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Love, Sam Paperback – April 30, 2016
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Trish Garrity is a shy woman in love with an extrovert who has made peace with her lesbianism. Trish doesn't connect with her neighbors until Samantha is very ill, and she begins to sense their acceptance.
Sam, understanding Trish's issues, leaves behind 12 loving letters of instruction and guidance. This is a sensitively executed book about real companionship and faithful love. I highly recommend it.
Linda Rettstatt has done an exceptional job in bringing forth the emotions evoked in Love, Sam. I enjoyed the twist in the book. You sure won't see it coming and it gives you that Aha moment where everything makes sense. I love the writing style in this book, in particular, Ms. Rettstatt had me looking forward to reading the letters each month from Sam. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Rettsatt's work. If you are looking for a deeply emotional read that will let you escape for a while, then Love, Sam is the book for you. When you finish reading this book, it will leave you grateful for the people you have in your life. Amazing book!
Trish, the protagonist, begins to hit that wall of grief that renders us numb to hope and the possibilities of life beyond suffering as she brings her beloved partner, Sam, home from hospital to hospice and inevitable death. As Sam slips away, Trish, fraught with colliding emotions and the relentless sense of loss, finds herself directionless in her pain. When she learns that Sam, in act of love for Trish from beyond the grave, has left her a 12-month set of letters that are revealed as a treasure map of wisdom, love and discovery, the story is illuminated in a unique and compelling way . Walking with Trish in this journey is an aching walk through self-recognition, beauty, beauty, grief and regret.
Ms. Rettstatt is particularly adept at making her characters and their feelings leap off the page. We don't want to let go because we are there and this story means something to us. It is full of grace, humour, insight and the particular kindnesses that arise from pain and loss in people who are willing to reach for them. So few people have a guide and Sam is a guide for all of us. How astute of Rettstatt to know so much of the human need for one and to create one so heartachingly true. I recommend this book highly and can only caution those who begin it to be prepared to let go of the urgent duties for awhile. You may guess the little surprise in the story but it is so nice when it happens, it only adds to the sense of peace and "feels right" quality of this remarkable story.