A charming story of relationships, sacrifice and enduring love.
Anton Addison-Rice is eighteen and struggling with the death of his brother a year earlier. Anton was tragically wounded on the same day that his brother passed away. When his parent decide to take a vacation, he is all alone for the Christmas holidays. While pondering his fate one evening, he catches a glimpse of his neighbor Edith across the street and realizes that she is in danger. Anton becomes determined to help Edith leave her abusive marriage.
Frightened, Edith is wary of help. She knows what her husband can do, but when she needs a safe place to stay, she lets down her guard down. Over the course of the next ten days an unlikely friendship grows despite a fifteen year age difference. As Anton falls hopelessly in love, Edith fears both her husband finding her and Anton getting hurt. She must disappear without telling anyone where she’s going—even Anton.
If keeping Edith safe means letting her go, Anton will say goodbye forever. But what if one day their paths should cross again?
MY NAME IS ANTON is a charming story about relationships, sacrifice and enduring love set in 1965.
Anton character was both noble and principled. My favorite part of the story was Anton’s relationship with his uncle and grandmother, whose wisdom, advice and support served him well through the years.
Catherine Ryan Hyde’s writing is tight, clever and satisfying. She weaves a multifaceted tale of relationships, struggles and loss. Despite multiple layers of adversity faced by Anton the novel is a comfortable, easy and uplifting read.
Author Catherine Ryan Hyde has authored 40 books. She is an avid traveler, equestrian, and amateur photographer with a speciality, like Anton, in astrophotography. Check out her website for her amazing photos. Her books have won numerous awards and she is the founder and former president of the Pay It Forward Foundation.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Lake Union Publishing
Published December 1, 2020