Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds
Abigail “Abby” Halladay and her fiancé purchased a condo in Paris, New Jersey. She’s at her parent’s house when she meets an old friend, Mick. Kathleen writes a great scene where Abby’s back in her bedroom for the first time in a long while – reminds me of some of my days that I’d like to forget. There will be several times during this book when Kathleen will have you in stitches. – just make sure you don’t have food in your mouth at the time.
Mick O’Malley has come back to Paris to take care of his mom. Kathleen has written a story that I think some people will be able to relate to. She also has Abby’s mother keeping a special type of journal that she writes in – I think this is a great idea for a parent to do (you may want to steal the idea if Kathleen doesn’t mind).
A reoccurring theme is the fact that a lot of the characters like to reminisce. This is a great way to connect with your past and to remember the people we love and those no longer with us. Spend as much time as you can with the people you love because you don’t know how much time you’ll have with them – look at what happened in Sandy Hook and Boston.
I found this a hard book to put down – you come to care for the characters and want to know that everything works out for Abby. Frankie is the teenager that you may have been when you were that age. Nan is the grandmother I miss and long to see again. One character that I can really relate to is Detta.
Detta is a woman with the beginning signs of dementia. My mother had a disease that is similar but different. She had what’s called Lewy Body’s disease. Think Alzheimer’s but with hallucinations. My mother had a problem when we watched the cooking shows – she thought they were cooking for her. She had a stroke which just complicated things. Kathleen’s story brought tears to my eyes as I remembered what we saw my mother go through the last three years of her life. But I also appreciate that this character was there.
I think that we need to stop getting angry at people and telling them that they don’t understand. Instead, we need to educate people and hope they make a donation that will help to find a cure – or at the very least to slow the progression of this terrible disease. Statistics show that only five percent of people ages 71- 79 have dementia and it then jumps to twenty four percent for ages 80 – 89. What’s more surprising is that there are five million people, in the United States alone, that have Alzheimer’s.
This is a very inspirational story. There’s love involved but romance is not the main theme. This is Abby’s life and how she had the chutzpah to make a change. The book has no sex in it and it doesn’t need it. Kathleen was smart to leave it out because it would have changed the path of the book if she had included it. If you have any imagination, you can always add your own scenes in. I hope you will give this book a try – you just might start reminiscing about your own family.