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Blue Hydrangeas Paperback – September 11, 2013
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"Marianne Sciucco not only did a wonderful job writing a beautiful novel about a couple experiencing dementia, but did it in a thoughtful, authentic, humane way." Donna Davies, LCSW, Alzheimer's Association,Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter
"BLUE HYDRANGEAS traces a couple's struggle with Alzheimer's in an effective story that doesn't pull its punches, but remains compassionate and absorbing." - Liz Lynch for IndieReader
"What a touching account of a couple's journey into Alzheimer's and of the love that never succumbed to the disease! A truly remarkable story!" - Marilynn Garzione, author of Released to the Angels: Discovering the Hidden Gifts of Alzheimer's
"Blue Hydrangeas is, by far, the most tender love story I've read in a very long time. While not a 'happily ever after' love story, Blue Hydrangeas is sure to be one you will ponder for some time after you have finished reading it." - Lee Ambrose for Story Circle Book Reviews
From the Author
I hope you enjoy "Blue Hydrangeas." It is my first novel and a story I wrote from the heart after witnessing the pain and heartbreak of many couples and families struggling with Alzheimer's disease. The characters of Jack and Sara are loosely based on one couple I met in my work as a registered nurse. Their experiences are a composite of the many families I assisted with decision making and navigating the health care system to ensure their loved ones were taken care of in ways that preserved their dignity and well-being. This is a tough, demanding disease, and many people seek comfort in knowing they are not alone in their struggle. "Blue Hydrangeas" is my attempt to bring consolation and understanding to all who encounter Alzheimer's.
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of course with my father and his oldest sister in dementia, it is a sobering thought that it might be inheritable. My cousins and I never forget that possibility. However I have reached 78 and seem okay. But every time I can't remember something that should not be lost to me, I get a bit nervous, but then a few moments later, I remember what it was. A Doctor told me the difference is that the patient does not really know they have forgotten. So that is my hope for my next coming years. The book was a joy to read and all of its characters well thought out. Great story.
My sister in law's husband developed Alzheimers. Her first notice it was coming on was he did not recognize her. Eventually she had him placed in the care of assisted living, as he was one who would get up in the night and turn on the stove, which worried her that he might get hurt badly.
"I hope you enjoy "Blue Hydrangeas." It is my first novel and a story I wrote from the heart after witnessing the pain and heartbreak of many couples and families struggling with Alzheimer's disease. The characters of Jack and Sara are loosely based on one couple I met in my work as a registered nurse. Their experiences are a composite of the many families I assisted with decision making and navigating the health care system to ensure their loved ones were taken care of in ways that preserved their dignity and well-being. This is a tough, demanding disease, and many people seek comfort in knowing they are not alone in their struggle. "Blue Hydrangeas" is my attempt to bring consolation and understanding to all who encounter Alzheimer's."
Highly recommend this book for all.
My father has Alzheimer's and I've watched my parents face similar challenges and have been a character in our family story as well. I wish I had found this book earlier so I could have better understood the disease and the toll it would take.
Thank you for an excellent read on an important topic
- Tara Reed, author of What to Do Between the Tears... A Practical Guide to Dealing with a Dementia or Alzheimer's Diagnosis in the Family
Although Jack's health was wavering, he still took care of Sara. She was the love of his life. The stress began to take a toll on him but he didn't want her in a care facility. Through the turmoil, they found a way to work things out so they could remain together forever but this audiobook brings up an important topic. Alzheimer's disease. This is an ugly thing that comes and steals your life away. I'm so glad this book was written. I love that Sara painted and the tie-in with the title of the blue hydrangeas. Just lovely.
I think there can never be enough discussion and research done on this. I thank Marianne Sciucco for writing this and I love her writing period. She's a wonderful author. This is a must listen for everyone in my opinion.
Elinor Bell did an awesome job narrating this book. Her voice was amazing with perfect inflections. You could hear the emotion in her tone as well. I know how heartfelt this book was and she really pulled that together. Wonderful book from author and narrator.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."
I liked the way Jack tried his best to cater to the needs of Sara. The book's description was of a love story, and that it was. So much care that Jack put into dealing with Sara! I liked the descriptive writing of their surroundings,too. You can only hope your partner would be so loving and your community would be so supportive,