This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!
This week's book is Worth by Catherine Ryan Hyde.
About the book:
They might’ve been a family.
Virginia finally had the chance to explore a relationship with Aaron when he asked her on a date. She had been waiting, hoping that the widower and his young son, Buddy, would welcome her into their lives. But a terrible tragedy strikes on the night of their first kiss, crushing their hopes for a future together.
Nineteen years later, Virginia is engaged, though she has not forgotten Aaron or Buddy. When her dog goes missing and it comes to light that her fiancé set him loose, a distraught Virginia breaks off the engagement and is alone once again. A shy young man has found the missing pet, and although he’s bonded with the animal, he answers his conscience and returns the dog. Before long, Virginia and the young man discover a connection from their pasts that will help them let go of painful memories and change their lives forever.
This book starts off 19 years in the past. Virginia is interested in Aaron and he is interested in her too. Aaron has a son named Buddy. Buddy is sort of a special needs child and he has had a hard time since his mother passed away. One night something terrible happens to Aaron and Buddy is sent to live with his grandparents. Virginia and Buddy have no contact after that point. When Virginia finds out that Buddy has been taken to live with is grandparents, the reader is taken to present day in the story. Virginia is now engaged to a loser named Lloyd (sorry, Virginia) and he does something terrible. He is jealous of Virginia's dog, T-Rex, and sets the dog loose during the wintertime in order to be rid of the dog. A boy named Jody witnesses the dog being dumped and decides to take care of it. Jody ends up naming the dog Worthy and Worthy is the only thing or person that Jody has. By divine circumstances Virginia finds out Jody has her dog and finds out what Lloyd has done. What happens next in the story is Virginia struggling with the decision of getting her dog back from Jody and Jody struggles with if he should let him go. This story ends up bonding these two characters in more ways than one. This dog helps them both find where they belong.