Say Goodbye for Now

“Catherine Ryan Hyde delivers once again with this feel-good story guaranteed to be a hit…” —Redbook

On an isolated Texas ranch, Dr. Lucy cares for abandoned animals. The solitude allows her to avoid the people and places that remind her of the past. Not that any of the townsfolk care. In 1959, no one is interested in a woman doctor. Nor are they welcoming Calvin and Justin Bell, a newly arrived African American father and son.

When Pete Solomon, a neglected twelve-year-old boy, and Justin bring a wounded wolf-dog hybrid to Dr. Lucy, the outcasts soon find refuge in one another. Lucy never thought she’d make connections again, never mind fall in love. Pete never imagined he’d find friends as loyal as Justin and the dog. But these four people aren’t allowed to be friends, much less a family, when the whole town turns violently against them.

With heavy hearts, Dr. Lucy and Pete say goodbye to Calvin and Justin. But through the years they keep hope alive…waiting for the world to catch up with them.

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Book TitleSay Goodbye for Now
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Say Goodbye for Now Reviews

  • Nancy
    Mar 27, 2017


    I love books by Catherine Ryan Hyde. This book deals with one parent homes, racial hatred, child abuse, commitment to promises, healing of broken hearts, etc. A young boy finds a dog hurt on the highway, and he promises the dog, that he will help it. The local vet will not work on a wi...

  • Tiffany
    Mar 22, 2017


    This book gave me all the feels. It may take a few moments to get them back in check. Set in the late 1950s 4 people who aren't supposed to be seen together try to form a close knit family and friendships. Driven away by racism, hatred and violence they will have to work their hardest ...

  • S. Murphy
    Mar 11, 2017

    S. Murphy

    I've been a fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde's work for some time. This just might be my favorite of her novels. As the white mother of bi-racial sons, this book touched me in deep ways. Loved the characters and the stark reality of the times (1959). Superb read. ...

  • Kristen
    Mar 7, 2017


    3.75... some parts of this book were very sad and I wished there had been a few chapters added at the end. Ended a bit too quickly for me - but other than that, was good. ...

  • Skip
    Mar 1, 2017


    What a wonderful book to pull on heartstrings, set in Texas in 1959. Young Pete finds an injured dog/wolf on the side of the road, and when the local vet refuses to help, a helpful nurse sends him to the reclusive Dr. Lucy, who cares for injured or unwanted animals. Pete befriends Just...

  • Eileen Goudge
    Feb 12, 2017

    Eileen Goudge

    Beautiful and Life-Affirming As moving as Ms. Hyde's previous novels, this one hits all the right notes and leaves you satisfied, knowing that there are good people in a world full of bad ones ...

  • ♥ Sandi
    Feb 1, 2017

    ♥ Sandi

    3.5 starsFamily...that can be those you are related to or those you choose to surround yourself with. For 12 yr old Pete Solomon his family became those he choose. Dr Lucy Armstrong had chosen a solitary life sans family and friends, until she met Pete. An injured wolf hybrid brought t...

  • Briana Alzola
    Feb 1, 2017

    Briana Alzola

    Sweet, heartbreaking and lovely. Did I mention heartbreaking? But still somehow positive. I think this is my favorite Catherine Ryan Hyde novel to date. I just loved it. ...

  • Caryn
    Jan 5, 2017


    Full review and giveaway on the blog: ...

  • Kari
    Jan 3, 2017


    Say Goodbye for Now is a compelling and at times heart wrenching story. Initially set in 1959, it's the story of 4 people who find each other during unstable times and form strong bonds that sustain them through the ups and downs of the turbulent 60s. I found this book to be hard to re...