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This is a real page turner, and I won't reveal the mystery here. If you're looking for a diversion, something that will take you away from your daily routine this is the book for you.
But this book does a little more than merely provide entertainment: it makes you wonder how things really happen in old people's homes and how a disease as complex as Alzheimer's should be handled; in short, how to avoid having such patients turn into victims whenever their families abandon them (something I suspect many do). This is a serious issue - tough questions! - and this book brings it home.
No one wants to be consigned to living in a retirement home and in Jones’ When the Sun was Mine, the horrors of the home are enough to make any ageing person look to their future with trepidation.
In their quest to expose Happy Hearts, Brit and Flo become fast friends, despite the generation gap between them. The mystery of what’s going on at Happy Hearts is resolved, but it leaves the reader wondering what else is going on out there.
This is an adult read, that is delightful, interactive, and bittersweet. Brit meets an Alzheimer's patient, named Flo in a most unusual way. Despite this, the spunky elderly woman decides to help makeover Britney and one of Brittany's friends. Flo and Brittany develop a unique bond. Flo gets into trouble and needs help, and her young friend, Brittany gets fired. Brittany fights back by bringing her friends to help Flo. They help Flo investigate the strange things that are going on in the nursing home. There's definitely something mysterious going on around at the nursing home, and as things start to unravel and come to a conclusion, Brittany and her friends are also bonding with Flo, despite her having Alzheimer's, and they're learning a lot about life and the world that they live in.
It's a fantastic story about friendship between different generations, and the horrible effects of Alzheimer's Disease. If you've ever been around someone with Alzheimer's, you know how fast it changes people, and robs them of their identity, and their ability to care for themselves, and always ends in their death. In the midst of this disease, a group of people who don't have much in common, except a genuine affection that they develop for one another, come together to work towards a common cause, and the elderly Flo and Brittany, develop a bond that fills the void, and transforms both of their lives like a brilliant ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.
It's a sweet story, that's also sad, but I couldn't put it down. It was lovely, despite the ugliness of Alzheimer's, and I would recommend this book to anyone that has ever wondered if it's possible to still have the ability to reach out to another human, and to "touch the sky," when this happens to you, or a loved one. It's a celebration of life in one of life's most difficult and demanding learning curves.