sad statement This one though took me only 3 days to read It provided me with a most welcome three day escape to all of the depressing news out there.I am really tired of the stolen kid theme When Brave Girl, Quiet Girl became available on Net Galley, I was excited I then read the blurb and was disappointed to see the plot involved a stolen child For a second I considered passing, but gosh, this was Catherine Ryan Hyde so I took a chance she would make it good She succeeded with flying colors I do want to say for the benefit of readers that are also tired of this theme, the abduction of the child is not the thrust, but just the ignitor of the story.Ms Hyde s books so far in my experience profile people who are struggling with issues that seem insurmountable A really strong feature of her writing is that her characters are so realistic Their speech, their thoughts, their mistakes, their actions They all seem believable Unlike some writers, who make use of coincidences or somewhat over the top or implausible events to propel the story, I have seen none of that in Ms Hyde s novels Her books also generally feature only a very few main characters, which is a relief in regard to keeping everyone straight These few characters also get all the attention, so the reader really gets to know them a real plus in my book In my experience she always writes in one timeline, another positive in my opinion.The thing I like most about Ryan books, however, is the way they make me feel I become ferociously attached to the main players and suffer right along with them until Ms Ryan leads us all out of the woods, always towards a positive uplifting ending It s the journey that is so captivating I am never sure where she will lead us next Brave Girl, Quiet Girl such a wonderful title, btw is the story of how strangers sometimes hold the key to the salvation of each other Things are not always perfect, just like in real life, but one does get the gist that we don t always have to be alone in our struggles even if we think we are.I strongly recommend this book for all readers of contemporary fiction As of this writing, the novel is still available as a READ NOW on Net Galley Publication date is May 19, 2020.Thank you Net Galley, Lake Union Publishing, and Catherine Ryan Hyde for the privilege of an advanced copy Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way


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    3.75 stars rounded up to 4I pounced on this due to author recognition One of my favorite books of 2019 was her beautiful story Stay This offering isn t quite as good as that 5 Star read, but was enjoyable nonetheless.The book takes place in Los Angeles A divorcee named Brooke has a sweet, intelligent and adorable two year old daughter named Etta They are currently living at Brooke s mother s house due to lack of funds in the wake of her divorce Sadly, Brooke s mother has few redeeming quali 3.75 stars rounded up to 4I pounced on this due to author recognition One of my favorite books of 2019 was her beautiful story Stay This offering isn t quite as good as that 5 Star read, but was enjoyable nonetheless.The book takes place in Los Angeles A divorcee named Brooke has a sweet, intelligent and adorable two year old daughter named Etta They are currently living at Brooke s mother s house due to lack of funds in the wake of her divorce Sadly, Brooke s mother has few redeeming qualities She s very pointed and judgemental, and if Brooke wasn t so desperate for shelter at this crisis point in her life, she certainly would find other lodgings One evening as Brooke is playing with Etta in the bedroom that they share, once again suffering the strain of the blaring TV from the living room, her mother criticizes her for not taking Etta outside enough It s now evening so Etta won t benefit from sunshine anyway , but Brooke decides to take Etta to a movie If it wasn t for Brooke s Mom s badgering, she wouldn t have gone out and therefore would have avoided a nightmare scenario for any parent Immediately following the movie, an incident occurs which separates Etta from her mother Unbeknownst to Brooke, Etta was discovered by a sixteen year old homeless girl from Utah named Molly It s nighttime and there are some serious scary characters around, but Molly guards Etta with her life She has some experience with younger siblings, so employs these skills to keep Etta entertained, and most of all, unafraid This part of the book was a nail biter and absolutely riveting The title of the book is something Molly whispered to little Etta during this time Brave girl, Quiet girl She only knew this little girl for less than 24 hours and found herself in love with her And it was mutual.The book was narrated in alternating chapters between Brooke and Molly, which provided deep insights into each character However, I would sometimes forget who was narrating the chapter and although the dialogue had quotations, they were only identifiable by I said and she said This caused me intermittent confusion Otherwise, the writing style was comfortable and free flowing, which I love I don t really want to spell out anydetails, although the official blurb advertising the book goes farther than I am I want future readers to enjoy the unraveling of this story This author seems to have a secret sauce in her books of underdog characters, living difficult lives but imbued with inner strength to tackle life s challenges You find your heart expanding, fighting tears with the hope of triumph over adversity Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for providing an advance reader copy via NetGalley


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    4.5 stars, rounded up Once again, Catherine Ryan Hyde has knocked it out of the park I have only read a handful of her books, but I m obsessed with them She never disappoints This story is about two women strangers who meet under scary circumstances with one thing in common their love for a little girl named Etta What transpires is an unlikely bond between these three people that you will not soon forget.What I love about Hyde s books are that they always relatable, always ha 4.5 stars, rounded up Once again, Catherine Ryan Hyde has knocked it out of the park I have only read a handful of her books, but I m obsessed with them She never disappoints This story is about two women strangers who meet under scary circumstances with one thing in common their love for a little girl named Etta What transpires is an unlikely bond between these three people that you will not soon forget.What I love about Hyde s books are that they always relatable, always have heartbreaking moments and always have a positive, happy ending You just can t help but fall in love with all of her characters and are sad to see them go once the book ends Whenever I see a new book with her name on it, it s an automatic request because I know I m in for a seriously wonderful story Keep up the great work, Ms Hyde because you have a fan for life Thank you to NetGalley, Catherine Ryan Hyde and Lake Union Publishing for my advanced copy to read and review


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    This is a really lovely novel about the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and learning to look beyond your prejudices to see the good in people.Homeless teenager Molly is living in a crate on the streets of LA after being thrown out of home by her religious family in Utah Her world collides with that of single mother Brooke when she finds Brooke s two year old daughter Etta dumped on the street after Brooke s car was stolen with Etta inside Brooke is recently divorced and ba This is a really lovely novel about the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and learning to look beyond your prejudices to see the good in people.Homeless teenager Molly is living in a crate on the streets of LA after being thrown out of home by her religious family in Utah Her world collides with that of single mother Brooke when she finds Brooke s two year old daughter Etta dumped on the street after Brooke s car was stolen with Etta inside Brooke is recently divorced and back living with her negative, overly critical mother while she tries to get her life back on track and is totally distraught at the possibility that she may never see Etta alive again When she first meets Molly all she sees is the dirty, disheveled street kid, not the brave and kind hearted girl underneath.Catherine Ryan Hyde is especially talented at creating realistic characters complete with very human flaws and foibles and also in making us think about how we would react in the same circumstances Neither Brooke nor Molly s mothers are very nice people, both prejudiced and judgmental about things they don t try to understand Fortunately Brooke iscompassionate, although she has trouble believing Molly s story of how she became homeless and it takes a while for both Brooke and Molly to trust one another This was a very engaging read with a hearwarming ending highly recommended With many thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for a digital ARC to read


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    EXCERPT My plan was to put on my seat belt to drive home I had Etta strapped into her car seat, still snoring like a miniature soprano buzz saw I was sitting in the driver s seat of my mom s Mercedes, trying to get my own belt done Sounds easy enough, but I was wearing a big, long sweater, and the folds of it kept getting in the way I go back to this moment a lot It wasn t much of a struggle before I gave up It wasn t that frustrating Which makes it even harder to explain after the fact EXCERPT My plan was to put on my seat belt to drive home I had Etta strapped into her car seat, still snoring like a miniature soprano buzz saw I was sitting in the driver s seat of my mom s Mercedes, trying to get my own belt done Sounds easy enough, but I was wearing a big, long sweater, and the folds of it kept getting in the way I go back to this moment a lot It wasn t much of a struggle before I gave up It wasn t that frustrating Which makes it even harder to explain after the fact To myself or anyone else At best I can figure after the fact, it was this in that moment I was happy I was out in the world with my child, enjoying one of those perfect moments made perfect by the simple fact that I had her I was in a state of joy, which felt increasingly rare When that moment of slight frustration arose, I didn t want to spoil anything I drove away with my seat belt undone ABOUT THIS BOOK Brooke is a divorced single mom, financially strapped, living with her mother, and holding tight to the one thing that matters most her two year old daughter, Etta Then, in a matter of seconds, Brooke s life is shattered when she s carjacked Helpless and terrified, all Brooke can do is watch as Etta, still strapped in her seat, disappears into the Los Angeles night.Miles away, Etta is found by Molly, a homeless teen who is all too used to darkness Thrown away by her parents, and with a future as stable as the wooden crate she calls home, Molly survives day to day by her wits As unpredictable as her life is, she s stunned to find Etta, abandoned and alone Shielding the little girl fromthan the elements, Molly must put herself in harm s way to protect a child as lost as she is.Out of one terrible moment, Brooke s and Molly s desperate paths converge and an unlikely friendship across generations and circumstances is formed With it, Brooke and Molly will come to discover that what s lost and what s found can change in a heartbeat.MY THOUGHTS Brave Girl, Quiet Girl is the first book I have read by author Catherine Ryan Hyde She has written a compassionate and realistic book about the relationships between mothers and daughters, and our prejudices against the homeless The story is told from the points of view of Brooke, mother of Etta, and Molly, Etta s rescuer Brooke is struggling to make ends meet and living with her very judgemental mother since the failure of her marriage Molly, sixteen and gay, was kicked out of home when she revealed to her very religious parents that she was gay She was told she could come home when she got rid of the devil that possessed her Molly is an interesting character She is very moral, very honest And she falls in love with the adorable little toddler that she finds strapped into a car seat abandoned on a street corner I far preferred her character to that of Brooke who, although she despises her mother s judgemental behaviour, initially exhibits the very same characteristics I liked this story I didn t love it There were a few things, mainly concerned with Brooke s actions, that didn t ring true for me I liked the way the title is taken from the mantra Molly whispers to Etta to calm her I don t like the cover If it is meant to be Molly with Etta, she is homeless, unwashed with dirty, disheveled clothing and unbrushed, unkempt hair A car seat containing a small child alone under a street light would have better portrayed the pathos of this story Would I read another book by this author Definitely .5 BraveGirlQuietGirl NetGalley THE AUTHOR I am the author ofthan 30 published and forthcoming books I m an avid hiker, traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, , Instagram and my webpage


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    Brooke, divorced for two years and mother of two year old Etta was back living with her mother, the criticizing woman who couldn t say a nice word about her daughter The night Brooke took Etta to the movies just to get out of the house was the night her life shifted on its axis It was on the way back from the movies that Brooke was carjacked thrown to the ground by the masked man, she watched in devastated horror as the Mercedes tore away from her with Etta still inside.Sixteen year old Brooke, divorced for two years and mother of two year old Etta was back living with her mother, the criticizing woman who couldn t say a nice word about her daughter The night Brooke took Etta to the movies just to get out of the house was the night her life shifted on its axis It was on the way back from the movies that Brooke was carjacked thrown to the ground by the masked man, she watched in devastated horror as the Mercedes tore away from her with Etta still inside.Sixteen year old Molly had been living on the streets of Los Angeles after her mother had thrown her out of the house in Utah She and her best friend Bodhi stayed together in their camps to watch each other s backs When Molly found Etta, she was still sitting in her car seat, but it was dark and the little girl s eyes were big and round when she looked up at Molly During that long night in the darkness, and the following day, Molly cared for Etta, comforting her when she was scared, and when they needed to be quiet, Molly softly sang brave girl, quiet girl to Etta until she whispered it in return Would the police find Etta Would Brooke ever see her baby girl again And what would happen to Molly and Bodhi Brave Girl, Quiet Girl is a heartwarming and heartbreaking novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde which I loved I have only recently discovered this author, and Brave Girl, Quiet Girl is my third by her But her novels are intense and emotional, with this one being about motherhood, love, and finding yourself and your place called home Another exceptional read by this author which I highly recommend With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review


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    A contemporary novel about how a dramatic 24 hours bring a single mother and a homeless teenager together Single mother, Brooke watches in horror as her mother s car is hijacked with her two year old daughter, Etta, trapped inside When teen runaway, Molly finds Etta abandoned in a LA alley, she takes the little girl under her protection Soon Molly is able to make contact with police, but Brooke finds herself unexpectedly taking interest in her daughter s rescuer It s a tale filled with a fo A contemporary novel about how a dramatic 24 hours bring a single mother and a homeless teenager together Single mother, Brooke watches in horror as her mother s car is hijacked with her two year old daughter, Etta, trapped inside When teen runaway, Molly finds Etta abandoned in a LA alley, she takes the little girl under her protection Soon Molly is able to make contact with police, but Brooke finds herself unexpectedly taking interest in her daughter s rescuer It s a tale filled with a focus on mother daughter relationships and what constitutes a family I am a big fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde s books but this was just a good read, not a great read for me With chapters alternating between the perspectives of Brooke and Molly, there is a lot of focus on the inner thoughts of the two women that often felt a little repetitive Albeit, Molly s time on the streets gives her a stronger sense of maturity than Brooke I felt empathetic to their individual journeys but they didn t connect to me like some of Hyde s other characters have in the past Goodreads review published 09 05 20 Expected Publication 19 05 20 Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an egalley in exchange for an honest review


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    Brooke is a divorced, single mom, doing her best to raise her young daughter, Etta She is actually living with her own tough as nails mother while trying to save up for a better apartment for her daughter and herself One night, she takes Etta to the movies and on their way back home, they get carjacked The thief drives off with Etta still strapped into her car seat Later that night, a homeless teen, Molly, discovers Etta sitting in her car seat and does her best to protect her throughout the Brooke is a divorced, single mom, doing her best to raise her young daughter, Etta She is actually living with her own tough as nails mother while trying to save up for a better apartment for her daughter and herself One night, she takes Etta to the movies and on their way back home, they get carjacked The thief drives off with Etta still strapped into her car seat Later that night, a homeless teen, Molly, discovers Etta sitting in her car seat and does her best to protect her throughout the night, fromthan just the elements. The rest is in the readingMy youngest daughter is only about a year older than Etta in the story is I can imagine how Brooke must be feeling when she s without her daughter There s only one thing worse than not knowing where or how my child is, if she s scared, etc and that one thing is not something I m even willing to name This drew me to the book originally, and I m sure it will draw others as well I ll just say that Etta and Brooke are so very lucky that it s Molly who finds her and cares for her All the rest of the story is good I can tell the author did some research into homelessness and feel a bitenlightened on it, not thatcouldn t have been done I m glad some of those facts are brought to light in the book I loved and hated the ending Is it what I wanted Sure But in the real world, not everything would fit together so nicely.Given that one of the characters is a homeless teen, Los Angeles is one of the best settings the story could have No complaints at all there.The main characters of Brooke and Molly were very well fleshed out Neither is perfect, but both are likable enough I could empathize with both of them and understand the logic behind their thoughts The minor characters were fleshed out appropriately.That use of words in the book is straightforward, easily understood It s not lyrical and not really special in any way It serves its purpose but doesn t go beyond that.I d recommend this read to many others as it s a plot so many will be able to imagine happening to themselves and be able to put themselves in Brooke s shoes, at least.Many thanks go to Catherine Ryan Hyde for writing this book, Lake Union Publishing for publishing it and NetGalley for connecting us The above opinions are my own and uninfluenced by the aforementioned in any way


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    Rating 3.5 stars rounded reluctantly down to 3 starsI am always excited to read anything that Catherine Ryan Hyde writes She tackles real life issues with pathos and charm She brings her characters to life in relatable ways Her latest book follows the same vein as prior her books, but sadly, it fell just a tad short of previous books for me It was a good story, but not as emotionally impactful as some of her other works Brooke and Molly tell this book in alternating storylines Brooke is i Rating 3.5 stars rounded reluctantly down to 3 starsI am always excited to read anything that Catherine Ryan Hyde writes She tackles real life issues with pathos and charm She brings her characters to life in relatable ways Her latest book follows the same vein as prior her books, but sadly, it fell just a tad short of previous books for me It was a good story, but not as emotionally impactful as some of her other works Brooke and Molly tell this book in alternating storylines Brooke is in her late 30 s and is a single mother to 2 year old Etta Brooke is back living at her ultra judgmental mother s home due to financial issues She is unhappy at home She feels stuck Little Etta is the bright spot in her life.Molly is a homeless 16 year old living on the streets in an industrial section of Los Angeles After being kicked out of her family home in Utah, her new friend Bodhi talked her into going to LA with him She s been on the streets for awhile, but at least she s not alone.One fateful night while driving her Mom s Mercedes, Brooke is carjacked The car speeds off with Etta strapped in her car seat in the back So starts Brooke s nightmare of trying to recover Etta Meanwhile Molly stumbles across Etta, still strapped in her car seat, on a deserted stretch of sidewalk Molly scoops her up, and tries to figure out how to let the police know that she s found a baby She doesn t have money for a phone call She finds Bodhi, and he agrees to head out to find get someone to call the police.Brooke is ultimately reunited with Etta However, she cannot let go of her resentment as to how much time it took for Molly to get the little girl back to her In the 24 hours the Molly had Etta, she kept her calm, kept her fed, kept her dry, and kept her safe She and Etta formed a strong bond during their time together.The rest of the book explores the following issues homelessness, the foster care system, mother daughter relationships, personal integrity, and what it means to be a family I found Molly s story to be muchcompelling than Brooke s did While they both were stuck in situations that were uncomfortable, Molly took aactive role in day to day living and moving forward Brooke seemed caught up in her own head and was unable to figure out how to get unstuck.I think this book did a great job shining a light on the realities and inherent dangers of being a homeless person The plight of this population is real Staying clean, safe, and fed is a battle they wage every hour of every day In the face of that persistent homeless struggle, Molly retained her principles and integrity She would not eat stolen food even when she was hungry I admired that about her, but was I was silently urging her to eat the dang food I liked the ending Nope, not giving it away here However, the sometime circuitous route it took to arrive there was occasionally frustrating I am giving this book a rating of 3.5 stars, rounded down to three stars This is a big hearted book about what it means to be family with all its inherent pitfalls and potential joys I would recommend this to readers who enjoy books in the Women s Fiction genre, and those who enjoy books that tackle social issues with open eyes and compassion I am glad that I spent some time with Brooke, Molly and Etta, the Brave Girl, Quiet Girl Thank You to NetGalley the publisher, Lake Union Publishing and author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, for providing a free e ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review


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    4.5 starsI m rapidly learning there s something truly lovely about Catherine Ryan Hyde s novels, and Brave Girl, Quiet Girl was no exception Since discovering her work I ve noticed she doesn t shy away from contentious issues but she takes them on in an expert and engaging manner Her characters are so very realistic and I love the way she uses them to make me question my own morals and behaviours The two main characters are Brooke and Molly and their alternating perspectives bring the s 4.5 starsI m rapidly learning there s something truly lovely about Catherine Ryan Hyde s novels, and Brave Girl, Quiet Girl was no exception Since discovering her work I ve noticed she doesn t shy away from contentious issues but she takes them on in an expert and engaging manner Her characters are so very realistic and I love the way she uses them to make me question my own morals and behaviours The two main characters are Brooke and Molly and their alternating perspectives bring the story to life Brooke is in her late 30 s and is a divorced single mum who has returned to live with her aging highly critical mother whilst she gets her finances under control Molly is a 16 year old homeless girl living on the streets because she was unwelcome at her parents home At first glance these two have nothing in common but their lives are thrust together in the most bizarre of circumstances The beauty of the writing is that although I ve never been in either of their situations I felt such strong compassion and empathy for each of them Brave Girl, Quite Girl focuses heavily on mother daughter relationships with three such relationships going under the spotlight Brooke has a strained relationship with her own mother and because of this she desperately wants the exact opposite for her relationship with 2 year old daughter Etta The third is between Molly and her mother as we gradually uncover the reasons she ended up living on the streets Molly was a beautifully natured character and the author used her homelessness to make readers aware of how easy it is to fall into the trap of judging a person by their appearances In one scene Molly was desperately seeking help from passers by and, as a reader knowing why she needed help, I was aghast it wasn t forthcoming simply because she was so clearly homeless, unkempt and dirty How critical of these people I was for their unwillingness to assist but then I tried to place myself in their shoes and wondered if indeed I would have behaved any differently I d like to think I would have helped but perhaps fear or other factors would have played into my response and I might have fallen short too And whilst Molly had proven herself to be completely protective and nurturing of Etta when they were together, Brooke found it difficult to entirely trust her Brooke harbored doubts about Molly s version of the story of how and why she s currently living on the streets, imagining she must have done something to contribute to her homelessness, and finding herself all too ready to apportion blame for the situation she found herself in Again Hyde cleverly introduced scenarios forcing readers to evaluate their own hidden prejudices and attitudes With multiple themes running throughout including love and loss, trust, judgement, family, and homelessness this was a delightful read and I feel Catherine Ryan Hyde just might be my new go to author when I feel the need for a sensitive and caring novel.Thanks to the author, Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review which it was my absolute pleasure to provide