The Hardest Part of Love

The Hardest Part of Love

a powerful and thought-provoking novel from bestselling Richard and Judy Book Club author Catherine Ryan Hyde


Fans of Jodi Picoult, Susan Lewis, Mitch Alborn and Alice Sebold will love this compelling, emotionally charged and unforgettable novel from international bestselling author Catherine Ryan Hyde.

'A heroic, superbly crafted novel worth reading again and again and again' - The Denver Post
'Ryan Hyde spins her tale so effortlessly that the reader closes the book with a quiet sense of elation' -- San Francisco Chronicle
'I couldn't put it down' -- ****** Reader review
'Pure emotion' -- ***** Reader review
'This book held me spellbound to the end' -- ***** Reader review
'Absolutely loved this book' -- ***** Reader review


Hayden briefly has it all: a wife and daughter he adores and a baby on the way. But when his son dies at birth, a deep anger emerges, robbing Hayden of everything.

Years on, Hayden is living in self-imposed exile. He's just lost his beloved dog and is now losing Laurel, the only woman he's loved since...

But just as Hayden's rage rises again, a young figure from the past emerges, forcing him to re-visit his long-buried childhood...


  • A heroic, superbly crafted novel worth reading again and again and again
    The Denver Post

About the author

Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of more than 14 novels including Pay it Forward (which was made into a feature film starring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt), Love in the Present Tense (a Richard & Judy Book Club bestseller), Chasing Windmills, When I Found You and Second Hand Heart. Catherine lives in a small town in California.

For more information on Catherine Ryan Hyde and her books, see her website at
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