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Best-selling author Catherine Ryan Hyde is known for her touching and emotionally satisfying stories about friendship, trust, and empowerment. Her latest work, Just After Midnight, does not disappoint.

Faith has left her husband and taken up residence in her parents’ California beach house while she decides what she will next do with her life. Her husband was controlling, verbally abusive, and inflexible, and she fears how he will react to her departure.

One day she sees fourteen-year-old Sarah on the beach. She soon leaves that Sarah reeling from her mother’s sudden and suspicious death, and wants nothing to do with her father. She is staying with her grandmother, who does not have legal custody of Sarah. When they learn that Sarah’s father is too close for comfort, Faith agrees to take Sarah on a journey while her grandmother deals with the custody issue.

Sarah implores Faith to take her to Falkner’s Midnight Sun, her prized black mare that she misses desperately. Her father sold the horse without Sarah’s knowledge. Sarah shares an unbreakable bond with Midnight and can’t bear to be apart from her. Throughout the sweltering summer, as they follow Midnight from show to show, Sarah comes to terms with the truth about her mother’s death.

And Faith learns the value of trusting her instincts and understand that she has has the power to shape her own future, as well as Sarah’s.

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