Seven Perfect Things


Catherine Ryan Hyde

A litter of seven puppies, a thirteen-year-old girl (Abby) who talks to strangers (Elliot) and domestic abuse combine to create a heart-warming story that features Seven Perfect Things/Puppies.

Author, Catherine Ryan Hyde, has set her novel in the Sierra Nevada foothills where life is hard for Abby and her mother (Mary) thanks to an abusive father/husband.

Abby rescues a bag full of puppies that have been thrown into a river and immediately falls in love with every one of them.  She knows one puppy is out of the question, let alone seven, so she decides to leave them at an apparently abandoned cabin in the foothills. 

All is well until the owner (Elliot) turns up.  Elliot is grieving the very recent death of his wife and finds Abby and her puppies a welcome distraction from his loneliness.

After a slightly rocky beginning, Abby and Elliot’s friendship grows to a degree that Abby is thinking of him as her father.   As we arrive at this point, Abby returns home one night to her home in chaos as her father Stan packs minimal belongings and moves, family and all out of the district.

Abby and her mother, Mary, successfully plan to return to their hometown and from there, move to the city.


Seven Perfect Things is another novel that fits the ‘page turner’ category.


I have rated

Seven Perfect Things

as a



At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Seven Perfect Things

an average of 4.40 stars

from 15,597 ratings

and 1,053 reviews.


Seven Perfect Things

can be purchased online at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon








As mentioned last week my copy of Picasa has gone to God.  After I shifted some image folders around it has thrown its hands I the air and told me to find my own photos.

I have tried PhotoScape X, inPixio and Photo Elements 14….none of which have a built in search function…that I can find.

Why Google retired Picasa I do not know.  It is/was brilliant I my opinion searching by name, tags, or number.

I suspect that many bloggers have many photographs in their archives/computers that need frequent searching.

Any thoughts or help with locating a photo editing program with a search function would be appreciated.





A Hobbit movie set signpost indicating

the direction of East and West Farthing

and maybe the Tuck shop.


Generally signposts indicate two or three

directions to travel and are not as

busy at the tourist destination

signposts such as this one in York.

However, these tourist signposts

make it easier for weary travellers

to find their destination

in a new town or city.



Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Direction








This was a difficult challenge for me…

…because I generally don’t point my

camera at people.

I have managed to find suitable background

and bright colours…..

…along with some long range surfing brights.







Perhaps my favourite surfing shot


Cee’s-Hunt-for-Joy-Challenge:  Wear-Bright-Colors

Book Review-Redemption-Point


Redemption Point

(Crimson Lake #2)


Candice Fox

Redemption Point is the second of the Crimson Lake series, by Candice Fox.  Former Detective, Ted (accused of assaulting a thirteen year old girl) and Amanda, Cairns resident and convicted murderer (and now private investigator) joined forces in book one of the series, to solve vases in Cairns where Ted had fled to after his charges were put on hold..

Along with local murders and trying to clear his name (for the alleged assault in Sydney) Ted is again kept busy during this fast paced book.  The introduction of paedophile, Kevin is almost too disturbing for words.

Again, narrator Lani Tupu is an excellent choice of narrator.  As mentioned in my Crimson Lake review his vocal range captures everyone to perfection especially the voice of the paedophile.  Just plain creepy!

I have rated

Redemption Point

as aaudio book.

Redemption Point (Crimson Lake #2)

Redemption Point

can be purchased on-line at 

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers

had awarded

Redemption Point

an average of 4.17 stars

from 2,508 ratings

and 495 reviews.