Allie and Bea
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
Lake Union Publishing. May 2017
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. Goodreads Synopsis
This is the second book by Catherine Ryan Hyde that I have read. Over the summer, I read Say Goodbye for Now. Both books, for me, are wonderful. This book alternates between Bea and Allie’s perspectives; Bea being a poor elderly woman, and Allie being a 15 year old from a very well to do family. This unlikely friendship was so well created. Both characters were able to learn so much more than either of them would have ever expected. There was quite a bit of experiencing life in another’s shoes throughout the book.
The character development is strong throughout the book. I could almost hear Bea’s raspy voice or Allie’s teenage high pitched squeal. I wanted to smack Bea at times with her careless decisions.
This story tells how life can change in the blink of an eye, and everything you know and had can just disappear. It also tells how strong the human spirit is and when handed the raw end of the deal, there’s always a way around and back on top.
Allie and Bea is a feel good drama and I would recommend this title. Thank you to Little Bird Publishing for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.