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Court Appointed, A Novel Paperback – June 26, 2015
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The novel Court Appointed by Priscilla Audette deals with the ever-present reality of death while concurrently embracing life. It celebrates the lives of the greatest generation while alerting aging baby boomers to be aware of what is waiting for them around the next corner. As the clients presented in the pages of Court Appointed journey through the final stages of their lives toward death and the feeling that time is running out, Hope, the protagonist, conversely journeys toward a richer and fuller life. In Court Appointed, Priscilla Audette deftly encourages her readers to celebrate life and to live each day as the gift it is. An imaginative, riveting, and ultimately fulfilling read, Court Appointed is very highly recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to community library General Fiction collections. For personal reading lists it should be noted that Court Appointed is also available in a Kindle edition ($4.99). --The Midwest Book Review, Library Bookwatch: January 2016
About the Author
Priscilla Audette was born and raised in California and received her Bachelor's degree from UCLA in 1976 and her Master's degree in English literature from North Dakota State University in 1990. An award-winning writer, Priscilla's first novel, Seismic Influences, won First Place in the LuckyCinda Book Contest 2013. A gypsy at heart, Priscilla has lived in California, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and Maine where she currently makes her home.
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I couldn't figure out how Hope was making a living as a part-time conservator, though. We know she chose not to purchase health insurance after the ACA was passed (interesting political comment that thankfully passed by without follow-up). I figured it was a safe bet that her boss wasn't paying her a higher salary when he made his money from "caring" for the people's well-being.
I'm glad a younger person's story was included in Hope's work. I'd read it again and recommend it.
Each story is intriguing, often sad and one always wants Hope to prevail. Each chapter begins with a quote which gives the reader a glimpse of what is to come. This is a book I'll share and keep in my library. All children of elderly parents need to have a conversation about elder care.
Please read it and take heed!
Ms. Audette’s allows us to experience what we don’t what to and hope we never have to through the eyes of the protagonist, Hope Nightingale who is liaison between the client and the Conservator at Nursing Homes, senior units, and “Heaven’s waiting rooms”.
Having had the experience of having my mother in a nursing facility for a few short weeks, I identified with so many of the characters in the book and found myself putting the book down for a moment or two to remember what I had seen both the good and the bad. Any of us who have lived through tending to our aged parents or other relatives will relate to this book in spades and if you haven’t yet, read the book so you will know what goes on and learn to be an advocate not only for those you tend, but for yourself.
Court Appointed should be required reading for anyone over twenty-one and for those aspiring a career in nursing, law, or geriatrics. More than a novel, Court Appointed is a life guide that will deepen one’s understanding of the almost end of life and how one’s affairs are handled for those almost there. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Priscilla brings to life this shocking world of denying death for money carefully disguised as legal and just. Until this book, I never realized the gift my parents gave me with a carefully planned and orchestrated script for their deaths plus the inspiring courage to implement at such time as necessary.
Priscilla's book is a teachable moment for us all!!! Albeit, a page turner of "are you kidding me" and "how sad", and yes, "how evil". Hope's story of "living" and "rebirth", her clients tenacity to fight for their freedom to die, or live their way, makes this story even more memorable. As with great books, you find yourself mulling the subject matter and characters over, again and again. Yes, certainly a book club candidate, but perhaps more importantly, allowing for deeper discussions elevated to positions of power necessary to address change to this current state of court appointed.
Although the subject matter begs you to wander away from this book, don't! It is a great read! You can't love the subject matter, but you can love this book....also, be sure and read between the lines. This author is very clever and gifted. For instance, the sisters, Hope, Faith and Charity.....contemplate and enjoy!
Sally was an advanced reader for this book and is an Amazon Prime Member.