Title: Blue Hydrangeas
Author: Marianne Sciucco
Published Date: September 11th 2013
Genre: Literature & Fiction ,Genre Fiction, Medical
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
What if the person who knew you best and loved you most forgot your face, and couldn’t remember your name? A nursing facility is everyone’s solution for what to do about Sara, but her husband, Jack, can’t bear to live without her. He is committed to saving his marriage, his wife, and their life together from the devastation of Alzheimer’s disease. He and Sara retired years ago to the house of their dreams, and operated it as a Cape Cod bed and breakfast named Blue Hydrangeas. Jack has made an impossible promise: He and Sara will stay together in their beautiful home no matter what the disease brings. However, after nine years of selfless caregiving, complicated by her progressing Alzheimer’s and his own failing heart, he finally admits he can no longer care for her at home. With reluctance, he arranges to admit her to an assisted living facility. But, on the day of admission, Sara is having one of her few good days, and he is unable to follow through. Instead, he takes them on an impulsive journey to confront their past and reclaim their future. In the end, he realizes that staying together at any cost is what truly matters.
But if you want a book that has characters that will make you connect to them and feel their emotional journey as they traverse the unrelenting agony of Alzheimer’s then do #OneClick this book.
Yes it will be a truly emotional read, your heart will break, but you will also smile as Jack reminisces back into the past, and cheer for him as he valiantly tries to keep Sara in her beloved home “Blue Hydrangeas”.
It took me a while to read this book, but I wanted to read it to see if it would make me understand better the emotional turmoil a couple would be going through. The subject is one I am dealing with at the minute.
Jack is my dad, Sara is my mum, and its still very raw for me. The tears are still in my eyes.
but while the book was difficult to read, it was not only beautifully written, but a story of True Love, the lasting love of a couple who have been together for years, and want to remain that way.
Ms Sciucco has done a fantastic job in both giving a realistic view of the issues everyone in a family faces with this condition, but also showing that there is MORE to the person than the disease.
I don’t want to give a blow by blow of the book, I don’t do spoilers, instead I will say what I gained from reading it.
Reading for me is a necessity I can’t not read every day, I got my love of reading from my mum and knowing that she is now unable to do this makes me very sad.
I hope that my parents will have as much time as possible together as Sara and Jack did.
I have gained understanding and that we should treasure the time with our families.
And to find joy in the small things, no regrets, no compromises and to regularly talk to my mum.
Thanks Ms Sciucco for helping me understand better what my dads going through, and also for the links in the book to more resources, which I will use and pass to my dad,
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