On a scale of cotton candy to Brussels sprouts, A Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney is Rose Water Shortbread Cookies These dense cookies hold their shape and yet have the ability to crumble at a touch And mingled with the familiar flavor of butter and sugar twines the timeless rose.Ellen and Jake Brighton have it all a happy marriage, children to be proud of, and the approaching golden years of an empty nest When Ellen begins to place sticks of butter in Jake s underwear drawer, they try to laugh it off But, they both know something is not right As Alzheimer s draws Ellen away from Jake, will he hold to his marriage vows A friend recommended this book to me as one of her favorites of Deborah Raney s Although the writing style third person of this book is not my favorite and a surprise character entered mid book shoving me right out of the story for a few minutes , I found myself enjoying the story I suddenly had a whole new perspective of what my grandmother lost when my grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer s By the time I remembered him, he was a shell of a human As I read about Ellen and Jake, tears often filmed my eyes as I considered my own grandparents I lived through this story, and I can now voice on my own vicarious experience that Alzheimer s is terribly unfair.Although I compared this book to a delicious cookie, this was no fluffy read This story offered substance and a perspective I could never get on my own I recommend it. Hoewel Het Even Wennen Is In Het Stille Huis, Genieten John En Ellen Volop Van Hun Nieuwe Leven Nu De Kinderen De Deur Uit Zijn, Hebben Ze Alle Aandacht Voor Elkaar En Kunnen Ze Eindelijk De Verre Reis Maken Waarvan Ze Al Zo Lang Dromen Maar Nog Voor Ze Hun Eerste Vakantie Geboekt Hebben, Verandert Hun Bestaan In Een Nachtmerrie Het Is Een Dag Als Alle Andere Ellen Staat Op, Neemt Een Douche En Kleedt Zich Aan Voor Haar Werk Als Lerares Vanuit Het Bed Ziet John Het Vol Verbazing Aan En Houdt Haar Tegen, Want Het Is Nog Maar N Uur S Nachts Het Stel Lacht Erom En Wuift De Gebeurtenis Weg Als Een Incident Maar Een Paar Weken Later Herkent Ellen Haar Eigen Auto Niet Meer, Legt Post In De Koelkast En Verdwaalt In De School Waar Ze Al Twintig Jaar Werkt Ellen, Nog Geen Vijftig, Heeft De Ziekte Van Alzheimer En Het Gaat Van Kwaad Tot Erger In Een Hartverscheurend Tempo I balled through the first half of the book as I am living a similar story with my mom who has Alzeheimers I didn t think the book was particularly well crafted, but I really appreciated that the right moral choice was made and that we see the benefit of that choice. This book is about a woman who at the age of 47 becomes diagnosed with Alzheimer s Disease The story is told by the husband I cried in the middle of the book and when I read the very ending it left me in tears Finally a book I could not put down and what an amazing love story. Keeping the vowA Vow to Cherish by Deborah Raney took me longer to read than it should have Such emotional upheavals kept me all weepy eyed and I had to plan my reading for when I didnt have to go out and face people with my eyes all red rimmed The tale is of the ultimate love story between Ellen and John, and their terrible journey into the world of early onset Alzheimer s disease As Ellen gradually transforms from dearly loved wife into a ranting stranger, John is hard pressed to remain faithful, even though his strong faith in God reminds him at a pivotal moment where his love loyalty lie What an excellent story this is A must read, for sure. 3.8 stars I would have loved to give this story 5 stars It was the author s first book and if it was rewritten I think 5 stars are possible A challenging story I thought the portrayal of the early onset Alzheimer s was excellent A series of griefs and losses Raney forces us to consider What would we do if we were in the same situation How would our family handle such a challenge What an incredible story of love Alzheimer s is a terrible disease and how it was treated in this book was heart wrenching and beautiful As a caregiver of a loved with with Alzheimer s the story rang true The tenderness and heartache was well portrayed, as well as the hollowness that I m sure the spouses of Alzheimer s patients feel Definitely a must read The writing kept me engaged until I realized that it was a story about a woman with Alzheimers.Since I am not in a good place emotionally, I felt it would be masochistic to continue reading about such hardship.I m sure that this was a well written book. Anyone who has encountered Alzheimer s disease will shed a tear over this one. Amazing, heart wrenching, heart warming This is a beautiful story of cherishing one another and sticking to promises made, even through the terrible times.
- 303 pages
- Toeverlaat (A Vow To Cherish #1)
- Deborah Raney
- 25 September 2019 Deborah Raney